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4/1/2007 | 3 MINUTE READ

2007 NASF Washington Forum

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On May 1, 2007 representatives of the finishing industry will come together for the National Association for Surface Finishing’s Washington Forum, a two-and-a-half-day event that provides an opportunity for Finishers to discuss vital issues facing the industry. Several experts will be there to talk about a wide range of technology, policy, regulatory and economic trends impacting surface finishing. The event will be held May 1-3rd, 2007 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington D.C.

Throughout the event, attendees will hear briefings on topics ranging from Global Regulation and U.S. Finishing (including REACH, RoHS, SAICM) to Immigration Reform to an update on Global Regulatory Developments for Nickel.

A reception will be held Wednesday evening featuring Rep. Nydia Velasquez, chair of the House Small Business Committee, which oversees federal programs and contracts totaling $200 billion annually. In this capacity, Congresswoman Velázquez has been a vocal advocate of American small business and entrepreneurship. She has established numerous small business legislative priorities, encompassing the areas of tax regulations, access to capital, federal contracting opportunities, trade, technology, health care and pension reform, among others.

The event will also feature three of the most popular electroplating and surface finishing environmental workshops that are offered: the Regulatory Compliance Workshop, Wastewater Treatment and Control Workshop and the Innovative Pollution Prevention Practices Workshop. 

Anyone involved in the Surface Finishing industry should consider this event one that is not to be missed. In order to succeed in this ever-changing industry, Finishers need to be educated and remain well-informed on Global environmental, economic, regulatory and technology trends which have created significant challenges and the Washington Forum the Industry event to bring finisher’s up-to-date.

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Event Hours:
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007 2:00-6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2007 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2007 9:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Tentative Agenda
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007
2:00 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Washington Policy Outlook for Finishing, Christian Richter, The Policy Group
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. EPA Plating & Polishing Rule: Update USEPA Air Office, Dr. Donna Lee Jones
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. OSHA-Finishing Industry Collaboration / Chromium PEL Outlook
Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary for OSHA (invited)
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Surface Technology Innovation & U.S. Dept of Defense Strategy, Dr. Keith Legg,
Rowan Technology
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Litigation & Legal Issues for Surface Finishing: Recent Issues, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

8:00 a.m. The Future of Finishing: Update, Christian Richter, The Policy Group, Peter Gallerani,
Integrated Technologies
8:30 a.m. Global Regulation and U.S. Finishing: Europe & Asia Regulatory Trends –
REACH, RoHS, SAICM, Panel Discussion
9:30 a.m. Manufacturing & Trade Developments: The Future of U.S. Competitiveness U.S.-China
Economic & Security Review Commission
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. The New Agenda for the 110th Congress, Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m. How to Be Effective on Capitol Hill: Lessons for Success, Luther Markwart,
Executive Vice-President, ASGA
12:00 p.m. Luncheon & Keynote: Congressman Peter Roskam, R-IL (invited)
1:30 p.m. Dept of Defense Procurement Process: How Can My Company Get Involved?
2:00 p.m. Immigration Reform: Reaching a Solution for U.S. Manufacturing
2:30 p.m. Nanotechnology: The Latest on Science & Policy Cadmus Group (invited)
3:00 p.m. Nickel Update: Global Regulatory Developments Dr. Hudson Bates, Nickel Institute (invited)
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. NADCAP Certification & Challenges for Surface Finishing, Speaker TBA
4:30 p.m. New Regulations Ahead: TMDLs and Clean Water after MP&M, James Hanlon,
USEPA (invited)
5:00 p.m. Briefing & Q&A: Delivering Industry’s Message to Congress, Christian Richter, The Policy Group, Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group, Informal Q&A for Congressional Meetings
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception, Keynote Speaker: Rep. Nydia Velasquez, Chair, House Small Business Committee

7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Policy Briefing • Q&A for Hill Meetings
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Congressional Visits – Capitol Hill



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