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2018 S. Smith Griswold Outstanding Air Pollution Official Award -- Terrill

The S. Smith Griswold Award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors on June 29, 1971, is for an individual who has outstanding accomplishment in the prevention and control of air pollution.  The recipient shall be a governmental agency staff member (past or present) whose contribution to the prevention and control of air pollution has been widely recognized by persons in the field. The coverage is broad, since it is intended to recognize achievement in the many types of activities conducted by governmental prevention and control programs.
 
S. Smith Griswold (1909-1971) served from 1954-1965 as Chief Air Pollution Control Officer for the Los Angeles Air Pollution Control District. In 1964, he became Chief of the Abatement Branch of the Division of Air Pollution Control, HEW. When he left the federal government in 1967 to become a Washington, D.C., consultant, Griswold was Associate Director for Abatement and Control. As president of the Association in 1962, he focused international attention on the activities, problems and achievements of air pollution control officers. The S. Smith Griswold Award may be awarded to members and nonmembers of the Association.

A&WMA commends the following individuals and awards them the 2018 S. Smith Griswold Outstanding Air Pollution Control Official Award:

Bruce S. Andersen
John (Eddie) Terrill


JOHN (EDDIE) TERRILL

For the past 20 years, John (Eddie) Terrill has served as the Air Quality Division Director at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. In this role, he led his division in their implementation of state and federal requirements in the areas of monitoring, permitting, enforcement/compliance, emissions inventory, asbestos, lead-based paint, and other U.S. Clean Air Act programs. The focus and direction of his career has been to hire the best staff possible, provide them with the training and encouragement to develop their skills and interests, and then empower them to do their jobs within the context of the agency’s vision and goals. Providing the regulated community with certainty and a consistent application of the federal and state requirements were also primary objectives. However, it is his belief the most important responsibility is to the citizens of Oklahoma insuring that air quality rules are utilized to protect and enhance public health state wide. Throughout his 20-year tenure, he has been fortunate to work with a very dedicated and capable group of managers and environmental professionals.
 
Terrill believes the involvement of he and his staff at the regional and national levels with regard to policy discussions and the implementation of that policy is extremely important to the citizens and industry of the State of Oklahoma. To that end, he has served on the Board of Directors, including three separate terms as chair, of the Central States Air Resources Agencies (CenSARA), a collaboration of states including Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. These states originally collaborated to address regional haze and other issues unique to states in the Midwest and have continued for the past 20 years to address these issues and more affecting air quality and public health in their respective states.
 
At the national level, he was an officer, including state co-president, of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA). He has also served on the Board of Directors of NACAA, representing Region 6 and served as co-chair of the NACAA Enforcement Committee for more than 15 years before recently assuming the co-chair role for the NACAA Funding Committee. During his tenure as co-chair of the enforcement committee, he helped develop, refine, and implement enforcement-related policy, including compliance monitoring strategy, high-priority violators, electronic reporting and recordkeeping, and many others. He was also appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, serving four years representing state interests and providing advice to EPA in their administration of the Clean Air Act. He has also been involved in various ozone reductions initiatives such as Ozone Advance and Ozone Flex through his work with the Indian Nation Council of Governments and Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.
 
Terrill began his career in 1981 operating continuous air quality monitors for the Tulsa City-County Health Department (TCCHD), while attending law school at night. After graduating law school, he was attorney for TCCHD before leaving for the private sector in 1988. He returned in 1993 to serve as a consultant and then manager of environmental programs at TCCHD. During this time, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality was formed consolidating most state environmental programs into one agency. Under his leadership, it was determined that it would be in the best interest of the citizens of Tulsa County and the employees in the environmental programs at TCCHD to be merged into the state system. This occurred in 1998, and a few months later, Terrill was asked to assume the position he currently holds.
 
Terrill holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a law degree from the University of Tulsa.