Monday, February 18, 2008
One of the more interesting conferences I have attended is the annual Environmental Conference held by the Professional Abatement Contractors of New York (PACNY - http://www.pacny.org/). This year is PACNY's 12th Annual Environmental Conference and as usual the line-up of speakers is impressive. The conference is held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York on February 28 & 29, 2008. Featured presenters include Chris Alonge, PE of NYS Department of Labor (writer of the current Industrial Code Rule 56 (the asbestos regulations), Maureen Cox also of NYS Department of Labor (her division enforces the asbestos regulations), David Heckman from OSHA, discussing OSHA Cooperative programs, and Carl Thurnau, PE of NYS Education Department, discussing PCBs and the NYSED. In addition, to presenters the conference also features an exhibitor's area where you can meet the suppliers and manufacturers of abatement and safety equipment. Turning Stone Resort and Casino (http://www.turningstone.com/) is an interesting place to have the conference. A little out of the way for us downstaters but worth the drive (almost 5 hours from Syosset, New York) or you can fly into Syracuse and then drive to Verona (approximately 40 minutes). Turning Stone Resort (the Oneida Indian Nation runs this resort and casino) has several excellant dining areas, has several golf courses, has your typical gaming areas, and entertainment (Country singer Toby Keith is playing there on March 1). But the real reason to go is the Environmental Conference, which is probably the best conference that addresses New York State environmental and safety issues. The presenters are industry professionals or regulators that are deeply involved in the New York State abatement industry. I hope to see you there.