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04-13-2017: MMA Clearing the Air in 2017: An Overview of Air Quality Issues

Michigan Business Network
April 5, 2017 10:00 AM

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An Overview of Federal, Regional and State Air Quality Issues

Join the MMA and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan for a half-day program featuring updates on the most urgent environmental regulatory issues facing Michigan companies. Experts from government, industry, advocacy groups and the legal profession will address the latest developments and what to expect.

This event will include an Event Program, a valuable resource attendees can use right away or refer back to as they develop strategies over 2017.



AQD Rule Changes and Federal SIP Approval

The panel discussion will highlight many of the rule changes which became effective in December 2016, the background and policy concerns underlying the changes, and the prospects for US EPA approval of many permit exemptions allowed under state rules.

Panelists Include:

  • Moderator: Steve Kohl, partner, Warner Norcross & Judd
  • Tracey McDonald, environmental engineer, DEQ AQD
  • Robert Sills, air toxics unit supervisor, DEQ AQD
  • James Clift, policy director, Michigan Environmental Council





Practical NSR Implementation

The panel will discuss the latest developments/changes to the air construction permitting program, including the DEQ’s preparations for implementing emission offset requirements and LAER control technology in non-attainment areas, possible impacts on permitting in Southeast Michigan, and recent developments in air dispersion modeling.

Panelists Include:

  • Moderator: Paul Collins, associate, Miller Canfield
  • Steve Zervas, Trinity Consultants
  • Brian Leahy, senior meteorologist, Barr Engineering Co.
  • Annette Switzer, permit section manager, DEQ AQD



Michigan's Evolving Energy Policy

Michigan’s latest update to its energy legislation is set to take effect April 20, 2017.  The panel is a diverse group of stakeholders who plan to address the upcoming benefits and challenges of new statute against the backdrop of the Trump Administration and new legislators at the state level.

Panelists Include:

  • Moderator: Scott Sinkwitts, corporate counsel, Consumers Energy
  • Margrethe Kearney, staff attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Paul Proudfoot, Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Jim Weeks, executive director, Michigan Municipal Electric Association





2017 and Beyond: Outlook for Clean Air Act and Power Generators

John Kinsman of the Edison Electric Institute addresses the enormous reductions in pollutants while electricity generation has increased, as well as the regulatory landscape under a Trump Administration.

Speaker: John Kinsman, senior director for environment, Edison Electric Institute


DEQ Air Quality Division (AQD) Update

Learn about what is on the mind of AQD’s leaders, including the division’s upcoming goals, strategies, and challenges, as well as the potential impacts on the regulated community.

Speaker: Lynn Fiedler, AQD division director, DEQ



This event will include an Event Program, a valuable resource attendees can use right away or refer back to as they develop strategies over 2017. The program includes:

  • Event agenda
  • Speaker presentations
  • Interviews with industry experts
  • Exclusive contributed content


Who should attend: Environmental professionals, attorneys, managers with environmental compliance responsibilities, and individuals charged with strategic planning.

Register Online
Phone: 517-487-8521
E-mail: martin@mimfg.org

Contributed Content: Contact MMA’s Brett Gerrish, at 517-487-8533 or gerrish@mimfg.org, to share your expertise with attendees.

Sponsorship / Advertising: Contact MMA’s Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or martin@mimfg.org, to discuss sponsorship or advertising options.

Program Information: For program information, contact Kurt Kissling at 248-359-7313 or kisslink@pepperlaw.com, or MMA’s Andy Such at 517-487-8543 or such@mimfg.org.


Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Location: MMA Headquarters 
  •                620 S. Capitol Ave
  •                Lansing, Mi. 48933
$85  (includes lunch)


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