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Clearing the Haze – Visibility and EPA’s Regional Haze Program



Clearing the Haze – Visibility and EPA’s Regional Haze Program
Wednesday, October 19, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regional Haze Rule protects visibility for over 150 U.S. national parks and wilderness areas (Class I areas) and requires states to develop reasonable progress goals/plans to gradually achieve natural visibility conditions by 2064. This webinar will provide an overview of the current state of visibility in U.S. Class I areas, and differing perspectives on major unresolved questions in the current planning process. Regulators will take away information on regional haze issues impacting other states, and industry/consultants will learn more about how EPA is reviewing state plans and how states are considering control feasibility analyses and emission limits for regulated sources.
     $99 A&WMA Member; $149 Nonmember
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Presenters:

Scott Copeland, Visibility Data Analyst, USDA Forest Service Air Program
Scott is the visibility data analyst for the USDA Forest Service Air Program. He works at Colorado State University at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), but works remotely from Lander Wyoming. His primary job is to analyze and interpret IMPROVE visibility monitoring data for the USDA Forest Service, but his analyses are routinely used by other Federal Land Management agencies, states, and the EPA. He is also the current chair of the IMPROVE Steering Committee. Scott has a B.S. in applied physics and an M.S. in civil/environmental engineering, both from University of California Davis.

Jeremy Jewell, Director of Quality, Trinity Consultants’ EHS Consulting Division
Mr. Jeremy Jewell is the Director of Quality for Trinity Consultants’ EHS Consulting Division. He has 22 years of experience in environmental consulting including air permitting, control technology analyses, dispersion and deposition modeling, litigation support, and regulatory compliance assistance in multiple states across a wide variety of industries. He guides Trinity’s efforts related to the regional haze program in more than a dozen states. Mr. Jewell has a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Mary Uhl, Executive Director, Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR)
Mary Uhl is the Executive Director at the Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR). WESTAR brings together 15 western states (Dakotas to Hawaii, Alaska to New Mexico) to collaborate on air quality issues in the west. Prior to joining WESTAR in 2016, Mary worked for the US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management as an air resource specialist in the New Mexico State Office. Before working for the BLM, Mary worked for the New Mexico Environment Department's Air Quality Bureau. Mary received her BS and MS in atmospheric sciences from Purdue University.

Moderators:

Pleasant McNeel, Air Quality Specialist, USDA Forest Service

Mr. McNeel is a registered Civil Engineer in California with over 25 years of experience in environmental consulting and regulation. He works for the USDA Forest Service as the Intermountain Region Air Quality Program Manager. His experience includes managing and executing projects in disciplines including air quality engineering, environmental permitting, modeling and monitoring, compliance & engineering, litigation support, environmental due diligence auditing & assessment, risk assessment & management.  Pleasant joined the Air & Waste Management Association in 1991 and currently serves as a Director on the A&WMA board.

Tony Schroeder, CCM, QEP, Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Tony Schroeder is a Principal Consultant with Trinity Consultants' office in Cleveland, Ohio with nearly 20 years of professional experience. He provides air permitting, regulatory compliance, and air dispersion modeling support to clients in various industries. Tony is the vice chair of the A&WMA EM Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee and is the secretary of the A&WMA Atmospheric Modeling and Meteorology committee. He has been designated a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and Qualified Environmental Professional.