Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4432 News & Views Magazine EDITION 2, 2016 CLFP Chair CLFP is the Only Organization in California that Truly Represents the Interests of All Food Processors Editor’s Note: CLFP recently posed the following questions to its 2016-17 Chair Burt Fleischer, Hilmar Cheese Company, about serving as its current chair and the value of CLFP to his company and food processors. Here is what he had to say. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WORK BACKGROUND AND HISTORY. I was born and raised in New York City, and I attended City College of the City University of New York where I received a bachelor of chemical engineering degree. I have over 40 years environmental, health and safety experience with regulatory agency and industry. I began my career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, in the New York office. My responsibilities included review and approval of state air implementation plans designed to comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQs). Prior to the Hilmar Cheese Company (HCC), I worked as the Director, Environmental, Health & Safety, for GenTek, Inc., and prior to that for General Chemical Corporation. In addition to New York, I have lived in California (this is my second time living in California), Illinois (Chicago area) and New Jersey. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH HILMAR CHEESE AND IN YOUR CURRENT POSITION THERE? I started with HCC in April 2006 and am currently the En- vironmental Director for the company, which has facilities in three locations - Hilmar and Turlock, Calif., and Dalhart, Texas. WHAT ARE YOUR POSITION’S PRIMARY DUTIES? My current position as Environmental Director involves assuring compliance with all applicable environmental regulatory requirements, evaluating the potential impact and costs associated with proposed new and/or modified regulatory requirements and for identifying and evaluating potential energy projects and programs to reduce energy use and manage the company’s carbon footprint. HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND HILMAR CHEESE BEEN PART OF CLFP? Since 2008. HOW HAS HILMAR BENEFITED FROM ITS MEMBERSHIP IN CLFP? Specific areas that HCC benefits from its CLFP membership include: ■ CLFP provided direct support to HCC during development and adoption of the current wastewater discharge permit. CLFP provided written support for the adoption of the permit and provided testimony in support of the permit at the Re- gional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) public hearing. ■ CLFP provided assistance to HCC in understanding potential opportunities in the areas of energy and water efficiency. ■ CLFP staff works closely with regulatory agencies (California Air Resources Board, RWQCB, et.al.) to evaluate the impact of current and proposed regulations and initiatives on food processors. ■ CLFP works closely with the state legislature to review applicable bills introduced and to develop positions for support or opposition. ■ CLFP serves as an advocate for food processors throughout the state – acting as a united voice for food processors. ■ CLFP member committees (i.e., air, water, energy, etc.) work together to review and assess all issues impacting food processors as well as providing valuable and useful Burt Fleischer of the Hilmar Cheese Company – located in Hilmar, Calif. – is currently serving as CLFP’s 2016-17 chairman. Burt Fleischer