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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Brownfields 101
Chair: Steven Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 8:00-8:50 A.M.

Spend an hour before the start of the conference learning the basics of Pennsylvania’s brownfields program. The session is designed for those who are new to brownfields redevelopment, those who want a refresher, or those who want to put the entire redevelopment process into perspective. The session will cover the basics of Acts 2, 3 and 4, the legal protection provided, federal counterparts, the drivers of the process, managing technical issues, the nuts and bolts of doing the deal, risk management, vapor intrusion issues as a new issue, and long term stewardship of redevelopment projects including environmental covenants. Speakers will provide both the DEP and private practice perspectives and will include a DEP representative, a technical consultant and an environmental lawyer who are all very experienced in the PA brownfields program.

Speaker: Steven Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA; Troy Conrad, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA; William K. Ahlert, Ph.D., HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA

Welcome to the PA Brownfields Conference!
Chair: Troy Conrad and Kim Hoover, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 9:00-10:30 A.M.

Welcome remarks provided by…..

The Honorable Mayor of Bethlehem Robert Donchez, Bethlehem, PA




Patrick McDonnell, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Secretary, Harrisburg, PA




Steven Cook, US EPA, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, Washington, DC



Morning Break
Time: 10:30-11:00 A.M.
It’s time for the morning stretch break and time to network with fellow attendees.

1A: Brownfields to Playfields: Put a Park On It!
Chair: Kim Hoover, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 11:00-11:50 A.M.

The Brownfields to Playfields initiative seeks to expand outdoor recreation with new parks, trails, playgrounds and public greenspace by repurposing brownfields. The panel will showcase seven pilot projects located across Pennsylvania which are currently at various phases of the redevelopment process, including site assessment, remediation, planning, engineering design and construction. One of the pilot sites is in the Elrama neighborhood in Union Township, Washington County. Once an abandoned chrome-plating facility, several cleanup actions occurred through DEP. Union Township was subsequently able to demonstrate that the site meets the Site Specific Standard for recreational reuse. Funding was provided by EPA and DCED with oversight by the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington and other local partners.

Speakers: Kim Hoover, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA; Mark Patrick and Steve Pesch, KU Resources, Inc., Duquesne, PA

1B: Federal Cleanup Programs in the New Administration
Chair: Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates, LLC, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 11:00-11:50 A.M.

The Trump Administration is shaking things up when it comes to Federal Cleanup Programs. In May 2017, the Superfund Task Force was established to develop recommendations to improve and expedite the process of site remediation and promote reuse of Superfund sites. On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 into law. The “2018 Omnibus Bill,” includes the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act of 2018 component—or the 2018 BUILD Act – which made significant, changes to Brownfield Grant funding. This session will discuss what these changes mean for opportunities in the brownfields sector.

Speakers: Steven Cook, US EPA, Washington, D.C.; Stephanie Branche-Carter, US EPA, Philadelphia, PA

1C: Redeveloping Brownfields with Art, Entertainment and Innovation
Chair: William (Bill) K. Ahlert, Ph.D., HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA
Time: 11:00-11:50 A.M.

Redeveloping Brownfields with Art, Entertainment and Innovation is a moderated panel discussion highlighting the Redevelopment of the Bethlehem Steel Property focusing on the 10 acre Steel Stacks Campus and the subsequent investments in the surrounding community. SteelStacks is home to multiple arts and entertainment organizations including ArtsQuest, Levitt Pavilion, PBS 39 and the Sands Casino. The success of this project has allowed the community to shift its focus toward smaller impact projects throughout the SouthSide of Bethlehem.

Speakers: Alicia Miller Karner and Tony Hanna, City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA; Antonio Fiol – Silva, Sitio Architecture and Urbanism, Philadelphia, PA; Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest/Levitt Pavilion, Bethlehem, PA; Missy Hartney, SouthSide Arts District, Bethlehem, PA

Exhibit Hall Luncheon
Time: 11:50 A.M. – 12:40 P.M.

Tuesday’s lunch is set throughout the exhibit hall, providing registered attendees the opportunity to lunch and learn, as they visit with exhibitors and enjoy our strolling buffet. Lunch is
included in your registration fee.

Keynote Session
Chair: Matthew Maloney, Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA
Time: 12:50 –1:30 P.M.

Susan Boyle, GEI Consultants, Inc. and representative from the Brownfields Coalition of the North East (BCONE), Mt. Laurel, NJ will provide welcoming remarks and an introduction to BCONE.



We are pleased to announce Mr. James Petrucci as the keynote speaker of the 2018 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference. Jim founded J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc. in 1987 and as President of the Company, he has guided the J.G. Petrucci Co. team through a program of measured growth with a focus on providing clients with complete accountability on every project. J.G. Petrucci Co. has developed and built over six million square feet of commercial and industrial buildings covering a wide range of industries.


2A: Community Involvement
Chair: Greg M. Firely, BCES, Langan Engineering, Doylestown, PA
Time: 1:30 – 2:20 P.M.

Brownfields redevelopment occurs where it does for a reason, sites formerly supported industries that no longer remain, however the infrastructure and population do. These brownfield sites create many ideas on what should occur; however planning and community engagement provide a framework for success. This session will provide insight into two such successful brownfields redevelopments and detail the community engagement that was needed to make it happen. This session will focus on two sites which were redeveloped in Philadelphia. Attendees will learn the approaches that were taken to incorporate community input and complete remediation that balanced risk with limited budgets for successful site redevelopment.

Speakers: Jeffrey Smith and Spencer Finch, P.E., LEED-AP BD+C, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; Dan Amate, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; Tom Dalfo, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

2B: Environmental Sustainability: Planning for Smart Growth
Chair: Jess Anderson, Michael Baker International, Fort Washington, PA
Time: 1:30 – 2:20 P.M.

An abandoned industrial manufacturing property turned luxurious, multi-family apartment complex with direct access to a network of walking trails along the scenic Schuylkill River, plus a historic rail bridge restored and retrofitted with a pedestrian walkway leading to downtown Manayunk’s vibrant shopping district.  This session will highlight the benefits, as well as hidden challenges, in transforming this Philadelphia suburb’s largest brownfield into a destination for generations to come.  Learn about the local zoning ordinance specifically drafted to stimulate redevelopment and how this project paved the way for further sustainable revitalization.  Speakers will include the developer behind the initiative and the environmental lawyer and technical consultant who addressed the historic environmental impacts via site-specific remedies pursuant to the Act 2 Program.

Speaker: Glenn Nicholas Iosue, P.E., BCEE, and William J. Ponticello, P.G., Penn Environmental & Remediation, Inc., Hatfield, PA; Jonathan H. Spergel, Esq., Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Kevin S. Kyle, MLP Ventures, Radnor, PA

2C: Update on Vapor Intrusion Issues in Brownfields Development
Chair: Steve Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 1:30 – 2:20 P.M.

Many brownfields sites have residual volatile organic compounds in soil and groundwater. The potential for vapor intrusion (VI) has become a significant issue at such sites. This experienced panel will lead you through the latest information on addressing VI issues in brownfields redevelopment. Panelists will discuss recent proposed Pennsylvania guidance updates and federal updates, how to assess whether your site has VI issues, and what you need to consider from a technical, legal and practical perspective when redeveloping such sites.

Speakers: Colleen Costello, P.G., GHD, North Wales, PA; Michael Maddigan, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA; Christopher Roe, Fox Rothschild, Exton, PA

Afternoon Break
Time: 2:20-3:30 P.M.
It’s time for the afternoon energy break and time to network with fellow attendees and browse the exhibit hall.

3A: Downstream Shale-Manufacturing Opportunities For Brownfield Redevelopment
Chair: Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates, LLC, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 3:30 – 4:20 P.M.

The abundance of natural gas and natural gas liquids produced from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has created a generational opportunity for an economic renaissance in Pennsylvania and the broader region. The development of a downstream petrochemical industry utilizing local feed stocks could lead to the creation of tens of thousands of new community-sustaining jobs, and increased local and national economic resiliency. Attendees will learn about the shale gas and petrochemical industries in general and how brownfields will play a critical role in the value proposition our region can make to attract a global industry and new manufacturing investment.

Speakers: Jim Sewell, Shell Appalachia, Beaver County, PA; Matt Ward, Sustainable Strategies DC, Washington, D.C.; Matthew Pitzarella, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Pittsburgh, PA

3B: Brownfields for Sale
Chair: Greg Firely, BCES, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Warrington, PA
Time: 3:30 – 4:20 P.M.

Many brownfield sites sit vacant and idle with the responsible parties no longer viable. This often leads to local governments and/or county agencies being responsible for potentially hazardous sites and site safety concerns. Through grant funded assistance these sites are being redeveloped as a community resource. Land developers and brokers are encouraged to attend this session to receive information on sites that are available for sale. Local government and county agencies are encouraged to attend to learn how these communities leveraged grant funding and positioned these sites for redevelopment.

Speakers: Greg Firely, BCES, Langan Engineering, Doylestown, PA

3C: Brownfields Revitalization & Environmental Justice for All
Chair: Kim Hoover, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 3:30 – 4:20 P.M.

One of the goals of brownfields redevelopment is to lift-up the community that has lost a former employer or lived with an abandoned eyesore for far too long. Well-planned public outreach and community involvement during the site redevelopment planning process can ensure that the revitalization does not leave anyone behind. This panel will detail PA Department of Environmental Protection’s new public involvement policy including the expanded definition of an Environmental Justice community; provide examples of effective community involvement techniques; and highlight the community involvement program for an EPA Area wide Planning Project in the North Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Speakers: Andrew Goodman, New Kensington Community Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA; Allison Acevedo, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA; Dr. Mahbubur Meenar, Ph.D., GISP, School of Earth and Environment, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Exhibit Hall Reception
Time: 4:30-6:30 P.M.
Sessions are done for the day, now it is time to relax and enjoy some networking time with your fellow attendees during our Exhibit Hall Reception. The reception is set through the exhibit areas, giving you a final opportunity to network with the exhibitors during our Tuesday evening reception. A generous display of appetizers and beverage service is available for registered attendees.


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