Regulatory Law for Non-Lawyers

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET                       
Everything you wanted to know about regulatory law but were afraid to ask.

This webinar will acquaint non-legal environmental professionals with the basics of regulatory law including legal fundamentals, questions of federal/state/local jurisdiction, and include practical examples of applied laws and regulations. Presented in an easy-to-follow manner, this primer is ideal for young professionals, students, environmental practitioners and layman interested in learning more about environmental law and non-compliance. Participants will learn the legal basis for regulation, the difference between rules and guidance, and the key considerations in managing compliance risk. The legal portion of the Webinar will cover how a bill becomes a law, becomes a regulation, becomes guidance, becomes a permit, and becomes enforceable. Environmental statutes, rules, guidance, and enforcement will also be discussed as well as understanding the legal basis for government action. 

The most common questions that environmental professionals will need to know will be addressed:

  • Do I have to follow guidance?
  • Who has jurisdiction—federal, state, or local authorities?
  • Who should I be talking to?
  • What happens when the state and EPA do not agree?
In addition to the facts, the Webinar will also include appropriate examples and hypotheticals for “making it concrete” and how to interpret ambiguous regulation. Discussion and examples will provide information on how to gain levels of clarity and reduce risk, how to manage risk, and what to do if someone has just laid an issue on your desk.  Managing alleged violations with a state and federal component will also be covered.

$169.00 Member; $229.00 Nonmember 


Bill Hefner, Attorney, Environmental Law Group 
Bill Hefner advises clients in all major aspects of environmental law, including air, water, environmental review and remediation. Bill was a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General from 1995 through 1999, where he advised and represented the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in a variety of enforcement, regulatory compliance, permitting and rulemaking matters. He joined Greene Espel, PLLP in 1999, and became a partner in 2002. Bill defended corporate, municipal and individual clients in environmental and land use litigation and enforcement proceedings at the federal, state and local levels.

Bill has been named to the list of Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013 and was named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Minneapolis. He is a frequent lecturer on current environmental issues and for ten years wrote the “Environmental Law Update” for the MSBA’s Bench and Bar magazine. Bill served as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law at Hamline Law School from 2011 through 2013. In June 2014, Bill was appointed to the Minnesota Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board. Bill received his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law and his Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University’s Graduate College in 1995.
Jon Bloomberg, Attorney, Environmental Law Group 
Jon Bloomberg focuses on environmental regulatory issues, advising clients on emissions release reporting, air and water compliance, sustainability strategies, OSHA compliance, wetland regulation, and government environmental review of new projects. His particular focus is on Clean Air Act regulatory matters. Jon has represented clients regionally and nationally in air and water permit negotiations with state and federal regulators. He has provided air and water compliance advice to a wide range of clients and has represented clients in the successful resolution of alleged regulatory violations and potential citizen-suit litigation. Jon was heavily involved in the preparation of the first Final Project Agreement in Minnesota under the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Project XL Program and was on the negotiating team that finalized a multi-facility settlement under EPA’s nationwide New Source Review enforcement initiative. Jon served six years as an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of St. Thomas Law School and served for eight years on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. Prior to joining ELG, Jon was a partner at Oppenheimer, Wolff, and Donnelly and was a founding partner at Bloomberg & Podpeskar LLP. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University Law School and was an editor of the Cornell Law Review.

Jen Moore, Environmental Engineering Specialist, 3M Company 
Jen Moore has been an active member of Air and Waste Management Association since 2008. She currently serves as Chair of the Association’s Young Professional Advisory Council. Jen graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering and received a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University. After graduation, Jen joined Hazen and Sawyer, an environmental consulting firm, as an assistant engineer in 2005.  In 2007, she became a part 3M’s corporate Environmental Operations group, specializing in air quality permitting for 3M’s manufacturing operations. In this corporate role, she evaluates the environmental impact from manufacturing processes, identifies regulatory applicability and resolves compliance challenges. Since 2008, she has specialized in the capture and control efficiency test requirements for web coating and coordinates efficiency testing for 3M’s thermal oxidizers in the United States.