News from the Southeast


October 22, 2019.  Jason Howanitz, Senior Air Pollution Control Engineer for the Jefferson County, Alabama Air and Radiation Protection Division, was recently named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Ar Act Advisory Committee.  Congratulations to Jason for this appointment.



New Miami-Dade County FL Air Director Appointed.

July 30, 2019.   Today, Miami-Dade County, Florida’s Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) announced the appointment of Susana Palomino as the new Chief of the Air Quality Management Division.   Susana is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Florida.  She has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and 24 years of experience including ten years of private sector engineering and 14 years with Miami-Dade County.   She has worked in the Pollution Regulation and Water Management Divisions of DERM and for the past three years in the Air Quality Management Division.  She had been serving as interim Chief of the Division since Bernardo Bieler transferred to a different position in late-2018.  We welcome Susana to this position and wish her and her agency much success.


New Pinellas County FL Air Director Appointed. 

July 1, 2019:  Today, Sheila Schneider officially begin service as Manager of the Pinellas County, Florida Air Quality Management Division.  For the previous month, she worked with the former manager, Ajaya Satyal during his transition to retirement.  Sheila comes to Pinellas County with more than 24 years of experience at Florida DEP where she had responsibilities in the ambient monitoring, inspection, data management, public outreach, permitting and asbestos programs.  More recently she worked for a construction materials testing and environmental services firm where she managed environmental projects to sample soils and groundwater as well as to evaluate mold, asbestos, and lead problems.  A native of Michigan, Sheila has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakland University and a master’s degree in construction management from Florida International University, graduating with honors.  We congratulate Sheila for being selected to lead the Pinellas County agency and wish her much success.


New West Virginia Air Director Appointed. 

May 11, 2019.  Today, Laura Crowder officially became Director of West Virginia DEP’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ).  Laura has worked for DAQ for over 25 years, the last 16 years in the Planning Section, four as the Assistant Director and the past two as both Assistant and Deputy Director.  Prior to working in the Planning Section, she worked as an inspector in the Compliance and Enforcement Section for nine years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology. Laura’s work experience has included SIP development, rule development, permitting, compliance and enforcement, and emissions inventory.  We congratulate Laura on her appointment and hope that she finds this position personally rewarding as she works with the DAQ staff and the various West Virginia Interests.


VISTAS Regional Haze Technical Work Continues. 31, 2019.  Monitoring data analysis, emissions inventory updates for 2028, air quality modeling, area of influence analysis, and the first round of source apportionment modeling have been completed.  Work on the second round of source apportionment modeling and completion of reports and other documentation are continuing tasks.  As task work is completed, certain information may be posted at the "Technical Center" tab on this web site.  The projected completion of this technical analysis is scheduled for late this calendar year.