THG’s 2016 Summit
The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case

October 26, 2016 | 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

THG, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), will be convening our next Summit, The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case, on October 26, 2016.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) regulatory and enforcement programs have accomplished a great deal over the past forty years. At its 40th anniversary, the RCRA statute stands to achieve much more. Looking forward, real progress will be made through collaboration with states, local governments, industry, academia, and communities. How can we capture the accomplishments of the past and leverage these results into a new, innovative, and productive enterprise? As U.S. EPA fashions its approach to RCRA 2040, we gather a community of experienced practitioners to exchange ideas and shape the debate about the future of this important program.

Thanks in advance to our Summit partners, ASTSWMO and ITRC, and to our Summit sponsors, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sustainable Remediation Forum, HSW Engineering, Republic Services, Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, and Cement Kiln Recycling Coalition. The Summit will also take place the day before ASTSWMO’s Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC from October 27-28. For more details on that event click here.

To view the Summit agenda, visit

To see more information on the Summit, visit

Brown Bag Mentoring Luncheon for Early-Career Professionals
September 16, 2016

Speaker: Stanley Meiburg, Acting Deputy Administrator, EPA

Host: The brown bag luncheon is co-hosted by The Horinko Group, Crowell & Moring, and EPA, with special thanks to EPA for graciously providing the event space.

Date: Friday September 16, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30 pm


U.S. EPA Office of General Counsel
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
William Jefferson Clinton North Building, Room 4045
Washington, DC 20004

The mentoring luncheon will feature a brief talk by Stanley Meiburg followed by questions and discussion.

Stanley Meiburg serves as the Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA, continuing a career spanning over 36 years at EPA in locations around the country. He has broad experience in the management of the agency across the spectrum of EPA’s activities, and has received numerous awards, including recognition as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012 and as a Meritorious Federal Executive in 1997. He received EPA’s Gold Medal in 1990 for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments, and Silver Medal in 1983 for work on state-federal relations.

Meiburg spent 18 years as Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA’s Region 4 office in Atlanta, Georgia, following service as Deputy Regional Administrator in EPA’s Region 6 office in Dallas, Texas. He is the second person in EPA history to serve as Deputy Regional Administrator in more than one region.

From 1990 to 1995, Meiburg was Director of Region 6’s Air, Pesticides and Toxics Division. From 1985 to 1990, he was Director of the Planning and Management Staff of EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Durham, North Carolina, leading work on the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments as well as planning and budgeting for the air program.

Meiburg joined EPA in 1977, serving in a variety of positions in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Dallas, Texas, before coming to Atlanta. Meiburg holds a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Brown Bag Mentoring Luncheon for Early-Career Professionals
July 25, 2016

Speaker: Ramona Trovato, President, Blue Heron Consulting, LLC

Host: The brown bag luncheon is co-hosted by The Horinko Group, Crowell & Moring, and EPA, with special thanks to Crowell for graciously providing the event space.

Date: Monday July 25, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Location: Crowell & Moring Offices, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC – Room 10-C

The mentoring luncheon will feature a brief talk by Ramona Trovato followed by questions and discussion.

Ramona Trovato has a long and productive history with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She has been the force behind numerous new, diverse, unique and ground breaking Agency efforts, including promoting and protecting children’s environmental health, developing radioactive waste management solutions for clean-up at nuclear weapons sites, and leading efforts to create a more timely, relevant, and responsive research and development program for EPA. In each case her successes were grounded in an unwavering belief in public service and what it stands for—providing excellent service and care to the citizens of the United States. Because of her leadership abilities, people skills, policy and political experience, science background, limitless energy and unwavering ability to stay focused and deliver meaningful results, Ramona has been asked to serve in various leadership positions across EPA programs, including: children’s health, water, indoor air, radiation, information management & technology, land revitalization and reuse, and research and development. Her broad knowledge and experience, her creativity and perseverance, and her adaptability and resilience all contribute to her ability to find solutions to environmental and public health challenges, while never losing sight of the associated challenges also facing our nation.

Ramona is committed to work with others within and outside the Agency. She firmly believes that none of us can be successful alone and that contributions made at a national level can only be accomplished through the dedication and effort of many people. To that end, Ramona would like to recognize her colleagues in government (federal, state, and local), non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academia for their willingness to work together to solve challenging issues of national significance. Due to their commitment, time, and expertise, the federal government is able to find better solutions.

Ramona is committed to public service and the people of our country. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to serve.

Today, after retiring from federal service (for the second time), Ramona is enjoying time with her family, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, and providing management consulting and coaching services.

Brown Bag Mentoring Luncheon for Early-Career Professionals
June 24, 2016

Speaker: Larry Starfield, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, EPA

Host: The brown bag luncheon is co-hosted by The Horinko Group, Crowell & Moring, and EPA, with special thanks to Crowell for graciously providing the event space.

Date: Friday June 24, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Location: Crowell & Moring Offices, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC – Room 9-D

The mentoring luncheon will feature a brief talk by Larry Starfield followed by questions and discussion.

Larry Starfield is the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) in Washington, DC. OECA’s mission is to improve the environment and protect public health by ensuring compliance with the nation’s environmental laws. As Deputy Assistant Administrator, Mr. Starfield serves as the senior career official for EPA’s enforcement and compliance assurance office, responsible for managing the day to day operations of the nation’s environmental enforcement program, with approximately 3,100 environmental professionals and an annual budget of more than $550 million.

Mr. Starfield has more than thirty years of experience in the environmental field. From 2001 to 2011, he served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, where he was responsible for the management of the 850-person regional office in Dallas, Texas. During his tenure, the Region oversaw issues under all environmental statutes, including those arising in response to the Shuttle Columbia disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

From 1997-2001, Mr. Starfield served as the Regional Counsel for Region 6 where he managed an office of 60 lawyers that provided legal advice to the Regional Administrator and Region 6 program offices regarding the interpretation and implementation of federal environmental laws. Before joining Region 6, Mr. Starfield spent ten years with EPA’s Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he served as an attorney-advisor, Assistant General Counsel for RCRA, and Acting Associate General Counsel for Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Before coming to EPA, he worked in Paris, France, from 1985 to 1987 as the correspondent for the Bureau of National Affairs on French environmental issues. From 1981 through 1985, he was an Associate with the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, in Washington, D.C., where he worked on environmental and energy issues. Prior to that, he clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale Law School.

June 15, 2016 | Chicago, IL | Register

The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will host the Superfund Master Class: Today’s Issues and Tomorrow’s Reforms on June 15, 2016 in Chicago, IL.  Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, will join leading environmental lawyers for a panel discussion on, Thirty-Five Years of Superfund: What Have We Achieved and What Is In Store?  The Master Class is designed to encourage interactive dialogue with the goal of identifying a path forward for a more effective and efficient future for the Superfund process.

To see the event schedule, visit

To register for the event, visit

May 11-13, 2016 | Overland Park, KS | Register

The Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference in partnership with EPA Region 7 and Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska Regulators, will be held in Kansas City May 11-13, 2016.  The event will provide regional perspectives on RCRA, Air, and Wastewater compliance, enforcement, and policy.

To learn more and register for the event, visit