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CARMEN SANTOS, PCB Coordinator - US EPA Region 9

Carmen D. Santos is the EPA Region 9 PCB Coordinator working in the Region 9 Land Division. In this role, Ms. Santos provides regulatory assistance with the federal PCB regulations implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act to parties external to EPA Region 9 and within the Regional EPA office. Ms. Santos also provides technical and regulatory assistance related to cleanup of PCBs and demolition of buildings that have materials containing PCBs and works on various PCB cleanup projects. Ms. Santos is one of the authors of the PCB Facility Approval and Streamlining Toolbox (PCB FAST) published by EPA in May 2017. PCB FAST, which is the subject of her presentation, is designed to help Responsible Parties and regulators reduce delays, improve communication, and increase efficiency in the cleanup and disposal of PCBs at a site so that goals such as site redevelopment can be achieved in a timely manner. Prior to her involvement with PCBs, Ms. Santos worked in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Office in the EPA Region 9 Land Division where she gained experience with RCRA corrective action and enforcement.

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CARYL SHEEHAN, Senior Engineering Geologist - SWRCB

Caryl Sheehan is a Senior Engineering Geologist in the California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund (Fund). Caryl is responsible for the implementation and management of the Expedited Cleanup Account Program (ECAP), which is a special project in the Fund, and the ECAP Pilot Project. The goal of ECAP is to investigate methods to reduce the cost for site cleanup and the time for leaking UST cases to achieve regulatory closure under the State Boards Low-Threat Closure Policy. The ECAP process includes improved and increased communication between stakeholders to clarify scope, plan multi-year budgets, expedite decision-making and project implementation, and reduce ineligible costs. Prior to joining the State, Caryl worked as an environmental consultant with Sullivan International Group, Science Applications International Corporation, Burns & McDonnell, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and others. She has volunteered for many years with a non-profit that installs drinking water wells in villages in Africa. Caryl has earned a B.A. and an M.S. in Geology and is a California Professional Geologist and a certified Project Management Professional.

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CASLIN TOMASZEWSKI, Executive Vice Chair - CA Grower's Association

As the former Executive Director of the Calaveras Cannabis Alliance, Caslin served as the industry representative on the Calaveras County working group that developed the Calaveras County Urgency Ordinance and Taxation Program. He currently holds the position of Executive Vice Chair with the California Grower's Association, and owns/operates Sevro, Inc., a cannabis-centric consulting business. With over 12 years of experience in Cannabis cultivation, Caslin is considered to be an expert in both local level cannabis policy and outdoor and mixed light cultivation as it currently exists in California.

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CAT PACKER, Executive Director, Dept of Cannabis Regulation - LA Dept of Cannabis Reg

If you are involved with the cannabis industry in southern California you have likely heard of Cat Packer. Cat Packer is the Executive Director of the Department of Cannabis Regulation within the City of Los Angeles. Cat previously worked for an advocacy firm supporting the legalization of cannabis and public education.

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CHAD PEDDY, EHS Manager - Bay Ship & Yacht

Mr. Chad Peddy, REM is a very detail oriented person with 15 years of experience in the Environmental Health and Safety Field. Chads formal education is using a systems approach to earth science. Working with the State Water Resources Control Board he was instrumental in incorporating landside operations into the individual Dry-Dock NPDES permit. Working with OSHA Chad is able to get the equipment needed for compliance in lieu of fines. Mr. Peddy balances business needs within local, state, and federal regulations. This requires leadership, innovation, and networking throughout the regulated community. Mr. Peddy not only is able to identify the problem, but identifies implementable solutions.

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CHARLEY LANGER, Environmental Specialist - Sacramento County EMD

Charley Langer is an Environmental Specialist III in the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) Site Assessment and Mitigation Section. During his 17 years at EMD, he has overseen the completion of over 150 remediation projects. Prior to his work at EMD, Langer worked for six years in the Hawaii Department of Healths Underground Storage Tank and Voluntary Response (i.e., site cleanup) programs, and for three years as an environmental consultant. Langer has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Southern California.

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CHER VUE, Environmental Health Specialist - II - San Diego County DEH

Cher Vue was born and raised in the small town of Fresno. She decided to stay close to her roots and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety from CSU Fresno. Provided the opportunity to study at San Diego State University for the MPH in Environmental Health, Cher decided to move down to San Diego and applied for the student internship with the County of San Diego. After a year of being a student worker, she had the opportunity to work with the Food and Housing Division as an EH Tech for the Plan Check Division and was swooped up by the Hazardous Materials Division after three months with FHD. Cher has worked as a CUPA inspector for the County of San Diego for four (4) years and recently obtained the position as a retail store specialist in April of 2016. Since becoming a CUPA inspector, Chers pursued a few enforcement cases on various industry and is a secondary technical lead for the San Diego CUPAs APSA program.

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CHERYL NELSON, Supervisor, Planning & State Development Office - US EPA Region 9

Ms. Nelson is Manager of the Planning & State Development Office for the US EPA Region 9 in San Francisco, CA. This Office implements the RCRA Hazardous Waste base program (Grants, Authorization, Data Management, Notifications, Biennial Reporting, and e-Manifest) within EPA Region 9. She also serves as the national sub-lead for EPAs Regional Offices on the implementation of e-Manifest. Ms. Nelson formerly managed the RCRA Permitting Office for EPA and has nearly 30 years experience as a RCRA regulatory expert. Prior to her 19-year career at EPA, Ms. Nelson was an environmental consultant in the private sector. Her experience includes preparing RCRA classifications, participating in RCRA rulemaking, investigating and remediating contaminated property, conducting compliance audits and inspections, serving as a RCRA expert in enforcement cases, creating and delivering technical training, writing RCRA permits, writing closure plans and facility operating procedures, and serving and presenting as a Public Meeting hearing officer. Ms. Nelson holds a Bachelors degree in Geology from the University of Buffalo and a Masters degree in Geology from San Jose State University.

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CHRIS NIVA, Business Systems Analyst III - Riverside County DEH

Chris is an IT Business Systems Analyst with Riverside County IT. He has been designing, developing and supporting IT applications for over 15 years and specializes in process imporvement. Chris recently developed the HMBP Enforcement solution currently in use by Riverside County DEH. In addition to his IT experience Chris has a Bachelors degree in Information Technology and is about to receive his MBA in March of this year.

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CHRISTIE BAUTISTA, Unit Chief - DTSC

Christie Bautista currently serves as a Unit Chief for DTSC's Enforcement and Emergency Response Division. Ms. Bautista also serves as an instructor for the Cal/EPA Basic Inspector Academy providing training on inspection and enforcement principles to state and local inspectors. Her previous experience includes serving at the CUPA level as an inspector, and an environmental consultant for private industry. Ms. Bautista obtained her Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health, and a Master of Public Administration both from California State University Northridge. Currently, she is a Doctoral candidate of Public Administration at the University of La Verne, specializing in environmental policy and regulation.

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