Breakout Tracks

Track A: Nuts & Bolts

Sponsored by   Stantec

Monday, May 16, 2016
10:30 am-12:00 pm | Session 1


Working with DEQ—Understanding the Spectrum of DEQ's Programs

This session introduces Oregon's contaminated land cleanup programs (cleanup, tanks, drycleaners), describes typical steps in site investigation and cleanup process, and discusses how cleanup standards are set to protect human health and the environment.

Several paths to a cleanup decision are explored including the Independent and Voluntary pathways. The procedural endpoints for the cleanup process—usually a No Further Action letter or Certificate of Completion—are compared. Options for managing liability related to contamination are discussed both for potentially responsible parties and prospective purchasers, including settlements and agreements through administrative and judicial processes.

A brief review of cleanup program accomplishments is provided, along with opportunities for continued program improvement and spotting future trends.

Presenters: Bruce Gilles, Emergency Response and Cleanup Manager, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; David Anderson, Eastern Region Cleanup Manager, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Carson Bowler, Environmental law Attorney, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt


Monday, May 16, 2016
1:30-3:30 pm | Session 2


Utilizing PPA's to Address Liability Concerns

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (ODEQ) Prospective Purchasers Agreement (PPA) program is celebrating 20 years of success. PPA's are often a key component used by buyers of brownfields sites to address potential liabilities. This panel session will discuss the three types of PPA's and include an interactive discussion from a variety of PPA recipients who will discuss the impact a PPA had on their project, and their experience in navigating a property through the PPA process.

Moderator: Lon Yandell, GeoDesign, Inc.

Speakers: Cheyenne Chapman, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Noel Johnson, Killian Pacific; David Ashton, Port of Portland; Julie Garver, Innovative Housing, Inc.


Monday, May 16, 2016
3:30-5:00 pm | Session 3


Tools for Mitigating and Managing Envrionmental Risk

Identifying potential environmental contamination at a site can complicate or cause a real estate transaction to be terminated. This session will analyze legal and administrative tools that can help manage environmental risk during transactions and beyond.

Speakers will address environmental insurance, contractual mechanisms for determining and allocating liability, and administrative procedures that can be implemented separately from or as part of a d DEQ cleanup. Discussion topics will include deed restrictions, insurance, media management plans, financial tools, indemnification provisions, and planning for the management of potentially contaminated soil and groundwater during site development.

Moderator: Toby Scott, PBS Engineering + Environmental

Presenters: Dennis Terzian, PBS Engineering & Environmental; David Hearns, Durham & Bates Insurance; Patrick Rowe, Sussman Shank LLP


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
9:30-11:00 am | Session 5


Sharing Solutions to EPA Grant Challenges

A Networking Discussion Forum for Past, Present, and Hopeful EPA Grant Recipients

Come meet EPA brownfields grant recipients, past, present and potential for a facilitated information exchange. We will cover challenges and advice on the full EPA grant process, from application through to closeout. Former and current grant recipients on the panel are available to share experiences—but everyone in the room will participate in this roundtable-style discussion.

Panelists: Annie Gorski, City of Salem, Economic Development Manager; Jenn Bildersee, City of Portland, Brownfields Program Coordinator; Peter Gutowsky, Deschutes County, Community Development Department Planning Manager; Craig Ward, City of Troutdale, City Manager


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
11:15 am-12:30 pm | Session 6

Overview Onsite Instruments
Onsite Instruments

Maximizing Data Usability to Minimize Brownfield Assessment Costs

New methods and tools that reduce the number of samples needed to delineate contamination, provide information in real-time for decision making, and generate higher quality data are constantly being developed. Learn about incremental soil sampling methodology, direct imaging drilling tools that measure contaminant concentrations in real-time, and hand held equipment that can be used to analyze soil and water samples.

Moderator: Paula Richardson, Saga Environmental & Engineering, Inc.

Speakers: Leonard Farr, Stantec; Andrew Punsoni, Cascade Drilling L.P.; Andy Greazel, CDM Smith

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