Law Seminars International Presents

An Important Two-Day Conference on

Air Quality Regulation in the Pacific Northwest

Greenhouse Gases, Stationary & Mobile Source Emissions, and the Emerging Biofuels Industry

October 15 & 16, 2007
Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Air quality professionals including attorneys, regulators, business executives, engineers and compliance managers who need to know cutting-edge developments in air quality regulation

Why Attend

Lately, the issue of climate change has dominated headlines. In response, policy makers across the country are adopting measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While climate policies are being developed outside of the conventional framework regulating air quality, they have a connection and impact each other. This conference brings together leading experts to discuss emerging climate policies and recent developments in conventional air quality regulation affecting the region, and the relationship between them. Day One highlights emerging federal, state, and local regulation of greenhouse gasses and recent developments in stationary source emissions under the Clean Air Act. Day Two focuses on the unique air quality and climate challenges posed by transportation and mobile sources in the Pacific Northwest, with particular attention on the impact of major road improvements, the emerging biofuels industry and clean air strategies for Northwest ports. This program provides the latest information on the ever-changing legal and policy framework for air quality regulation for attorneys, corporate managers, agency officials and consultants.. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Michael G. Lufkin, Esq. and Ross A. Macfarlane, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change initiatives at the national, state and local levels ~ Impacts of global warming litigation ~ NSR decisions and review ~ Impacts of MACT ~ The latest NAAQS developments ~ Transportation and mobile source emissions ~ New motor emission laws ~ RTID prospects ~ Critical port issues and initiatives ~ Emerging bio-fuels industry impacts


Monday, October 15, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction to Day One: Climate Change Initiatives and Stationary Source Emissions
  Michael G. Lufkin, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Marten Law Group / Seattle, WA
  Ross A. Macfarlane, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Climate Solutions / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Latest News on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change Initiatives at the National Level
  Congressional proposals to address greenhouse gas emissions
  Daniel M. Adamson, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Washington, DC
  EPA regulatory initiatives after Massachusetts v. EPA; state participation in the national climate change registry
  L. John Iani, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Seattle, WA
  Kyle W. Danish, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Latest News on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change Initiatives at the State and Local Levels
  Michael G. Lufkin, Esq., Program Co-Chair and Moderator
Marten Law Group / Seattle, WA
  Update on the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and the Washington Governor's Climate Change Challenge Action Team: A progess report
  Janice Adair, Esq., Special Assistant to the Director
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA
  King County & City of Seattle: How do city and county actions to reduce GHG emissions integrate with larger state and federal actions?
  Jim Lopez, Esq., Deputy Chief of Staff
King County Executive Office / Seattle, WA
  California: Update on AB 32 Mandatory Emissions Registry, approval of early actions to reduce GHG emissions and progress in creation of multi-sector trading program
  John A. McKinsey, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Sacramento, CA
12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:45 pm Impacts of Global Warming Litigation
  The Supreme Court's decision in Massachusetts v. EPA; EPA's approval of California's low emission vehicle standards; California v. San Bernardino County; federal litigation requiring states to assess global warming impacts
  Ross A. Macfarlane, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Climate Solutions / Seattle, WA
2:30 pm The New Source Review (NSR) Decisions/Rulemaking
  NSR rulemaking continues as the courts deny previous attempts. Where do we stand on the big issues, including calculating emissions increases, doing routine maintenance and keeping records?
  Kirk A. Lilley, Esq.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Aaron Day, P.E., Principal Consultants
Trinity Consultants / Kent, WA
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm The Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT)
  What are the impacts of rulemaking/decisions in the air toxics program where compliance standards must be set on a case-by-case basis in the absence of a rule?
  Douglas Morrison, Esq., Founder
Environmental Law Northwest / Redmond, WA
4:45 pm National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS): Latest Developments Affecting the Northwest
  New PM 2.5, NOx and Ozone Standards: To what extent will they create new non-attainment areas for PM and ozone in Washington?
  Stuart Clark, Air Quality Program Manager
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA
5:30 pm Reception sponsored by Marten Law Group PLLC

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction to Day Two: Climate Change and Mobile Source Emissions
  Michael G. Lufkin, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Marten Law Group / Seattle, WA
  Ross A. Macfarlane, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Climate Solutions / Seattle, WA
8:45 am New Studies on Health Effects of Diesel
  Fine particulates; aerosols; the prevalence of non-attainment in freeway corridors; bus idling studies
  Jane Q. Koenig, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health
University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine / Seattle, WA
9:30 am Implementation of New Laws Affecting Diesel and Other Motor Emissions
  Update on federal rule-making affecting engine design, controls and fuel standards
  Dave Kircher, Manager - Air Resource Management
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency / Seattle, WA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am The Regional Transportation Investment District
  What are the prospects for enacting the RTID Blueprint for Progress for major road and bridge improvements in the most congested corridors in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties?
  James C. Waldo, Esq.
Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim, LLP / Tacoma, WA
  Upcoming state vote on transportation issues: How did the package come about? How is it likely to play out?
  Michael McGinn, Director
Seattle Great City Initiative / Seattle, WA
11:45 am Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm Critical Issues and Initiatives for Pacific Northwest Ports
  The development of the regional emission inventory and a Draft 3 Port Clean Air Strategy for emissions reductions; the clash between environmental progress and competitiveness; other West Coast initiatives; MARPOL
  Dennis McLerran, Esq., Executive Director, Moderator
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency / Seattle, WA
  Peter Ressler, Seaport Manager
Port of Seattle / Seattle, WA
  Sue Mauermann, Director of Environmental Programs
Port of Tacoma / Tacoma, WA
  Peter Murchie, West Coast Collaborative Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Regions 9 and 10 / Portland, OR
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Assessing the Impact of the Emerging Biofuels Industry in the Pacific Northwest
  Biodiesel, ethanol and emerging biofuels
  Patrick Mazza, Research Director, Writer
Climate Solutions / Seattle, WA
  Tim Stearns, Senior Energy Policy Specialist
Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development / Olympia, WA
  Frank Paganelli, Esq., General Counsel for Propel Biofuels
Propel Biofuels / Seattle, WA
4:30 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 Tuesday, October 9, 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

This program qualifies for 13 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 694-5000. Sleeping rooms are available at the adjacent Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104) for $189-209/nt. Register on-line at or via phone at 888-625-4988 and reference SET code 352710.
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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

Michael G. Lufkin, Program Co-Chair, partner at Marten Law Group, focuses on environmental and natural resource litigation and rclimate change issues. Previously he was Assistant Attorney General for Washington as Counsel for the Environment. He was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics.

Ross A. Macfarlane, Program Co-Chair, Policy Advisor at Climate Solutions and of counsel at Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, focuses on clean air, water, environmental enforcement and contaminated site cleanup and reuse and pioneered the use of brownfields cleanup arrangements. He was named a "Super Lawyer" in Public, Environmental and Land Use Law by "Washington Law & Politics."

Dennis McLerran, Moderator, Executive Director of Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, was Chair of the Land Use and Environmental Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, Director of the City of Seattle's environmental and permitting agency as Attorney for the City of Port Townsend and was President and board member of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

Janice Adair, Special Assistant to Jay Manning, Director of Washington State's Department of Ecology, leads the agency's efforts on climate change. She represents Washington State as Chair of the Western Climate Initiative and as a member of the Board of Directors for The Climate Registry.

Daniel M. Adamson, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and co-chair of the firm's Climate Change Practice Group, focuses on energy and environmental matters. Previously he was Director of the Office of Energy Projects at FERC and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Power Technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Stuart Clark, Air Quality Program Manager with the Washington State Department of Ecology, is responsible for developing, reviewing, evaluating and recommending positions on air pollution related policies, emerging air quality issues and federal and state legislation.

Kyle W. Danish, member at Van Ness Feldman, focuses on environmental matters, emphasizing corporate climate strategy and emissions trading-related transactions.

Aaron Day, Principal Consultant with Trinity Consultants, conducts air quality consulting projects, including regulatory applicability and compliance determination analyses, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Title V, state construction permit applications and dispersion modeling services.

L. John Iani, former Regional Administrator for Region 10 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a member at Van Ness Feldman, where he focuses on business and commercial development, project development, energy, natural resources, fisheries and environmental issues.

Dave Kircher, Manager of the Air Resources Department of Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, is on the steering committees of the Puget Sound Maritime Air Forum and the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition. He manages the Clean Air Agency planning programs.

Jane Q. Koenig, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, focuses on air pollution health. She was on advisory committees for the EPA, the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency and the Mickey Leland Urban Air Toxics Center.

Kirk Lilley, partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, focuses on air quality permitting and enforcement, environmental due diligence, hazardous waste issues, health and safety, and land use permitting. He co-authored the underground storage tank chapter of the Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook.

Jim Lopez, Deputy Chief of Staff in the King County Executive Office of Ron Sims, leads the Executive's global warming team. Previously he practiced law in Boston.

Sue Mauermann, Director of the Port of Tacoma's Environmental Programs, is responsible for creation of the Port's environmental vision and economic and environmental growth.

Patrick Mazza is a founding member and Research Director for Climate Solutions, where he focuses on improving public understanding of climate change science and accelerating clean energy development. He is co-author of "Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change."

Michael McGinn, Director of the Seattle Great City Initiative, is on the Transportation Technical Working Group of the State Climate Advisory Team. Previously he was a shareholder and commercial litigator at the law firm of Stokes Lawrence.

John A. McKinsey, senior counsel at Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on regulation of air quality, public health, marine and aquatic biology, environmental justice, visual impacts and electrical power transmission, interconnection and congestion. He is lead counsel for siting major industrial development projects in the west.

Douglas Morrison, founder of Environmental Law Northwest, ifocuses on air quality and Clean Air Act matters. He helps prevent and manage environmental liabilities through permitting and compliance with regulations.

Peter Murchie is West Coast Collaborative Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Regions 9 and 10. Previously he was with the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), the World Health Organization and the US/Canada International Joint Commission on ecosystem management of the Great Lakes.

Frank Paganelli is General Counsel for Propel Biofuels, Inc., a venture-backed retail biodiesel company. He provides outside general counsel and strategic business services for early stage, closely held companies.

Peter Ressler, Port of Seattle Seaport Manager of Environmental Compliance and Program Development, focuses on environmental regulations compliance and manages the Seaport air quality, hazardous waste, water quality, spill prevention and response programs.

Tim Stearns, Senior Energy Policy Specialist for the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, focuses on emerging energy technologies, market expansion for sustainable companies and modernization and diversification of the northwest power system.

James C. Waldo, partner at Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim, LLP, focuses on complex negotiations and project permitting and implementation. He advises Governor Gary Locke on water strategy for Washington State and is lead facilitator of the Puget Sound Hatchery Scientific Review Group.