News from the Southeast

SESARM ANNOUNCES NEW MISSISSIPPI AIR DIRECTOR

October 21, 2020. Melissa Fortenberry was recently appointed to serve as the new Air Division Chief in the Mississippi DEQ Office of Pollution Control. She replaces Chad LaFontaine who retired from the agency in August and is now the Executive Director of Metro 4/SESARM. Melissa has been with the agency for over 21 years and began her career as a staff engineer writing Title V permits. She soon moved to the Air Toxics Branch within the Air Division and later became the Branch Manager of the Air Toxics New Standards Branch. 

 

Melissa earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Mississippi. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state. A native of Brandon, she currently lives “out in the country” with an old dog that has thoroughly enjoyed the social distancing requirements of 2020.

 

METRO 4 AND SESARM ANNOUNCE SELECTION OF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

September 1, 2020.  Today, Chad LaFontaine began his service to Metro 4/SESARM as their incoming Executive Director.  Please see this flyer for the original hiring announcement.  Chad will assume permanent Executive Director responsibilities on October 1, 2020.  We look forward to Chad's future services to the member agencies.

 

VISTAS Regional Haze Technical Work Continues

http://www.metro4-sesarm.org/sites/default/files/pictures/VisatasJPG.JPGAugust 6, 2020.  Additional air quality modeling work has been completed and reports describing the technical tasks are in varying stages of completion.  Reports for Tasks 2 through 11 are being finalized and an overall summary report is in development.  The formal contractual portion of the VISTAS II Project will end on September 30, 2020.  States are now starting the process of developing their regional haze implementation plans (SIPs).  The EPA deadline for submittal of regional haze SIPs is July 31, 2021.  Please see the "Technical Center" tab above and click on the "Regional Haze (VISTAS) dropdown tab for more information.  Posting of completed project deliverables is ongoing.