​That's Confidential: Protecting Information in Regulatory Submittals

That's Confidential: Protecting Information in Regulatory Submittals 

Thursday, February 27, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

The requirements that establish protections for confidential business information (CBI) can vary significantly by jurisdiction.  This can frequently cause the potential for improper characterization of data as CBI by industry, disagreement over which information may be protected as confidential, and/or the release of critical CBI to the general public, including a company’s competitors. Perspectives from the industrial, regulatory, and legal communities will be provided. The importance to industry for maintaining CBI while balancing the need of regulatory agencies and the public to have access to needed information when reviewing regulatory submittals will be elaborated.
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Brian Bunger, Chief Legal Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Brian C. Bunger is the chief legal officer managing all legal affairs of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and is counsel to the Air District’s Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council.  Mr. Bunger also manages the public records request response function for the Air District.  Mr. Bunger has been with the Air District since 2000, and was appointed District Counsel in 2002. Mr. Bunger holds a BA, with High Honors, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  Mr. Bunger has been a member of the California Bar since 1989.

Adam Driscoll, Senior Air Quality Consultant, Barr Engineering Company
Adam Driscoll is a Senior Air Quality Consultant in Barr’s Minneapolis office where he serves clients in a variety of industries in areas that include: complex air quality permitting, multi-media auditing and agency negotiations. He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota, and is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota.

Bill Hefner, Attorney, Environmental Law Group
Bill Hefner has been advising clients in all major aspects of environmental law, including air, water, environmental review and remediation, for over 24 years. Prior to joining the Environmental Law Group, Bill represented the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General and was a partner at Greene Espel, PLLP.  Bill received his law degree, with special honors, from the University of Iowa College of Law and his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University’s Graduate College.


Chris Nelson, Environmental Permitting Manager, 3M Company
Chris Nelson is the Environmental Permitting Manager for 3M Company, leading compliance activities for 3M’s global manufacturing facilities. He was the 2018 President for the Air & Waste Management Association Board of Directors, chairs the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Air Quality subcommittee, and serves on the Board of Directors for Environmental Initiative, a Minnesota-based non-profit. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a registered professional chemical engineer in Minnesota.