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A Critical Review of the "Waters of the US" (WOTUS): Will It Survive the 114th Congress? (CHM450N)

Presented by: Erik R. Janus
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Get an Overview of Recently Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Effects of Implementation

The proposed revisions to Clean Water Act regarding how the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) defined are complex and vast, posing a number of challenges to both implementation and enforcement to a much wider array of stakeholders since its passage in 1972. The WOTUS revisions proposed in March 2014 were almost a decade in the making following some key court decisions.  These revisions have been the subject of both a massive public relations campaign on the part of the Environmental Protection Agency as well as a massive amount of public response, as evidenced by the volume of comments submitted to the docket.  As a result, the proposal has attracted the highest level of attention from the incoming 114th Congress, which has already developed a list of EPA regulations worthy of greater scrutiny. Will the WOTUS rule survive the 114th Congress?

Join this audio session as expert speaker Erik R. Janus clarifies protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The presentation will describe the recently proposed changes to the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS); provide an overview of the origin of these changes; discuss effects of implementation; and present the current challenges in light of the legal background and current political environment.

Duties assigned to employees who work in "Regulatory Affairs" are not taught in college or vocational schools. One of the best ways to learn how to be effective in regulatory affairs is to learn directly from those doing it. This presentation, in addition to teaching you about upcoming regulatory compliance issues, will provide helpful hints and resources for all levels of experience.  Small companies or those newer to the field may benefit particularly from the knowledge imparted during the presentation.

Session Highlights:

  • Understand the legal basis for the WOTUS revisions to CWA;
  • Understand how current implementation and enforcement works;
  • Identify the major revisions being proposed for WOTUS;
  • Understand the perspectives of EPA as well as impacted stakeholders on the revisions;
  • Have an increased awareness of the current legal and political climate that threatens adoption of the WOTUS proposal;
  • Have an increased awareness of the federal regulatory process; and
  • Have an increased awareness of how regulatory staff can interact with the government and others during the rulemaking process to effect positive change.

Benefits of the Session:

  • Knowledge of proposed (and existing)legislation that impacts a wide variety of stakeholders, including agricultural companies and producers, energy companies, and water management entities;
  • Resources for understanding federal rulemaking;
  • Resources to interact with the federal government during rulemaking; and
  • Tips and tools that companies (large and small) could use to enhance their regulatory affairs/compliance profile.

Who should attend?

  • Employees involved in compliance with US Clean Water Act (and/or permitted by Environmental Protection Agency or the US Army Corps of Engineers), from the specialist to the management level
  • Regulatory Affairs Officers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Local and State Government Employees
  • Waste Water group Leader
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Engineer
  • Those associated with Non-Profit Organizations and concerned with federal regulation of the "Waters of the US."
About Our Speaker(s)

Erik R. Janus | Chemical & Regulatory Toxicology SpeakerErik R. Janus
Erik R. Janus is the President of M?3; Technical & Regulatory Services LLC, a consulting firm offering technical and analytical services in a wide variety of areas to support the future of chemical risk assessment. Mr. Janus is an environmental health science, risk assessment and regulatory toxicology expert with over ... More info

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