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Climate Change Policies Emerging from California and the West

Recorded Aug 6 2009 57 mins
Presented by
Gary Lucks, JD CPEA Beyond Compliance
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    June R. Jewell, CPA, President AEC Business Solutions
    Jewell, a thought leader and expert in AEC firm profitability. has more than 28 years of business management consulting experience, and unsurpassed knowledge of the AEC industry. In addition to this role, she is the original founder and current strategic advisor of Acuity Business Solutions, a Deltek Premier Partner and consulting firm that works with AEC firms to support business profitability through web-based enterprise management technology.

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    Attempts to block its implementation made for a dramatic late summer and early fall. Tune into this time-sensitive event to ensure that you don’t miss out on important updates, the timing of the new revisions, and more importantly, how these changes impact the work you do, particularly for properties on or adjacent to waterbodies and wetland areas.

    Attendees will benefit from:

    · A leading expert’s take on the “what?” and the “why?” behind the changes
    · Gaining clarity on who will be impacted
    · Learning the specifics on how the new rule redefines “Waters of the U.S.”
    · A close look at what you can expect and what you should be telling your clients
    · An understanding of the differences between the new rule and existing rule

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    In this webinar, Mike Stephenson will consider five important issues: noise and visual impact, truck traffic, air quality, groundwater contamination and induced earthquakes. He will look at the reasons why they occur, the effects they have, and aspects of their regulation – all explained in simple non-technical language.

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    • ScoreKeeper’s barometers of regional, state and metro hot spots for Phase I ESA volume
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    • Changes in risk tolerance from the user community
    • EDR Insight’s near-term forecast for environmental due diligence
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    Adding to the confusion is the significant variability in how regulators are using the updated TCE toxicity profile when making closure decisions at contaminated properties. For instance, U.S. EPA Regions 9, 10 and states like Minnesota, Indiana and Massachusetts (among others) have implemented profoundly different approaches to address TCE risk at contaminated sites. Thus, it is critical for environmental professionals to stay abreast of the how TCE guidance is being interpreted and applied across the country. In the latest development, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry is proposing a dramatic change to its TCE toxicity profile for the first time in 18 years. The comment period ended on March 16, 2015, and if the update is finalized in its current form, there will be more intense scrutiny on exposure risks which will further complicate transactional due diligence.

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    -Does TCE in groundwater constitute a VEC and/or a REC?
    -How should an EP manage variability in TCE standards in multi-state transactions?
    -How can an EP take steps to minimize exposure to potential liability?
    -How can an EP make sense of the science and available guidance?
    -How should an EP communicate potential risks associated with TCE to clients?
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    • Primary: Risk managers at financial institutions, particularly at community bank level
    • Secondary: Commercial appraisers
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    • Submitting a Phase I ESA proposal
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    • Writing the Phase I ESA report
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    • Risk managers at community banks
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  • Regulatory pressures are fundamentally impacting the way that financial institutions manage the appraisal function. Our speakers will tackle the most impactful issues for both lenders and appraisals today. An expert from the Appraisal Institute, the largest appraisal membership society in the world with 23,000+ real estate valuation experts worldwide, will share first-hand research into the challenges faced by appraisers and by lenders that rely on the technical expertise of appraisal services. Attendees will learn about the concerns commercial real estate appraisers face, and the challenges their lender clients face in finding quality appraisers to help them respond to new policies and requirements. Speakers will also share insight into the latest policies from bank regulators like the OCC and FDIC that are impacting the integration of appraisals and environmental risk management. An expert in the trenches of a small community bank will share his insights into the shifting alignment of appraisals and environmental risk management at the community bank level, the importance of having a sound policy in place and actions that banks can take to best prepare for the scrutiny of examiners.

    - Information on how appraisers can meet today’s top challenges, align their services with the challenges lender clients face
    - A deeper understanding of bank regulations impacting appraisals
    - An insider’s take on what bank examiners look for
    - Advice on steps banks can take to protect themselves against examiner scrutiny
    - A look into the forces that are bringing appraisals and environmental due diligence functions closer together

    - Bill Garber, Director of Government and External Relations, Appraisal Institute
    - Brian Ginter, Director - Executive Staff, Diversified Real Estate Consulting Network

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