The AFPM Environmental Conference focuses on environmental regulatory and policy issues at the facility level. The sessions are designed to address the impacts of various environmental regulations on refineries and petrochemical operations and to provide compliance solutions for facilities. Environmental representatives from refinery and petrochemical plants and  service organizations attend, providing an excellent opportunity to network with peers  who share similar problems, challenges, and opportunities in the refining and petrochemical industries.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative PCR test required

AFPM values your support of our events. Your health and safety and that of all our registrants is of the utmost importance. Therefore, we have decided to require all in-person participants to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival. This action is part of comprehensive measures taken to protect the health and safety of everyone present at AFPM gatherings and allow us to once again return to face-to-face meetings confidently.

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Monday October 11, 2021

7:30 am
8:00 am

Breakfast

30Min
7:30 am
4:30 pm

Registration

9Hrs
8:00 am
8:15 am

Welcome & Award Presentation


Opening Remarks

2021 Award Presentation
15Min
8:15 am
9:30 am

General Session - Biden Administration

The First 2 Years of the Biden Administration: What’s Happened so far in Environmental Policy & What Can We Expect in 2022

Toby Baker, TCEQ
David Fotouhi, Gibson & Dunn, former EPA Deputy and Acting General Counsel
Toby Hanna, ERM
Matt Leopold, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, former EPA General Counsel
1.25Hrs
9:30 am
10:30 am

General Session - RTRs Session


New Trends for Old Rules

Panelists:
Inaas Darrat, Trinity Consultants
Rob Ferry, Trinity Consultants
Lindsay Giovannetti, Trinity Consultants
LeAnn Johnson Koch, Perkins Coie LLP
1Hrs
10:30 am
11:00 am

Coffee Break

30Min
11:00 am
12:00 pm

General Session - Environmental Justice (EJ) Policy Session


Environmental Justice Developments in 2021: What You Need to Know

Moderator:
Rohit Sharma, LyondellBasell

Panelists:
Erin Chancellor, TCEQ
Alexandra Dunn, Baker Botts
Richard Hamel, All4 Inc.
1Hrs
12:00 pm
1:30 pm

Luncheon


This is What I See. What Do You See?
Anjali MacDonald, TRC Companies
1.5Hrs
1:30 pm
2:45 pm

General Session - Environmental Justice (EJ) Practice Session


Environmental Justice at the Fore: Navigating the Regulatory Dynamics and Stakeholder Risks

Moderator:
Toby Hanna, ERM

Panelists:
Brian Burdorf, Trinity Consultants
Anne Kolton, ACC
Kristi Moore, ERM
Corinne Snow, Vinson & Elkins
Doug Van Pelt, ExxonMobil
1.25Hrs
2:45 pm
3:15 pm

Coffee Break

30Min
3:15 pm
4:30 pm

General Session - PFAS Session


AFFF Panel - PFAS Forensics, Risk Management, Regulations and Industry Perspective

Panelists:
Mark Deese, Phillips 66
Liz Denly, TRC Companies
Bryan Moore, Balch & Bingham
Jenny Phillips, TRC Companies
Catriona Smith, TRC Companies
1.25Hrs
4:30 pm
6:00 pm

Reception

1.5Hrs

Tuesday October 12, 2021

7:30 am
8:00 am

Breakfast

30Min
7:30 am
3:00 pm

Registration

7.5Hrs
8:00 am
9:00 am

Keynote Address


Matthew Tejada, Director of Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1Hrs
9:00 am
10:15 am

General Session - NAAQS Session


NAAQS: Major New Issues on the Horizon

Panelists:
Chris Emery, Ramboll
Bradley Flowers, AECOM
Matt Kuryla, Baker Botts
Marise Textor, Global ESS LLC
Brian Wulf, Exxon Mobil
1.25Hrs
10:15 am
10:45 am

Coffee Break

30Min
10:45 am
12:00 pm

General Session - Sustainability/ESG/GHG Session


Sustainability: Materiality in the Petrochemical Sector

Panelists:
Joe Ibanez, TRICORD Consulting
Hannah Losey, TRICORD Consulting
Andrew Woerner, ERM
1.25Hrs
12:00 pm
1:30 pm

Luncheon


Trends in Enforcement and Incident Response

Matthew Leopold, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
1.5Hrs
1:30 pm
3:00 pm

General Session - Fenceline Monitoring Session


4th Year of Fenceline Monitoring - How Has it Changed During the First 9 Months of Biden’s EPA, NGO Studies, Enforcement Activity & A Look to the Future

Panelists:
Ken Garing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Ret.)
Toby Hanna, ERM
Heidi Hayes, Eurofins Air Toxics
Derek Reese, Exxon Mobil
Hedrick Strickland, ERM
1.5Hrs

Save $100 on registration fees by registering by September 16th. Registration fees increase by $100 on September 17th. 

Online registration closes October 1st.

Registration fees are based on AFPM membership.  If your company is a member of AFPM, you qualify for the Member fees.

Name Price Available To
Member Registration $750.00 Member/Government
Non-Member Registration $1,250.00
Spouse Registration $100.00

Reservations cannot be made prior to registration. If you register before the hotel cut-off date, you will receive a link to make a hotel reservation once your registration is complete. You can also find the link to reserve your housing at the top of your confirmation email.

Be sure to register and reserve your room by September 24th. After September 24th, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis at the prevailing rate.

Austin Marriott Downtown
304 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701-4006


Guest Room:
Rate: $259.00 Single/Double Occupancy per night
Deposit: $259.00 Single/Double Occupancy per night

AFPM considers the health and safety of all those who have joined us onsite as our top priority. AFPM is committed to implementing these additional COVID-19 safety protocols to help protect you and our employees as we navigate these changing circumstances. Accordingly, AFPM’s Safety Protocol, is a living document that will continue to evolve, incorporating the latest updates and enhancements of health and safety that will further the onsite experience for everyone in attendance.

Reminder: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative PCR test required

  • Proof of vaccination for all individuals or a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours prior to attending the AFPM Environmental Conference. Documentation of vaccination or a negative test must be shown at the registration desk along with photo ID. Photos of either your vaccine card or negative test result will also be accepted. The name on your card/test must match your ID.
  • Please note, Rapid Response test results will NOT be accepted.

Pre-Event:

  • Adhere to all government travel restrictions in the areas you are traveling to and from.
  • Visit this link for current COVID-19 status in Austin, TX and general guidance while traveling: https://www.austintexas.org/plan-a-trip/visitor-health-safety/
  • Complete the AFPM COVID-19 Waiver during online registration.

Health Screening
1.    Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: 

  • Fever (100.4 or greater) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

2.    Have you been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with anyone who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19

3.    Are you isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried you may be sick with COVID-19?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, or if you feel sick prior to your arrival, please stay home and contact
env@afpm.org. We will handle all follow-up accordingly. 

Arrival Screening

  • All attendees will be asked to submit to a contactless temperature check daily.
  • Any attendee who has not been successfully screened will not be permitted to enter the event.

Registration:

  • Contactless pick-up of name badges.
  • You will be asked to show your vaccination card, negative covid test, or an image on your phone of either to the registrar. Please have your card/test and ID ready.
  • Registration counters will be shielded with plexiglass barriers separating AFPM staff member and registrant.

On-Site:

  • If at any time onsite you do not feel well, please advise an AFPM Staff Member immediately and do not continue with any onsite activities.

Masks:

  • A mask is recommended to be worn when attending all ENV functions. Please ensure the mask is completely covering the face (nose and mouth). Limit touching face, nose, and mouth.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is currently recommended indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in Austin, TX. 
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site, but please plan to bring your own.

Hand Hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly, for no less than 20-seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Personal hand sanitizers will be provided onsite but please feel free to bring your own.
  • Please refrain from traditional handshakes when greeting each other.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for hand hygiene.

Hotel Meeting Rooms

  • All room sets will be socially distanced. Please respect others’ personal space in sessions by maintaining adequate social distance.

Hotel Meal Functions

  • Plated meals will be served “room service style” with plate covers and individual condiment packages for each guest.
  • During buffet meals and the reception all food will be served by a hotel attendant and separated by a plexiglass shield. Please maintain a reasonable distance between attendees.

Personal Accountability Commitment

  • By attending this meeting, you agree to engage in the following additional health and safety measures: completing a daily temperature check, following the masking policies where necessary, practicing good hand hygiene, practicing appropriate social-distancing, and not attending if you have felt unwell or have recently been exposed or in close-contact to someone exposed to COVID-19.

Post Event:

  •  If you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home from the event, please contact AFPM Meetings staff to advise them.
  • If you have any additional concerns or questions that are not listed above, please contact AFPM Meetings at meetings@afpm.org.
By registering for this meeting you signify that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by AFPM's policies on registration, housing, cancellation, spouse/guest registration, fees, and other policies listed below.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols
AFPM is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines, city/state regulations, and venue practices. Due to the changing nature of these restrictions and requirements, AFPM will release official safety protocols two weeks prior to the conference that all staff and attendees must follow while present at the conference.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative PCR test required
AFPM values your support of our events. Your health and safety and that of all our registrants is of the utmost importance. Therefore, we have decided to require all in-person participants to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival. This action is part of comprehensive measures taken to protect the health and safety of everyone present at AFPM gatherings and allow us to once again return to face-to-face meetings confidently.

Registration Policy
Those who are present at the site of an AFPM meeting and/or occupy a hotel room in the AFPM room block to conduct business with industry personnel gathered for that meeting are expected to register for that meeting and pay the registration fee, whether or not they attend a specific function.

Member Fee Eligibility
The member rate is based on membership information currently on file with AFPM. If your company is not currently a member, the non-member fees will be charged to your credit card.

Spouse/Guest Policy
A guest is a spouse/significant other, friend or an adult child (18 years old or older) who is not in an industry-related occupation. A co-worker, an associate or spouse who works within the industry may not use the Spouse/Guest Registration category. Guests are not permitted to work the exhibit booth. Children under 18 are not permitted in the exhibit hall.

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations may be emailed to ENV@afpm.org. Cancellations may be made by September 10, 2021 with no penalty. Cancellations submitted between September 11 - 24, 2021, will receive a refund of fees, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds after September 25, 2021. No telephone cancellations.

AFPM Antitrust Policy
AFPM takes its antitrust compliance obligations seriously and our antitrust policy goes beyond the minimum requirements.

To ensure compliance with the antitrust laws and avoid any appearance of anticompetitive activity, every participant in AFPM meetings and AFPM activities must adhere to the AFPM antitrust guidelines.

Therefore, there should be no discussion or disclosure of information with respect to:

Individual company’s prices, profits, premiums, surcharges, or discounts;
your intent to do business with specific customers;
proposed product offerings;
allocation of geographic or product markets;
any refusal to deal with a customer or supplier;
how to respond to the market behavior of a competitor;
company’s non-public, confidential information; or
any other topic involving a potentially anticompetitive practice

It is not only your duty to follow the AFPM policy, but also to affirmatively stop any conversations on impermissible subjects. If a discussion presents an antitrust issue, raise your concern immediately. If the discussion continues, announce that you are leaving the meeting because you have an antitrust concern and immediately report your concern to AFPM staff and legal counsel. These Guidelines apply both during the meeting and at informal social events involving AFPM members.

This reference is an overview of AFPM’s Antitrust Guidelines. It is not a substitute for legal counsel. Any and all antitrust related concerns should be addressed to AFPM’s General Counsel.

Ethical Responsibility and Professional and Personal Conduct Code
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (“AFPM”) has adopted the following “Ethical Responsibility and Professional and Personal Conduct Code” (hereinafter, “the Code”). Every member of AFPM, their designated representatives, and non-member attendees at all AFPM meetings and forums agree to abide by the Code as a condition of membership in AFPM and attendance and participation at AFPM meetings and forums.

The Code requires the following of all individuals attending AFPM meetings and forums:

Adherence to the AFPM bylaws and the AFPM policies and procedures, as adopted by AFPM’s Board of Directors.
Strict compliance with antitrust laws.
Adherence to all applicable federal and state laws.
Maintenance of the highest level of professional and personal ethical behavior while attending AFPM meetings and forums.
Prevention of certain behaviors, including harassment, violence, intimidation and discrimination of any kind involving race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or, where applicable, veteran or marital status.
Assurance that conduct at all times and in all professional and personal dealings with each other and other attendees is with the highest level of integrity and courtesy.
Sharing of knowledge and expertise as speakers at AFPM educational events and sessions whenever practicable, without soliciting or explicitly promoting their own organization's products or services.
Working to instill public and consumer confidence in the petrochemical and refining industries, its member companies, and its professionals, avoiding any action conducive to discrediting members of AFPM.
Refraining from scheduling general attendance meetings, receptions or other events at times that conflict with substantive programming or social events at AFPM meetings without express written permission of AFPM.

Failure to abide by the Code may result, for the first offense, in informal censure of a company or individual by the AFPM Executive Committee. If violations of the Code continue after such an informal censure, a company may be subject to expulsion from AFPM, or an individual to exclusion from participation in AFPM activities, by the Board of Directors.

Recording Policy
Video recording, streaming or broadcasting of the exhibit hall, general sessions, workshops and discussions is strictly prohibited. Audio recording is permitted only in the workshops and for the sole purpose of private use. Any recording for purposes of reproduction or distribution without the written consent of the AFPM is strictly prohibited.

Photo Release
By registering for this conference, I hereby grant AFPM, its licensees and assigns, the right to use my name, biographic material, as well as, photos, or videos taken of me during the conference in news media, websites, publications, programs, articles, and/or marketing materials.

Entertainment Policy
We ask your cooperation in observing Association policy on activities held in conjunction with any AFPM meeting:

Meetings or social activities should not be scheduled that take registrants away from AFPM programs and AFPM-sponsored activities;
Any company sponsoring a function to which 25 or more people are invited should outline its plans for advance approval by AFPM. In general, such functions will be approved if they do not unduly take registrants away from AFPM-sponsored activities;
All representatives of companies sponsoring hospitality activities are expected to register for the meeting;
Hospitality suites are expected to close by 12:00 a.m.;
Food, beverage and service personnel (bartenders, hostesses, etc.) must be obtained through the hotel catering department;
Suite promotional activities are to avoid the use of elaborate entertainment, expensive door prizes, suite attendance solicitation by individuals who are not full-time employees of the sponsoring company, or other similar activities.
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