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Thursday, June 20, 2024
8:30 am – 3:20 pm CDT


Presented by D. Scott Simonton, PE, Ph.D.

Introduction to Environmental Law and NEPA

  • Key environmental statutes
  • Enforcement mechanisms (fines, permits, citizen suits)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • Purpose and goals of NEPA
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process
  • Categorical exclusions and Environmental Assessments (EA)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) preparation and review
  • Public participation in NEPA

Clean Air Act (CAA)

  • National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
  • Permitting programs for stationary sources (PSD, Title V)
  • Mobile source regulations
  • Air pollution control technologies
  • Compliance and enforcement strategies

Clean Water Act (CWA)

  • Water quality standards and point source discharges
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits
  • Nonpoint source pollution control
  • Wetlands protection and dredge and fill permits (Section 404)
  • Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

  • Hazardous waste identification and classification
  • Generator requirements and manifesting system
  • Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs)
  • Brownfield redevelopment and land remediation
  • Universal waste management (batteries, electronics, etc.)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)

  • Superfund program and site identification
  • Liability for hazardous waste sites (CERCLA “parties”)
  • Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) process
  • Cleanup standards and technologies
  • Brownfields revitalization and CERCLA liability

Case Studies and Emerging Issues

  • Real-world examples of environmental law in action
  • Emerging environmental issues (e.g., climate change, PFAS)
  • The role of science and engineering in environmental policy
  • Future trends in environmental law


Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

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Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled.

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6.0 PDHs

(Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. This course is not approved in New York.)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers in most states. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. This course is not approved in New York.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider License No: CEA362), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate.


Dr. Scott Simonton, PE, PhD

Professor and Program Coordinator, MS Environmental, Safety and Health Department of Industrial & Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering and Computer Sciences Marshall University

A registered professional engineer in multiple states, Dr. Simonton has over 30 years of experience in environmental engineering and compliance. A USMC and US Army veteran, his professional experience includes state regulatory agencies, regional and national engineering firms, and academia – where he is a Professor of Environmental Safety and Health. Dr. Simonton has served as an expert witness and/or litigation consultant in over 75 cases, and has provided deposition, hearing, and trial testimony in State and Federal Courts.