3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Presentations
Hazardous Substances Laws and the Oil and Gas Industry
An overview of the origins and evolution of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) exemption of oil and gas exploration and production wastes from RCRA’s hazardous waste regulations; the scope of that exemption; and common misconceptions surrounding the same. Brenna will also briefly address confusion caused by the statutory “petroleum exclusion” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the surprisingly small space occupied by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in domestic oil patches and shale plays.
Hazardous Substances Laws in the Mining Industry
A discussion of hazardous waste regulation for the mining industry under RCRA, including a more in-depth description of RCRA’s exemption for wastes generated from the extraction and beneficiation of ores and minerals, commonly known as the Bevill Amendment, and pitfalls to avoid in obtaining and preserving the protection of the Bevill exclusion. Nicole will also provide a quick overview of liability under CERCLA and discuss CERCLA-related issues to watch for in conducting due diligence in various mining transactions.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Hosted On-Site Networking Reception