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Sam Williams to Present "The Buzz on Environmental Concerns Related to the Cannabis Industry" at the ABA 26th Fall Conference

Sam Williams, P.G., CHG (California) to present "The Buzz on Environmental Concerns Related to the Cannabis Industry" at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 26th Fall Conference: Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) in San Diego, California from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. on October 18, 2018.

Sam Williams is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on the characterization and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination at industrial and commercial properties.

The conference will be two days of cutting-edge continuing legal education (CLE) programming. Session topics include: Tech giants' environmental, energy, and natural resource footprints; Non-federal efforts to address climate change; The current terrain of public land law; Counseling clients before, during, and after natural disasters; The long road to Superfund reform; Defining the future of offshore energy; and Changing regulatory landscapes under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

SEER's mission is to be the premier forum for lawyers working in areas related to the environment, natural resources, and energy. The Section is committed to providing members with opportunities to enhance professional skills, stay on top of developments, and to participate in dialogue in these substantive areas. It represents more than 10,000 members with a wide range of professional interests. The Section keeps its members abreast of development trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives, and statutes concerning environmental, natural resources, and energy law.

The American Bar Association is one of the world's largest voluntary professional organizations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to serving its members by improving the legal profession, eliminating bias, enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.


Expert Insight Panel (Non-CLE): Geosyntec

With the approval of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in 2016 and subsequent legalization on January 1, 2018, cannabis cultivators in California are subject to environmental permit requirements. This presentation will describe environmental compliance challenges in light of the current legalization status of cannabis. Of particular interest is the State Water Resources Control Board's new Cannabis Cultivation Program, approved in December 2017. This program addresses potential water quality and quantity issues related to cannabis cultivation and requires all cultivators to apply for coverage under the Cannabis Cultivation General Order. Additional interest areas include the requirement of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 1602 permits for facilities not connected to municipal water supplies; compliance with the Stormwater Industrial General Permit; and air permitting related to carbon filtration and odor control. Cannabis is decriminalized in certain states and approved for recreational use but remains classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug. Companies need to be aware of situations where federal regulations trump state programs.

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Learn more about the event: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/inperson/300900029/.
For consultation regarding soil or groundwater contamination, contact Sam Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Sam at: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/sam-williams