How enticing do brownfields projects continue to be in California? Is the real estate market bullish enough to withstand environmental regulatory changes occurring now? Obtain regulatory updates, brownfields finance tools, and new brownfields case studies from regulators, consultants, investors, and the legal community.
Environmental and real estate attorneys, consultants, and regulators will provide contaminated property legislative and policy updates, including those impacting CalEPA vapor intrusion (VI) policies. Agency officials and consultants will discuss how CalEPA may model a dry cleaner policy after the LUST Low-Threat Closure Policy. State Water Resources Control Board Mangers will provide an update on their Site Cleanup and UST Programs. Regulators, investors, and NGOs will describe how grants, insurers, and public/private partnerships are used to fund remediation activities. Finally, our investors and developers will discuss some recent brownfields projects, both small and large.
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Perry S. Hughes, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP. As an environmental attorney, his diverse practice includes both transaction and litigation matters. His transactional practice centers on advising clients looking to acquire, develop or finance properties impaired with environmental contamination.
Matt Winefield, PE, Program Co-Chair, is the founder of Winefield & Associates, Inc. He is an engineer and businessman who has been supporting the redevelopment of contaminated properties since 1989. After redeveloping oil fields, refineries, and service stations for the California oil industry, he formed his first engineering consultancy in 1997.
Ravi Arulanantham, PhD, is a Sr. Principal Consultant working with Geosyntec Consultants. He has more than 20 years of experience focused on risk assessment and remediation management. He is recognized as a leader in applying risk-based decision-making to the development of remediation strategies for environmentally impacted sites.
Reid H. Breitman is a senior manager at Hyperion Fund LP with over twenty years of real estate and finance experience. He is an expert at real estate foreclosure investing with a portfolio of approximately 100 single family residential properties, and has created an organization to efficiently acquire, rehab and manage rental properties.
Preston W. Brooks is a partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP and chairs the firm's Environmental Team. He focuses on identifying legal risk associated with contaminated properties, and in finding solutions. He also represents purchasers of contaminated properties, known as brownfields, to help minimize his clients' environmental liabilities.
Onamia Chun is a geologist for Orion Environmental, Inc. She has over 10 years of experience in the environmental industry including extensive experience working with state and federal environmental grant and loan programs. She currently manages an Orphan Site Cleanup Fund site and a vapor intrusion study in a residential neighborhood.
Matthew Cohen is the Program Lead for the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup and GeoTracker Unit in the Division of Water Quality at the State Water Resources Control Board. He manages the development of statewide policies and procedures, review of closure petitions, and the maintenance and development of the GeoTracker database.
Steve Figgins is a Principal at EKI Environment & Water, Inc. He has over 38 years of experience as a Geophysicist with a focus on site characterization, remediation, and litigation support. He has worked closely with a variety of regulatory agencies in determining the most-applicable remediation approaches for various hydrogeological targets in soil and groundwater.
Peter A. Garcia is Division Chief of the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. He is a member of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, promoting policies for waste and materials management, environmentally sustainable practices, and environmental restoration.
Steve Luis is a Principal Consultant for Ramboll Environ. He has more than 20 years of experience providing environmental consulting and engineering services to clients in the legal, real estate and industrial sectors with a focus on site investigation and remediation, human health risk assessment and chemical fate and transport analysis.
Steven McMasters, PG, is a Senior Engineering Geologist managing the Site Cleanup & Department of Defense Program under the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Quality. He helps lead the State in vapor intrusion guidance, impacted supply well and source investigation studies, and strategies for funding cleanup sites.
Charity O’Sullivan is a Senior Vice President and Client Executive with JLT Specialty USA. She has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry encompassing various roles: Loss Control, Underwriting, and Commercial Brokerage. Today, she advises clients in addressing complex risk issues in the Environmental and Real Estate industry.
Suzanne R. Varco is the managing partner of Environmental Law Group LLP. She has extensive experience in hazardous waste compliance and cleanup, CEQA compliance and litigation, transactional due diligence involving permitting and compliance, underground storage tank issues, and environmental cost recovery and grant funding.
This seminar is approved for the following credits:
The Seminar Group is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider; therefore, this course is approved for 6.75 general CLE credits.
Credits for recorded courses available upon request.
Contractors & Engineers
Contractors and engineers may qualify for continuing education hours through the American Institute of Constructors or the Construction Management Association of America.
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