Event Profile

Environmental Task Force Meeting

January 11, 2022
Hampton Inn & Suites Boise/Downtown


Online registration is currently closed, but spaces are still available. If you would like to attend this event, please contact Gail Patterson at (360) 816-1450 or gail@nwppa.org.

Who Should Attend:

Utility environmental professionals (new and experienced), government agency staff, vendors, and anyone who is tasked with or interested in environmental issues, regulatory compliance, or mitigation in the environmental arena of electric utilities.

Meeting Overview:

This is a resumption of the regular meeting of the long-standing Environmental Task Force that examines environmental issues and the impact of current and proposed environmental regulations on electric utilities. Industry professionals meet to review and discuss new and proposed regulations and issues facing each utility; and to hear from subject matter experts about key issues of the day and new technology/services. This is a solution-focused learning and networking venue that brings utility, industry, and government environmental professionals together on a regular basis. This meeting occurs three times each year; in 2022 it will occur January 11, April 11, and September 13.

Meeting Agenda:

8:30 a.m. Genenal Meeting Welcome

    Chip Bloomer, Chairperson NWPPA ETF
    Portland General Electric Company

8:45 a.m. NWPPA Legislative Update

9:00 a.m. Responding to 120 Spills in One Storm Event

    Brandy Domina, Environmental Specialist
    Portland General Electric Company

9:30 a.m. Break (15 minutes)

9:45 a.m. The Story of Enloe Dam

    Jeri Timm | Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs
    Public Utility District No. 1 Of Okanogan County

10:20 a.m. Waters of the United States (WOTUS) & 401 Certifications

11:00 a.m. Break (15 minutes)

11:15 a.m. The Decommissioning of Boardman, Oregon’s Only Coal Fired Power Plant

    Amber DiLoreto, Environmental Specialist
    Portland General Electric Company

12 p.m. LUNCH – Provided by NWPPA

    Networking opportunity for utilities, regulators, vendors, and guests over lunch

1 p.m. Interesting Covid Stories - Open Mic

    Opportunity for members to share short COVID anecdotes
    Please forward any pictures to Chip in advance

1:15 p.m. How the Coronavirus Messes Up the World’s Metals Markets

    Les Joel, General Manager
    Transformer Technologies

1:45 p.m. PCB Update from Mark Pennell

2:00 p.m. Break (15 minutes)

2:15 p.m. Using Digital Solutions in Response Strategies

    Rapid Response Solutions

3:00 p.m. Break (15 minutes)

3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Utility Open Discussions (Utilities Only)

3:15 p.m. Advisory Committee

    2022 – Volunteers
    2022 – Chair and Vice Chair Nominations

3:30 p.m. Future Topics

Chip Bloomer, Chairperson NWPPA ETF

Future Topics - Looking For Subject Matter Experts

    • Hydro Facilities NPDES Permits Update
    • Tricky waste disposal
    • Line procedures
    • Take permits and avian program updates
    • ESA and other wildlife issues

Potential Future Presentations

    • Line Procedures – PGE’s T&D Excellence Program
    • Cultural Mitigation Projects - PGE
    • Historical Properties Navigation – BPA
    • Property Acquisitions and Environmental Assessments – SMUD
    • Oil Spill Response, Containment and Cleanup – NRC

Upcoming Meetings

    • April 11th - Spokane Convention Center (First Day of E&O Conference)
    • September 13th - Hilton Edgewater in Missoula

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

5:00 p.m. Group Networking (All Welcome)

    Sponsored by AECOM

Related Events:

PCB Management - Foundational & Advanced Training, January 12-13, 2022

Meeting Location and Hotel Information:

Hampton Inn & Suites Boise - Downtown
495 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-1900

Room rate: $109

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than December 20, 2021, to secure this rate.

Meeting Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 12/11/2021): $0
Utility Member Standard: $55

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 12/11/2021): $65
Associate Member Standard: $115

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 12/11/2021): $165
Non-Member Standard: $215

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund as follows:

For webinars and virtual classes, if the request is made at least five days prior to the course, then 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

For in-person events, the following fee structure applies: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling because NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

For More Information:

To find out more about this course, to register, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.