2017 Annual Environment Conference

November 15 - 16, 2017

The Gideon Putnam


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The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

About the Environment Conference

In an effort to make the best use of YOUR time we have changed the format for this year’s Conference.

Kicking off the event with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, and the conference taking place on Thursday, it will still bring together experts from both the private and public sectors to interact and share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York State.

In addition to first rate speakers and program, there is a wide array of opportunities to increase your corporate presence through sponsorships.

PE Credits
The Business Council is approved as a sponsor of continuing education for Professional Engineers in New York State. 1 credit will be awarded for each 60 minute session completed on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16. A certificate will be sent at the completion of the conference.

Contact Sara McDonnell at 800.358.1202 or sara.mcdonnell@bcnys.org for further information.

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About The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is the leading business organization in New York State, representing the interests of large and small firms throughout the state. Its membership is made up of thousands of member companies, as well as local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.


Philip S. Bousquet, Bousquet Holtstein PLLC
Philip S. Bousquet

Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Dan Byers, U.S. Chamber of Commerece's Global Energy Institute
Dan Byers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute

Richard Clarkson, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Richard Clarkson

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Erin Crotty, CHA consulting, Inc.
Erin M. Crotty

CHA Consulting, Inc.

Dennis Elsenbeck, Phillips Lytle LLP
Dennis W. Elsenbeck

Phillips Lytle LLP

David P. Flynn, Phillips Lytle LLP
David P. Flynn

Phillips Lytle LLP

John L. Greenthal, Nixon Peabody LLP
John L. Greenthal

Nixon Peabody LLP

Yvonne Hennessey, Barclay Damon
Yvonne E. Hennessey

Barclay Damon LLP

Bradley Hutton, NYSDOH
Bradley Hutton, M.P.H.

New York State Department of Health

Kari Mavian, SI Group
Kari Mavian

SI Group

John Morris, Honeywell International
John J. Morris, P.E.

Honeywell International Inc.

Robert Murray, Harris Beach, PLLC
Robert G. Murray

Harris Beach, PLLC

John B. Rhodes, New York State Department of Public Service
John B. Rhodes

Public Service Commission
New York State Department of Public Service

Robert Rosenthal, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Robert M. Rosenthal

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Michael Ryan, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Michael Ryan

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Basil Seggos, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Basil Seggos

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Michael P. Sheehan, P.E., NYSDEC
Michael P. Sheehan, P.E.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Daniel A. Spitzer, Hodgson Russ LLP
Daniel A. Spitzer

Hodgson Russ LLP

Matthew Traister, O'Brien & Gere
Matthew Traister

O'Brien & Gere

Dave Vitale, NYSDEC
David Vitale

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Joella Viscusi, Ambient Environmental, Inc.
Joella Viscusi

Ambient Environmental, Inc.

Richard M. Walka, D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.
Richard M. Walka

D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.

Thomas Walsh, Barclay Damon LLP
Thomas F. Walsh, Esq.

Barclay Damon LLP

Lawrence H. Weintraub, NYSDEC
Lawrence H. Weintraub, Esq.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Mark Whitmore, Cornell University
Mark Whitmore

Cornell University


Ongoing Agenda updates and speakers to be announced.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by American Chemistry Council

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

State Regulatory Update

  • Regulations Regarding Management of Hazardous Building Materials
    Joella Viscusi (Bio), Founder and President
    Ambient Environmental, Inc.
  • The Hidden Danger of OSHA’s PSM Interpretive Guidance
    Matt Traister (Bio), Vice President
    O'Brien & Gere
    Lawrence H. Weintraub, Esq. (Bio), Program Counsel
  • Part 360 Amendments
    David Vitale (Bio), Director, Division of Materials Management
  • Part 222, Distributed Generation Sources
    Michael P. Sheehan, P.E. (Bio), Director, Bureau of Air Quality Planning

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.


Peter Lopez, Region 2 Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Sponsored by International Paper
Wine at Reception Sponsored by D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast
Registration sponsored by American Chemistry Council
Continental Breakfast sponsored by Harris Beach, PLLC

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.


8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote
John J. Morris, P.E. (Bio), Global Remediation Director
Honeywell International Inc.

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.


Honorable John B. Rhodes (Bio)
Chair, NYS Public Service Commission
Chief Executive Officer, Department of Public Service

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Is New York's Brownfield Redevelopment Program meeting its objectives?

David Flynn, Esq. (Bio), Partner
Phillips Lytle LLP


  • New DER 32
    Robert Murray (Bio), Partner
    Harris Beach, PLLC
  • Draft 375 Regs
    Michael Ryan (Bio), Assistant Division Director
  • Clear as Mud – Eligible Remedial Costs and Site Preparation Credit Eligibility
    Philip S. Bousquet Esq. (Bio), Partner
    Bousquet Holstein PLLC

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Commissioner's Remarks
Honorable Basil Seggos (Bio), Commissioner
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

10:50 -11:05 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Are Environmental issues intrinsically linked to New York's Energy Policy?

Robert M. Rosenthal (Bio), Counsel
Greenberg Traurig, LLP


  • NYS Energy Goals (REV, CES, RGGI)
    Dennis Elsenbeck (Bio), Head of Energy and Sustainability
    Phillips Lytle LLP
  • 401 Permits
    Yvonne E. Hennessey (Bio), Partner

    Barclay Damon, LLP
  • Renewable Siting
    Daniel A. Spitzer (Bio), Partner
    Hodgson Russ LLP

12:05 - 1:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Barclay Damon LLP

Biocontrol’s for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

  • Mark Whitmore (Bio), Forest Entomologist, Department of Natural Resources
    Cornell University
  • Jason Denham, Bureau of Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

What does the future hold for the EPA under President Trump?

John L. Greenthal (Bio), Senior Counsel
Nixon Peabody LLP

The US Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environmental Policy Priorities
Dan Byers (Bio), Vice President for Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute

What can New York do in its response to the Trump Administration?
Erin M. Crotty
(Bio), Environmental Market Leader
CHA Consulting Inc.

Industry update on TSCA
Kari Mavian
(Bio), Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs
SI Group

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break
Sponsored by O'Brien and Gere

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Is the Clean Water Infrastructure and Water Quality Protection Act working?

Richard Walka (Bio), Senior Vice President
D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.


  • Department of Health's role in addressing emerging containments
    Bradley Hutton, M.P.H. (Bio), Deputy Commissioner, Office of Public Health
    New York State Department of Health
  • Addressing Groundwater Quality at Waste Management Facilities
    Richard Clarkson (Bio), Director of Bureau Permitting and Planning, Division of Materials Management
  • What does the Solid Waste Site Clean Up Program mean for a PRP?
    Thomas Walsh, Esq.
    (Bio), Partner
    Barclay Damon, LLP

3:45 p.m.



As of November 9, 2017

Sponsorship Opportunities


Sold out


$ 3,000


$ 2,500


Sold out

Welcome Reception

Sold out

"Pub Crawl"

$ 2,500

Lunch (Co-Sponsorship)

$ 2,000

Continental Breakfast

Sold out

Wine at Reception

Sold out

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break

Sold out

Refreshment Break (Co-Sponsorship)

$ 1,500


$ 1,000

Included with your Sponsorship:

  • Complimentary conference registration(s)
  • List of participants
  • Recognition in conference material
  • Promotional item in conference packet
  • Company logo displayed at event
  • Gold and Premier sponsorships include additional registrations and/or benefits

*Prices listed are for Business Council members. Non-members, please contact Sara McDonnell at sara.mcdonnell@bcnys.org or call 800.358.1202 for more information.

Sponsor here

Registration Fees


Before 11/7/17

After 11/7/17




Non Member



To Cancel: Cancellations received by November 7, entitle registrant to a credit voucher or refund (less a $75 per registration processing fee). No refunds issued after Tuesday, November 7.

Tax Deductibility: All expenses of continuing education (including registration fees, travel, meals and lodging) used to maintain and improve professional skills may be tax deductible (Treas. Reg. 1.162-5). Consult your tax advisor for further information. Federal Tax ID# 141401680


Phillips Lytle LLP

  • Registration
    American Chemical Counsil
  • Welcome Reception
    International Paper
  • Ben & Jerry's
    O'Brien and Gere
  • Continental Breakfast
    Harris Beach PLLC
  • Lunch Co-Sponsor
    Barclay Damon LLP
  • Wine at Reception
    American Chemical Counsil
  • Workshop
    SI Group

Hotel Reservations

The Sagamore Resort on Bolton Landing

24 Gideon Putnam Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Overnight reservations should be made directly with The Gideon Putnam
Rate: $119
Cut-off Date: October 25, 2017
Group Code: 9NA2SD
Phone: 866.746.1077

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