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Opening Keynote Speaker - Jim Cantore

Is the Sky Falling?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:30 - 9:00AM


The Opening Keynote Speaker for IECA's Annual Conference Environmental Connection 2017 is Jim Cantore, world renowned meteorologist with the Weather Channel. Cantore will discuss changes in weather patterns, predictions for the future and how these changes will affect our industry. What can we do today to prepare for the weather changes over the next 50 years? Cantore will lend his insights on how our industry can prepare for the future in weather.

Jim Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. Known for his live reports from severe weather events, Cantore embodies the passion and knowledge of The Weather Channel. He has covered every major weather event of the past 30 years, including Hurricanes Katrina and Irene and Superstorm Sandy, solidifying his role and the role of The Weather Channel as the leading source for severe weather coverage. Cantore is well known for his animated, tenacious style, both in the field and in the studio.




Closing Keynote Speaker - Craig Zeller, P.E.

TVA Kingston Ash Recovery Project | Roane County, TN

Friday, February 24, 2017
2:15 - 3:15PM


The Closing Keynote Speaker for IECA's Annual Conference Environmental Connection 2017 is Craig Zeller, PE, Senior Regional Project Manager with the EPA. On December 22, 2008 the failure of an ash dike at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, TN caused a monumental environmental disaster where approximately 5.4 million cubic yards (CYs) of coal ash was released over 300 acres that choked the adjacent Emory River, disrupted electrical power, ruptured a natural gas line and water line, and covered a railway and local roadways. Zeller's keynote presentation will provide attendees a look into this disaster and his experience serving as the EPA's on-site coordinator for the cleanup and recovery efforts. While erosion control is a key component to every environmental cleanup project, it was paramount to the success of the TVA ash recovery project. A range of proven and innovative BMPs were applied to not only mitigate off-site ash transport to receiving waters, but to also prevent dust inhalation by on-site personnel and adjacent communities. Six years and $1.2 billion later, the ash landfill has been successfully closed, and hundreds of acres of habitat have been restored for ecological and recreational use.

Craig Zeller has a been a Superfund Remedial Project Manager in the EPA’s Region 4 area for 25 years; working on CERCLA issues primarily in the Carolinas and Tennessee. He was promoted to Senior Level Regional Project Manager in 2009 as a result of the $1.2 billion response action associated with the TVA Kingston coal ash recovery project. Zeller possesses significant site experience in contaminated sediments and serves as the Region 4 representative on EPA’s National Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group (CSTAG). We look forward to Mr. Zeller sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience to attendees at this year’s Environmental Connection 2017.

EPA: Ecosystem back at 'pre-spill' levels from TVA ash spill

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