WV v. EPA: Tangible Takeaways

WV v. EPA: Tangible Takeaways
Thursday, July 28, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

After the significant U.S. Supreme Court case on June 30, 2022, A&WMA invited an expert group of panelists to discuss the immediate effects and implications of WV v. EPA.  

Guest speakers will feature West Virginia Solicitor General Lindsay See, who presented oral argument before the Court on behalf of 20 states; Eugene Trisko, who serves as Clean Air Act (CAA) and international Air Quality Counsel to United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), Electrical Workers and Boilermakers; Kathy Beckett, who serves as counsel to CAA regulated sources to include the Midwest Ozone Group; and Brian Bunger, environmental attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently retired after nearly 20 years as Counsel for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

This panel with explore key principles of law such as justiciability, major questions, agency deference and impact on regulation of GHG sources. Discussion will include assessment of states’ rights to regulate sources of GHGs independent of federal CAA regulation. The format for this unique event will be an interactive discussion, accompanied by summary slides, with opportunity for audience questions.
     $79 A&WMA Member; $129 Nonmember
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Kathy Beckett, Attorney, Steptoe and Johnson PLLC
Kathy Beckett is a member of the firm of Steptoe and Johnson PLLC, where she uses her thirty years of experience practicing environmental, regulatory, and natural resources law. Kathy is the team leader of the firm's Environment, Social, Governance ("ESG") group of attorneys and has also worked on Environmental Justice issues with U.S. EPA. She is active in many industry trade groups and serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Energy, Clean Air and Natural Resources Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Environmental Committee.

Brian Bunger, Environmental Attorney
Brian C. Bunger is an environmental attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Until his recent retirement, Mr. Bunger was the District Counsel for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for nearly 20 years. As the Air District’s chief legal officer, Mr. Bunger was the principal manager for all legal affairs of the Bay Area AQMD. As District Counsel, Mr. Bunger was routinely involved in Air District policy development and strategy. Mr. Bunger holds a Bachelor of Arts, with High Honors, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Lindsay See, Solicitor General, West Virginia
A 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School, Lindsay See is currently the Solicitor General for West Virginia, where she manages appellate and high-stakes litigation for the State of West Virginia in both state and federal courts. Her work also focuses on regulatory and administrative law issues, as well as leading and working with multi-state coalitions on a variety of national issues. Before moving to West Virginia, Lindsay clerked for the Hon. Thomas B. Griffith on the D.C. circuit, then spent several years practicing appellate and administrative law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C.

Eugene M. Trisko, Attorney at Law
Eugene Trisko holds  a B.A. in economics and politics from New York University (1972) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1977). He has lectured on the Clean Air Act and climate change at The Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University College of Law. Mr. Trisko has represented the United Mine Workers in domestic and international environmental issues since 1985. He also serves as General Counsel of Unions for Jobs and Environmental Progress. Gene also served as an appointed member of U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee from 2003 until 2010.

Moderator: James Walker, Air Quality Supervisor, CMS Energy
Mr. Walker currently works for Consumers Energy in Jackson, Michigan - Consumers Energy is a major regulated utility in Michigan with owned electrical generation subject to EPA requirements related to regulating GHG emissions. Mr. Walker serves as the Air Quality Supervisor for the Environmental Quality & Sustainability Department. His prior work experience includes being the Corporate Environmental Manager for Rea Magnet Wire Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Environmental Supervisor for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.