July 29th-July 30th, 2014
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.
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.