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AIRROC and EECMA present Mega-Superfund Site Symposium
Thursday, September 07, 2017, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST
Category: Events

AIRROC and EECMA Present
Mega-Superfund Site Symposium

AIRROC is pleased to partner for the first time with the Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association (EECMA) to present a very unique one day program.  

This one day symposium will address the many challenges that arise from Mega Superfund Sites, such as the Portland Harbor, the Lower Passaic River and other similar contaminated sediment sites, with remediation costs estimated in the billions.

The conference will cover the regulatory climate governing such sites under the current Administration, a discussion of a proposed expansion of the Great Lakes Legacy Act scheme, the unique challenges concerning the remediation of  these sites,  the Natural Resource Damage components of these sites, how the complex legal liability allocation process works and defenses to liability, and the insurance coverage implications. It will bring together thought leaders from industry, the legal profession,  the scientific community, environmental consulting firms, academia, government regulators, and the insurance industry. This is an essential conference for all stakeholders involved with these sites and is intended to be a launching pad for further discussion, learning  and networking around these issues.

Remediation of large Superfund sites with has received growing attention in the United States in recent years. Contaminated sediments on these sites are viewed as a "fourth environmental medium", with concerns over the impact to sediment being equal to those for water, air, and land-disposed waste. In 1997, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) completed the first comprehensive inventory of sediment contamination nationwide. The results of the inventory indicated sediment contamination present in over 70% of U.S. watersheds. Some of these sites have cleanup costs estimated in the billions of dollars. As of September 2015, Superfund has selected a remedy at 71 Tier 1 sediment sites, where the chosen remedy addressed more than 10,000 cubic yards or 5 acres of contaminated sediment. Seventeen sites are considered Tier 2 sediment sites and are monitored and reviewed by the Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group.

Featured Sessions:

  • Characteristics of Mega-Superfund Sites and Remediation Challenges
  • Liability Defenses and Natural Resource Damages
  • Challenging Issues in Allocation of Liability
  • Great Lakes Legacy Act, Superfund Reform and Lessons Learned from the Hudson River
  • Insurance Coverage Implications 

Featured Speakers:

George Rusk, Vice President, Ecology & Environment, Inc.
Karen Melvin, Director USEPA Region 3 Hazardous Site Cleanup Division (HSCD)
Steve Coladonato, Remediation Manager, Honeywell 
Aidan M. McCormack, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Peter Mintzer, Partner, Selman Breitman
Adam Krauss, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
Peter Alvey, P.E., Vice President & Principal Engineer, Roux Associates, Inc.
Kieran Purcell, P.E., LEED AP, Principal Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
David C. Weber, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Loren Dunn, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Ira Gottlieb, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
Mark Laska, Ph.D., Founder and President, Great Ecology
Larry Silver, Partner, Langsam Stevens Silver & Hollaender LLP
Bill Hengemihle, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Teresa C. Michelsen, Principal Environmental Scientist, Farallon Consulting, L.L.C.
Scott Cieniawsk, USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
Thomas A. Cinti, 
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
Anthony M. Friona, USACE, ERDC Liaison to the Great Lakes
Lind Stapley, Shareholder, Soha & Lang, P.S.
Paul Del Vecchio, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Melissa King, Assistant Vice President - Direct Claims, Resolute Management Inc.


The course has been approved for 5 CLE credits in Pennsylvania - other applications are pending including an application with the Texas Department of Insurance for insurance adjuster CE credits. 

Convene Philadelphia (formerly know as The HUB)
2929 Arch Street, Mezzanine Level, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Registration Fee: $195.00 per attendee.
AIRROC members get one complimentary registration per company.  Please contact Cyndy Noonan today at [email protected] to see if your company is already registered!  


Register Here
Participant List as of 9.06.17 


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