NASF Washington Forum

April 14-16, 2015

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 – 4:00 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
4:00 – 4:30 PM Panel Discussion: North American Response to Global Regulation: A U.S., Canada and Mexico Perspective
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
Traci 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 – 12:00 PM Labor Policy: OSHA, NLRB & Key Workplace Issues for Manufacturing in 2015
Kate McMahon, Partner, Conn Maciel Carey, 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 NASF Collaboration: Chemicals Policy Developments in Congress and the States
Invited: Jennifer Gibson, VP for Regulatory Affairs, Nat’l Assoc. of Chemical Distributors
3:45 – 4:30 PM Manufacturing Competitiveness & the U.S. Outlook
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)
Invited: U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)

Thursday, April 10, 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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