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Meet the Environmental PDT.
Location: Courtroom K

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Struggles with Incorporating Environmental into Operational Excellence
Speakers: Craig Geldard, Environmental Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
John McDonald, Environmental Specialist, NW Natural
Tom Nilan, Environmental Compliance & Licensing Manager, Portland General Electric
Mike Rojo, Environmental Services Supervisor, NV Energy
Justin Withers, Manager Central Region Operations, Dominion Energy
During this session, we will discuss how operations and environmental managers and staff can improve communication for a more streamlined and mutually beneficial relationship resulting in better training, improved regulatory compliance, and execution of common goals.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Environmental Challenges of an Aging Infrastructure
Speakers: Jeff Pope, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Mathew Johns, Director of Environmental Remediation & Resource Development Strategies, NV Energy
Jacob Neal, Environmental Specialist, Portland General Electric
This session will include presentations that highlight critical environmental and operational issues associated with aging utility assets transitioning towards retirement and explore potential approaches for mitigating the impacts.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Streamlining the Permitting Process
Speakers: Joab Ortiz, Stakeholder Engagement Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Maggie Trumbly, Supervisor of Environmental Management, Electric Transmission & Substations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Becky Mandich, Principal Advisor, Natural Resources & Public Lands, Southern California Edison
This session will discuss how automated environmental assessments, pre-negotiated agreements, and stakeholder engagement can expedite the permitting process. What used to take 5 years can now take 10 days, find out how to take advantage of these innovative approaches.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Safeguarding the Public and Employees from Hazardous Materials
Speakers: Erica Amt, Environmental Specialist, Portland General Electric
Nate Lishman, Sr. Land Planner, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
John Woodyard, PCB Management Specialist
This session will include presentations on how utilities are responsibly managing our operations to address potential health and safety risks to both the public and our employees.