Law Seminars International Presents

A Two-Day Conference Addressing

Air Quality Regulation in California

Critical issues in Greenhouse Gases, Stationary Source & Mobile Source Emissions

January 11 & 12, 2007
The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA
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Who Should Attend

Air quality professionals, including attorneys, regulators, business executives, engineers and compliance managers who are interested in cutting-edge topics of air quality regulation.

Why Attend

Air quality regulatory issues are at the center of a number of efforts by various stakeholders in California, including government, private industry, and the public. A highlight of the conference will be panels of experts discussing two emerging issues in California: (1) the regulation of greenhouse gases and associated impacts, and (2) the regulation of diesel-fueled mobile sources and associated impacts, and will also address implementing Title V and the impacts that air quality concerns, including diesel exhaust, will have on the agricultural industry and development projects in California. Speakers will include experts from government agencies, developers, industry (including agriculture) and non-governmental organizations. This program will provide air quality attorneys and professionals, and those wishing to learn more about air quality in California, with the latest information on the ever-changing legal and policy framework for air quality in California. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Shari B. Libicki, Ph.D. and Rick R. Rothman, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ New statutory and regulatory developments ~ Innovative approaches regarding GHG emissions ~ New legislative initiatives ~ Agricultural impacts on air quality ~ Challenges and realities for companies operating in California ~ Effective air operating permitting strategies ~ Current enforcement approaches and priorities for mobile sources ~ Toxicity in diesel particulate emissions ~ Potential for alternative fuels ~ Restrictions for ocean going vessels ~ Community law suits


Thursday, January 11, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  Piecing together the big picture from current litigation; regulatory, legislative and policy developments including AB32
  Shari B. Libicki, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair
ENVIRON International Corporation / Emeryville, CA
  Rick R. Rothman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Los Angeles, CA
9:00 am Special Address: "How the State Can Play a Greater Role in Addressing Global Warming and Other Air Quality Problems at the National Level"
  Progress report on current initiatives and areas of concern that may warrant action in the future
  Leonard E. Robinson, Chief Deputy Director, Department of Toxic Substances Control
California EPA / Sacramento, CA
9:45 am New Developments in the Statutory and Regulatory Basis for Greenhouse Gas Regulation
  Federal programs and distinct state approaches; jurisdictional issues
  Monica A. Schwebs, Esq.
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Walnut Creek, CA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Perspectives on Greenhouse Gas Emissions as a Growing Area of Concern and The Most Effective Role for Government
  Innovative thinking by companies concerned about gross Greenhouse Gas emissions and efficiency
  Joel Levin, Vice President of Business Development
California Climate Action Registry / Los Angeles, CA
  Industry perspective
  Ralph Loomis, Esq., Vice President & Special Assistant to the Chairman
Exelon Corporation / Chicago, IL
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Stationary Source Emissions
  Developing a State Implementation Plan overview; perspectives on the need for new regulations; potential impacts on the San Joaquin Valley
  David E. Cranston, Esq., Moderator
Greenberg Glusker LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  Industry perspective
  Michael Marsh, CPA, CEO
Western United Dairymen / Modesto, CA
  Cynthia L. Cory, Director of Environmental Affairs, Government Affairs Division
California Farm Bureau Federation / Sacramento, CA
  Agency perspective
  Seyed Sadredin, Exec. Director and APCO
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District / Fresno, CA
2:45 pm California's Approach to Energy-Related Air Quality Regulation
  Reconciling concerns about energy pricing crises and planning shortfalls with efforts to advance efficiency, renewables, and new technologies
  Arthur O'Donnell
Energy Overseer / San Francisco, CA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Challenges and Realities for Companies Operating in California
  Practical tips for dealing with increased public concern and the new regulatory environment
  Frances L. Keeler, Esq.
Keesal Young & Logan / Long Beach, CA
4:00 pm Air Operating Permits: Adopting the Most Effective Strategy for Obtaining a Permit
  Agency perspective
  William B. Wong, Esq., Senior Deputy Counsel
South Coast Air Quality Management District / Diamond Bar, CA
  Consultant perspective
  Joseph W. Hower, P.E., DEE, Managing Principal
ENVIRON Holdings, Inc. / Los Angeles, CA
  Legal perspective
  Jocelyn Niebur Thompson, Esq.
Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava MacCuish LLP / Los Angeles, CA
5:30 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees
  Sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP and ENVIRON International Corporation

Friday, January 12, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Mobile Source Emissions
  Dormant in the Clean Air Act, mobile source issues are developing rapidly at the federal level and in California -- why are they so important and relevant now?
  Shari B. Libicki, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair
ENVIRON International Corporation / Emeryville, CA
  Rick R. Rothman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Los Angeles, CA
9:00 am Special Address: Health Effects of Diesel Exhaust--An Overview
  Eric Garshick, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine
Channing Laboratory; Harvard Medical School / Boston, MA
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Toxicity in Diesel Particulate Emissions as a Growing Area of Concern
  Engineering perspectives on the nature of the problem and the most attractive technological solutions
  Don Anair, Clean Vehicles Engineer
Union of Concerned Scientists / Berkeley, CA
  Marc Rumminger, Ph.D., Senior Engineer
Cleaire Advances Emission Controls, LLC / San Leandro, CA
  The potential for alternative fuels and approaches
  Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Esq.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP / Washington, DC
  Impact on development patterns in California
  Donna D. Jones, Esq.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP / San Diego, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Movement of Goods by Road and Rail: Efforts to Develop More Environmentally Friendly Transportation Corridors
  Federal, regional, and industry perspectives on recent projects and what should be done in the future
  Cynthia L. Burch, Esq., Moderator
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  Federal policies and initiatives
  Matt Haber, Deputy Director
U.S. EPA Region 9 Air Division / San Francisco, CA
  Industry perspective
  James Flanagan, General Manager, West Coast Regulatory Affairs
Maersk Line (APM Terminals) / Terminal Island, CA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Ability to Enforce Restrictions for Ocean Going Vessels
  Sharon F. Rubalcava, Esq.
Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava MacCuish LLP / Los Angeles, CA
3:45 pm Movement of Goods Through Ports: Efforts to Develop New Particulate Standards
  Case study of community law suits as a driving force for change
  Robert Perlmutter, Esq.
Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Melissa Lin Perrella, Esq., Senior Project Attorney, California Air Quality Program
Natural Resources Defense Council / Santa Monica, CA
5:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. 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, January 4, 2007. 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

Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 14 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the The Beverly Hilton at 9876 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Call the hotel directly at (310) 274-7777 for reservations. Mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. 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 $905. 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

Shari B. Libicki, Program Co-Chair, Air Quality Practice Area Leader, ENVIRON International Corporation, specializes in air quality risk assessment, compliance and permitting negotiations, facility design and monitoring programs.

Rick R. Rothman, Program Co-Chair, chairs the Environmental Practice Group at Bingham McCutchen LLP, and is experienced in state and federal reporting, variances, warning requirements, enforcement actions, due diligence reviews, permitting and appeals.

Eric Garshick, Special Address, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; VA Boston Healthcare System and Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, is a pulmonary disease specialist. He researches health effects of diesel exhaust and is principal investigator of research grants for the National Cancer Institute.

Leonard E. Robinson, Special Address, is Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control of the California EPA. Prior to his appointment to CalEPA by Governor Schwarzenegger, Mr. Robinson was the Environmental/Safety Manager at TAMCO Steel.

Cynthia L. Burch, Moderator, partner, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, concentrates in administrative and environmental law. She counsels major utility, industrial, transportation, retail and manufacturing entities.

David E. Cranston, Moderator, chairs the Environmental Department at Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles. His practice encompasses environmental cost recovery and insurance litigation, Brownfield development and air quality. He has represented Dairy CARES, an umbrella group for the dairy industry in the San Joaquin Valley, and individual trade associations in connection with air quality issues in the San Joaquin Valley, and Legal Media Group in London names him one of the World's Leading Environment Lawyers.

Don Anair, California Vehicles Engineer at Union of Concerned Scientists, analyzes health and economic effects of diesel pollution, evaluates diesel clean-up programs and is co-author of "Sick of Soot: Reducing the Health Impacts of Diesel Pollution in California."

Jeffrey Bossert Clark, partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, concentrates in appellate and trial court litigation, administrative law and agency counseling, and in the substantive areas of environmental, antitrust, intellectual property, bankruptcy and constitutional law. He was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Cynthia L. Cory is the Director of Environmental Affairs in the Government Affairs Division of the California Farm Bureau Federation. She is a member of the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Taskforce, and was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Climate Change Advisory Committee and the Biodiesel Working Group of the California Energy Commission.

James Flanagan, general manager of West Coast Regulatory Affairs for the Maersk Line (APM Terminals), specializes in marine transport and the environment, including innovative fuel-use reduction programs.

Matt Haber, Deputy Director, U.S. EPA Region 9 Air Division, is responsible for a breadth of air pollution issues for the Pacific Southwest and is involved in plans to meet both the 8 hour ozone and PM-2.5 standards, with particular focus on the LA basin and ports. His experience includes permit programs managment and enforcement.

Joseph W. Hower, managing principal; Air Quality Practice Leader, ENVIRON Holding's Southern California Business Unit, is experienced in regulatory compliance, permitting, expert witness testimony; risk management and pollution control engineering.

Donna D. Jones, partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, is a land use attorney and registered lobbyist. Her practice focuses on CEQA compliance, permitting requirements and entitlement-related matters.

Frances L. Keeler, of counsel, Keesal Young & Logan, specializes in district, state and federal regulatory development; permitting, compliance, and credit trading programs; CEQA and Clean Air Acts. She was Senior Deputy Counsel for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Joel Levin, vice president of business development, California Climate Action Registry, recruits participants from all economic sectors and regions of California to register and certify greenhouse gas emissions. He chairs the Energy Committee of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of Sierra Club.

Ralph Loomis, vice president & special assistant to the chairman and CEO at Exelon Corporation, is the chairman's liaison on regulatory, financial and general business matters; he was vice president of federal affairs at National Grid USA.

Michael Marsh, CPA, CEO, Western United Dairymen, is experienced in farm, ranch and estate taxation, and advocates for legislative and administrative policies on behalf of dairy producers.

Arthur O'Donnell, independent journalist, Energy Overseer, is an award-winning energy, environmental and economics reporter and founding editor of California Energy Markets. His books include "The Guilty Environmentalist" and "Soul of the Grid."

Robert Perlmutter, partner, Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, was General Counsel to the Hearing Board for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and is experienced in federal and state Clean Air Acts, CEQA, NEPA, the Clean Water Act, plan and zoning laws, and the Political Reform Act.

Melissa Lin Perrella, Senior Project Attorney, California Air Quality Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, specializes in port pollution, diesel vehicles and equipment, alternative fuels and air quality litigation.

Sharon F. Rubalcava, partner at Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava MacCuish LLP, is designated by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in California for environmental compliance, who specializes in major infrastructure projects.

Marc Rumminger, senior engineer, Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, LLC, develops electronic modules and software for the design, development and manufacture of diesel exhaust purifiers for in-use diesel engines.

Seyed Sadredin, executive director and Air Pollution Control Officer of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, is experienced in directing, developing, applying, and administering air quality improvement programs.

Monica A. Schwebs, of counsel in the Land Use Practice Group at Bingham McCutchen LLP and with the firm's Energy and Environmental Practice Groups, and was staff counsel for both federal and state projects at the California Energy Commission.

Jocelyn Niebur Thompson, partner, Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP, specializes in compliance and permitting hearings, environmental auditing and due diligence associated with mergers, acquisitions and financing.

William B. Wong, senior deputy counsel, South Coast Air Quality Management District, specializes in permitting including NSR for toxics and criteria pollutants, co-authors the Environmental Law News Updates and was chair of the attorneys' committee of California Air Pollution Control Officer's Association.