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Thursday, October 27, 2016

PC1: BROWNFIELDS 101
Chair: Steven Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA

Time: 8:00–8:50 AM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 4

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.

Speakers: Steven Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA; Troy Conrad, PA DEP, Harrisburg, PA; William K. Ahlert, Ph.D., HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA

PC2: PLANNING FOR BROWNFIELDS REDEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC FUNDING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Chair: Gregory M. Firely, BCES, Senior Project Scientist, Langan, Doylestown, PA

Time: 8:00–8:50 AM
Room: Independence Room

This session will provide an overview of how to position a project to take advantage of federal and state financial and technical assistance programs. Public outreach, planning, site selection and scheduling strategies will be reviewed. The session will present information on the available programs and how to prepare a well-conceived application. It will provide ideas on project planning , leveraging additional resources, and showcasing success stories.

A specialist from the Department of Community and Economic Development will provide an overview of the Industrial Sites Reuse Program. The Industrial Sites Reuse Program provides grants and low-interest loans for environmental assessments and remediation. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse. The Department of Community & Economic Development will show you how to access these funds.

Speakers: Gregory M. Firely, Senior Project Scientist, Langan; Christie Yerger, Economic Development Analyst, Department of Community and Economic Development

P1: WELCOME TO THE BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE!
Chair: George Hartenstein, PA DEP, Harrisburg, PA

Time: 9:00–9:40 AM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 3

The Honorable J. Richard Gray, Mayor of the City of Lancaster, will welcome all conference attendees. Governor Tom Wolf (invited) joins Patrick McDonnell, DEP Acting Secretary, and US EPA Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin with opening remarks. A new video will be shown highlighting brownfield redevelopment and other successful initiatives that have shaped the vibrant City of Lancaster.

1A: VAPOR INTRUSION: COLLECTING VAPOR INTRUSION SAMPLES AND INTERPRETING DATA
Chair: Kathleen G. Horvath, P.G., PA DEP, Harrisburg, PA

Time: 9:50–10:50 AM
Room: Independence Room

Investigating the vapor intrusion pathway has become an integral part of the site characterization process. Tom will discuss EPA’s new guidance, sampling methodologies and challenges, equipment considerations, and what you need to know about managing a project from a laboratory’s perspective. James brings his experience of evaluating more than 350 soil gas samples from more than 40 projects to answer why we see so many VOCs in the samples, what they are and where they come from, how to correlate results to VOCs observed in soil and groundwater, and how predictive regulatory criteria are for vapor intrusion risks.

Panelists: Tom Yoder, TestAmerica, Knoxville, TN; James Harless, Ph.D., CHMM, SME, Plymouth, MI

1B: USING LAND BANKS TO ADDRESS BROWNFIELDS AND PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Chair: Randy L. Roush, PA DEP, Harrisburg, PA

Time: 9:50–10:50 AM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 3

The session features an in-depth presentation on the PA Land Bank Act of 2012 which authorizes counties and municipalities to establish land banks, a flexible and optional tool meant to help strengthen our cities and towns by enabling them to systematically remove problem properties from an endless cycle of vacancy, abandonment, and tax foreclosure, and return them to productive use. The session will explore how a land bank’s powers to acquire tax-foreclosed properties, discharge liens and clear title can be used to help remediate brownfields and further economic development objectives. Speakers will share case studies from land banks in Pennsylvania and other states to show how the strategic use of land bank powers can spur brownfields redevelopment.

Speakers: Winnie Branton, Branton Strategies LLC, Philadelphia, PA; Chris Gulotta, The Gulotta Group, Easton, PA

1C: FROM BROWNFIELDS TO URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THE REDEVELOPMENT AND REBIRTH OF DOWNTOWN EASTON PA
Chair: William K. Ahlert, Ph.D., HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA

Time: 9:50–10:50 AM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 4

The first part of this session will focus on the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling’s efforts to redevelop brownfields throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties into green infrastructure. Featured projects will include the South Bethlehem Greenway, Karl Stirner Arts Trail, and the Allentown Waterfront. The session will dive into environmental assessment, community partnerships, and community impact.
The second part of this session will overview the resurgence of downtown Easton. A history of redevelopment will be provided with specific looks at the Pomeroy building project and the Easton Public Market. This part of the presentation will also detail the thriving restaurant and cultural scene that has arisen as this renaissance has taken place.

Speakers: Andrew Kleiner, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Bethlehem, PA; Mayor Sal Panto, Mayor of Easton, Easton, PA

MORNING BREAK
TIME: 10:50–11:00 AM

Time for the morning stretch break, and time to network with fellow attendees and browse the exhibit hall.

2A: APPLYING COLLABORATIVE APPROACHES AND INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES TO SITE REMEDIATION
Chair: Matthew J. Maloney, P.G., Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA

Time: 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Room: Independence Room

This session demonstrates the benefits of collaborative planning and execution among stakeholders. The development and application of innovative techniques to cost-effectively mitigate exposure risks at hazardous substance sites will be discussed.

Speakers: Matthew J. Maloney, P.G., Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA; David Hanny, Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C., Camp Hill, PA

2B: NATIONAL TRENDS IN BROWNFIELDS REDEVELOPMENT AND THEIR APPLICATION IN PENNSYLVANIA
Chair: Jill Gaito, Michael Baker International, Carlisle, PA

Time: 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 3

States and communities across the US are tackling similar issues related to moving brownfield sites from blight to assets. Many communities have developed creative strategies to overcome challenges and engage property owners, community leaders, developers, agencies and the public. What can be learned from successful projects across the country and how can these lessons be applied to Pennsylvania projects and communities? The proposed panelists are working nationally as EPA Contractors to assist states and communities with brownfield redevelopment plans and have been very successful in converting “lessons learned” into PA-specific implementation strategies.

Panelists: Sean Garrigan, Principal, Stromberg-Garrigan Associates, Inc.; Matt Ward, CEO Sustainable Strategies DC; Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates, LLC

Speakers will present successful project strategies and examples to demonstrate the power of adaptive reuse as a downtown and urban revitalization tool. Speakers will explore techniques for financing; stakeholder engagement; and imaginative new uses for buildings and sites in some of the Commonwealth’s urban and downtown cores most in need of revival.

Speakers: Stephen D. Brower, P.G., Environmental Standards, Inc., Valley Forge, PA; Coleen Terry, ECON partners, Inc., Radnor, PA

EXHIBIT HALL LUNCH
TIME: 12:00–1:30 PM

Thursday’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!

3A: REVIEW OF EPA’S & DEP’S REVISED VAPOR INTRUSION GUIDANCES
CHair: Troy Conrad, PA DEP, Harrisburg, PA

Time: 1:30–2:30 PM
Room: Independence Room

In June 2015, the EPA issued two documents on vapor intrusion: OSWER Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion Pathway from Subsurface Vapor Sources to Indoor Air and Technical Guide for Addressing Petroleum Vapor Intrusion at Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites. The potential regulatory, technical and legal implications of these two documents on petroleum and non-petroleum vapor intrusion investigations will be discussed.
The Department of Environmental Protection will issue a substantial update to its vapor intrusion guidance in late 2016. The DEP Land Recycling Program will provide an overview of the revised vapor intrusion investigation process highlighting the key changes from the previous guidance.

Speakers: Michael S. Maddigan, PA DEP, Harrisburg, PA; Christopher M. Roe, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP, Exton, PA

3B: TOOLS FOR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND REMEDIATION DECISIONS
Chair: Kim Hoover, PA DEP, Harrisburg, PA

Time: 1:30–2:30 PM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 3

This session will present the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Decision Tree, a new tool created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and BRS, Inc. This tool helps communities interested in integrating GSI planning in an urban environment of brownfields by guiding them through decisions on whether or avoid, mitigate, or remediate sites. The session will include a demonstration of how the City of Philadelphia’s Water Department is using the tool. This session will also present an overview of ASTM’s Standard Guide for Greener Cleanup, which provides a way to integrate more sustainable approaches into the remediation portion of a Brownfields redevelopment project. It can be applied at any time during the cleanup process, from site investigation to long term monitoring, and features a protocol to identify, prioritize, select, implement, and document the use of greener cleanup best management practices (BMPs).

Moderator: Dr. Colette Santasieri, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Speakers: Matthew Brener, P.E., BRS, Inc.; Nicole Hostettler, PP, AICP, LEED-Green Assoc, Philadelphia Water Department; James D. Snook, LSRP, Mott MacDonald, LLC

3C: IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN – CARLISLE GOES VERTICAL
Chair: Jill Gaito, Michael Baker International, Carlisle, PA

Time: 1:30–2:30 PM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 4

Attendees have been introduced to the Carlisle redevelopment effort in previous conferences. This session will provide an update specifically focused on the funding sources and techniques that have been pursued and acquired to implement planning recommendations for both public infrastructure and private development. Funding strategies include Federal, State and Local sources for transportation & stormwater infrastructure, recreational features, site prep work and vertical construction.

Panelists: Kate M. Molinaro, MPA, Borough of Carlisle; Matt Ward, CEO Sustainable Strategies DC; Sean Garrigan, Stromberg-Garrigan Associates, Inc.; Troy Truax and Jill Gaito, Michael Baker International, Carlisle, PA

AFTERNOON BREAK
TIME: 2:30–3:00 PM

4A: INTEGRATED WATER AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT – PROMOTING GREEN SOLUTIONS FOR BROWNFIELDS
Chair: Mark Urbassik, P.E., KU Resources, Inc., Duquesne, PA

Time: 3:00–4:00 PM
Room: Independence Room

Stormwater and wastewater management on brownfield sites is currently a hot topic in Pennsylvania. Does it warrant the close scrutiny? More importantly integrating stormwater management, water supply, and wastewater treatment technologies presents unique opportunities to enhance typical green infrastructure elements on brownfield sites. This session will present case study examples on water related permitting pitfalls for brownfields and highlight how standard regulatory and engineering practices for water and wastewater management need to be challenged to create sustainable, low cost solutions.

Speakers: John R. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., CES Clean Water SM, Pittsburgh, PA; Mark Urbassik, P.E., KU Resources, Inc., Duquesne, PA

4B: ENERGIZING BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT
Chair: Jason Hanna, Langan, Warrington, PA

Time: 3:00–4:00 PM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 3

The Marcellus and Utica Shale formations that underlie much of Pennsylvania provide the state with extraordinary resources in the form of natural gas and natural gas liquids. The ‘end-of-the-pipe’ opportunities abound, and energy driven development will continue to occur in core use regions such as the greater Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions. Development in these regions is an opportunity for land recycling. During this presentation or panel discussion, hear from key members of private and public entities on how brownfield redevelopment is part of the energy-oriented land use planning process.

Presenters/Moderators: Jason Hanna, Sr. Associate, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; Denise Brinley, Special Assistant to the Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Jeanne Nevelos, Vice President – Business Expansion Services, Select Greater Philadelphia; Erin Vizza, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

4C: THE PRESERVATION OF OPEN SPACE THROUGH UNIQUE PARTNERSHIPS
Chair: Gregory M. Firely, BCES, Langan, Doylestown, PA

Time: 3:00–4:00 PM
Room: Commonwealth Salon 4

Unique opportunities often lead to creative projects involving unlikely partners. The preservation of open space isn’t a typical Brownfield project, but the natural significance of an 80-acre parcel of land located in southeastern Pennsylvania was identified by The Heritage Conservancy, a Bucks County based non-profit conservation organization, who made this a high priority preservation project. Heritage was able to secure public funding for this project and work with numerous parties to ensure that the Conservancy’s goals were met and he preservation effort was successful. This panel will discuss the overall project and examine specific details of the project from various points of view including those of Heritage, the land owner, legal counsel and the environmental consulting firm involved.

Speakers: James Bedison – Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Steven Miano – Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller; Kris Kern – Heritage Conservancy; Robert L. Casselberry – The Dow Chemical Company

EXHIBIT HALL RECEPTION
TIME: 5:00–7:00 PM

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 out the exhibit areas, giving you a final opportunity to network with the exhibitors during our Thursday evening reception (remember that there are no Exhibits on Friday). A generous display of appetizers and beverage service is available for registered attendees

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