PECO hosted SWEP’s July 26th lunch and open discussion with Cosmo Servidio, Administrator for EPA Mid-Atlantic (Region 3). Region 3 services Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Mr. Servidio is no stranger to SWEP, meeting with the group several times during his tenure as PADEP’s Southeast Regional Director. He left the Director position at PADEP to join EPA in October of 2017 but previously served with EPA in Region 2 in New York. Along with Mr. Servidio, two of his staff joined for the discussion, Mary Kate Opila (EPA Region 3 Special Assistant to the Administrator) and Hana Hyland (EPA Region 3 small Business Program Manager).
Cosmo opened the discussion by summarizing EPA’s mission to provide regulatory clarity, cohesiveness, and synergy between federal regulations and programs and the states and municipalities that implement the regulations at the local level. EPA is striving to provide the clarity that states need to implement their programs, provide a predictable implementation of regulations and policies, and provide timely responses on issues on matters that affect the states, municipalities, and communities of Region 3.
A majority of the meeting was spent as a Q&A session, with questions coming from our large audience. When asked what some of the priority projects and initiatives are for Region 3, Servidio identified State Implementation Plans (SIPs), Section 404 coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, brownfield funding, superfund programs, MS4 stormwater programs, wastewater treatment policies, and PFOS and PFOA were on the top of the list.
EPA Region 3 is currently hosting a series of stakeholder meetings, community interaction sessions and professional conferences that will cover many of these initiatives. The PA Brownfields conference and West Virginia Brownfields conference are two upcoming examples.
Region 3 will fill several positions in the coming months due to expected vacancies, including directors for the Water and Chesapeake Bay programs. Cosmo suggested that a roundtable discussion with these and others from Region 3 would be another potential event with the SWEP group. SWEP would gladly accept that invitation.
SWEP held their annual Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection- Southeast regulatory update on June 18, 2018. Speakers included Patrick Patterson, Regional Director, Ragesh Patel, Program Manager (PFCs), and Dave Brown, Section Chief- Land Recycling/Special Projects Section. A variety of topics were covered including DEP program and personnel updates, public outreach and education efforts, Technical Guidance Manual updates for Chapters 245 and 250, and in an depth review of PADEP's involvement with PFOA/PFOS well contamination in the Bucks County area. SWEP incorporates regular updates from local, state and federal agencies throughout the year.
NJSWEP presented a morning program on Sustainability & The Supply Chain on March 3rd in Philadelphia. The program, sponsored by PECO, drew over 30 attendees. Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Chief Sustainability Officer at Campbell Soup Company shared the perspectives of a consumer-facing company that is a leader in corporate social responsibility. Susan Lorenz-Fisher, Director of Sustainability at AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation then shared the experiences of a company that is relatively early, but well on their way, in their sustainability journey. Bobby McKinstry, Senior Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP followed with an overview of various sustainability concepts and legal considerations in reporting and disclosure The program was wrapped up with a lively panel discussion and Q&A. SWEP thanks everyone who attended the program and especially the speakers and the corporate sponsor. Copies of the presentations can be found here: