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2021 Air Quality Compliance Workshop
Presentation Materials

Updated for the Online Workshop • March 16 & 17, 2021

 

Day 1: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 • 8:00am - 12:00pm

8:00 AM Permitting 101
The Basics

Presented by Rahul Thaker, Central Office Permitting Engineer and Dylan Wright, Winston-Salem Regional Office Permitting Engineer

Permitting 101 Presentation Slides

Rahul Thaker's Bio
Rahul Thaker
Central Office Permitting Engineer
Rahul Thaker has more than 32 years of regulatory and consulting experience in air quality, wastewater, solid and hazardous wastes, and construction project management. He is a senior environmental engineer, working for the DAQ for more than 25 years. Currently he focuses on reviewing and drafting New Source Review and Title V permits for various categories of industrial sources and leads the Division’s Permitting Workgroup. Rahul is a member of Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He served in the A&WMA Board of Directors from 2018 through 2020. Rahul can be reached at Rahul.thaker@ncdenr.gov or (919) 770-8740.
Dylan Wright's Bio
Dylan Wright
Winston-Salem Regional Office Permitting Engineer
Dylan Wright received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University in the Spring of 2016. Since graduation he has been employed by the DAQ in the Winston Salem Regional Office where he holds positions as Permit Engineer and Compliance Inspector. He also serves as the Emission Inventory Coordinator for the region.  Dylan can be reached at dylan.wright@ncdenr.gov or (336) 776-9646.

 

9:10 AM What to Expect in 2021 from the Division of Air Quality

Presented by
Mike Abraczinskas, Director, Division of Air Quality
Michael Pjetraj, Deputy Director, Division of Air Quality

What to Expect in 2021 Presentation Slides

Mike Abraczinskas's Bio
Mike Abraczinskas
Director, Division of Air Quality
Mike Abraczinskas is currently the Director of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ). Mike has 23 years of experience in air quality (over 21.5 with DAQ), including regulatory development, planning, emissions and air quality modeling, and compliance activities. Mike worked in 7 different positions in DAQ prior to being named Director in March of 2017. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in Meteorology and a Minor in Environmental Science; is certified as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT); and is a graduate of the North Carolina Certified Public Managers Program.

Mike is a leader in the air quality management field and is active in national and regional organizations comprised of State and Local Air Quality Agencies, including:

    • Past Chairman for the Southeastern States Air Resource Managers (SESARM) (2018-2019)
    • Past Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA) (2019-2020)
    • Current Treasurer of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA)

Additionally, Mike is actively involved in the activities of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) and is a former president of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. In 2021, Mike was selected to serve on a panel of experts for the Air & Waste Management Association’s (AWMA) Critical Review on the topic of PFAS. Mike can be reached at  michael.abraczinskas@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8447.

Michael Pjetraj's Bio
Michael Pjetraj
Deputy Director, Division of Air Quality
Michael Pjetraj is the Deputy Director for the DAQ. He has been with the DAQ since 1995 and has worked in the Raleigh Regional Office and the Central Office as an environmental engineer. He also served as the Stationary Source Compliance Branch Supervisor in the Central Office for eight years. Prior to joining the DAQ, he worked for a source testing / consulting company. Michael earned an engineering degree from North Carolina State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and is also a NC Certified Public Manager. Michael currently serves as Chairman of the Air and Waste Management Association RTP Chapter. Michael can be reached at michael.pjetraj@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8497.


 

10:00 AM NC Clean Energy Plan Update

Presented by Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment & State Energy Director

NC Clean Energy Plan Presentation Slides 

Sushma Masemore's Bio
Sushma Masemore
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment
State Energy Director
Sushma Masemore currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and State Energy Director for the Department of Environmental Quality, where she works to bring clean energy solutions and sustainable practices to businesses, citizens, and government operations. Sushma leads the implementation of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order on climate change and clean energy economy, bringing climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency practices to state government. Sushma also oversees energy programs related to weatherization assistance, state energy planning, and reducing state building energy consumption.

Sushma has 28 years of public and private sector experience bringing innovative technology solutions to control air pollution, solid waste and water pollution. Sushma has managed distributed energy generation projects in commercial and industrial settings which examined the economics, power production performance, and environmental impacts. In state government, she managed teams of engineers and scientists to develop air quality regulations, state implementation plans, and emissions analysis tools. Sushma can be reached at sushma.masemore@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8700.


 

11:00 AM (Part 1)

Regional Haze SIP and Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Presented by Randy Strait, Planning Section Chief

Regional Haze SIP and Greenhouse Gas Inventory Presentation Slides Revised!

Randy Strait's Bio
Randy Strait
Planning Section Chief
Randy Strait is Chief of the Planning Section of the DAQ. His responsibilities include managing the Division’s work related to developing emissions inventories, control strategies, air quality rules, State Implementation Plans, air quality forecasting and photochemical grid modeling, and education and outreach for the state of North Carolina. He is co-chair of the VISTAS Technical Analysis Work Group for regional haze planning and co-chair of the AAPCA Energy Committee. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and B.S. degree in biology from Northland College in Wisconsin. Randy can be reached at randy.strait@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707 8721.


 

11:00 AM (Part 2)

Air Quality Rules Updates

Presented by Patrick Knowlson, Rules Development Branch Supervisor

Air Quality Rules Update Presentation Slides Revised!

Patrick Knowlson's Bio
Patrick Knowlson
Rules Development Branch Supervisor
Patrick Knowlson currently serves as the Rules Development Branch Supervisor in the DAQ’s Planning Section. Patrick started in DAQ in 1992 as an Environmental Engineer I in the Rule Development Branch and was promoted to Engineer II in 1995. Patrick has a chemical engineering degree from Penn State University. Patrick can be reached at patrick.knowlson@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8711.

 

Day 2: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 • 8:00am - 12:00pm

8:00 AM (Part 1)

Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI)
DEQ Resources to Assist with Environmental Management Systems

Presented by Marcia Allocco, Section Chief, Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service and Angela Hall Barger, EIS Manager

ESI Overview Presentation Slides

Marcia Allocco's Bio
Marcia Allocco
Section Chief, Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service
Marcia Allocco is the DEACS’s Environmental Assistance Section Chief with oversight of NC DEQ’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) and Customer Service Phone Line, as well as the Division’s staff that assist customers in navigating permit and compliance challenges. Prior to DEACS, she started her NC DEQ career with the Division of Water Resources as a NPDES regulatory specialist in the Mooresville Regional Office and spent the prior 14 years performing water/wastewater regulatory compliance oversight at Brookhaven National Laboratory owned by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. She has a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a M.S. degree in Environmental Management. Marcia can be reached at marcia.allocco@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8206.
Angela Hall Barger's Bio
Angela Hall Barger
Manager, ESI
Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service
Angela Barger is manager of the NC DEQ Environmental Stewardship Initiative. Angela has more than 20 years of experience working for NC DEQ, most recently with the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS). Prior to working with DEACS, she worked with NC DEQ's DAQ in a regional office for more than 7 years. In her spare time she volunteers as the Sr. Volunteer Coordinator for the NC district of FIRST Robotics Competition, a high school competition that encourages the next generation of engineers and scientists. She has two B.S. degrees from North Carolina State University in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and a B.S. degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Pre-engineering. Angela can be reached at angela.barger@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8126. For more info about the ESI you can email esi@ncdenr.gov or visit www.ncesi.org.

 

8:00 AM (Part 2)

Permit Transformation Project

Presented by Jamie Ragan, Director, Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

Permit Transformation Presentation Slides

Jamie Ragan's Bio
Jamie Ragan
Director, Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service
Jamie Ragan began working with NC DENR (now NC DEQ) in 2003 as a Senior Environmental Specialist after working for six years in Wilson County as a Resource Conservationist. In her time at NC DEQ, she has been providing technical and pollution prevention assistance to the agricultural community, businesses, industries, and government entities. In 2014, Jamie became the Environmental Assistance Section Chief in the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service and in 2018, she was appointed as Director of DEACS. Jamie holds a Master's degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and has over 20 years' experience providing pollution prevention technical assistance. Jamie can be reached at Jamie.ragan@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8141.

 

9:00 AM Air Quality Permitting Updates

Presented by Mark Cuilla, Acting Permitting Section Chief

AQ Permitting Updates Presentation Slides 

Mark Cuilla's Bio
Mark Cuilla
Acting Permitting Section Chief
Mark is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His credentials include NC EIT (Engineer in Training) as well as NC Certified Public Manager. He is in his 29th year with the DAQ , having served in positions with both the Planning and Permitting Sections over his career. His primary role is as Title V Supervisor of the Permitting Section where, in addition to the other supervisory staff, he oversees the engineering staff assigned the processing of Title V permit applications. He is currently the Acting Section Chief while that position is vacant. Mark can be reached at Mark.cuilla@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8738.

 

9:30 AM Compliance, Enforcement, and Mobile Source Discussion

Presented by Steve Hall, Technical Services Section Chief and Taylor Hartsfield, Raleigh Regional Office Supervisor

  • VW Settlement Update
  • Recurring Compliance Issues
  • COVID-19 Impacts to Compliance Activities

Compliance Issues and Mobile Sources Presentation Slides
COVID-19 Presentation Slides

Steve Hall's Bio
Steve Hall
Technical Services Section Chief
Steve Hall is DAQ’s Technical Services Section Chief. During his 26 years with the Division, Steve has primarily worked as a Compliance Engineer/Manager in the Technical Services Section, and as a Compliance Engineer/Inspector/Supervisor in the Raleigh Regional Office. Prior to joining DAQ, Steve worked for three years with a private air quality testing and consulting company in Raleigh. He has an engineering degree from North Carolina State University and is a NC Certified Public Manager. Steve can be reached at steve.hall@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8404.
Taylor Hartsfield's Bio
Taylor Hartsfield
Raleigh Regional Office Supervisor
Taylor Hartsfield currently serves as the Regional Supervisor for the DAQs Raleigh Regional Office. She has been with the DAQ since 2013 and previously worked in the Winston-Salem Regional Office as an Environmental Engineer and Compliance Supervisor. She has experience with writing permits, investigating complaints, and conducting compliance inspections. For her work in 2017-2018, Taylor received DAQ’s Employee of the Year Award and NC DEQ’s Distinguished Employee Award. She is a NC Certified Public Manager and a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering. Taylor can be reached at taylor.hartsfield@ncdenr.gov or (919) 791-4289.

 

10:00 AM Source Test Information

Presented by Gary Saunders, Stationary Source Compliance Branch Supervisor

Source Testing Updates

Gary Saunders's Bio
Gary Saunders
Stationary Source Compliance Branch Supervisor
Gary Saunders has 45 years of experience in the environmental, energy, and air quality field. He spent the first 22 years of his career working for three different engineering consulting firms. During that time, he managed projects on emissions testing, regional EPA oversight/audit inspections, State Assistance projects, and permit reviews. He also developed and presented workshops on the inspection, operation, maintenance, and permitting of various industries, including pulp and paper, cement, utility, commercial, and industrial boilers as well as control equipment, including ESPs and fabric filters. He spent several years working in the RCRA/Superfund programs and evaluating air quality issues and impacts associated site assessment and remediation. In addition, he worked on DOE projects associated air quality issues and radionuclides at several DOE sites including an experimental breeder reactor in Idaho and was the Technical Director of a two-year air emissions inventory project at the Savannah River Nuclear Site in South Carolina.

In 1998, Gary joined the DAQ at the Central Office in Raleigh. He is currently the Supervisor of the Stationary Source Compliance Branch (SSCB) in the Technical Service Section. Prior to becoming supervisor, he was the SSCB Special Projects Engineer where he worked on issues concerning implementation and enforcement of Federal Rules such as the Boiler MACT/GACT and RICE Rules, and state rules dealing with odor from certain animal operations in NC.

Gary graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Gary can be reached at gary.saunders@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8413.


 

10:30 AM Compliance Panel Discussion

Compliance Panel Discussion Handout

Panelists Include:

  • Ray Stewart, Winston-Salem Regional Office (SESSION FACILITATOR)
    Ray Stewart's Bio
    Ray Steward
    Winston-Salem Regional Office
    Ray Stewart is a graduate of NC A&T State University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in NC and a NC Certified Public Manager. He is a veteran of almost 29 years with the DAQ, working as a Permitting and Compliance Engineer at the Raleigh Central Office and the Winston-Salem Regional Office (WSRO), the Compliance Supervisor at the WSRO, and the Regional Air Quality Supervisor at both the Raleigh Regional Office and currently at the WSRO. Ray can be reached at ray.stewart@ncdenr.gov or (336) 776-9800.
  • Chris Scott, Asheville Regional Office
    Chris Scott's Bio
    Chris Scott
    Asheville Regional Office
    Chris Scott is the compliance coordinator for the Asheville Regional Office.  He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee and has worked in the Asheville office for more than fifteen years.  Prior to his time with DAQ, he worked for nearly five years in air quality compliance for the state of Georgia. Chris can be reached at chris.scott@ncdenr.gov or (828) 296-4500.
  • Greg Reeves, Fayetteville Regional Office
    Greg Reeves's Bio
    Greg Reeves
    Fayetteville Regional Office
    Greg Reeves has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has had a variety of industry experience before coming the DAQ including three years with Anaconda Copper as Process Engineer and Mining Engineer in an open-pit copper mining operation, 17 years with Cargill Incorporated in evaporated salt production facilities in Kansas and southern Louisiana in roles ranging from process engineer through plant manager, and four years with Cargill Incorporated in vegetable oil processing facility in North Carolina as Refinery Superintendent. Greg has been with the DAQ for over 10 years and currently serves as the Acting Compliance Coordinator in the Fayetteville Regional Office. Greg can be reached at gregory.reeves@ncdenr.gov or (910) 433-3373.
  • Denise Hayes, Mooresville Regional Office
    Denise Hayes's Bio
    Denise Hayes
    Mooresville Regional Office
    Denise Hayes is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. Denise has been with the DAQ for 24 years, serving in the Mooresville Regional Office her entire career with the DAQ. She does both permitting and compliance work. Denise can be reached at denise.hayes@ncdenr.gov or (704) 663-1699.
  • Will Wike, Raleigh Regional Office
    Will Wike's Bio
    Will Wike
    Raleigh Regional Office
    Will Wike is a 1989 graduate from Clarkson University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He has been with DAQ since November 1998 and currently serves as the Compliance Supervisor for the Raleigh Regional Office. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in New York. Will can be reached at will.wike@ncdenr.gov or (919) 791 4286.
  • Robert Bright, Washington Regional Office
    Robert Bright's Bio
    Robert Bright
    Washington Regional Office
    Robert Bright is 1995 graduate from North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He has been with DAQ since June 2001 and currently serves as the Compliance Coordinator for Washington Regional Office. When not in the office, Robert enjoys spending family time with his wife, two kids, and his cat. Robert can be reached at robert.bright@ncdenr.gov or (252) 946-6481.
  • Ashby Armistead, Wilmington Regional Office
    Ashby Armistead's Bio
    Ashby Armistead
    Ashby Armistead graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He started with the DAQ in the Washington Regional Office in 1998 and moved to the Wilmington Regional Office (WiRO) in 2001. He currently serves as the Compliance Coordinator / Environmental Engineer II for WiRO. Ashby can be reached at ashby.armistead@ncdenr.gov or (910) 796-7215.
  • Mike Reid, 112(r) Coordinator
    Mike Reid's Bio
    Mike Reid
    112(r) Coordinator
    Michael Reid is the Chemical Accident Prevention Program Coordinator for DAQ. He has a B.S. from East Carolina University in Industrial Hygiene. He currently serves as the chairperson to the N.C. State Emergency Response Commission’s Hazardous Materials Committee and has over 15 years of experience in chemical accident prevention. Mike can be reached at mike.reid@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8443.

 


 

11:15 AM Virtual Breakout Session

Title V / PSD Permitting Panel

Panelists Include:

  • Heather Sands, Permitting Engineer (SESSION FACILITATOR)
    Heather Sands's Bio
    Heather Sands
    Permitting Engineer
    Heather has been a Permit Engineer for DAQ since 2013, where she primarily writes permits for Pulp and Paper Mills and Chemical Manufacturing Plants. Prior to working for DAQ, Heather was a project leader at a small consulting firm, EC/R Inc., for 16 years. There she developed EPA regulations applicable to the oil and natural gas industry. Heather started her career at Radian Corporation in 1991 and worked on the beginnings of EPA's development of the Pulp and Paper regulations and spent 5 years writing air permit applications for pulp and paper mills. Heather is a proud graduate of North Carolina State University in Chemical Engineering (Go Wolfpack!) and is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina. Heather can be reached at heather.sands@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8725.
  • Mark Cuilla, Acting Permitting Section Chief
    Mark Cuilla's Bio
    Mark Cuilla
    Acting Permitting Section Chief
    Mark is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His credentials include NC EIT (Engineer in Training) as well as NC Certified Public Manager. He is in his 29th year with the DAQ , having served in positions with both the Planning and Permitting Sections over his career. His primary role is as Title V Supervisor of the Permitting Section where, in addition to the other supervisory staff, he oversees the engineering staff assigned the processing of Title V permit applications. He is currently the Acting Section Chief while that position is vacant. Mark can be reached at Mark.cuilla@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8738.
  • Booker Pullen, New Source Review Branch Supervisor
    Booker Pullen's Bio
    Booker Pullen
    New Source Review Branch Supervisor
    Booker T. Pullen, Jr. is a native of Littleton, NC and obtained a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1980. For 11 years, he worked in construction management as both a Field Engineer and Superintendent at the Anheuser Busch Plant in Newark, New Jersey and the Hoffman LaRoche Facility in Nutley, New Jersey. Over the last 28 years, Booker has worked as an Environmental Engineer with the NC DEQ. He currently serves as the New Source Review Branch Supervisor in the Air Permitting Section. Additionally, he is a NC Certified Public Manager. In his leisure, he enjoys watching sports, playing bass guitar, singing, and spending time with his family. He is married to Cynthia Pullen and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Aleah. Booker can be reached at booker.pullen@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8469.
  • Rahul Thaker, Central Office Permitting Engineer
    Rahul Thaker's Bio
    Rahul Thaker
    Central Office Permitting Engineer
    Rahul Thaker has more than 32 years of regulatory and consulting experience in air quality, wastewater, solid and hazardous wastes, and construction project management. He is a senior environmental engineer, working for the DAQ for more than 25 years. Currently he focuses on reviewing and drafting New Source Review and Title V permits for various categories of industrial sources and leads the Division’s Permitting Workgroup. Rahul is a member of Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He served in the A&WMA Board of Directors from 2018 through 2020. Rahul can be reached at Rahul.thaker@ncdenr.gov or (919) 770-8740.

Small / Synthetic Minor Permitting Panel

Panelists Include:

  • Davis Murphy, Winston-Salem Regional Office (SESSION FACILITATOR)
    Davis Murphy's Bio
    Davis Murphy
    Winston-Salem Regional Office
    Davis Murphy began his work with the DAQ as an intern in the Mobile Sources Compliance Branch while completing an Environmental Technology degree at North Carolina State University. Since graduation he has worked for the Division for 10 years in many roles including Mobile Sources Technician, Compliance Inspector, and Permit Engineer. He currently serves as the Permits Coordinator in the Winston-Salem Regional Office. When not in the office, Davis enjoys outdoor activities, especially those in and around the water. Davis can be reached at davis.murphy@ncdenr.gov or (336) 776-9644.
  • Patrick Ballard, Asheville Regional Office
    Patrick Ballard's Bio
    Patrick Ballard
    Asheville Regional Office
    Patrick Ballard is the Permits Coordinator for the DAQ’s Asheville Regional Office (ARO). He has been with the DAQ for over 25 years, serving all of his time in the ARO. Patrick holds a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech. Patrick is registered in North Carolina as a Professional Engineer. Patrick can be reached at Patrick.ballard@ncdenr.gov or (828) 296-4500.
  • Jeff Cole, Fayetteville Regional Office
    Jeff Cole's Bio
    Jeff Cole
    Fayetteville Regional Office
    Jeffrey Cole has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. After graduation he worked as a Research Environmental Engineer for RTI International for 21 years, supporting EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) rule development. He has worked for the DAQ for 7 years in many roles including Compliance Inspector, Permit Engineer, and Acting Compliance Coordinator. He currently serves as the Acting Permits Coordinator in the Fayetteville Regional Office. Jeff can be reached at Jeffrey.cole@ncdenr.gov or (910) 433-3374.
  • Jennifer Womick, Mooresville Regional Office
    Jennifer Womick's Bio
    Jennifer Womick
    Mooresville Regional Office
    Jennifer Womick graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. She started her career with the Department of Transportation, but almost 16 years ago, she accepted a position in DAQ and now serves as the Permits Coordinator for the Mooresville Regional Office. Her hobbies include solving logic problems, baking cupcakes, and chasing after her three crazy toddlers. Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer.womick@ncdenr.gov or (704)-663-1699.
  • Dena Pittman, Raleigh Regional Office
    Dena Pittman's Bio
    Dena Pittman
    Raleigh Regional Office
    Dena Pittman currently serves as the Permits Coordinator in the DAQ’s Raleigh Regional Office. During her 15 years with the DAQ, Dena has worked as a Permit Engineer in the Raleigh Regional Office. Recently, Dena also worked as Compliance Supervisor for a cross training opportunity and served as the Acting Regional Supervisor while that position was vacant. Prior to joining the DAQ, Dena worked for 10 years as an environmental consultant in Raleigh. Dena can be reached at dena.pittman@ncdenr.gov or (919) 791-4274.
  • Yongcheng Chen, Washington Regional Office
    Yongcheng Chen's Bio
    Yongcheng Chen
    Washington Regional Office
    Yongcheng Chen is a Permit Engineer in the Washington Regional Office, where he serves at the Permits Coordinator. He has been with the DAQ for 23 years. Yongcheng can be reached at Yongcheng.chen@ncdenr.gov or (252) 948-3831.
  • Dean Carroll, Wilmington Regional Office
    Dean Carroll's Bio
    Dean Carroll
    Wilmington Regional Office
    Dean Carroll is a graduate from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been with DAQ for 24 years and currently serves as the Permits Coordinator for the Wilmington Regional Office. Dean worked as an environmental consultant prior to coming to DAQ. When not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his children, Nicholas and Kelly. Dean can be reached at dean.carroll@ncdenr.gov or (910) 796-7242.
  • Mike Reid, 112(r) Coordinator
    Mike Reid's Bio
    Mike Reid
    112(r) Coordinator
    Michael Reid is the Chemical Accident Prevention Program Coordinator for DAQ. He has a B.S. from East Carolina University in Industrial Hygiene. He currently serves as the chairperson to the N.C. State Emergency Response Commission’s Hazardous Materials Committee and has over 15 years of experience in chemical accident prevention. Mike can be reached at mike.reid@ncdenr.gov or (919) 707-8443.

 

 

There is no recording for the two breakout sessions.


Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) Handouts

Handout 1 - Overview of NC Department of Environmental Assistance and Customer Services

  • Technical Assistance - Handouts 2, 4, 5 & 6,
  • Recycling and Material Management - Handout 4,
  • Resources and Energy Efficiency - Handout 5,
  • Recognition Programs:  NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) - Handout 2
    & NC GreenTravel - Handout 3,
  • Recycling Outreach Programs (Recycle Guys, Recycle Right NC & Recycle More NC), Handout 4 and
  • NCDEQ Regional Office presence, Handout 6

DEACS Overview 


Handout 2 - NC Department of Environmental Quality's Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI)

ESI promotes and encourages superior environmental performance in North Carolina. This voluntary program is available at no cost. ESI seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits. As part of the ESI program, DEACS staff provide technical assistance and advise on strategies to reduce their water and energy usage. ESI members, including businesses and others, are required to institute a performance-based system to achieve their environmental goals

ESI Program Brochure


Handout 3 - North Carolina Green Travel Initiative Version 2

The NC GreenTravel program recognizes tourism-oriented businesses for their accomplishments in environmental stewardship, including energy and water conservation, waste reduction, recycling and other practices that help protect the environment.

Green Travel Brochure


Handout 4 - Recycling and Materials Management

The Recycling and Materials Management Section (RMMS) promotes recycling programs and helps expand recycling infrastructure. RMMS works closely with Waste Reduction partners (WRP) to identify and implement waste reduction and recycling efforts by commercial, institutional and industrial generators providing critical material supply to manufacturers, reducing dependence on landfills and saving natural resources.

RMMS Brochure 


Handout 5 - Resource and Energy Efficiency

The Waste Reduction Partners (WRP) team helps organizations (Manufacturers, Businesses, Agriculture, Local governments, K-12 schools & institutions, Non-profits) to improve environmental and energy management through efficiency techniques that save money. The WRP team conducts on-site assessments and provides consulting services to businesses and public facilities throughout North Carolina. Consulting services are confidential and most are provided at no cost to the client. These services are supported through government and utility-sponsored grants

WRP team performs the following onsite assessments

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Use Efficiency
  • Soil Waste Reduction Assessments (Zero Waste)
  • Agricultural Plastics Recycling

WRP Brochure


Handout 6 - NCDEQ Regional Office Presence

Environmental Assistance Coordinators are closer to our customers in the department’s seven regional offices and can provide on-site consultation and coordinated permit reviews for proposed projects. Their primary responsibility is to assist businesses, industries, local governments, other institutions, consultants and residents as they seek to identify, understand and comply with the state’s environmental requirements.

Environmental Assistance Coordinators Regional Directory 


DISCLAIMER: All materials posted on this page are intended for use by those who attended one of the NCMA co-sponsored Online North Carolina Air Quality Compliance Workshops in March 2021. Any errors in the information found on this page cannot be used as a defense for noncompliance with air quality rules. Regulated entities are responsible for compliance regardless the information found here or interpretation of the meaning of these materials. All information is subject to change and correction prior or subsequent to user access.