Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC)

The Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC) provides a discussion forum for members of ACEC/MA to discuss business issues related to the field of environmental engineering and consulting (regulatory, policy, funding sources, networking opportunities). 

 

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The EEAC's mission is to:

  • Promote programs, activities, and regulations that are beneficial to the environmental consulting community – including both to the consultants and their clients (public, private, and institutional);
  • Review and comment on pending regulation and policies that impact the environmental consulting field (water, wastewater, air, solid waste, hazardous waste, 21E, wetlands, Brownfield’s, funding, grants, etc.); and
  • Liaison with the various agencies that create, impact, and enforce regulation and policy.

Structure

Managed by two co-chairs, the EEAC has a membership organized around particular areas of membership expertise and interest. These areas include: water resources and wastewater, regulatory compliance, 21E MCP and site cleanup, wetlands and wildlife, energy and environment, solid waste, and storm water.  All committee members are volunteer representatives from ACEC/MA member firms. Additional participants from member firms are always welcome.

 

The EEAC meets every month at Aldrich Center at The Engineering Center and presents a general agenda which typically includes: 1) pending regulations being tracked by the committee, 2) status of member involvement in various work groups, 3) coordination of liaison meetings, 4) new issues/policy topics on horizon, and 5) informational session from member(s).  Action items are prepared and approved for each meeting.  Goals for the committee include: establishing a partnering relationship with state regulatory agencies; participating in study and policy groups; playing an active role in professional groups; and providing comment on pending regulation and policies that impact the environmental consulting field, as requested by the Executive Director and the ACEC/MA Board of Directors.

 
Co-Chairs 

Joseph W. Freeman

BETA Group, Inc.
315 Norwood Park South
Norwood, MA 02062
Main: 781/255-1982
jfreeman @ BETA-Inc.com
 
Caroline Hampton, PE
Water Resources Department Manager
Senior Water Resource Engineer 
VHB
101 Walnut Street
PO Box 9151
Watertown, MA 02472-4026
P 617.607.0952 
champton @ vhb.com
 

Francis W. Yanuskiewicz
Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
5 Centennial Dr
Peabody, MA 01960-7906
978/532-1900

yanuskif @ wseinc.com

 

Board Liason

Michael J. Scipione, PE,

President & CEO

Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.

Five Centennial Dr

Peabody, MA  01960-7906

T:  978/532-1900

scipionm @ wseinc.com

     

 

Updates (most current at the top):

 

Link to Presentation from 10/12/17 Member briefing with:

Sorraia Tavares Strategic Sourcing Services Lead Operational Services Division

 
John Clarkeson, Director, Contracts and Procurement, Department of Conservation and Recreation
 
Christine Cedrone, Asst. Director, Contracts and Procurement, Department of Conservation and Recreation
 
PRF69 RFR will establish rate Master Service Agreements (Rate Contracts) with qualified vendors to provide engineering services in the following disciplines: 
Civil EngineeringFacilities Engineering
Coastal EngineeringConstruction Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Geotechnical Engineering
Structural EngineeringEnergy Systems Engineering
SurveyingTransportation Engineering
Permitting Water Resources Engineering
 
EEAC + Member Briefing, 9/19/2017 with The Nature Conservancy on Natural and Nature-Based Solutions for Vulnerability Reduction and Resilience:  Sara Burns, Water Resource Scientist and Steve Long, Director of Government Relations:  TNC Presentation
EEAC + Member Briefing, 8/29/2017 with Massachusetts Clean Energy Center:  MassCEC Presentation
EEAC, 5/30/2017 Meeting:  Culvert Replacement Presentation
Engineers and Land Surveyors Day:Water Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs

4-11-2017: Division of Local Mandates, State Auditor's Office: The Cost of Water Infrastructure: Implications for State Policy and Municipal Budgets - PPT Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC

 

Link to full report: Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets

 

Report Executive Summary

1-17-2017: EOEEA Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund - FY2017 Update to ACEC/MA EEAC

1-11-2017:  MassDOT's ESA compliance efforts for the Northern Long-eared Bat - Tim Dexter, MassDOT

 

1-11-2017: Northern Long-eared Bat briefing from Stacy Minihane, PWS, Beals + Thomas

 

10/25/2016: Presentation from MA DOER Commissioner Judith Judson
9/22/2016:  Presentation from Brian Dudley, MA DEP, on Cape Cod Water Issues
8/18/2016:  Presentation from Kate Kerigan, Director for the Office of Regulatory & Permit Ombudsman & Special Projects.
5/17/2016:  Presentation from Norman Orall, PE, DCR Chief of Planning and Engineering
4/5/2016: Mass DEP: Upcoming Changes to Infiltration/Inflow Requirements
3/10/2016 and 4/5/2016:  Clean Water Trust and DEP Presentation to Water Infrastructure Alliance
 
6/24/2015:  Presentation on state funding for Dams and Seawalls
6/24/2015: Presentation on SB1722, the Water Infrastructure P3 Bill
9/9/14: Presentation on Contract Assistance  from MA Clean Water Trust
7/10/14:  ACEC/MA  Comments  on Water Management Act Draft Regulations (310 CMR 36.00) and Guidance, filed on July 10, 2014

4/15/2014:  Presentation on Enterprise Funds  by Mark D. Abrahams, CPA

President, The Abrahams Group.  
2/25/2014:  EOEEA Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund - Program Overview 2014 by John Clarkeson, Director, Dam and Seawal Repair and Removal Fund  Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC 

11/19/2013: DCR Commissioner Jack Murray's Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC 

 
ACEC/MA Comments on Wetlands & Waterways, Water Quality Certification, and Wastewater regulations submitted on May 30, 2013 to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:  Link

ACEC/MA Comments on the proposed Dam and Seawall Fund Regulations, submitted to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on May 21, 2013:  Link

 
Briefing on Regulatory Process for Dam and Seawalls Funds, March 2013:  Link
Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commission Report, May 9, 2012:   Link 
Availability Study: Mass. Department of Environmental Protection and the Mass. Water Pollution Abatement Trust, November 4, 2010:     Link
 
Minutes from 2-17-11 EAC Meeting with EPA's Thelma Murphy
 
In FY2009, ACEC/MA sought and received clarification from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT) regarding the "CERTIFICATION OF REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER WITH REGARD TO USEFUL LIFE."  As a result of ACEC/MA's efforts, MWPAT implemented this form.

 

 

 

 
 
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