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 http://bit.ly/29ld0gO.

To see more information on the Summit, visit http://bit.ly/29gVmYf.

On March 29-30, 2016, in cooperation with the Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU) Program, The Horinko Group helped to organize a scoping roundtable of CESU Directors and member institutions to discuss the potential for a Great Lakes, Rivers, and Gulf Inter-Unit (GLRG) Research Consortium. Hosted at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center near the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers in East Alton, IL, the purpose of the scoping effort was to identify pathways to optimize collaboration on complex system-scale challenges and reveal an institutional arrangement and integrative synergy in support of Federal Agencies whose missions and programs contribute to informed policy and management of our nation’s most critical and iconic large aquatic ecosystems.

In preparation for the scoping roundtable, a foundational document was developed to elaborate the Consortium concept, its focus, and mission. To download the foundational document, click here.

To download the proceedings from the scoping effort, click here.

To advance the Consortium scoping discussion, THG Senior Advisor Patrick McGinnis participated in a follow-up session focused on landscape-scale partnerships at the 2016 CESU Network Biennial National Meeting on June 16 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. “CESU is an under-optimized research tool that has proven itself over and over. Making more federal managers aware of its capacity and its ability to build eco-regional knowledge platforms that can drive efficiency and effectiveness in natural resource decision making is crucial,” says McGinnis. Representatives from different CESUs shared lessons from regional efforts and discussed potential next steps for positioning CESUs to add value to regional science, stewardship, governance, and policy activities.

The House Energy and Commerce committee, Subcommittee on Environment and Economy, held a hearing on July 13, 2016 to examine implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group testified at the hearing offering a number of suggestions for how the efficiency and effectiveness of CERCLA might be improved.

The committee’s press release summarizing the hearing can be found at this link.

Witness testimony and the archived webcast of the full hearing can be found at this link.

In a recent article published by Bloomberg BNA, Lindene Patton, Senior Advisor to The Horinko Group, explores the need and opportunities to identify, quantify, and recognize the risk to creditworthiness presented by climate change. The article, Climate Change and Hedging: One Person’s Opportunity is Another’s Credit Risk, presents a comprehensive view of why the time is right for further development and deployment of natural catastrophe risk analysis tools by those outside the insurance industry who bear the risk of extreme weather events and climate change.

The following is an excerpt from the article’s introduction:

“With the multi-decadal shift of natural catastrophe risk away from the insurance industry and onto sovereigns (national and local), corporations and individuals, now is the time to explore development and deployment of such data and analytic tools for use outside the (re)insurance industry. Deployment of these tools by ultimate risk bearers directly to better inform natural catastrophe risk assessment and risk management frameworks—including the expanded use of insurance, infrastructure investment and other natural catastrophe risk management and mitigation mechanisms—could result in significant improvements to overall economic stability and creditworthiness in the face of natural catastrophe and climate change.”

To read the full article, visit http://bit.ly/1NJNAsn

On March 29th, 2016, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville hosted the 2016 Opportunities in Local and Regional Food Conference. The conference was a collaboration between Confluence Business Advisors, the Illinois Farm Bureau, USDA Rural Development, and the Small Business Association’s Illinois Small Business Development Center. The forum focused on emerging opportunities in local food, drawing together restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, food and beverage producers, farmers, economic and community developers, bankers and investors, military veterans, government officials, and community leaders.

This event, now in its second year, has witnessed expanding participation, illustrating the interest in local food systems, a greater awareness of food security issues at the community level, and a concern among a growing segment of the population on food safety.

To read a full recap of the event, visit http://bit.ly/1Mq1JdA.
To see the conference details, visit http://conta.cc/1qEcVtg.

Emily Hammond, Senior Advisor to The Horinko Group, and Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School, joined a panel of experts to discuss the future of nuclear energy at New York University School of Law on March 23, 2016. The panel, entitled “Nuclear Energy and the Clean Energy Future,” and the breadth of the discussion was covered in an article by Aaron Larson in Power Magazine. The article describes and quotes Ms. Hammond’s comments on the need to maintain the existing nuclear fleet. The following is an excerpt from the article:

Emily Hammond, associate dean for public engagement, professor of law at George Washington University Law School, isn’t ready to concede to public opinion though.
 
“We cannot afford to lose our existing nuclear fleet, because of the carbon benefits that it provides,” Hammond said.
 
She noted that trying to replace the current nuclear generation with renewables is simply not possible in the short term. Hammond also suggested that people have skewed risk perceptions when it comes to nuclear power. If actual data and risk assessments are reviewed, Hammond said people would see that nuclear is one of the safest means of producing electricity in the world, safer than hydro and far safer than fossil fuels.
 
“I think it is imperative that we look for policy solutions that help maintain the nuclear fleet, at the very least, if not incentivize new construction,” Hammond said.

The full article can be accessed at http://bit.ly/21JivWq.

The EPA Alumni Association has prepared an overview essay,Protecting the Environment: A Half Century of Progress, to tell the story of the major environmental challenges that the nation faced in the latter half of the 20th Century and describe EPA’s role in mitigating them. The overview is accompanied by seven supporting essays providing a more in-depth look at EPA’s air, water, drinking water, waste management, Superfund, pesticides, and toxic substances programs. The essays capture the environmental problems that existed, the major actions taken, the progress made, and the challenges that remain.

Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, and Cathryn Courtin, Program Manager, The Horinko Group contributed to this effort as authors of the waste management program essay, which details the role of the RCRA program in transforming the country’s approach to managing waste from generation to disposal.

To read the overview essay, visit http://bit.ly/1prZDQj.

To read the waste management essay, visit http://bit.ly/1LoZo1S.

The Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri River Association’s (UMIMRA) Annual Meeting, held on February 11, 2016, convened levee district leaders, farm producers, and stakeholders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Seth Brown, Senior Advisor, The Horinko Group, and Principal, Storm and Stream Solutions LLC, presented to this group on Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s).  Mr. Brown described the fundamentals of CBP3s, a model for infrastructure financing that currently focuses on urban stormwater infrastructure, and discussed the applicability of this model in agricultural and flood control contexts.

Following the event, Mr. Brown captured key details of his presentation and laid out the case for CBP3’s role in an “all of the above” approach to infrastructure investment in a blog article, “Can CBP3s Hold Back the Water in the Upper Midwest?”.

To see slides of the presentation, visit http://bit.ly/1TIOFC4.

To read the blog article on the event, visit http://bit.ly/1Qd7YgG.

To see more on UMIMRA and their annual meeting agenda, visit http://bit.ly/1QEx3H3.

As communities across the country look for efficient and cost-effective means to manage pollution from urban stormwater runoff, the EPA in collaboration with many partner organizations continues to promote green infrastructure, financed through community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s), as a multi-benefit solution.

In December 2015, EPA Region 3 and the National Council for Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP) co-hosted the first ever CBP3 Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Summit in partnership with the Water Environment Federation, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association.  EPA’s recently released summary of the event highlights the presentations and discussions that took place, featuring regulators, finance and P3 experts, state and local officials, among other stakeholders.

NCPPP’s write up of the event describes the need and ongoing support for CBP3s and highlights THG’s report, The Role of Green Infrastructure—Nature, Economics, and Resilience, developed on behalf of the Conservation Leadership Council.  The report examines the merits of CBP3s alongside other innovative financing tools to expand green infrastructure investment.

To read the December CBP3 Summit Summary, visit http://bit.ly/21GdqzW.

To read NCPPP’s recap article, visit http://bit.ly/1RkDbi9.

To read THG’s full report, visit http://bit.ly/1ls4ZsC.

A January 6, 2016 article by the National Council for Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP) recapped a number of ongoing efforts to promote community-based public private partnerships (CBP3) for green infrastructure projects, including a detailed recap of the December 2015 CBP3 Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Summit hosted by NCPPP and EPA. NCPPP’s article also recognizes and cites The Horinko Group’s recent report for the Conservation Leadership Council on this topic, The Role of Green Infrastructure — Nature, Economics, and Resilience.

To read NCPPP’s full article, visit http://bit.ly/1Rg3US0