Launched in January 1995, the Clean Air Act Information Network provides its members important educational and information services in connection with implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The Network carries out this role in three principal ways: (1) creation and ongoing updating of an extensive document system that is available through the Network's Website; (2) holding annual conferences that address key implementation issues of current concern to clean air professionals; and (3) issuance of Bimonthly Reports. Additional information on Network membership and each of these activities is provided below.
The Network is comprised of major corporations from a broad cross-section of American industry and respected law firms. In addition, many EPA and state officials participate in the Network's activities. Current members include:
|Chemtura Corporation||ExxonMobil||The Procter & Gamble Company|
|Chevron||Monsanto Company||Robinson & Cole, LLP|
|Eastman Chemical Company||Owens-Brockway Glass Container, Inc.||Waste Management, Inc.|
|El Paso Energy||Pfizer Inc.||Williams Gas Pipeline|
|Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur|
The Network operates an electronic Clean Air Act document system that provides members with ready access to hundreds of EPA documents. The Network's document system contains Clean Air Act proposals, regulations, guidance, policy memos, interpretive memos and letters. Among the categories of documents included are Title V Permits, Nonattainment Requirements, Air Toxics, Monitoring, New Source Review and Enforcement.
The Network's document system includes many features which make it a valuable resource and an efficient research tool:
Documents are accessible to members through the Network's Website, which is accessed by password and is limited exclusively to Network members. The Network document system is located at www.envinfo.com.
Documents are organized into categories and subcategories based on the specific issues addressed by each document. Users can easily move from one category to another, perform full-text searches, and link to other resources.
The document system is updated regularly.
Many documents are not available elsewhere on-line, e.g., the system currently includes more than 200 EPA enforcement policy memos not contained on EPA's web site.
The Network holds annual conferences on major Clean Air Act implementation issues. Each conference is aimed at providing members an opportunity to discuss issues of current interest in plenary and workshop sessions with key EPA and state officials.
EPA and state officials who have participated as speakers in the Network's conferences routinely express interest in participating in future conferences and in receiving Network materials.
Past Attendee Comments:
"the only conference that I go to on clean air issues."
"always the best EPA and state speakers"
"consistently the best conference on Clean Air Act issues"
"routinely provides insights on issues that we're dealing with in our plants"
"unique opportunity to interact with key EPA and state officials with responsibilities relevant to our company"
Network members receive Bimonthly Reports that contain a Washington Report with articles on recent Clean Air Act developments and periodically an Issue Analysis providing in-depth treatment on a topic of widespread interest. The focus is on information that will be of interest to those involved in implementing federal and state clean air requirements. The Network's Washington Reports have covered numerous Title V developments (including EPA's rulemaking proposals and Title V White Papers); EPA's NSR enforcement and rulemaking; other prevention of significant deterioration/new source review issues; EPA's development of the Compliance Assurance Monitoring rule and the Credible Evidence rule; actions involving MACT standards and other air toxics-related matters; development of policies related to "potential to emit"; D.C. Circuit decisions on Clean Air Act rulemakings; Clean Air Act citizen suit decisions and trends in filing of citizen suits; and other rulemaking, guidance, and litigation developments.
Staffing for the Network is provided primarily by Bill Lewis and Linda Eaton of Morgan Lewis. Bill Lewis has more than two decades of experience with Clean Air Act regulatory issues and is a leading Washington environmental attorney. Linda Eaton plays a major role in coordinating the Network's activities.
Funding of the Network is provided through membership dues as well as fees for certain activities. The annual dues are $3,500. Additional fees include a $100 charge for each additional person who is to receive the Network's Bimonthly Reports and other materials and a small search/copying fee for filling certain requests for documents.
For additional information on Network membership, please call Bill Lewis at 202.739.5145. To obtain examples of the Network's publications, conference invitations, or website content pages, please call Linda Eaton at 202.739.5314 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.