Superfund Conference

Environmental Contamination & Cleanup

Bringing together attorneys, scientists, engineers, policymakers, regulators, educators, advocates, students, and more.

January 20, 2022

Conference Details

world forestry center

Join this half-day event in Miller Hall at the beautiful World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon. Expert roundtable discussions and an evening reception will provide plenty of opportunities to learn and connect.

This will be a hybrid event, with in-person participation and remote viewing options available. As ELEC returns to gathering, we are sensitive to concerns about physical distancing, vaccination, COVID, etc. Upon registration, you will receive comprehensive information about the conference and reception space and the expectations of attendees.

Roundtable Discussions

Each panel of experts will speak for approximately one hour, followed by Q&A with conference participants.


Philip Spadaro

TIG Environmental

Dennis McLerran

Cascadia Policy Solutions

Holly Duncan

Environmental Law Education Center


12:30-1:00   On Site Registration


1:00-2:30   Environmental Cleanup: Legal Developments & Hot Topics

Moderator: Holly Duncan, Environmental Law Education Center

Dean Ingemansen, Land Law Branch Chief, Office of Regional Counsel, US EPA, Region 10

Eric Christensen, Beveridge & Diamond

Richard Whitman, Director, Oregon DEQ

Patricia Dost, Pearl Legal Group

Christopher Rich, Perkins Coie


2:30-2:45   Break


2:45-4:15   Compliance and Community Engagement

Moderator: Philip Spadaro, TIG Environmental

Kevin Parrett, PhD, Cleanup Program, Oregon DEQ

Laura Knudsen, US EPA, Region 10

Barbara J. Smith, Harris & Smith Public Affairs

MacKenna Perry, PhD, Clarity Scientific

Lauren Wirtis, Northwest Region Public Affairs, Oregon DEQ


4:15-4:30   Break


4:30-6:00   Portland Harbor

Moderator: Dennis McLerran, Cascadia Policy Solutions

James McKenna, Natural Resources Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Kate Brown

Jessica Hamilton, Director, Portland Harbor Environmental, Port of Portland

Hunter Young, Remedial Project Manager, US EPA Region 10

Sarah Greenfield, P.E., Northwest Region Cleanup Program, Oregon DEQ 

Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG, Geosyntec Consultants

CERCLA & State Superfund Laws

Legal & Legislative Developments

Priorities of the Biden Harris Administration

Regulation & Compliance

Brownfields, Redevelopment, and Economic Revitalization

Sediment Remediation

Portland Harbor & Other Site Updates

Pricing & Registration

ELEC welcomes all participants and strives to be inclusive by providing scholarships to our events. To request a scholarship, please email

In-person participants will have the opportunity to socialize with expert panelists and will also receive conference materials and a recording of the event.  In-person gathering limited to 100 participants.

Remote participants will be able to access live, professionally-managed video and audio of the discussions (via Zoom), and will also receive conference materials and a recording of the event.

Registration now closed. Check back soon for the opportunity to purchase a recording of the event.