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U.S. EPA Water Laboratory Alliance Security Summit 2019

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Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street Southwest

Atlanta, GA 30303

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is hosting the 6th Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) Security Summit, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 13 and 14, 2019. At this year’s Summit, EPA's WLA will be celebrating 10 years of enhancing Water Sector preparedness – a result of collaboration with countless stakeholders.

EPA Region 4 welcomes representatives of drinking water utilities, state and local laboratories, and the emergency response, public information and first responder communities, to register for this FREE event. Participants will learn about WLA program elements, practice the WLA Response Plan (WLA-RP) for water contamination incident response, and gain hands-on experience with EPA security-related tools and resources that can strengthen preparedness for responding to water contamination incidents.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET on Wednesday (November 13), and from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM ET on Thursday (November 14). A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory tour will be offered to 20 participants after the formal meeting ends on Thursday; the tour will conclude no later than 4:00 PM ET.

Early registration ends on July 26, 2019. Register before this date for an opportunity to have priority consideration for poster/exhibit space. The CDC laboratory tour, which is limited to only 20 participants, has reached the maximum number that can attend. Registrants will be added to a wait list should availability open up.

Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Exhibits........................ Available all day (Tech Town)

7:30-12:00.................... Registration Open

8:00-8:45......................Welcome and Keynote Address, [TENTATIVE; Mary Walker, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4]

Moderator: [TENTATIVE; Jeaneanne Gettle, Director, Water Protection Division, EPA Region 4]

8:45-9:45...................... WLA Response Plan Session, George Gardenier, Chemist, EPA

9:45-10:15.................... Break and Exhibits

10:15-12:00.................. Table Top Exercise Part I: Introduction & Scenario Part I

12:00-1:30.................... Lunch on your own

1:30-3:00...................... Table Top Exercise Part II: Scenario Part II

3:00-3:30...................... Break and Exhibits

3:30-5:00...................... Table Top Exercise Part III: Scenario Part III & Conclusion

Day 2: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Exhibits........................ Available All Day

8:30-9:00...................... Welcome and Keynote Address, [TENTATIVE; Department of Homeland Security Representative]

9:00-9:40...................... Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) /WLA Overview Session, Ahmed Hafez, EPA ERLN Program Manager Latisha P. Mapp, EPA WLA Program Manager

9:40-10:10.................... Break and Exhibits

10:10-10:30.................. Interface with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), [TENTATIVE; CDC Representative]

10:30-11:30.................. State Laboratory Panel Discussion: Hurricanes, Opioids and other Contaminants of Emerging Concern, and General Lessons Learned to Enhance Water Sector Preparedness

11:30-12:00.................. Closing Remarks and Open Discussion, [TENTATIVE; David Travers, Director Water Security Division, Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water, EPA]

12:00-1:30.................... Lunch on your own

1:30............................... Meet for CDC Laboratory Tour

2:00-3:30...................... CDC Laboratory Tour



FAQs

1.) What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

Train Service:

The EPA/Region 4 office is located in downtown Atlanta, in the Sam Nunn Federal Center. The building is located across the street from the Five Points Station of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). MARTA has a station located directly in the Airport. MARTA trains run every 6-8 minutes from the Airport to downtown Atlanta.

  • Follow the signs inside the airport for Marta Transportation. The Gold Line (Northbound) will take you from the airport to Five Points Station. A single one-way fare is $2.50 (cash or charge is accepted).

  • Exit the train station utilizing the Forsyth Street exit. Depending on your arrival you can walk straight to the EPA office (which is located across the street) or to either hotel.

  • To reach either the Omni or the Embassy Suites:
    From the Marta station take the Forsyth St exit, turn right onto Forsyth than take a left onto Marietta St. The Omni will be located down the street on your right and Embassy Suites will be located on your left.
  • Visit www.itsmarta.com for additional information.

Taxi Service:
Taxi service is located in the yellow bus aisles; Cost is $30 flat rate to downtown ($2 each additional person).



2.) What hotels are recommended for the area in which the event is located?

* We do not have a hotel room block reserved for this event.

Nearest Hotel Selections:


Omni Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center NW

Atlanta, GA 30303

Telephone: 404-659-0000

Attached to the CNN Center, hotel features 470 guest rooms, complimentary fitness center and a large atrium with tropical gardens. Located within easy walking distance of EPA, the Georgia Dome, Phillips Arena and Centennial Olympic Park. Adjacent to CNN Center and food court.

Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park

267 Marietta Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30313

Telephone: 404-223-2300

Outstanding features include views of city skyline and a soaring atrium. Hotel has outdoor pool and sundeck. A reception every night includes free drinks and snacks. Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast every morning. Walking distance EPA offices. 321 guest rooms.


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Atlanta Marriott Marquis

265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Telephone: 404-521-0000

48-story luxury hotel in downtown Atlanta. Free health club and massage center, indoor and outdoor pools, full valet service, and spacious rooms. Hotel has 1,675 guest rooms and over 100,000 square feet of meeting space. There is a MARTA stop located in Peachtree Center.

Hyatt Regency

265 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Telephone: 404-577-1234

Located at Peachtree Center MARTA stop. The hotel has 1,260 rooms. It has 180,000 square feet of ballroom, exhibit, meeting and hospitality space. Shopping and dining are also available in the adjoining Peachtree Center complex.

Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peachtree Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30303

Telephone: 888-447-8159

The tallest hotel in the western hemisphere (73-story). 1,068 rooms in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Lap pool and sundeck covered by retractable roof. Revolving restaurant on roof provides panoramic views of downtown Atlanta. Hotel can be accessed via MARTA from the airport. MARTA stop is Peachtree Center – Red or Gold line.

Ritz-Carlton Atlanta

181 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Telephone: 404-659-0400

25-story luxury high-rise set deep in downtown Atlanta. $10.5 million renovation in 1999. All guestrooms, suites and conference meeting spaces received a make-over. Hotel can be accessed via MARTA from the airport. MARTA stop is Peachtree Center – Red or Gold line.



3.) Who do I contact if I have a question about the event?

For more information on the WLA Security Summit, please send an email to WLA@epa.gov.




EPA will use your registration information solely for this event. We will not share your information with any third party.

If you require special accommodations, please contact the WLA at WLA@epa.gov by November 06, 2019 to make arrangements.

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