EJ Seminar Info

These are documents for the Understanding Environmental Justice Seminar, December 6, 2022


Download your certificate of attendance here

The agenda is here.

The participants list is here.


Presentation Slides

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, How to Use EJScreen

Amelia Gooding Cheek, About IERG

Alexandra Dapolita Dunn, The EJ “checklist”


General Iron Letter


Speaker Bios

Amelia Gooding Cheek, IERG
Amelia Gooding Cheek is a Regulatory Analyst at IERG. Prior to joining IERG, she served as an Environmental Program Manager for United Airlines, specializing in air issues. She also has experience in the public sector, as she was Project Manager for the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Ms. Cheek earned a Bachelors degree in Environmental Management from Drake University in Des Moines and completed classwork for her Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Amelia has experience in a variety of air issues, environmental compliance, environmental policy, research and data collection, regulatory review, training and communications.

David Cozad, US EPA
Dave is the Director of the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division at US EPA Region 7.

Alexandra Dunn, Baker Botts
With over 25 years of practice at the local, state, and federal levels of government, Alexandra Dunn brings to clients an extensive institutional knowledge and keen ability to help solve regulatory problems companies may face. Her deep relationships across the nation and reputation for transparency, fairness, and equity, make her a forceful presence in the most difficult of settings. Alexandra previously served as the Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, in which she led the Agency in the creation of national policies implementing federal laws governing chemicals, pesticides, and pollution prevention. Prior to that, she was the EPA Administrator for New England (Region 1). Drawing upon her agency background, Alexandra provides clients with an “EPA insider” perspective on regulations and management of emerging contaminants, particularly integrated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFOS/PFAS), and has decades of risk communication and risk management experience to offer clients on chemicals of concern.

Alma Feldpausch, Ramboll
Alma Feldpausch is a board-certified toxicologist providing strategic technical and regulatory support to site investigation and project development teams, with a passion for work in the mining industry. A natural collaborator, Alma excels at building multidisciplinary teams and fostering innovation to deliver high-quality results. She has demonstrated success working in the US and abroad with representatives of industry, federal and state government, tribal government, and community leaders. Alma is skilled in directing a spectrum of health risk assessment programs ranging from studies supporting complex, multi-operable unit sites to streamlined risk evaluations and in negotiating work scopes and cleanup criteria with regulatory representatives. She is also skilled in performing detailed exposure evaluations, community health and biomonitoring studies, and metals bioavailability studies. Additional areas of her expertise include communicating risks to a variety of audiences, supporting permitting processes, and providing litigation support.

Brian H. Martin, Ameren
Brian Martin is the manager of the Environmental Support & Waste Management group at Ameren, a St. Louis, MO based electric and gas utility company. Brian has led the Ameren Environmental Justice working group for the past three years.

Brian also serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group (IERG) where he is the Chairman. Brian has worked with IERG staff and IERG other member companies to review and comment on several legislative proposals related to Environmental Justice. Brian is also active in the Regulatory Environmental Group for Missouri (REGFORM) as Chairman of the Hazardous Waste Committee.

Brian graduated from University of Illinois at Champaign with a B.S. in Ecology and Ethology and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri with an MBA. Brian is certified as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Brian is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Stan Meiberg, Wake Forest University
Dr. Meiburg is the Director of the The Master of Arts in Sustainability Program and associated dual degree and certificate programs at Wake Forest University. He works with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES). Meiburg served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA from 2014 to 2017, capping a 39-year career with the agency. He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in EPA. Meiburg joined the EPA in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and later served as Deputy Regional Director of the EPA’s Atlanta office and as the Deputy Regional Administrator in Dallas, Texas. He was only the second person in the agency’s history to serve as Deputy Regional Administrator in more than one region. From 1985 to 1990, he served with the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Research Triangle Park.

Alec Messina, HeplerBroom
Messina has 20 years of experience in environmental law, policy development and implementation, and legislative advocacy. He has worked closely with corporate senior executives, law firms, consultants, lobbyists, government affairs staff, and business development organizations to secure the necessary environmental permits and other authorizations for companies expanding in or relocating to Illinois. He also has vast experience testifying before the Illinois General Assembly on the impacts of environmental legislation and policy matters.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Messina served as the Director of the Illinois EPA. He also served as Policy Adviser for Environment and Energy in the Office of the Governor, where he oversaw policy development and implementation for six state agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Pollution Control Board, and Illinois Power Agency.

J. Michael Showalter, ArentFox Schiff
Mike is a litigator focusing on business and public policy disputes. He is well-versed in decades-old statutes and regulations that govern rapidly evolving issues such as fracking, superfund remediation, and carbon capture sequestration. Mike has extensive experience leading litigation teams in cases involving routine business disputes to bet-the-company disputes spanning multiple courts.

While much of his recent work involves disputes arising under environmental statutes including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act, Mike has represented parties involved in commercial, class action, toxic tort, and regulatory litigation in courts throughout the United States. His past clients span individuals; municipalities; trade associations; non-governmental organizations; and businesses engaged in industries including manufacturing, power generation and transmission, and the financial and insurance sectors. Mike has worked with hundreds of experts in fields ranging from history and economics to environmental engineering and risk assessment. He has resolved claims where no complaint has ever been filed, clear through managing issues related to the implementation of decades-old consent decrees.

Roger Walker, REGFORM
Roger has a private legal practice focusing on permitting, compliance, and enforcement, but spends most of his time managing REGFORM, a business association in MO that works on numerous regulatory matters. He has a JD from UMKC and LLM from Lewis & Clark School of Law.