Workshop on Environmental Regulations and Implications for Biomass Management in California


November 9, 2005
Cal-EPA Building
1001 I St.
Sacramento, CA




The California Biomass Collaborative hosted a one day workshop on environmental regulations and implications for biomass management in California in the Byron Sher auditorium of the Cal-EPA building.


Workshop Program and Proceedings
  • Welcome and Introduction – Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Morning Keynote – Joe Desmond, California Energy Commission


Session I : Key Environmental Challenges – Programs and Strategies to Reduce Impacts in Meeting Environmental Goals
Moderator – Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Powerplant Permitting, Paul Richins, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • Air Quality Regulations, Dean Simeroth, California Air Resources Board – PDF
  • Air Quality Regulations and Permitting, Beverly Werner, California Air Resources Board – PDF
  • Water Board Regulations, Policies, and Incentives, John Menke, State Water Resources Control Board – PDF
  • Solid Waste Disposal Practices and Opportunities, Fernando Berton, California Integrated Waste Management Board – PDF
  • The Bio-Energy Interagency Working Group, Susan Brown, California Energy Commission – PDF


Session II : Perspectives from Industry, Local Agencies, and the Environmental Community

Session, Speaker

  • Moderator – Pat Sullivan, SCS Engineers, Phil Reese, California Biomass Energy Alliance
  • Biofuels: Regulatory and Environmental Issues, Necy Sumait, Arkenol – PDF
  • Conversion Technologies, Kay Martin, BioEnergy Producers Association – PDF
  • Biomass to Biogas, Ed Wheless, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts – PDf
  • Biofuels – Why Now, Allen Dusault, Sustainable Conservation – PDF
  • Cellulosic Ethanol in Transportation, Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council – PDF
  • Afternoon Keynote – Winston Hickox, CalPERS


Breakout Sessions (not recorded in Transcript)

Session, Speaker

  • Introduction to Breakout Sessions: Scope and Direction, Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Forestry Session discussion facilitators: Mark Nechodom, United States Forest Service, and Doug Wickizer, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Agriculture Session discussion facilitators: Steve Shaffer, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Cynthia Cory, California Farm Bureau Federation
  • Municipal Waste Residue discussion facilitators: Ruth MacDougall, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Brenda Smyth, California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • Wrap-Up: Rob Williams and Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative