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Monday, November 6, 2023
8:00 am – 4:00 pm EST
Understanding Pennsylvania Surface Water and Groundwater Rights
Presented by: M. Wendaur
- Ownership of Pennsylvania surface and groundwater:
- Public waters, private rights and prior appropriation
- Regulation of surface water rights
- Obtaining surface water rights
- Application and permitting process
- Amending surface water rights
- Current issues in surface water rights
- Regulation of groundwater rights
- Obtaining groundwater rights
- Application and water well permitting process
- Current issues in groundwater rights
Presented by: S. Hann
- PFAS overview
- Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water PFAS MCL rule
- Environmental Protection Agency
- History of federal initiatives
- Health advisory levels
- PFAS strategic roadmap
- Proposed rulemakings
- PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation
- Designation of PFAS as CERCLA hazardous substances
- Recent developments and related issues
Sanitary Sewer Privatization Efforts and Ratepayer Opposition
Presented by: M. Clarke & L. Gallagher
- Act 12
- Effects of privatization
- Case studies
- Proposed changes to Act 12
- East Whiteland Township/Commonwealth case
Water Utility Regulation
Presented by: W. Snyder
- Lead service lines
- Types of water utilities
- Regulation of utility service areas
- Application and permitting process for service areas
- Utility construction design standards and approvals
- Current issues in utility service area regulation
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7.0 CLE Hours
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for up to 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers and geologists in Pennsylvania. Professionals licensed in other states may be able to claim the hours earned from this webinar; please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.
The Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists does not provide preapproval for any continuing professional competency activities, courses or providers.
HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE provider for Pennsylvania attorneys (No. 1613); this webinar offers 7.0 CLE hours to Pennsylvania attorneys.
HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 7 for Certified Planners.
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Mr. Clarke is the managing partner of Rudolph Clarke, which represents townships, water and sewer authorities, school districts and other governmental entities in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Lycoming Counties. Throughout his career, he has represented numerous Water and Sewer Authorities, including the Borough of Conshohocken Authority, North Wales Water Authority, Schwenksville Borough Authority, and the Whitemarsh Township Authority and Special Counsel to Delaware County Regional Water Authority.
Ms. Gallagher is a partner at Rudolph Clarke. She has served as the solicitor and assistant solicitor for several municipal authorities, including the Borough of Conshohocken Sewer Authority, the East Norriton-Plymouth-Whitpain Joint Sewer Authority, the Richland Township Water Authority and the Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority.
Mr. Clarke and Ms. Gallagher advise the firm’s municipal clients on a multitude of issues including compliance with Federal and state laws and local ordinances. Mr. Clarke and Ms. Gallagher represent the firm’s clients at public meetings, hearings and matters before the Courts in Pennsylvania. They also served as the Solicitors for the Towamencin Township Government Study Commission, which was formulated to explore the ways in which a Home Rule Charter could be used to stop a proposed sale of the public sanitary sewer system, among other things. Mr. Clarke and Ms. Gallagher are currently representing two residents in their lawsuit against the Township’s Board of Supervisors which seeks to compel them to comply with the terms of the newly adopted charter.
Mr. Hann focuses his practice on environmental law and municipal law, and chairs the firm’s Environmental Law Department. He represents a diverse client base, which includes municipal authorities, municipalities, business entities, builders and developers. Steve personally handles all facets of a sophisticated environmental law practice, such as environmental litigation with federal and state government agencies and private parties, advising/representing clients on regulatory, permitting and compliance matters, and guiding clients on environmental issues arising in business and real estate transactions. He provides clients with experienced counseling on federal and state legislative and regulatory developments. Mr. Hann has developed an extensive practice in the area of municipal law, with a specific emphasis on municipal authorities. Steve is the East Region Solicitor (responsible for the eastern half of Pennsylvania) for the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (“PMAA”), an organization representing the interests of over 700 municipal authorities in Pennsylvania. He provides guidance to PMAA member authorities and firm clients on a variety of municipal authority-related matters, including general water, wastewater and environmental issues; stormwater management; permitting; regulatory compliance; sewage facilities planning; wasteload management; board member issues; tapping fees and rates; water and sewer regulations; and, compliance with state law bidding and procurement requirements. Steve provides experienced counseling on various statutes, such as the Municipality Authorities Act, Sunshine Act, Right-to-Know Law and Ethics Act. He has been appointed as both solicitor and special counsel for municipal entities, and has been retained as both an expert and mediator in matters involving municipal authorities. He is a frequent author and speaker on both environmental law and municipal law-related issues.
Whitney Snyder focuses her legal practice at Hawke, McKeon & Sniscak LLP on administrative litigation in the public utility, pipeline safety, natural gas, electricity, municipal and private water and wastewater sectors, practicing predominantly before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for the past ten years. Ms. Snyder has substantial experience in assisting: public utilities with utility regulatory compliance and administrative litigation including rate cases, service complaints, procurement planning, mergers and acquisitions, tariff interpretation and changes, comment proceedings regarding policy and regulation proposals. She works with pipeline operators, property developers, unregulated entities with questions of PUC oversight and compliance and municipalities with disputes with public utilities. She also practices in the areas of appellate litigation and argues appeals before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Ms. Snyder is vice chair of the Administrative Law Section, a past chair of the Public Utility Law Section and is a member of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She joined HMS in 2013 after graduating from Widener Commonwealth School of Law. Prior to working at HMS, Ms. Snyder interned at the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She also interned as a Law Clerk in the PUC’s Law Bureau.
Mr. Wendaur serves as counsel in the Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law’s Business Law and Transactions practice group. Mr. Wendaur maintains a broad corporate and transactional practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, corporate governance, venture capital transactions, and corporate restructurings. He also represents clients in commercial real estate and energy matters, including transactions, financing, land use, and zoning issues. Mr. Wendaur represents clients of all sizes, including individuals, closely held companies, investor groups, publicly traded companies, and government entities. He regularly provides strategic business counseling to these clients to help them achieve their goals and business objectives. Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Mr. Wendaur owned and operated a small law firm representing small businesses, startups, real estate developers, and government entities in transactional and litigation matters. He also worked at a regional Philadelphia-based law firm servicing a wide range of domestic and international companies. Mr. Wendaur obtained his J.D. degree from Widener School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.