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Howard J. Wein has served as the chair of the Rules Committee for more than a decade. He is a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC and a member of the firm's Environmental Practice Group in its Energy Law Section resident in its Pittsburgh office. Mr. Wein began his legal career as Assistant Attorney General and later served as Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, entering private practice in 1986. Mr. Wein's environmental practice has focused on transactional, counseling and litigation matters involving a wide variety of important water quality, waste management, Brownfields redevelopment, energy & natural resources issues including mining and oil & gas matters, and air quality matters at both the state and federal levels. Mr. Wein has successfully litigated and resolved complex environmental matters involving the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") and the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("USEPA") by negotiating consent agreements with DER and USEPA. He has served in a number of leadership positions including as Chairman of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Environmental & Energy Law Section, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law ("EMNRL") Section and as the Section's delegate to the PBA. In 2009, Mr. Wein was honored by the PBA EMNRL Section by being named the recipient of its Environmental Achievement Award. In addition, Mr. Wein served on Governor Tom Ridge's Transition Team Study Group on Environmental issues as well as on Governor Ed Rendell's Transition Team. Mr. Wein is also the President of the Board of Directors of Construction Junction, a non-profit organization in Pittsburgh dedicated to the reuse of used and surplus building materials.


Philip L. Hinerman is a member of the Environmental Law Group of Fox Rothschild, LLP. He has extensive experience in environmental regulatory litigation. Mr. Hinerman also provides advice to both buyers and sellers in acquisitions and real estate matters, and assists companies in developing effective environmental programs and policies. He has also served as multi-party joint defense counsel in litigation regarding the Metcoa Recovery Facility, Novak Sanitary Landfill, Pt. Refinery Mercury Site and the Malvern TCE Site. Previously, Mr. Hinerman was associate corporate counsel with Leaseway Transportation Corporation. While there, he developed the company's environmental program and supervised all environmental litigation and regulatory matters. Mr. Hinerman is a former chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Hinerman is a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and a founding director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. He serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Task Force on Multi-jurisdictional Practice of Law. His interest in wines has led Mr. Hinerman to obtain a diploma in Wines and Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, based in London. The WSET promotes, provides and develops education and training in wine and spirits. He is also a Certified Specialist in Wines by the Society of Wine Educators. Mr. Hinerman received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1979 and his A.B. cum laude from Marshall University in 1975.


James F. Bohan is the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Department of Environmental Protection. Previously, Mr. Bohan served as the Director of the Department's General Law Division, as a Supervising Attorney and Assistant Counsel in the Department's Southcentral Regional Office, and as an Assistant Counsel in the Department's Northeast Regional Office. Before working for the Department, Mr. Bohan was an Assistant Counsel with the Environmental Hearing Board. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Hamilton College, studied biology at the Graduate School of the University of Notre Dame, and received his law degree from the Notre Dame Law School.
Alexandra C. Chiaruttini was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in September 2015. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Chiaruttini was a partner with Stock and Leader in York, Pennsylvania where she was the environmental practice chairperson. Ms. Chiaruttini represented firm clients including private industrial and commercial entities, local and county governments, authorities, school districts, and private landowners in environmental matters and environmental litigation. She has presented cases and argument before federal and state courts and regularly represented clients before the Environmental Hearing Board. As Chief Counsel, Ms. Chiaruttini now oversees a legal staff of over 70 attorneys across seven offices statewide who support and provide legal counsel and litigation representation to the Department's investigation, enforcement, and permitting staff. The legal office also provides counsel to Department personnel responsible for statewide policy, regulation, and legislation in fulfilling the agency's mission. Ms. Chiaruttini received her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University, and her Juris Doctor from The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Brian J. Clark is a shareholder and chairs the Environmental Practice Group at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. Mr. Clark has been a member of the Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee since its inception in 1989. He has a diverse practice that spans over 30 years and covers three primary areas: environmental counseling, administrative and toxic tort litigation and government relations. Mr. Clark represents clients in a variety of complex energy transactions, permitting compliance issues, litigation involving oil and gas producers and midstream companies, and transactions involving Brownfield properties for commercial, industrial and energy clients ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies. He counsels energy clients on corporate governance and environmental permits, as well as state funding sources. As the former Majority Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, he was involved in drafting various environmental statutes. Mr. Clark also served on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources' Environmental Quality Board, a former President of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, Chairman of the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, board member of the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation and the Heritage Conservancy, and is also a member of the Environmental Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Clark is an active lecturer on a variety of environmental topics for PBI, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and other industry and civil organizations. Mr. Clark received his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law and his B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University.
Gail M. Conner is the founder and President of G&C Environmental Services, Inc. (G&C). She provides legal services related to environmental law, real estate transactions and contracts. Ms. Conner was appointed in 2005 and reappointed in 2008 to the Citizens Advisory Council of the Department of Environmental Protection (CAC) from which she also served on the Environmental Quality Board, Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee and Mercury Rulemaking Work Group. She served on the CAC for 8 years from 2005 to 2013. Ms. Conner has performed environmental consulting and regulatory compliance work for more than 25 years. She served as a Peer Review expert for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with expertise in asbestos science, demolition engineering, monitoring, industrial hygiene, and human health risk. She also performs peer review for the Federal Aviation Administration Capacity Enhancement Program for air quality, hazardous waste and Environmental Justice. Prior to founding G&C Environmental Services, Ms. Conner served as a scientist for an engineering firm and in several environmental roles for the State of Wisconsin, including State Asbestos Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, where she assisted in the development of the Wisconsin Asbestos Policy and legislation. Ms. Conner also worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Air Management and was responsible for training programs for field inspection and enforcement staff. Ms. Conner received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware and her B.S. in Biology/ Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matthew L. Wolford practices law as a solo practitioner in Erie, PA, where he concentrates on environmental matters. Before going into private practice, he served as an Assistant Counsel and Regional Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP"). Prior to joining DEP, he served as a prosecutor with the PA Office of Attorney General ("OAG"), Environmental Crimes Section; and as a civil litigation attorney for the OAG's Torts Litigation Section. He also served as a Special Prosecutor of environmental crimes for both the OAG and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is a regular lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and has lectured for the U.S. EPA (National Enforcement Training Institute), the DEP, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA's Minor Judiciary, and the Erie County Bar Association. He is an Adjunct Professor at Gannon University in Erie, PA, where he teaches a course on environmental law. He is also a Committee Member of the State Water Plan Statewide and Great Lakes Regional Committees and serves on the Boards of several environmental organizations in the Erie area. He received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Temple University School of Law, and is a member of the Erie County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.