Environmental Hearing Board
ENVIRONMENTAL HEARING BOARD
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.
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.
Thomas M. Duncan is an attorney with the environmental and energy law firm of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, where he concentrates on environmental regulatory counseling, transactional matters, and environmental litigation. Tom represents and counsels a broad range of clients and has litigated cases before state and federal courts, the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Prior to joining the firm, Tom served as an assistant counsel to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board and as an attorney with an environmental nonprofit organization. In law school, Tom was a law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a legal intern for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Upon graduation, he received Villanova's Public Interest Fellowship Program Award. Tom currently serves on the Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Environmental and Energy Law Section and has chaired the Section's Pro Bono Committee since 2015. Tom is also on the Executive Committee of the Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court and chairs its Membership Committee. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Lower Merion Conservancy and has served as an appointed member of East Bradford Township's Environmental Advisory Council. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Villanova University School of Law.
Jean Mosites is a shareholder in the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources, and the Public Sector groups of Babst Calland in Pittsburgh, PA. Her practice includes client counseling on environmental compliance in the energy sector, resolving liabilities under federal and state remediation programs, as well as administrative appeals and environmental litigation in state and federal courts. She has represented clients in numerous matters before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. Ms. Mosites graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in International Relations. She graduated magna cum laude from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was the Executive Comment Editor for Duquesne Law Review. Ms. Mosites is an adjunct professor of law at the Duquesne University School of Law. She is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent, Peer Rated for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence and is listed for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Environmental Law. Ms. Mosites currently serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Environmental and Energy Law Section Council. She frequently plans and presents Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE programs on environmental and oil and gas law. She has also published articles and participated in numerous panel discussions and training seminars addressing a variety of environmental topics for the private sector.
Diana Stares is the Litigation Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Chief Counsel. She oversees the agency's litigation activities, including developing and advising on litigation strategies, legal and policy arguments, and evidentiary issues, and coordinating litigation with other agencies. Previously, she served as the Regional Counsel for DEP's Southwest Regional Office, and as a Supervising Attorney and Assistant Counsel for that Office. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management at Washington & Jefferson College. Ms. Stares received a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and a B.A. from Hofstra University.
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.