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Next Meeting- February 26, 2015
SME MARICOPA SECTION
Monthly Section Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 6:30 PM
NEPA Judo: Using the Process Burden to Your Advantage
Among all the many aspects of mine development, the environmental permitting process—and NEPA in particular--by far requires the most lead time and represents the greatest uncertainty. In martial arts, a skilled judo practitioner can use the strength and size of their opponent against them. Similarly, the very same aspects that make the NEPA process lengthy and complex—such as public and cooperating agency involvement--can be used to make a project more palatable, more defensible to litigation and appeal, and overall shorten the development schedule. This presentation highlights ways to turn the NEPA process to the advantage of mine proponents, but also to lessen the burden on overtaxed regulatory agencies.
Presenter: Chris Garrett and Ken Houser
Mr. Garrett is a professional hydrologist and NEPA practitioner with SWCA Environmental Consultants in Phoenix, Arizona. A veteran of numerous EISs for the BLM, Forest Service, and other federal agencies , for the last four years Mr. Garrett has shepherded the Rosemont Copper Project through the NEPA process. Mr. Houser is a Senior Principal at SWCA and in addition to providing NEPA expertise on numerous projects, is also adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University, teaching a master-level NEPA course.
Note: Space is limited to the first 75 registered attendees
Meeting Sponsor: TBD
SME Maricopa's Poetry Contest
Are you a poet? Member Fred Brost has introduced a poetry contest. Here are the rules;
1. Must be Mining/Metallurgy/Exploration related.
2. Must be original (or nearly so).
3. Must be in the Limerick Poetic form.
4. Must be suitable for mixed audiences.
Meeting Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Radisson Hotel Phoenix North
427 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
RSVP: Reservations should be made prior to noon the Monday before the meeting, by replying to this email at email@example.com or calling Patricia Fairchild at 480-345-4570. Dinner is $30 each for members and guests.
Please make your reservations early. Please note that the Radisson Hotel is charging us for meals for those with reservations, therefore those that make reservations and do not make it to the meeting will be assessed the $30 fee.
Agenda: Social hour – 6:30 p.m. Sponsor Introduction and Dinner – 7:00 p.m. Speaker – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Dinner is $30 for SME members and non-members. Annual Dues are $25. Payable to SME at the meeting or send your payment to Patricia (Trish) Fairchild at The Fairchild Company, 4625 S Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282-7127.
Know someone who needs a meeting notice? Ask them to send an email with Maricopa SME in the subject to
firstname.lastname@example.org - Guests and spouses are always welcome to attend our meetings.
Like to sponsor a meeting? Please contact: Burt Boessneck (623) 363-0677.
Officers for 2014-2015 are:
Program / Chair
Donald M. Burt,Ph.D.
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