2018 A&WMA Honorary Membership -- Heinold

Honorary Membership, not exceeding two each year, may be conferred upon individual A&WMA members who have attained eminence in some field related to the mission and objectives of the Association or who have rendered valuable service to the Association. Honorary members shall have the privileges of individual members and shall pay no dues.  The nominator must also be a current A&WMA member.

A&WMA commends the following individuals and awards them Honorary Membership in 2018:

David W. Heinold
Robert J. Paine

David W. Heinold has been a member of the Association for more than 30 years. During this time, he has participated in every Annual Conference, starting in 1986, as a charter member and officer of the Technical Coordinating Committees (TCCs) that address accidental releases, risk management, emergency response, and health effects of toxic air pollutants. From 1997 to 2000, Heinold served as Chair of the Toxic Pollutants Division of the Technical Council. He has also been a member of the Meteorology and Modeling (APM) TCC since 1990, and he has continued to be active by contributing to the ACC technical program through session planning, chairing sessions, and presenting technical papers on a wide variety of research areas. In addition, Heinold has contributed to the Association’s educational outreach activities by co-authoring the A&WMA 1997 publication, A Guide to EPA’s Risk Management Program under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act, and serving as an instructor for A&WMA’s series of nationwide Risk Management Program Workshops conducted in co-ordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Upon earning a master’s degree in Meteorology from MIT in 1978, Heinold joined and built his career at Environmental Research and Technology (which became ENSR and is currently AECOM) initially as an air quality scientist, then manager of the Air Quality Studies Division, and now as senior scientist. During his first decade, he conducted research and developed models to address a variety of environmental issues, such as long-range transport and acidic deposition; generation, transport, and deposition of fugitive dust; visibility of combustion plumes and dispersion; photochemical conversion of nitrogen oxides; and dispersion and chemical transformation in jet aircraft exhaust. He also designed and led field research to assess the impact of transportation and industrial activity on air quality, including ground-side and air-side activities at airports, traffic-related exposure of toll-both operators, and reduced sulfur emissions from landfills. When issues with landfills led to the development of municipal waste-to-energy projects in the United States, he worked on refined multi-pathway risk assessment approaches, including a refined method to simulate wet deposition. His research, presented at the A&WMA Annual Conference in 1991 culminated in a washout parameterization for combustion particulate that was adopted by EPA’s Industrial Source Complex Model.
Since the late 1980s, Heinold’s career has increasingly focused on risk assessment related to routine and episodic releases of toxic and flammable substances. A major trigger was the tragic chemical plant disaster in Bhopal, India in1985, which led directly to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. These events impelled him to focus his research on the development, evaluation, and application of refined consequence models and ways to use these models to characterize acute and chronic exposure and health risk. Heinold applied these methods to help companies interface with their Local Emergency Planning Committees and to develop effective emergency response programs. EPA’s Risk Management Program mandated by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) in conjunction with OSHA’s Process Safety Management Program added increased responsibilities to those storing and handling acutely hazardous substances, to take steps to prevent accidents, and be ready to respond in order to promote worker and public safety. Heinold took a leadership role in assisting both public entities and companies conduct the required technical analyses such as process hazards analyses and off-site consequence assessments and to develop and implement effective Process Safety and Risk Management Programs. He has also led reviews and audits of industrial processes to promote safety and regulatory compliance.
Heinold has published technical papers and journal articles on a wide range of topics and he has provided his expert opinions to EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee regarding the development of Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulates as they contribute to impaired visibility. He has also served as an expert witness in a variety of cases and venues, including trial court, legal depositions, and public hearings.