SUMMIT COUNTY " Once again this year, environmental attorneys from around the country are gathering at Keystone for the American Bar Association's environmental law conference, March 8-11.
One of the highlights this year is a keynote dinner speech this evening by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, who will share his perspective on environmental, energy and other resource issues.
Other sessions of interest include a panel discussion on a long-term vision for the EPA, with a focus on the ever-evolving mission, priorities and strategy for the agency. The session on the EPA is set for 8-10 a.m. today, with the panelists including James Martin, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon, concurrent sessions will cover topics including the environment-energy nexus in business transactions, and the question of whether emerging legal and regulatory frameworks for nanoscale materials technology are adequate.
Microscopic nanoparticles are finding their way into a growing number of consumer, industrial, agricultural chemical, and medical product applications and there is concern that technological innovations are outpacing the ability of agencies to regulate potential impacts and risks. An EPA white paper on potential nanotechnology benefits and risks will serve as a starting point for the discussion.
A plenary session Saturday will focus on the role of multinational companies in addressing global environmental challenges. The topic for Saturday's lunch is how the media is covering the story of global warming, featuring a panel of environmental journalists, including Michele Nijhuis, a long-time contributor to High Country News.
For a full conference schedule, go to: http://www.abanet.org/environ/programs/keystone/2007/schedule.shtml.