Arizona’s New UST Program
September 16 | 08:00–12:00 | Desert Star | Cost: $45 (lunch not provided)
This workshop addresses the newly implemented House Bill 2636, which restructures the state’s underground storage tank (UST) program. Generally speaking, the bill requires that a baseline assessment be performed at previously uncharacterized UST facilities and that corrective actions be taken if warranted. It also provides a mechanism for UST owners to request grants from the State to cover the costs for this work or to request that ADEQ perform the tasks and cover costs.
- Pejman Eshraghi will share a historical perspective on technical reviews of claims to the UST / State Assurance Fund (SAF) before and after the 2006 changes to the SAF rules. He will also cover the preparation of claims post-SB 1306 (the SAF sunset process).
- Barbara Pashkowski will share a historical perspective of the history and evolution of Arizona’s UST/SAF programs. She will discuss the Energy Act, the UST/SAF practice pre-SB 1306 (the SAF sunset process), the SAF sunset, and the new UST Revolving Fund with HB 2636.
- Amanda Reeve will provide a behind-the-scenes look into the legislature’s undertaking in addressing the concerns and funding for UST/SAF, particularly in regard to the legislative period between the passage of SB1306 (2004) and just before the development of HB2636 (2015).
- Laura Malone will provide an update on the new UST Revolving Fund Program (HB2636) and the actions ADEQ is taking to implement it. She will also cover recent changes to the current UST program and discuss how ADEQ’s lean efforts will drastically improve the effectiveness of the UST program.
A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Pejman Eshraghi, Haley & Aldrich, is a professional engineer with more than 21 years of experience. He has served as the chairman of the Arizona UST Technical Appeals Panel selected by the Governor. He has extensive experience with environmental investigations and remediations at UST sites in Arizona. Prior to private consulting, Mr. Eshraghi was a compliance and inspection engineer with the ADEQ’s UST Program, where he inspected new installations, operating facilities, and system closures, and reviewed the design of corrosion protection and release detection systems.
Barbara U. Rodriguez-Pashkowski, Gust Rosenfeld, P.L.C., practices environmental law, focusing on UST matters, due diligence, air quality, water quality, RCRA, CERCLA, and WQARF. Her experience includes UST and State Assurance Fund compliance and appeals; air, waste, and water-quality permitting and compliance; state and federal Superfund compliance and litigation; environmental rule writing; and legislation. Prior to joining Gust Rosenfeld, Barbara worked in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s office as Chief Counsel for the Air, Game and Fish, UST, and Agriculture Unit. She represented ADEQ in complex environmental settlements and training for various programs.
Amanda A. Reeve is an Environmental and Regulatory Policy Advisor with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. Her recent experience serving in the Arizona House of Representatives positions her as a key member of SW’s environmental and natural resources team. Amanda provides public policy services to clients through stakeholder identification and organization, the regulatory process and reform, and the legislative process. She is known for her ability to develop policy and craft bipartisan support to advance bills of importance to Arizona businesses. Amanda holds a B.A. in Public Relations-Communications Studies from California State University, Sacramento, and an M.S. Tech. in Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University.
Laura Malone directs ADEQ’s Waste Programs Division, which oversees cleanup at Superfund sites, permits hazardous / solid waste facilities, promotes waste reduction through pollution prevention and recycling, and oversees the state’s Voluntary Remediation and Brownfields programs. Laura began her career with ADEQ in 1988 as a hydrologist in the Waste Programs and Water Quality Divisions. She held several management positions before joining LFR Environmental Consultants (now ARCADIS) in 2004, where she worked on remediation sites and helped establish a multimedia compliance auditing practice. In 2006, Laura became Environmental, Health, & Safety Manager with Goodrich. She returned to ADEQ in 2012.