Clean Air Act Regulations for Natural Disaster Management
Natural disasters can have catastrophic impacts on community air quality, even after the initial event has passed. Destruction from hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires can release massive quantities of air pollutants, including particulate matter. Recent major blazes in California spurred serious concerns about asbestos and other toxins released by the wildfires. 2017’s Hurricane Harvey triggered the release of an estimated 5.7 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, including benzene and volatile organic compounds. Critically, local and tribal governments themselves may be the source of contaminants, such as through the use of incinerators to clean up debris.
Join our panel of experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as they guide local and tribal governments on federal requirements that may be triggered during post-disaster recovery. Panelists will discuss compliance obligations focused on managing asbestos, use of emergency engines, and destruction of disaster debris through incineration, and share other resources to guide post-disaster recovery.
Cynthia R. Harris, Director, Tribal Programs; Deputy Director, Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programming; and Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Sara Ayres, Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance
John Cox, Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance
Marcia Mia, Chemical Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance