NASF Washington Forum

April 19-21, 2016

Washington D.C.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1:00 – 1:15 PM Opening Remarks
Erik Weyls, Coventya, NASF President
Mike Kelly, ASKO, Chairman, NASF Government Advisory Committee
1:15 – 1:30 PM NASF Update: The Industry Agenda
Christian Richter, The Policy Group
1:30 – 2:30 PM The Federal Budget, Taxes & Health Care – Where is Washington Headed?
Andy Friedman, The Washington Update
2:30 – 3:00 PM NASF – Nickel Institute Strategic Partnership
Veronique Steukers, Director Health, Environment & Public Policy, The Nickel Institute
3:00 – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 – 4:30 PM Panel Discussion: European Union Regulatory Trends & the Supply Chain: A Finishing Industry Perspective
Dave Elliott, CEO, UK Surface Engineering Association, President, CETS Europe
Lee Grant, Stainless Plating Ltd., South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Godfrey Evans, Swinton Electroplating, Manchester, United Kingdom

Marcelo Alvarez, President, AMAS, Mexico
Mike Kuntz, Co-Chair, CASF, Canada
4:30 – 5:00 PM U.S. Department of Defense and Finishing: Spotlight on Coatings & Sustainability
Robin Nissan, Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program
5:00 – 5:15 PM Congressional Meetings: Preparing for Meetings for Capitol Hill
Christian Richter, The Policy Group
Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group
5:30 – 7:00 PM Reception in the Ritz-Carlton Ambassador Room

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

8:00 – 8:30 AM EPA Update: Agency Progress on New Metal Finishing/Electroplating Effluent Guidelines
Janet Goodwin, Chief, Office of Water, Technology & Statistics Branch
8:30 – 9:15 AM State Governments, Industry & the Future: The New Environmental Reality
Alexandra Dunn, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
9:15 – 9:45 AM EPA’s Changes to Federal Waste Policy: What the “New” Definition of Solid Waste Means
Tracy Atagi, EPA Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response
9:45 – 10:15 AM NASF Litigation: Setting a New Precedent on EPA Air Issues in Federal Appeals Court
Jerry Stouck, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, Washington DC
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:00 AM Nickel Developments: Latest Global Trends and their Impact on Manufacturing
Dr. Hudson Bates, Executive Director,
Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association
11:00 – 11:30 AM OSHA: What’s Next in Safety and Health Regulations for Manufacturing
Kate McMahon, Partner, Conn Maciel Carey, Washington, DC
11:30 – 12:00 PM NLRB, EEOC & the Department of Labor: Challenges for Employers in 2015
Justin Keith, Greenberg Traurig, Washington, DC
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch Keynote
Washington Outlook

Amy Walter, Cook Political Report
1:30 – 1:45 PM Break
1:45 – 2:30 PM Plating and Finishing at the Smithsonian: A View from the Air & Space Museum
David Hendrick, Anodizing & Plating Manager, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
2:30 – 3:00 PM EPA’s Water Regulatory Agenda for Metal Finishing: A POTW Perspective
Invited: Chris Hornback, National Association of Clean Water Agencies
3:00 – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 – 3:45 PM TSCA Reform Legislation: Chemicals Policy Developments in Congress and the States
Robert Flagg & Sarah Brozena, American Chemistry Council
3:45 – 4:30 PM Manufacturing Competitiveness & the U.S. Economic Outlook
Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers
4:30 – 5:00 PM Capitol Hill Briefing: Review of Issues for Congressional Visits
Christian Richter, The Policy Group
Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group
6:00 – 8:00 PM NASF Forum Reception – Capitol View Rotunda & Terrace
101 Constitution Avenue (9th Floor)

Thursday, April 16, 2014

7:00 – 8:30 AM NASF Breakfast Briefing
Christian Richter, The Policy Group
Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group
8:30AM – 5:00PM Congressional Visits

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