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Legislative Conference

July 29th-July 30th, 2014
Hotel George
Washington, DC

    2014 Legislative Conference

    At ICAC’s Board of Directors meeting and Legislative Conference this week, a wide variety of interesting speakers and ICAC presentations resulted in an interactive two days with Congressional staffers, a representative of the White House, the senior legal counsel in EPA’s air office, a former high level EPA air official, and representative of the U.S. Trade Representative.

    After the July 29 Board meeting, Bob Myers, former Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, explained the structure of the proposed Clean Power Plan and the more recent 111(b) prosed rule for modified power plants.  Rick Duke, Deputy Director for Climate Policy at the Council of Environmental Quality within the White House, presented the administration’s rationale for the proposed Clean Power Plan, and Mr. Duke entertained some vigorous questioning from the ICAC audience.  Finally, Bill McElnea, Director of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, gave the Board an update on the recently-launched WTO negotiations on reducing tariffs on environmental technologies.  The first negotiations between 14 WTO member nations representing 86% of the global environmental technologies trade starts September 22 in Geneva where the participants will start putting together a comprehensive list of air pollution technologies.  Please Note: Mr. McElnea has an immediate need for the harmonized system codes from ICAC member companies that export.  He requested that we submit them within three (3) weeks so they have time to include them in these negotiations.  If you need to talk to him directly, his phone number is (202) 395-9572.

    On July 30, ICAC had its first Legislative Conference day.  After opening remarks by ICAC Executive Director Betsy Natz, Joe Goffman, Senior Counsel at EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, provided a detailed breakdown of the proposed Clean Power Plan and addressed ICAC members’ concerns about new source review (NSR).The ICAC group moved to the Dirksen Senate Office Building where three Hill staffers comprised the federal issues panel and discussed the more political aspects of recent air pollution regulations.  After opening remarks by each, Laura Haynes, Environmental Legislative Assistant to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del), Patrick McCormick, Special Counsel to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Tom Hassenboehler, Chief Counsel to Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, provided frank answers to a host of ICAC members’ questions in a lively give-and-take session.The Legislative Conference concluded with short presentation for invited congressional guests.  Stan Mack, President of the ICAC Board of Directors, provided opening remarks.  Angelos Kokkinos, Babcock Power, presented on the realities of making heat rate improvements, Steve Moorman, Babcock & Wilcox, gave an overview of high efficiency ultrasupercritical (USC) coal plant design and carbon capture technologies, and Karl Walby, Durr Systems, explained various methane control technologies, including ventilation air methane (VAM) from coal mines.

    ICAC would like to express special thanks to Jason Huffnagle from Senator Murkowski’s office who helped with the meeting details at the Dirksen Building. 

    View the presentations from the 2014 Legislative Conference here.


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