NCSL Environment Standing Committee
2012 Fall Forum (December 5-7, 2012)

Presentations,Materials and Other Resources

Thursday, December 6

8:00 am -9:30 am

 Sustainability – More than just going “green”?

A conversation on what sustainability can mean for business, state policy makers, consumers and the environment. How do manufacturers and consumers interact in advancing sustainable practices?  How have corporate America and the environmental community been working together on these issues? 


9:30 am - 10:00 am

NCSL Environment Committee Roundtable

Discussion of current issues and expected topics for the new legislative session

Committee Handouts:
Materials of Interest (Fall Forum 2012)
Environment Committee Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 9, November 2012
Environment Committee Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 10, December 2012

10:00 am - 11:30 am

 Historic Changes to Fuel Efficiency Standards: How Did We Get Here and What Does it Mean Going Forward?

Joint with the Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee

A discussion with key stakeholders involved in developing the recently released updates to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. What’s included in these sweeping new regulations and their potential impact on the transportation, energy, environment and agriculture sectors.

Senator John C. Watkins, Virginia,
Co-Chair, Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction – Defining “Waters of the U.S.”

Uncertainties remain in the jurisdiction inherent in the term “waters of the US” in the Clean Water Act. Can new draft guidance issued by EPA and the Corps in April 2011 put these uncertainties to rest, or is there a need for new regulations?  If finalized, what changes will the guidance implement and which programs will be affected?  What has the Congressional response been? 


  • Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Esq., Executive Director & General Counsel, Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) "There is Only One Definition of 'Navigable Waters' "

  • Dave Evans, Director, Wetland Division, US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. " 'Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act"

  • Jan Goldman-Carter, Senior Manager, Wetlands and Water Resources, National Wildlife Federation

  • Jonathan R Pawlow, Esq., Counsel, Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives

  • Julie A. Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties (NACo)

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

State & Federal Updates

NCSL Committee staff will provide a state and federal update for committee members, including an end-of-year round-up of what to expect as the Congressional session comes to a close.

Federal Update:

State Update:

  • Scott Hendrick, Program Manager, Environment, Energy and Transportation Program, NCSL & Jacquelyn Pless, Policy Specialist, Environment, Energy and Transportation Program, NCSL. "Hydraulic Fracturing: States Take Action"

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Land Management Implications of Drought Conditions

What steps are officials taking to address the most severe drought in decades?  How are these decisions affecting resource development and recreation opportunities on public lands?  What are the implications for surrounding communities?


  • Ed Roberson, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Interior

  • Dan Smith, Fire Director, National Association of State Foresters

Friday, December 7

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Election 2012 – Implications for Environmental Regulations

With the 2012 Congressional and Presidential election results in what are the implications moving forward for environmental regulatory actions, Congressional reaction, and the future of the state-federal partnership in implementing federal environmental programs?


  • John M. Cassady, Esq., Senior Principal, Legislative Advocacy, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

  • Steve Brown, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS). "EPA and Rule Issuance"