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Environmental Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry

January 27-28, 2020 | Atlanta, Georgia

Monday, January 27th, 2020


8:00 – 8:10 am
Welcome & Introduction
Eric Lassalle, Director of Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, and NAMI Environmental Committee Chairman
8:10 – 8:45 am
Environmental Protection Agency Update
Jeaneanne M. Gettle, Water Division Director, EPA Region 4
8:45 – 9:30 am
Growing Trust in Animal Protein Through Continuous Improvement
Eric Mittenthal, VP of Sustainability, NAMI
9:45 – 10:45 am
Water Re-Use / Recycling Panel Discussion
Kim Dirks, Senior Director of Environmental Services, Tyson Foods,
Fernando Meza, Environmental Manager, JBS Greeley, Brian Paulsen,
Regional Environmental Engineer, Pilgrim’s Pride
10:45 – 11:45 am
Wastewater Pre-treatment Panel Discussion
Nick Ossi, Manager, Environmental, Health, and Safety, American Foods
Group, LLC, Mark Ritsema, Environmental Director, Fed Beef Division,
JBS, and Gregory Sindt, Senior Principal Environmental Engineer, Bolton & Menk, Inc.
12:45 – 1:45 pm
Biological Wastewater Treatment Panel Discussion
Keith Bailey, Director, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield, Chris Logue,
Sr. Managing Engineer, Fresh Meats Environmental Engineering, Tyson
Foods, and Mark Ritsema, Environmental Director, Fed Beef Division, JBS
1:45 – 2:45 pm
Beyond Regulatory Compliance… the Business Case for PSM
Douglas Reindl, Professor & Chair, Department of Engineering
Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Director, Industrial Refrigeration Consortium
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Toxic Release Inventory (Form R) Reporting – Common Errors and Easy Improvements
Amy Bauer, Food and Beverage Sector Lead, EHS Support
3:45 – 4:15 pm
Environmental Achievement Awards Case Studies
Chris Logue, Sr. Managing Engineer, Fresh Meats Environmental
Engineering, Tyson Foods
, John Meyer, Senior Director, Environmental
Affairs, Smithfield Foods
, and Bill Gill, Assistant VP, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods
4:15 – 5:00 pm
Regulatory Update
Chris Dolan, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and Director of Environmental and Sustainability Issues, NAMI

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020


8:00 – 8:30 am
It’s All About People: A Case Study in Achieving Deep Energy Savings
Josh Bachman, Senior Engineer, Director of Customer Engagement, Cascade Energy
8:30 – 9:15 am
GEMI’s Contaminated Food Film Packaging Recycling Project
Kellen Mahoney, Program Manager, Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI
9:15 – 9:45 am
The Future of Recyclable Packaging in the Meat Industry
Leslie Cook, Sustainability Strategy and Advocacy, Sealed Air
9:45 – 10:30 am
Current Regulatory Climate on PFAS; Does it Affect the Meat Packaging Industry?
Ryan Sleeper, Emerging Contaminants Lead, EHS Support
10:45 – 11:45 am
Political Update and Industry Considerations
Scott Shearer, Vice President, Bockorny Group