Welcome to the Air Quality Committee home page. Our Committee provides a valuable forum and resources for lawyers, law students, and others interested in air quality issues. We seek to encourage membership participation and information exchange among air quality practitioners and other Environment, Energy and Resources Section committees. As significant Clean Air Act and related regulatory developments continue to occur at breakneck speed, we keep our members current on these developments, through timely and informative communications via our website, social media, Hot News email alerts, newsletters, conference programs, Quick Teleconferences, Committee Conference Calls, the Section’s Year-in-Review, and other publications. The Committee’s officers for 2012-2013 are identified in the “Leadership” box located on the right-hand side of this webpage. I encourage you to contact me or any of our vice chairs to ask questions, share information, suggest ideas for Committee activities or to become involved in our Committee activities and leadership.
Website and List Serve: Through our Hot News section on this webpage, the Committee distributes timely information on recent air quality developments and Section and Committee activities of interest. If you are aware of a new air quality case, law, or regulatory or technical development, feel free share it with me or any of the Committee vice chairs with communication responsibilities (Michael Balster, Cheri Budzynski, Kristin Gladd, Ben Snowden, or Laura Swingle) so that we might communicate these developments with the full membership.
Newsletter: Our Committee newsletter contributors report major happenings within each U.S. EPA region such as state and federal rulemakings and important judicial and administrative decisions addressing air quality regulation and policy. In addition to the regional reports, we are seeking guest articles from Committee members and non-members. Please contact Benjamin Lee Snowden or Kristin Hines Gladd, our Newsletter co-Vice Chairs, with any article submissions or ideas for future newsletter topics.
Social Media: Our Committee Vice Chairs for Social Media regularly post air quality developments and Section and Committee activities on LinkedIn and Twitter. We encourage you to join our Air Quality Subgroup on LinkedIn, and we invite you to engage in discussions and exchange information on air quality issues with Committee members using LinkedIn and Twitter.
Conference Programming: At the Spring Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, there will be a break-out session titled “NAAQS: Update and Implementation the What, When, Where and How”. Speakers include: Peter S. Glaser of Troutman Sanders in Washington, D.C.; Lorie Schmidt, Associate General Counsel, U.S. EPA, in Washington, D.C.; and Peter Zalazal, Staff Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund, in Boulder, Colorado. Bernard F. Hawkins, Jr., of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia, South Carolina will moderate. There will also be a break-out session titled “Expanding Trends in RCRA Litigation” that will address how RCRA suits have expanded to areas traditionally covered by the Clean Air Act and other statutes and a session titled “A Supreme Court and Appellate Court Update” that will include a discussion of American Trucking Association v. City of Los Angeles, involving allegations that trucking concession agreements—developed to address community air pollution concerns at the port—are preempted under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act.
Our Committee has submitted programming proposals on the following emerging issues for the Fall Meeting in Baltimore in October 2013: Hot Topics such as the boiler MACT and utility Mercury and Air Toxics Standards; Ambient Air Monitoring to Assess Air Quality and Health Impacts Associated with Oil and Gas and Other Sources of Emissions; The Renewable Crossroads: Future Directions for Biofuels: EPA Regulations, Policy Challenges, and the Courts; and Implications of the Changing Regulation of Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction Events. Our Committee is also co-sponsoring program proposals on GHG and vapor intrusion regulatory developments. We welcome your ideas for meeting programs. If you have suggestions for programming or speakers, contact a Committee Vice Chair for Programming or me.
Quick Teleconferences/Webinars/Committee Conference Calls: In 2012, the Committee sponsored the following four Quick Teleconferences: (1) “Air Quality Regulatory Update for Oil and Gas Practitioners,” June 6, 2012; (2) “Environmental Enforcement: What Lies Ahead?” April 26, 2012; (3) “Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” February 21, 2012; and (4) “Hot Topics in Air Enforcement and Priorities for 2012,” January 24, 2012. If you have any recommendations for a Quick Teleconference, webinar, or Committee Conference Call, please contact Committee Vice Chairs for Programming, Jonathan Peress or Marty Booher, or me.
Year-in-Review: The Section’s Year-in-Review is an outstanding resource of important air quality case law and regulatory developments over the year. If you are interested in being a contributing author, please contact Committee Vice Chair Jonathan Martel or me.
SEER Publications: Interested in writing an article on an air quality topic for Trends, Natural Resources & Environment, or a Section book or other publication? If so, contact Linda Tsang, our Committee Vice Chair for Publications.
Membership: Our dinner during the Section’s Spring Meeting in Salt Lake City is a great opportunity to meet the members of the Committee. If you are interested in attending the dinner or joining the Committee, contact Committee Vice Chair Phil Bower or me for details.
Public Service: Our Committee Vice Chair for Membership, Phil Bower, recently organized a successful tree planting project in Madison, Wisconsin. We have also undertaken a Committee public service project concerning ground-level ozone and have posted on our web site suggestions for simple ways to help reduce ozone and provided links to several informative websites for additional information. We welcome your ideas for Committee public service projects.
Feel free to send comments or ideas for the Committee to me. You may access my contact information at my ABA profile. I hope to meet many of you during these upcoming events.
All the best,
Gale Lea Rubrecht
Air Quality Committee Chair, 2013-2014