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Travis Kline, Kathleen Brannen-Donnelly, and Jay Thompson to Present at ABA SEER Fall Conference

Travis Kline, MEM, BCES (Washington, D.C.), Kathleen Brannen-Donnelly, Ph.D. (Georgia), and Jay Thompson, Ph.D., P.E. (Minnesota) will present at the 30th Fall Conference of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on September 21–23, 2022. Geosyntec is a Platinum Sponsor of the event.

Travis's co-presenters are Lawrence Schnapf, Schnapf LLC; Pamela Elkow, Corporate Law Partners; and Peggy Otum, WilmerHale.

Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist based in Washington, D.C. with more than 25 years of experience focused on human health risk assessment and applied toxicology. A board-certified environmental toxicologist, Travis has experience in litigation support developing novel approaches and solutions to the characterization of problematic exposures.

Kathleen Brannen-Donnelly is a Project Scientist with a background in aqueous geochemistry, microbiology, large- and small-scale data analytics and visualizations. She has served as project manager and task manager for multiple site remediation projects with a range of contaminants and media including sediment, soil, soil vapor, and groundwater.

Jay Thompson is an environmental engineer based in with technical expertise in environmental forensics, contaminant bioavailability, and contaminant fate and transport. He has consulted on some of the largest sediment megasites across the U.S., advising his clients on nexus, allocation and managing potential environmental liabilities.

In addition to being the 30th anniversary of the Fall Conference, this year also coincides with the 50th anniversaries of monumental U.S. federal environmental laws that include the Clean Water Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; the Ocean Dumping Act; the Coastal Zone Management Act; and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Conference will reflect on this legacy and other historic environmental laws as it focuses on the future, including emerging topics and trends that are fundamentally changing the course of the legal practice.

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) fosters the success of a diverse community of environmental, energy, and resources lawyers, advisors, law students, and decision-makers and provides a premier forum for the exchange of ideas and information.


Risky Business: Best Practices in Assessing Your Site for a Sale or Purchase
Moderator: Lawrence Schnapf, Schnapf LLC
Presenters: Pamela Elkow, Corporate Law Partners; Travis Kline, Geosyntec Consultants; Peggy Otum, WilmerHale
Time and Date: 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT on September 22, 2022
Understanding risk levels and potential compliance issues—as well as how best to address them—is critical to any transaction. With a constantly changing landscape of new standards for historical, as well as emerging, contaminants, knowing the proper steps and decision points needed to advise a client is essential for all lawyers. This panel will walk attendees through a hypothetical site, from the letter of intent to post-closure, outlining key lines of evidence to support assessment of environmental risk and liability. The discussion will focus on initial critical review based on available data to identify contaminants of potential concern, complete exposure pathways, and relevant receptor populations. Panelists will outline key compliance criteria and resources to support defensible site and risk management decision points, summarizing the degree of significance and uncertainty. Once risk is defined, panelists will consider how best to minimize it when drafting documents and determining post-closing obligations and other compliance issues related to the transaction. Issues related to the risks for both the buyer and the seller will be addressed.

Environmental Forensics of PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants: What's Changed and What Hasn't
Presenters: Kathleen Brannen-Donnelly and Jay Thompson, Geosyntec Consultants
Time and Date: 1:15-1:45 p.m. CT on September 23, 2022
Increased regulation of PFAS at the state and federal levels is a reality that will spur accelerated growth in PFAS investigation and remediation activities. With these developments and the anticipated costs of addressing PFAS in a variety of environmental media, there is a growing need to better understand the sources of PFAS contamination. Several factors unique to these compounds complicate forensics evaluations, including evolving analytical standards, the changing regulatory landscape, and the challenges associated with established forensics heuristics. However, the laws of physics have not been repealed for PFAS and other emerging contaminants. Fundamental chemical, physical, and statistical forensics techniques remain as valid and valuable as ever. This session will help you understand and apply the commonly used and up-and-coming forensics tools to quantify background contributions and differentiate multiple sources of emerging contaminants.

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About the event: ABA SEER 30th Fall Conference
Learn more about Travis: Travis Kline | Geosyntec Profile
Learn more about Kathleen: Kathleen Brannen-Donnelly | LinkedIn
Learn more about Jay: Jay Thompson | LinkedIn

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