Law Seminars International Presents

An Intensive One-Day Workshop on

Oregon's Cleanup Law and Washington's MTCA

Cleanup in the Columbia River Basin

November 8, 2006
Red Lion on the River in Portland, OR
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, real estate developers, land use planners, city planners, tribal and government officials, environmental engineers and consultants

Why Attend

This seminar will explore environmental site investigation and cleanup practice on both sides of the Oregon - Washington border. Washington's Department of Ecology oversees the Model Toxics Control Act and the revised rules that implement recommendations of the MTCA Policy Advisory Committee. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's cleanup program also has recently been the subject of study committees and has its own standards and procedures. These two State programs have become critically important in addressing hazardous substances and waste management in the Pacific Northwest. Our exceptional faculty will begin the program comparing and contrasting the two States' regulatory programs. This discussion will feature a special presentation on agency priorities by Washington's DOE, Oregon's DEQ and U.S. EPA. Additional topics include a comparison of the "all appropriate inquiries rule" between Washington and Oregon; a discussion of site investigations and cleanup; and, a practical look at solutions to problems in cleanup. The program concludes with an outstanding panel discussion of hazardous waste initiatives within the Columbia River Basin. Lawyers, consultants, environmental groups, real estate professionals, land use planners, and parties conducting hazardous waste cleanups will want to attend this comprehensive and forward-looking program. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Tom Lindley and Steven F. Hill

What You Will Learn

~ A comparison of OR and WA hazardous waste programs ~ A special presentation on state and federal policy priorities ~ The "all appropriate inquiries rule" ~ Site investigation and cleanup processes ~ Custom fitting cleanup solutions ~ Columbia River Basin initiatives

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Excellent ~ An excellent line-up of speakers ~ The seminar was very informative


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Tom Lindley, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Portland, OR
  Steven F. Hill, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Miller Nash LLP / Vancouver, WA
8:45 am Oregon's Cleanup Law and Washington's Model Toxics Control Act: Overview of Recent Developments and Challenges Facing These Programs
  Washington's MTCA
  Steven F. Hill, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Miller Nash LLP / Vancouver, WA
  Oregon's Cleanup Law: effects of program maturation, the challenge of ecological risk and opportunities presented by brownfields
  J. Mark Morford, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Special Panel: Agencies Talk About Their Top Priorities for the Region
  Jeffrey Christensen, Section Supervisor
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality / Portland, OR
  Rebecca S. Lawson, P.E., LHG, S.W. Regional Section Manager of Toxics Cleanup Program
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA
  Daniel Opalski, Director, Office of Environmental Cleanup
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 / Portland, OR
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm All Appropriate Inquiries Rule: Comparative Due Diligence in Oregon and Washington
  Tom Lindley, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie / Portland, OR
2:00 pm Site Investigation and Cleanup Processes
  Practical issues arising from the implementation of cleanup requirements
  James Maul, Esq., President
Maul Foster Alongi, Inc. / Vancouver, WA
  Craig W. Ware, R.G., Principal Geologist
GeoDesign Inc. / Portland, OR
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Fitting the Solution to the Project: Oregon Cleanup Law and Washington MTCA Brownfield Toolboxes for Different Project Types
  Universal lessons from specific hazardous waste mitigation case studies
  David F. Bartz, Jr., Esq.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC / Portland, OR
  Christopher L. Reive, Esq.
Jordan Schrader PC / Portland, OR
4:30 pm Update on Initiatives in the Columbia River Basin
  Hanford groundwater contamination issues; leaking storage containers; proposed treatment facility
  Andy Fitz, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Attorney General's Office / Olympia, WA
  Jane Hedges, Program Manager
Washington State Department of Ecology / Richland, WA
  Gerald M. Pollet, Esq., Executive Director
Heart of America Northwest / Seattle, WA
5:30 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $595 with a group rate of $520 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $445. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2006. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 7.5 OR CLE credits and 7.0 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at 909 North Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217. Call the hotel directly at (503) 283-4466 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $99 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International Workshop. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $605. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Steven F. Hill, Program Co-Chair, partner at Miller Nash LLP, concentrates on environmental and natural resources, admiralty, real estate and land use law. He heads the firm's southwest Washington environmental and natural resources practice area. Mr. Hill has represented clients on wetland and natural resource issues affecting real property development in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Tom Lindley, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Perkins Coie LLP where he practices in the areas of air, water, solid and hazardous waste permits, water quality and rights, endangered species, enforcement defenses, site investigations and remediation, litigation, and audits and due diligence. Mr. Lindley has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001.

David F. Bartz, Jr., shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC, focuses on the litigation of environmental and construction issues. He has extensive experience representing clients in court and before administrative agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency, WA Department of Ecology and OR Department of Environmental Quality. He has specific experience with brownfields work along the Portland waterfront, RCRA litigation, and has completed numerous hazardous substance cleanup projects in Oregon and Washington.

Jeffrey Christensen is Cleanup Manager for the Land Quality Division at Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality. He manages policy and rule development projects, the State's brownfield redevelopment and dry cleaner programs, and procurement and administration of contracts for cleaning up contaminated sites.

Andy Fitz, Assistant Attorney General, Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office, is lead attorney for Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program which regulates activities at Hanford. He also provides support to the Toxics Cleanup and Hazardous Waste Programs, including representing Ecology at a number of complex cleanup sites.

Jane A. Hedges is the Program Manager of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Washington State Department of Ecology. She oversees the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility and regulates other facilities which store, handle or dispose of mixed hazardous and radioactive waste.

Rebecca S. Lawson, P.E., LHG, is the Regional Section Manager for Toxics Cleanup for the Washington State Department of Ecology, focusing on both MTCA and the Underground Storage Tank programs.

James Maul, President of Maul Foster Alongi, Inc., provides strategic environmental and engineering services to municipalities, ports and businesses. MFA's service areas include environmental site assessment and remediation, civil engineering, natural resources, permitting, litigation support and environmental compliance.

J. Mark Morford, partner with Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on environmental law pertaining to industrial, energy, forest products and agricultural facilities. He is experienced with water and air quality, waste and radioactive materials management, endangered species issues and cleanups. Mr. Morford specializes in integrated strategies for technical, business, public relations and legal issues for complex problems.

Daniel Opalski is the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 10 Office of Environmental Cleanup.

Gerald M. Pollet is Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a Hanford Clean-Up watchdog group, and Chair of the Yes on I-297: Protect Washington Coalition. Mr. Pollet has worked with initial drafters of MTCA and served on DOE's MTCA Advisory Committee, focusing on reasonable maximum exposure scenario rules, risk assessment and public involvement.

Christopher L. Reive, partner with Jordan Schrader PC, focuses on environmental risk management and allocation in business transactions, waste management and disposal on job sites, obtaining environmental insurance coverage, permitting and reporting to regulatory agencies, spill and release response, and worker safety.

Craig W. Ware, Principal Geologist with GeoDesign Inc., represents private and public sector clients in the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. He has managed assessment and cleanup of agricultural, landfill, commercial and industrial sites under various regulatory agency programs involving multi-media sampling programs, human health and ecological risk assessment and remedy selection and implementation.