EBC / ACEC-RI / RISEP Rhode Island Program: RIDEM & U.S. EPA Enforcement Program & Priorities for 2020


Date: January 15, 2020


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Interested in the direction that environmental regulatory enforcement will take in Rhode Island and New England generally?  Hear the latest from Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, and other agency and industry representatives at this morning program, featuring presentations on:

  • Overview of RIDEM’s procedures for identifying and taking enforcement actions and USEPA’s role and process supporting and overseeing inspections and enforcement in Region 1
  • RIDEM’s plans for continued use of Notices of Violations (NOVs), Expedited Citation Notices (ECNs) and other resources to achieve regulatory compliance
  • Results and action items coming from RIDEM Compliance and Inspection’s annual report, 2018 Summary of Compliance Assistance, Emergency Response & Enforcement Activities
  • Review of USEPA National Compliance Initiatives and other recent USEPA program updates, USEPA/State enforcement partnerships, and other compliance efforts in Rhode Island
  • Interplay between civil and criminal enforcement in Rhode Island

Following these presentations, there will be a moderated panel discussion with the speakers and the registered attendees to discuss environmental compliance issues facing not only Rhode Island but the regional area as well.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

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Final Agenda – Rhode Island Enforcement Program – RI DEM and US EPA


Program Chair:

  • Robert Melvin, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP

Speaker Agenda:

RIDEM Compliance and Inspection Updates and Overview

  • David Chopy, Administrator, Office of Compliance & Inspection, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

USEPA Region 1 Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

  • James Chow, Deputy Director, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1

 Interplay of Civil and Criminal Enforcement in Rhode Island

  • Introductions – Christian Capizzo, Partridge, Snow & Hahn
  • Sheila Paquette, Environmental Police Officer Detective, Division of Law Enforcement, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
  • John Gauthier, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1

Moderated Discussion

Following the formal presentation, there will be a moderated discussion on critical enforcement issues, policies and developments occurring in Rhode Island and Region 1.

Discussion Moderator: Jonathan Schaefer, Counsel, Robinson & Cole LLP

Attendee List

Jim Allen ERM Senior Consultant
Jonathan Alvarez EA Engineering Senior Project Manager
Eric Axelrod Woodard & Curran Project Manager
Stephanie Benson Toray Plastics (America), Inc. Environmental Director
Janelle Bonn Woodard & Curran Technical Manager
Kevin Braga ESS Laboratory Director of Technical Sales
Kelly Cowan Woodard & Curran Project Manager
James Crowley Conservation Law Foundation Staff Attorney
Mary Cunningham CDIM Engineering Senior Project Engineer
Sarah DeSimone GZA Environmental Scientist
Christine Dieter Hinckley Allen Associate
Dakota Downs
Matt Ednie Cascade Client Services manager
Dan Fefer Epsilon Associates Senior Consultant
Beth Fitzpatrick RPS Group, Inc. Manager, Compliance
Jennifer Gaffney TWIN ELMS Director of Risk Strategy
Derick Hopkins Wright-Pierce Sr. Project Engineer
Michael Jarbeau Save The Bay Narragansett Baykeeper
Robin Main Hinckley Allen Partner
Robert Melvin Robinson & Cole LLP Partner
Nicole Mulanaphy SAGE Environmental, Inc. Senior Project Manager
Ron Myrick Tetra Tech Director
Steve Richtarik BETA Group, Inc.
Igor Runge GZA Senior Consultant
Alan Shoer Adler Pollock & Sheehan Partner
Chris Stockwell SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC Chief of Project Development
Ellen Thomson Trinity Consultants Consultant
Anthony Urbano GZA

The available presentations from the EBC Rhode Island Program – RIDEM & USEPA Enforcement Programs & Priorities for 2020 completed on January 16, 2020, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Rhode Island Enforcement Program – RI DEM and US EPA

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