Legal Workshop: Administrative Law for Environmental Professionals

A&WMA Legal Workshop: Administrative Law for Environmental Professionals

The 2017 A&WMA Legal Workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 5th (2017) and will feature Jon Bloomberg and William (Bill) Hefner, both of the Environmental Law Group.  The event will cover the basics of administrative law, including legal basics, questions of federal/state/local jurisdiction, and concrete examples and hypotheticals. 

The purpose of this seminar will be to acquaint non-lawyer environmental professionals with the basics of regulatory law, including:  

•         What is the legal basis for regulation? 

•         What is the difference between rules and guidance? 

•         What are key considerations in managing compliance risk?

Part 1: Legal basics:


•         What is the legal basis for government action?

o   How a bill becomes a law, becomes a regulation, becomes guidance, becomes a permit, becomes enforceable

•         Do I have to follow guidance?

Questions of federal/state/local jurisdiction

•         Who should I be talking to?

•         What happens when the state and EPA do not agree?

Part 2:

Making it concrete: examples/hypotheticals

•         Interpretation of ambiguous regulation – how to gain levels of clarity/reduce risk

•         State enforcement – how to manage through alleged violations where there is a federal component

•         Risk management – someone has laid an issue on your desk – what do you do?


April 5, 2017 (Wednesday), 2:00pm – 4:00pm (check-in at 1:30pm)


Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

451 Lexington Pkwy N

St. Paul, MN 55104