The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources held its 22nd Fall Conference from October 8-11, 2014 in Miami, FL.  The conference included a panel titled Environmental Accidents: Nuts and Bolts for Counsel in Times of Crisis.  Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, moderated the panel with speakers Mark Farley, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Walter Mugdan, Director, Emergency and Remedial Response Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2.  The panel discussed environmental incident preparedness and response as well as enforcement.  The same experts reprised their panel as a webinar hosted by ABA on November 18, 2014.

More information about the webinar and the recording can be found here,

November 6, 2014 | 3:00-4:00 PM EST | Register

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) is hosting a webinar discussion on the results of the midterm elections and their influence on environmental legislation and policy.  The event will feature a panel of environmental and energy experts including Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group.  Discussion will cover the election’s impact on TSCA reform, Climate Change policy, natural resource issues, and Clean Water Act initiatives along with other timely environmental issues.

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May 15, 2014 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST | Register

Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, will lead the discussion on developments related to green and sustainable remediation during a webinar on Thursday May 15, 2014 hosted by Bloomberg BNA. The webinar will feature a panel of speakers experienced with green and sustainable remediation practices to consider the benefits, analyze challenges, and discuss current efforts to advance a greater and more widespread understanding of this growing concept in the remediation industry.

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April 30, 2014

1:30 – 3:00PM Eastern

Hosted by The Horinko Group in partnership with AlterEcho

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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.


  • Travis Kline, Senior Toxicologist with AlterEcho Travis Kline has 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.