On November 20, 2014, Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group delivered remarks at the Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHSS) Corporate Roundtable.  The roundtable was composed of senior executives from major corporations convening to share information and experience on sustainability, social responsibility, environment, health and safety problems and programs.  Ms. Horinko’s remarks focused on green and sustainable remediation and the opportunities this approach poses for improving the economic, social, and environmental outcomes of contaminated site cleanups.

To learn more about EHSS, visit http://www.ehsroundtable.net/.

November 5-6, 2014 | Tulsa, OK | Register

The Oklahoma Brownfields Conference will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma from November 5-6, 2014.   This year, the conference will feature a keynote speech by Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, drawing from her experience as Former Acting Administrator, EPA, and Assistant Administrator, OSWER, EPA and her leadership in the Brownfields program during and following her time at the Agency.  The conference will foster an exchange of information on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of Brownfields redevelopment.

For more information, visit http://www.oklahomabrownfields.com.

October 9, 2014 | 1:00 PM (ET) | Register

Water resources management experts Patrick McGinnis, Senior Advisor, The Horinko Group and Don Riley, SVP, Dawson & Associates will discuss flood risk and the aging infrastructure of inland waterways during the American Water Resources Association’s (AWRA) October 9 webinar.  The webinar will be based on articles from the January 2014 “Future of Water Resources in the United States” issue of Water Resources IMPACT.  Specifically, Mr. McGinnis will cover the issues and conclusions of the article titled, The Long Slog: What Lies Ahead for the Financing of Our Nation’s Inland Waterways Infrastructure.  AWRA will also hold three panels during AWRA’s 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference, November 3-6 in Tyson’s Corner, VA based on these issues.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1lRzLu3.

October 8–11, 2014 | Miami, FL | Register

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) will hold its 22nd Fall Conference from October 8–11, 2014. Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, will be moderating the October 9 panel discussion, Environmental Accidents: Nuts and Bolts for Counsel in Times of Crisis.  The panel, bringing together experienced in-house counsel, external environmental counsel, and regulators, will focus on incident preparedness and response as well as enforcement.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1qrkyLO.

Lewis & Clark Community College (L&C) hosted their 12th annual Water Festival on September 19th, 2014 in Godfrey, Illinois.  The Horinko Group was a proud sponsor of this effort, which aims to engage fifth grade students around a variety of environmental concepts.  The interactive festival offered students hands–on learning activities, including lessons in water quality, canoeing, and fishing. Over 350 students benefitted from the festival’s outdoor programming and environmental lessons.

To read L&C’s summary of the event, visit http://bit.ly/ZCH3aF.

The Horinko Group is pleased to support the important work of Wine to Water, a non-profit organization focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world. Come join THG and other individuals working on our shared goal of water stewardship at a free rooftop happy hour to honor the efforts of Wine to Water. The event will take place on Friday, July 25th in Washington, DC. See the invitation for more details on the event and how to RSVP.  Hope to see you there!

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1jivzj6

In July 2014, the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA) held a two-day summit on commercial navigation on the Upper Mississippi.  The Summit focused on four themes: infrastructure investment needs and opportunities, creating an intermodal transportation network, the potential for public–private partnerships (P3s), and strengthening the influence of ports and terminals.  Patrick McGinnis, Senior Advisor to The Horinko Group, presented on the panel covering the potential for public-private partnerships.  Mr. McGinnis shared with the audience the conclusions of the Horinko Group’s 2013 report on P3 financing, operations, and governance and participated in the discussion with the four other P3 experts on the panel.

To read the summit proceedings, visit http://bit.ly/1q8HViv.

On May 18, 2014, “The Weekly Roundtable,” a talk radio show on 1170 AM KFAQ in Tulsa, Oklahoma hosted by Mark Stansberry, energy leader and author of America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan, featured an interview with THG President Marianne Horinko.  The interview touched on the latest public resources released by THG, providing insights on pressing issues impacting the future direction of U.S. policy on energy and the environment.

To listen to the interview, visit http://www.thegtdgroup.com/marianne-horinko.

April 30, 2014 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST | Register

Hosted by The Horinko Group


Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a dual threat chemical as it is still used in varied manufacturing, degreasing and cleaning operations and may be the most pervasive and challenging contaminant associated with soil and groundwater pollution at remediation sites across the country. In late 2011, EPA issued its Final Assessment for TCE in its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database, setting a strict inhalation Reference Concentration for Chronic Inhalation Exposure (RfC) of 2 micrograms per cubic meter. Due to the health effect cited, fetal cardiac malformations, and the implications for short-term exposures, the stakes for TCE have been raised. Industry experts maintain that the decision to base the RfC on less than chronic exposures has the potential to trigger expanded TCE concerns in both the workplace and for previously closed remediation projects (from indoor air exposures due to the vapor intrusion (VI) pathway).

This webinar will provide an analysis of the issues and science related to the TCE RfC, along with an update on its current regulatory status. Interim approaches to addressing potential TCE risks in the absence of updated regulations and guidance will also be discussed. Given the large population of workers who could be impacted (with a focus on women of child-bearing ages) and the number of TCE contaminated remediation sites across the country, decisions concerning updated regulations and guidance on this issue are of critical importance to industry from cost, operations, and health and safety standpoints.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understanding the basis for the TCE RfC in IRIS, its implications and limitations;
  • Update on current regulatory and EPA guidance efforts;
  • How to manage potential risks in the current absence of updated regulations and guidance; and,
  • Information and analysis on potential impacts and ramifications related to the use of this RfC in an assessment of workplace health and safety and the potential for reopening closed remediation sites due to VI concerns.

Intended Audience

  • Risk Assessors/Toxicologists
  • Corporate and site EHS managers
  • Corporate and site Health and Safety officers
  • Real estate property managers/developers
  • Brownfields specialists
  • Remediation engineers

Our Featured Presenter

  • Travis Kline, Senior Toxicologist, AlterEcho
    Travis Kline is AlterEcho’s Senior Toxicologist, with more than 20 years of experience developing site-specific chemical and radionuclide risk assessments and toxicological reviews at federal and state-regulated sites nationwide. Travis is the co-author of the Alternatives Analysis Report for Bisphenol-A (BPA) in Infant Formula Cans and Baby Food Jar Lids for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the first examination by a state agency of the potential hazards of BPA, as well as investigating currently available and emerging BPA alternatives. He is a frequent instructor for EPA and state environmental agencies on risk assessment and toxicology, and his research work has appeared in multiple scientific publications. He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Safer Products Summit, discussing the risks of VOCs in consumer products and VOC alternatives. He is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Society for Risk Analysis (New England Chapter). He has an MEM in Toxicology from Duke University and a BA in Developmental Biology/Genetics from Colby College.

Host and Moderator

  • Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group
    Marianne Horinko is the President of The Horinko Group (THG). Ms. Horinko’s expertise is in watershed-based approaches to cleanup and revitalization, corporate sustainability, and collaborative solutions to environmental progress through unique public-private partnerships. Prior to founding THG, she served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2004, and Acting EPA Administrator in 2003. Following the events of September 11, Ms. Horinko served at EPA assisting in environmental cleanup activities at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Capitol due to anthrax contamination. In 2003, she oversaw EPA’s response to the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster. Ms. Horinko is an alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park (B.S. in Analytical Chemistry) and Georgetown University Law School (J.D.).

February 5, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST | Washington, DC

The Environmental Law Institute will be hosting a panel discussion on the upcoming effects the Obama Administration will have on environmental law, policy, and practice.  The panel will consider the President’s Climate Mandates, the Administration’s priorities with respect to public land development and conservation, U.S. energy policy, and the regulatory agendas at EPA, DOJ, FERC, and other agencies in the upcoming year.

For additional information, visit http://bit.ly/1dt5fkA.