Environmental Law and the Trump Administration: What Lies Ahead?
The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States may spur important changes to federal environmental law. There have been speculations that the Trump Administration might abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Changes to environmental laws, regulations and policies that facilitate growth in the coal, oil and gas economy are also expected to happen. Furthermore, in the "America First Energy Plan" posted on the official White House website, President Trump commits to eliminate the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.
Some of these anticipated changes may quickly be implemented while some may take considerable time and effort to get enforced, and others are unlikely to happen at all. However, as these changes profoundly affect businesses, it is important to stay abreast of any developments in this topic to ward off potential pitfalls.
The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders to analyze the latest trends and developments in environmental laws, regulations and policies under the Trump Administration. This two-hour LIVE Webcast will provide the audience with strategies to anticipate situations in which some of these policies will affect them and how to respond to a new world of environmental uncertainties.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Anticipated Changes on Environmental Laws
- The "America First Energy Plan"
- Environmental Litigation and Enforcement
- International Environmental Priorities
- Strategies for 2017 and Beyond
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Adam M. Kushner,
Hogan Lovells US LLP
- Overview of Environmental Protection Agency
- Lookback at Obama Administration Policy
- Appointment of Commissioner Scott Pruitt
- Planned Rollback of EPA Regulations
- Enforcement Gap: Reduced Federal Role/More Responsibility for States With Few Resources
Susan J. Sadler,
Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler PLC
- Effect of Trump Administration Policies on Other Agencies
- Department of Interior
- Department of Energy
- Executive Orders, Advisory Letters as Vehicles for Change
- Antiquities Act – Power to Reverse Designations
- Changes in the Department of Justice
Norman A. Dupont
Ring Bender LLLP
Trump Administration’s new policies may not change a lot in the West Coast states
- California, Washington, & Oregon likely to continue with existing pro-environmental policies.
- Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other statutes delegate considerable authority to the states
- California, Washington, Oregon climate change/clean energy policies likely to continue
- Oregon federal court litigation over federal inaction on climate change
- California, Washington, Oregon water policies likely to continue: water as precious resource.
- numeric limits for MS4 permits
- groundwater regulation under public trust concept
- Federal pre-emption requires clear act of Congress: Supreme Court skeptical of doctrine of “implied” pre-emption
What should businesses and organizations do to prepare for shift in environmental enforcement
Who Should Attend:
- Environmental Attorneys
- Energy and Environmental Consultants
- Renewable Energy Professionals
- State Regulatory Officials
- Environmental Non-profit Organizations
- Public and Private Companies
- Other Interested Organizations/Individuals
Justin Savage is a partner in Hogan Lovells US LLP’s environmental practice in the Washington, D.C., office. For 20 years, Mr. Savage has tried and litigated some of the largest environmental cases in the history of the United States. He served for nearly a decade at the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated complex cases under several environmental statutes.
Justin Savage is a partner in Hogan Lovells US LLP’s environmental practice in the Washington, D.C., office. For 20 years, …
Adam Kushner is a partner Hogan Lovells US LLP’s environmental practice and is the global practice leader. Mr. Kushner has tried, litigated and supervised major federal environmental litigation for more than 30 years on behalf of, and in opposition to, the United States. Mr. Kushner served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section for 12 years and then as the Director of EPA’s national air and civil enforcement programs for 10 years. Currently, Mr. Kushner’s practice is focused on enforcement defense and internal investigation and reviews related to structural environmental governance compliance issues.
Adam Kushner is a partner Hogan Lovells US LLP’s environmental practice and is the global practice leader. Mr. Kushner has …
Susan J. Sadler is a founding Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. She is the head of the Environmental, Energy and Sustainability practice group. She concentrates her legal practice on a broad spectrum of environmental issues.
Since the early 1980s, she has provided counsel on compliance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Wetland Regulations, Endangered Species Act, and state environmental statutes and permitting requirements.
Ms. Sadler is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental law sections and past Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Committee. She is a past Board Member of the Great Lakes Center for Legal Studies She is Chair of the Michigan Environmental Law Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Natural Resources.
A frequent author, Ms. Sadler has made significant contributions to the Detroit College of Law Review, the first and second edition of The RCRA Practice Manual (published by the American Bar Association), and Environmental Law for Contractors. She also is a lecturer for the American Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan and has been a faculty member of the Law Institute Program of the Defense Research Institute.
Ms. Sadler earned her J.D. from the University of Toledo in 1980 and a B.A. from Albion College in 1977.
Susan J. Sadler is a founding Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. She is the head of the …
Norman A. Dupont is a partner at Ring Bender, where he practices environmental law including litigation and counseling matters. Mr. Dupont has over 32 years experience in the environmental law field, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act ("CERCLA"), the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, amendments to the Solid Waste Disposal Act("RCRA"), the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Proposition 65 claims, brownfield redevelopment projects, California Hazardous Substance Account Act claims, stormwater discharges from MS4 systems and toxic tort suits alleging common law tort claims.
Mr. Dupont represents both public and private sector clients in a wide range of environmental transactions and litigation matters. Mr. Dupont has substantial trial and appellate court experience and has tried a variety of cases including environmental, antitrust, contract, labor and tort cases in before both judicial officers and juries.
Norman A. Dupont is a partner at Ring Bender, where he practices environmental law including litigation and counseling matters. Mr. …
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About Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hogan Lovells is a leading global legal practice providing business-oriented legal advice and high-quality service across its exceptional breadth of practices to clients around the world. The firm offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world's most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. We help you identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Our 2,500 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever your work takes you.
About Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC
Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC is dedicated to helping businesses and the individuals who own them. The firm offers our clients the expertise of a large law firm and the flexibility of a small firm. The firm is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with a clientele of Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, publicly and privately owned companies of varied sizes, and emerging businesses located throughout the United States. We also represent many individuals in their tax, estate and personal planning matters.
About Ring Bender LLLP
In 2012 lawyers from big-firm law practices (K&L Gates, previously Preston Gates) started a smaller environmental firm with offices in Portland, Oregon, Orange County, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The firm’s attorneys have decades of experience in environmental law fields such as CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. The firm represents both public municipal entities, water districts, and private corporations in interpreting, complying with, and, if necessary, litigating a variety of environmental and resources issues. Other lawyers with similar big-firm environmental experience (Paul, Hastings) have joined the firm more recently to continue to serve its clients by applying the principle: “Common sense, uncommon resolve.”