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These are documents for the Missouri Air Compliance Seminar, November 10, 2022


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9:30 a.m. Impact of Environmental Justice on Siting, Permitting, Operations, Citizen Monitoring, Enforcement and Remediation JESSICA MERRIGAN, Spencer Fane LLP, JACOB WESTEN, MDNR, ROGER WALKER, REGFORM

EJ Update, Roger Walker

10:30 a.m.  Air Pollution Control Program Updates STEPHEN HALL, APCP Director, MARK LEATH, MDNR, Planning Section Chief

11:15 a.m. US EPA Region 7 Update DANA SKELLEY, Director, Air and Radiation Division, US.

12:45 p.m. Air Quality Planning Process – Salon A/B MARK LEATH, MDNR, Planning Section Chief

1:25 p.m. Local NGO and Air Monitoring JEFFRY BENNET, Barr Engineering, JESSICA MERRIGAN, Spencer Fane LLP

2:30 p.m. Update on Proposed changes to RMP (the proposed Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention) JESSICA MERRIGAN, Spencer Fane LLP

3:00 p.m.   Enforcement Update RICHARD SWARTZ, Chief, Compliance and Enforcement

3:30 p.m. Air Permitting Update KENDALL HALE, APCP, Chief, Permits Section


Speaker Bios


Jeffry D. Bennett, PE is a Vice President and Senior Air Quality Engineer at Barr Engineering. He has nearly 30 years of experience in air quality regulation and consulting including 17 years with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Air Program. Currently, Jeff assists a wide variety of clients with environmental permitting, compliance demonstrations, regulatory negotiations, rule commentary, and expert witness services.

Steve Hall became director of the Air Pollution Control Program on Aug. 25, 2021. He oversees approximately 90 full-time team members whose duties range from permit writing and rulemaking to evaluating emissions and helping stakeholders comply with their permits.

Stephen has worked for the department for 21 years and for the Air Program for the last 12 years. Most recently, he served as the chief of the program’s Air Quality Analysis Section. Before working for the State of Missouri, Stephen taught high school Algebra I and Physics. Stephen holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Franklin Pierce College, Rindge NH, with undergraduate double majors in Physics and Mathematics from Gordon College, Wenham, MA.

With a Bachelor degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, Michael Hutcheson has spent the last 33 years working on solutions to environmental issues including contaminated site characterization and remediation, emission inventories, modeling, permitting, environmental compliance and regulatory advocacy. Mr. Hutcheson, as Manager, Environmental Services, leads a group of engineers and scientists who are responsible for air quality compliance, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting for all Ameren Missouri facilities. Mr. Hutcheson also has responsibility for regulatory advocacy activities and maintains leadership positions in multiple industrial environmental advocacy and research organizations. Mr. Hutcheson has a passion for the research on the causes and contributors to air quality problems and for seeking out cost effective solutions.

Mark is the Section Chief of the Air Quality Planning Section with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program. He is licensed in Missouri as a professional engineer and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri Columbia. He has been with the Department for 14 years, all of which have been with the Air Quality Planning Section.

Jessie Merrigan is a partner with Spencer Fane and currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Environment and Energy Practice Group. She works with clients on a wide range of regulatory matters including enforcement response, compliance advice and managing emerging contaminants and issues.

Kevin is Assistant Director at REGFORM, a MO business association focused entirely on State environmental regulations & policies. He is a registered lobbyist & holds a BS degree in biology. He has over 25 years of experience, including work as a biologist at US EPA Office of Water. He sings in the choir at church.

Dana Skelley serves as the Director of the Air and Radiation Division, U.S. EPA, Region 7. The Air and Radiation Division handles standards implementation, review and approval of state implementation plans, air modeling and monitoring, air toxics, permitting, delegations, indoor air and grants. She began her EPA career with the Office of Regional Counsel, serving in a variety of roles. Dana received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Ecology and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University.

Hi, I’m Richard Swartz, Compliance & Enforcement section chief in the Air Pollution Control Program with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. I’ve been in this position for 6 years. I’ve been with the Department 22 years. Prior to that I worked in private consulting mainly dealing with site characterization work prior to implementation of remediation strategies. In my free time my wife and I enjoy spending time on our hobby farm taking care of various livestock including sheep, chickens, and bees.

Jacob began his career with the Department in 2018, serving as the department’s Deputy General Counsel. Before joining the department, Jacob served as the Deputy Staff Counsel for Water and Sewer at the Missouri Public Service Commission. His government service began with the Agriculture and Environment section of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, where he conducted civil environmental litigation on behalf of the state. He earned the Attorney General’s Award for Best Appellate Brief in 2015, and the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Litigation in 2014. Jacob is a 2012 graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia’s School of Law and a 2020 graduate of the Missouri Leadership Academy program.