Friday, May 11, 2007

WVDEP and the Chamber of Commerce Offer Environmental Academy

Some of the most slippery characters from Chapter 5: The Conspiratorial Bureaucracies will be appearing at the West Virginia Environmental Academy sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce on May 23-24.

Most notably, Dr. Eli McCoy and Ms. Allyn Turner, both former WVDEP employees who have returned to private enterprise, will be presenting along with Andrew McCallister, another of Turner's colleagues from Spilman, Thomas and Battle - a firm that has been representing DuPont in regulatory negotiations for years.

As a WVDEP enforcement official, McCoy first drafted an enforcement agreement with DuPont over the sickening of the Tennant cattle, then accepted a position working with DuPont consultant Potesta & Associates, Inc. where he is currently listed as VP. He'll be offering a talk on "Compliance Strategies".

After leaving Spilman once before for a position with WVDEP, Ms. Turner headed DEP's Department of Water and Waste Water Management. She'll be discussing "Nationwide Permitting and Mitigation Issues".

These folks are presenting alongside current WVDEP officials, the director of the Water Protection Program for USEPA Region 3, and other WV office holders in a two day conference that costs $495 to attend. It's billed as an opportunity to "discuss your company's significant environmental challenges and experiences with both industry and agency representatives".

For more information about the academy, call 304-342-1115. I couldn't make this stuff up.

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