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SME Webinar: Implications of the 2021 Change in Administration on Environmental Policy and How it May Affect Mining Operations

April 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

CEC’s Rob Livermore, Leah Blinn, Rob Geho, and Ryan Slack will be speaking throughout the webinar on Thursday, April 8 at 12:00 p.m.

Featured Speakers

Robert Livermore, GIT


Leah Blinn

Vice President

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Leah Blinn
Ms. Blinn is a Principal with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. and is the Corporate Air Quality Practice Lead. She is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in managing and executing air quality work for various industries throughout the country. She is experienced in air dispersion modeling, emission calculations, permitting, compliance, auditing, regulatory interpretation, and agency negotiation. Her experience is with a wide-range of industries including oil & gas, electric utility generation, municipal solid waste landfills, chemical manufactures, and metals manufacturing.
Robert B. Geho


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Mr. Geho is a Project Manager with more than twenty years of experience in environmental investigation, permitting, and regulatory compliance for multiple industry sectors, with a focus on energy projects.  His diverse experience spans several Midwestern states and includes environmental studies and environmental permitting for a wide variety of projects including FERC-regulated and non-FERC regulated natural gas infrastructure (e.g., pipelines, production and storage wells, metering stations, and compressor stations); liquids pipelines; linear transportation infrastructure; residential developments; industrial cleanups/redevelopments; coal and aggregate surface mining facilities; and, habitat restoration projects.  He and his team have extensive experience with documentation and coordination required to obtain permits and clearances in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and associated state/local regulatory programs.
Leo D. Lentsch

Senior Principal

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A seasoned professional with over 35 years of experience contributing to the management of the nation’s biological resources, imperiled species, and natural ecosystems.  Possesses a unique set of skills and abilities derived from his experience as a private consultant, state wildlife agency, and federal wildlife agency employee.  Frequently works on complex, controversial and highly contentious environmental projects across the United States (US).   Specializes the evaluation, assessment and quantification of potential anthropogenic impacts, and associated mitigation, resulting from perturbations to a large variety of ecosystems and the species they support.  Has extensive (50+) project experience utilizing, improving and developing sound scientific methodologies to assess potential impacts while creating innovative mitigation measures required to offset those impacts.  Efforts resulted in many valuable scientific reports/publications that contributed to assessing and offsetting impacts to natural resources and imperiled ecosystems.  Is a leader in promoting the use of quantitative tools that integrate economic, social, and natural resource values. Developed many innovative proactive approaches for resolving contentious natural resource management conflicts.  Recognized as an expert on natural resource management, instream flow determinations, imperiled species conservation, and ecosystem restoration.  Provides strategic guidance and practical solutions to implementation of Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) guidelines and procedures.  A recognized and often sought-after skilled mediator and strategic advisor.  Served on multiple interagency advisory teams across the US associated with offsetting environmental impacts to ecosystem processes and functions. Taught ESA compliance classes at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) and the University of California (UC Davis).


April 8, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


Online Webinar
United States