Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda with Descriptions

Thursday, November 5, 2015
9:00-10:00 Registration & On-Going Exhibits
10:00-10:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks
10:15-11:00 Economic Burden of Lead Poisoning
Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, Professor of Economics, Amherst College
Dr. Reyes will highlight research and studies that illustrates how lead poisoning impacts lifelong educational performance and economic impacts in our society.
 11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
You will be asked at registration to select one session for this timeframe.
Licensing, Certification and Reciprocity
Representative from each New England State
Because the training and certification and licensing requirements are not the same in each of the states and tribes represented by CONEST, professionals certified in one jurisdiction often find it difficult to determine whether they are eligible for certification or licensing in another jurisdiction.  This session will provide guidance on whether basic training, certification, and licensing requirements in one of these states or tribes provide an acceptable basis on which another state will approve an application for certification or licensure in that particular discipline or what additional requirements may apply. 
RRP Enforcement Update
Andrea Simpson, Senior Enforcement Counsel,  US Environmental Protection Agency
Overview of fiscal year 2015 past inspections, case violation highlights, and future fiscal year 2016 initiatives.
  Reducing Lead Exposures Improves Peoples Health and the Economy. What new policy strategies are needed moving forward from 2015?
Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, Professor of Economics, Amherst College
This session will highlight the past and current policy strategies as well as research that show trend reductions in the incidence rates of lead poisoning over the past few decades. While the current emphasis and policy strategies and funding streams lead safe work practices, healthy homes initiatives associated with maintenance, repairs, renovation and painting.  This session will facilitate an opportunity to brainstorm, identify and improving policy strategies that builds upon the decades of prevention that has helped reduce lifelong effects of lead poisoning.
Lead & Tenants’ Rights: Community Education Discussion & Brainstorming Session
Facilitated by Laura Brion, Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy, Childhood Lead Action Project
Participants in this interactive workshop will learn about the community education strategies used by the Childhood Lead Action Project and other partner agencies in Rhode Island to raise awareness about tenants’ rights regarding lead safety. Much of the workshop will be spent on a facilitated discussion & planning exercise based on the priorities and interests of participants.
12:15-1:30 Lunch (provided) & Time for Exhibits
1:30-2:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
You will be asked at registration to select one session from this timeframe.
Don’t Take it Home! Minimizing Lead Exposure
Brian Sullivan, Compliance Assistant Specialist, US Department of Labor – OSHA
This presentation will review highlights of OSHA’s Lead in Construction Standard with focus on best practices in minimizing lead exposure and potential lead poisoning.
  Outreach at the Local and Municipal Level (Part I of II)
Laura Brion, Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy, Childhood Lead Action Project
Jeffrey Lykins, AIA, Director of Inspection and Standards, City of Providence, Rhode Island
Mark Aschenbach, Environmental Analyst Retiree, Connecticut Department of Public Health
This session takes a look at techniques and methods employed by two states, Rhode Island and Connecticut, to move building and other local/municipal officials to work in conjunction State programs to prevent lead poisoning. The session will be broken down into two hour long segments in which each state will have speakers report on their successes and difficulties in engaging local building officials on this issue. Topics to be addressed include but are not limited to: requiring RRP licensure for building permits on pre-1978 residences, providing training and technical assistance, outreach efforts, enforcement challenges, and more.
  Compliance Assistance in New England
James Bryson, Regional Lead Coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 (New England)
Overview of the type, location and challenges of compliance assistant in the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule in New England.
  States’ Prevention Efforts
Representatives from each New England State
Representatives from each New England state will provide a snapshot of their State’s prevention efforts.
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
You will be asked at registration to select one sessionduring this time frame.
Business Side of Lead: Risk & Liability
Chris Seufert, Esq., Seufert Law Offices, PA
Attorney Christopher Seufert has over 25 years of experience litigating lead paint poisoning cases on behalf of both tenants and landlords.  He is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic, assistant adjunct professor of law for toxic tort litigation at Northeastern University Law School and he has litigated lead paint poisoning cases in both State and Federal Courts as well as appellate courts. He will present the business/legal risks to the landlords and the legal rights of the tenants in a lead poisoning case.
  Outreach at the Local and Municipal Level (Part II of II) A continuation of the 1:30-2:30 session.
  Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) vs Lead Abatement
Martin Wood, President, Institute for Environmental Education, Inc.
This session will consider the differences and similarities of RRP and Lead Abatement projects.  Where is there overlap, and where are they different. While some aspects of state regulations will be touched on, the primary focus will be on the Federal regulations, including EPA, OSHA and HUD regulations.
  Legislative History of Lead-Based Paint – Title X
Matt Ammon, Director, Programs Division, Office of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Despite the enactment of laws in the early 1970’s requiring the federal government to eliminate, as far as practicable, lead-based paint hazards in federally owned, assisted, and insured housing, the Federal response to this national crisis was limited. The “Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992” was the defining moment in our country’s history in developing a national strategy to remove lead-based hazards in housing.  Join Mr. Ammon as he reviews where twenty-three years of this law and one amendment has brought our country.
HUD Outreach Efforts Prevent Lead Poisoning and Support States’ Efforts
Chris Corcoran, Project Manager, Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program
John Eastman, Healthy Housing Coordinator, City of Providence, Rhode Island
HUD grantees from the New England States will provide a summary of their outreach efforts over the past 2-3 years, and how their work intersects with state and local government efforts to ensure families live in lead-safe homes, that at-risk families are aware of potential lead hazards in their housing, and how they promote and support licensure/certification and the RRP Rule.
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-4:45 Keynote – Multi-Interest Projects: Navigating Differences to Find a Path Forward
Tom Irwin, Vice President and Director, NH Conservation Law Foundation, NH’s Advocacy Center
Senator Dan Feltes (D), NH Senate District 15
It can often feel like working on a project with multiple interests is similar to herding cats. In 2015, stakeholders from throughout New Hampshire worked together over several months to prepare legislation that would change the state’s lead law. These meetings required assembling and working with a broad range of groups with varying interests. Stakeholders worked to navigate the many interests involved, with the goal of better protecting New Hampshire children from the threat of lead poisoning
4:45-6:00 Networking Reception, Exhibits
Friday, November 6, 2015
*Only HUD Grantees and NELCC Steering Committee Members are invited to attend.
8:30-9:00 Arrival, Coffee & Introductions
9:00-11:30 Improved Collaboration between State & HUD Grantees
HUD Grantees are invited to spend the morning to have a facilitated discussion on improving collaboration between States and Grantees. The States’ program representatives want to know what’s working, what’s not, and what you can do for eachother. We hope that you choose to join us!
11:30-2:30 NELCC Steering Commmittee Meeting