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BAQ Functions

Bureau Director

  • Represents Bureau at legislative, press, regulated community and general public functions.
  • Maintains communications within the DEP and outside entities.
  • Manages the Bureau's resources to achieve the goals of the Clean Air Act and the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act.
  • Establishes Bureau goals, objectives and management policies.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3952.
  • E-mail: Nick Lazor, Director

Assistant Director

  • Coordinates the Bureau's program development activities as they relate to federal Clean Air Act and state Air Pollution Control Act requirements.
  • Serves as Bureau liaison with other governmental entities, interstate groups and advisory committees in matters related to program development and existing program interface.
  • Represents the Bureau at press, regulated community, program development and general public functions.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9264.
  • E-mail: John Krueger

Support Services Section

  • Provides accounting, budgeting, purchasing, personnel and contract management assistance.
  • Provides clerical and administrative support related to correspondence, travel arrangements, office management, special projects and records management.
  • Administers and controls various funds and grants.
  • Oversees the preparation of fiscal data and reports.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3433
  • E-mail: Jennifer Horst

Air Information Management Section

  • Manages the air program data systems and hardware.
  • Manages and maintains the Air Quality Point Source Inventory (Plant Emissions) and Area Source Inventory and reporting to EPA and others.
  • Coordinates the Air Information Management System (AIMS) and oversees Air Quality Computer System Analysis, Enhancements, and Maintenance.
  • Coordinates and reports Emissions Reporting Information and Fee Payments
  • Represents Air Quality data and business practices to the Departmental Multimedia Computer System, eFACTS (Environment, Facility, Application, Compliance Tracking System).
  • Coordinates and reports Air Quality Information to management and public.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9241.
  • E-mail: Mark Houser

Division of Air Quality Monitoring

  • Collects current and maintains historical data on air pollution.
  • Conducts investigative sampling to determine nature and extent of pollutants.
  • Produces a daily forecast of air quality, the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI).
  • Initiates emergency control programs.
  • Develops new sampling and analysis techniques.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9268.
  • E-mail: Sean Nolan

Toxic Monitoring Section

  • Conducts ambient air quality studies of toxic pollutants using a variety of portable and stationary monitoring equipment. Parameters monitored include volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, mercury, carbon dioxide, aldehydes, combustible gases, particulate matter, and weather elements.
  • Handles air monitoring aspects of hazardous waste disposal/destruction and of Superfund site work.
  • Arranges for sample analysis by the DEP Bureau of Laboratories if required.
  • Analyzes monitored data and conducts comparison studies for reporting results.
  • Oversees the DEP's acid rain and mercury deposition networks as well as a seasonal ragweed pollen sampling network.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9477.
  • Vacant

Quality Assurance & Data Assessment Section

  • Collects and validates ambient air quality data.
  • Conducts quality assurance of ambient air instrumentation.
  • Coordinates with EPA on data reporting.
  • Distributes Pollutant Standards Index.
  • Repairs ambient air equipment.
  • Orders and distributes ambient air equipment parts.
  • Operates and maintains ambient air equipment in Southcentral Region.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3377.
  • Vacant

Field Operations and Maintenance Section

  • Develops technical aspects of ambient air quality field monitoring programs.
  • Operates and maintains statewide ambient air monitoring field equipment.
  • Evaluates/selects new air monitoring locations, arranges leases, develops site construction specifications.
  • Conducts special study/special investigative sampling.
  • Reviews contractor proposed monitoring plans.
  • Conducts periodic reviews of air monitoring network, identifying data trends used to continually update the location and number of samplers.
  • Phone: (717) 346-8254.
  • E-mail: Robert Valent

Division of Air Resource Management

  • Develops regulations, policies, and guidance necessary to implement requirements of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act (APCA).
  • Develops strategies and programs to address interstate transport issues.
  • Develops State Implementation Plans.
  • Work with regional and national groups on the development and implementation of stationary and area source emission reduction strategies.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3436.
  • E-mail: Kirit Dalal
  • E-mail: Susan Hoyle, Regulatory Coordinator

Mobile Sources Section

  • Works with PennDOT to implement vehicle emissions inspection/maintenance programs.
  • Implements voluntary and pilot programs to reduce pollution from cars, trucks and offroad sources.
  • Works with metropolitan planning agencies to ensure transportation projects are consistent with air quality plans.
  • Works with national and regional groups on other mobile source issues such as improved gasoline and diesel fuels.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3926.
  • E-mail: Chris Trostle

Stationary Sources Section

  • Prepares projected stationary source SIP Inventories.
  • Develops regulations for stationary and area sources.
  • Develops and administers programs that reduce interstate transport of pollutants.
  • Coordinates the activities of the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3921.
  • E-mail: Randy Bordner

Division of Compliance and Enforcement

  • Develops policy and guidance on air quality rules and regulations.
  • Oversees the Small Business Assistance Program.
  • Coordinates and tracks enforcement actions with the Regional field offices.
  • Operates Continuous Source Emission Compliance Program.
  • Coordinates with the Philadelphia and Allegheny County Departments of Health in administration of their approved air quality management programs.
  • Coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in administration of inspection and enforcement commitments.
  • Coordinates with EPA in joint enforcements.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3369.
  • E-mail: Susan Foster

Compliance Assistance & Monitoring Section

  • Tracks and reports Notices of Violation, enforcement actions and penalty payments.
  • Administers Small Business Compliance Assistance programs.
  • Administers outreach programs for compliance assistance.
  • Administers High Priority Violation program in coordination with Regional Programs and EPA.
  • Administers Compliance Monitoring Strategy in coordination with Regional Programs and EPA.
  • Coordinates with Regional Programs in implementation of Stage I and Stage II Vapor Recovery requirements
  • Develops enforcement policies
  • Develops programs for the regulation of air toxics and provides expertise on air toxic related issues to Regional staff and other bureaus.
  • Phone: (717) 772-2330.
  • E-mail: Nancy Herb

Continuous Compliance Section

  • Provides enforcement programs for sources required to monitor emissions using Continuous Source Monitoring Systems (CSMS's).
  • Develops and implements CSMS compliance assurance policies, and guidelines.
  • Provides CSMS enforcement case assistance and policy interpretations.
  • Provides Continuous Source Monitoring workshops for source owners/operators and Regional staff.
  • Provides progress and compliance tracking and reporting of CSMS enforcement cases for Regional Managers and EPA.
  • Applies enforcement policy considerations to CSMS quarterly data through the quarterly reports.
  • Provides presentations and analysis of CSMS information and data
  • Phone: (717) 772-4482.
  • E-mail: Doug Haulik

Division of Permits

  • Develops policy and guidance on permitting activities required by the Clean Air Act and Air Pollution Control Act.
  • Oversees regional permitting activities for consistency and uniformity.
  • Provides assistance on pollution control technology determinations.
  • Develops policy on air toxics and risk assessment.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9476.
  • E-mail: Viren Trivedi

New Source Review Section

  • Assists in the implementation of New Source Review(NSR)/Prevention of Significant Deterioration(PSD) and other permitting regulations.
  • Develops and provides guidance and oversight for the new Title V operating permit program.
  • Coordinates with other Department permitting programs.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3979.
  • E-mail: Sean Wenrich

Technical Support Section

  • Participates in all activities involving control technology determinations.
  • Develops comprehensive air permitting criteria documents for various source categories.
  • Assists regions in making determinations of Reasonably Available Control Technology(RACT), Best Available Technology(BAT), Best Available Control Technology(BACT), Maximum Achievable Control Technology(MACT), and Lowest Achievable Emission Rate(LAER).
  • Phone: (717) 772-3977.
  • E-mail: Naishad (Nash) Bhatt

Air Quality Modeling Section

  • Reviews Prevention of Significant Deterioration air dispersion modeling.
  • Reviews dispersion modeling of air toxics to support human health risk assessments.
  • Provides technical assistance on air dispersion modeling.
  • Develops attainment demonstrations to support State Implementation Plans for nonattainment areas.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9243.
  • E-mail: Andrew Fleck

Division of Source Testing and Monitoring

  • Measures and verifies pollution emissions from industrial sources.
  • Operates Continuous Emission Monitoring program.
  • Conducts fuel analysis programs.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9479.
  • E-mail: Charles Zadakis

Continuous Emission Monitoring Section

  • Reviews quarterly data submissions.
  • Generates periodic and special reports from CEM information.
  • Performs on-site inspections of CEM equipment.
  • Performs audit programs consisting of challenging analyzers with calibration gasses and overall system evaluations.
  • Conducts phased approval system for design, installation, and testing of CEM systems.
  • Phone: (717) 772-3944.
  • E-mail: Natalie Russ

Source Testing Section

  • Performs emissions tests in response to requests by regional personnel or for audit purposes.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees the oxygenated and Stage II fuels programs in the southeast region.
  • Reviews consultant/company pre-test protocols and test report reviews.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees the Department's Stage II vapor control system testing program in the Southeast Region.
  • Evaluates new EPA testing/analytical procedures.
  • Observes source tests conducted by consultants/companies.
  • Phone: (717) 783-9249.
  • E-mail: Rick Szekeres