A LEGAL "MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR" The Thirteenth Annual Texas Environmental Superconference to be held in Austin

July 10, 2001

Katherine Glass
Haynes and Boone, LLP.
AUSTIN -- The Thirteenth Annual Texas Environmental Superconference, the premier and most entertaining environmental conference in Texas, will be held in Austin August 2-3, 2001, at the Four Seasons Hotel on the shores of Town Lake.  This year’s theme is entitled “Magical Mystery Tour;” each topic has been assigned an appropriate Beatles song.  There will be approximately 450 participants from the public and private sector and from the legal, technical and business communities involved.  The conference is sponsored jointly by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar, the Air & Waste Management Association-Southwest Section, the Water Environment Association of Texas, the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, and the South-Central Region of the Auditing Roundtable.  As always, there will be contests and prizes and surprises as well.
A variety of topical subjects are on this year’s agenda, including air and water quality, water resources, a legislative update, representing the public interest, environmental case law update, environmental aspects of energy policy, wetlands, criminal liability concerns to the environmental professional, innovative programs, what to do when the inspector shows up, quantifying environmental liabilities, financial mechanisms for Superfund cash outs, removing environmental liabilities from the bottom line, environmental auditing, offsite contamination, U.S./Mexico relations, and sustainable development. These topics will be the subject of presentations, panels and simulations.
A highlight will be a discussion by Gregg Cooke, the Regional Administrator of EPA Region 6, and Bob Huston, the Chairman of the TNRCC on issues of federalism.  Other speakers include representatives of the TNRCC, EPA, Corps of Engineers, Office of the Texas Attorney General, as well as attorneys, scientists, and others from the private sector.  In addition, the program includes an open mike, question and answer session.
The early registration fee is $375.00, which includes course materials, two continental breakfasts and lunches, and snacks and beverages.  A special rate of $100.00 is being offered for governmental agency personnel.  Registration at the door will be an additional $25.00 and will be first-come, first served.  (The conference has been at capacity for the past several years.)  Full-time students may attend free and, for a $75.00 fee, may receive the course materials and meals.  The Four Seasons Hotel offers special rates for all attendees, extending through the weekend.  This year’s Superconference has been approved for 11.5 hours of MCLE credit, including 1.5 hours of legal ethics, and credit toward the continuing legal education requirements for certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Real Estate Law, Administrative Law, and Litigation.

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