Program Outline

15th Annual Virginia Environmental Health and Safety Conference (VEHS)

September 28-29, 2017

The Westin, Richmond, Virginia
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230 

VEHS is dedicated to industrial environmental, health and safety excellence.  Participants also explore the affordability and sustainability of regulations on the Virginia economy.  It is the premiere event of the year where Virginia industry, regulators, legislators and allies join together for sharing information, best practices and technology.


10:30AM-12:30PM              VMA Water Subcommittee Meeting (Members Only)

10:30AM-12:30PM              Safety Subcommittee Meeting (Members Only)

1:00PM–7:00PM                  Trade Show

1:00PM–2:30PM                  VOSH Regulatory Workshop

2:30PM–4:30PM                  Virginia DEQ Regulatory Briefing

4:30PM-5:00PM                   What’s Next for Environmental Regulation in a Trump Administration

5:00PM-5:30PM                   2017 VMA Safety Awards *NEW*

5:30PM–7:00PM                  Sustainability Reception & Networking



7:30AM–12PM                     Trade Show

7:30AM–8:30AM                  Networking Breakfast

8:30AM–8:35AM                  Welcome & Introductions

8:35AM–9:15AM                  VA Nutrient Regulation, Technologies & Water Reuse

  • Hicham Shaban, Vastly
  • Michael Dreiling, ARCADIS

9:15AM–10:00AM                Innovations in Commercial & Industrial Lighting

  • Roger Whyte, LiteSheet Solutions
  • Ron Acorn, SONARAY LED Lighting

10:00AM–11:15AM             Coal Ash Disposal Implications for Permitting, Utilities, Manufacturers, Public Health, Ratepayers, Regulators, the Courts and the Environment

  • Tom Adams, American Coal Ash Association
  • Bill Murray, Dominion Energy
  • Danny Gray, Charah
  • Joe James, Agri-Tech Producers

11:15AM-12:00PM              US EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Lee Forsgren

Lee Forsgren
Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Lee Forsgren is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Mr. Forsgren focuses on a wide range of water issues including the review of the Waters of the United States rule, water infrastructure funding, and drinking water quality. Prior to joining EPA in June 2017, Mr. Forsgren worked as an attorney for HBW Resources and Nossaman LLC.  During his tenure at the firms, he provided legal and policy guidance in the areas of environmental policy, natural resources, transportation, and federal appropriations. Mr. Forsgren has also assisted corporations, industry associations and tribal organizations in their relations with Congress, the Executive Branch, and state governments. Earlier in his career, he has served as Assistant Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under the George W. Bush Administration, majority counsel for the Water Resources Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Counsel on the Coast Guard and Maritime Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a staffer to the House Committee on Natural Resources, counsel to the Subcommittee on Lands and Forestry, assistant to Congressman Don Young of Alaska and staff assistant to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch. His career also includes stints advising the 2000 Trump campaign and the Bush-Cheney Transition team.  Mr. Forsgren received his J.D. from George Mason University Law School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Mr. Forsgren is a retired Navy Reserve Commander. He grew up in Ogden, Utah and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.