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Environmental Advisory Board

Business & Legal Reports, Inc., maintains a National Environmental Advisory Board, a group of noted professionals and recognized experts in a wide spectrum of environmental fields. The Advisory Board assists our editors with practical advice, strategies, and tips—to expand the coverage we provide and to help our subscribers in their compliance efforts.

Heather Aley Austin is of counsel in the environmental practice group of Thompson Hine LLP, a multipractice law firm. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Heather focuses her practice on environmental risk allocation in business transactions, as well as advising clients on environmental, health, and safety regulatory matters, and compliance with environmental regulations. She is proficient in handling complex environmental issues in mergers and acquisitions, as well as real estate and brownfield redevelopment projects. Her clients occupy diverse industries, including chemical, pulp and paper, aluminum, injection molding, powder metal, steel, plastic, food, health care, landfill, and automotive. Heather has written feature articles for the Advisor on a variety of topics, including a U.S. Supreme Court Superfund ruling, jurisdiction under the U.S. Clean Water Act, and avoiding toxic tort suits. She holds a B.A. from Allegheny College and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Heather is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Heather Aley Austin
Thompson Hine LLP
3900 Key Center
127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114-1291

A.C. Baxter specializes in counseling, permitting, and litigation under a variety of federal, state, and local environmental and natural resource laws. Her areas of expertise include water resources (water rights, water quality and quantity), including the Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program, wetlands regulation, Clean Air Act permitting, counseling and litigation, and solid and hazardous waste issues. Ms. Baxter has been involved in nationally significant litigation under EPA’s New Source Review program, defense of significant EPA administrative and civil enforcement actions, and citizen suit defense, and has conducted environmental due diligence for several multi-million-dollar facilities.

A.C. Baxter
Troutman Sanders LLP
600 Peachtree Street, Suite 5200
Atlanta, GA 30308

Jim Harris is the founder of Harris, DeVille & Associates (HDA), a full-service communications firm specializing in issues management. Harris has more than 30 years of experience working in all facets of governmental and public affairs. Prior to establishing HDA, he served as a working member of the media, press secretary to a Louisiana governor, and held key management positions in several state agencies, including those managing transportation, health, economic development, and environmental quality. In addition, Harris specializes in political and media consultation and has served as a campaign coordinator in several statewide elections.

James Harris, Esq.
Harris, DeVille & Associates
521 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Marc Karell is a professional engineer and founder of Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC. Mr. Karell has over 20 years’ experience in the climate change field, performing carbon footprints and energy and green building evaluations, and in the air pollution engineering field, performing emissions inventories, audits, permitting, and evaluations and design of air pollution control equipment for a variety of types of facilities around the country. Mr. Karell also worked for U.S. EPA in air compliance and for industry. Mr. Karell has two master’s degrees, one in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and one in chemical engineering from Columbia University.

Marc Karell, P.E.
Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC
1506 Henry Avenue
Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Gregor I. McGregor, Esq., is the founding partner of the Boston environmental law firm of McGregor & Associates, P.C., established in 1975. McGregor & Associates specializes in all aspects of environmental law, real estate, and related litigation in federal and state courts and before government agencies. He is a founding member of the national Environmental Law Network linking specialty law firms to service their clients around the United States. Prior to 1975, McGregor was an assistant attorney general and the first chief of the Division of Environmental Protection in Massachusetts. McGregor’s cases in court over the past 35 years have broken new legal ground in the fields of wetlands protection, environmental impact statements, hazardous waste liability, home rule powers of municipalities, and the doctrine of regulatory “takings.” As a member of government task forces and advisory groups, McGregor has assisted in drafting or implementing environmental statutes and regulations on hazardous waste cleanups, toxic tort liability, emergency management, underground tanks, agency enforcement, environmental review procedures, tidelands and waterways, wetlands protection, and wildlife preservation. McGregor has written and spoken widely on environmental subjects.

Gregor I. McGregor, Esq.
McGregor & Associates, P.C.
15 Court Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02108

Jane Obbagy is a vice president with The Cadmus Group and is responsible for managing consulting practices in the areas of strategic environmental consulting, international environmental management, corporate environmental assurance, and air pollution control. Ms. Obbagy is a recognized environmental management expert, specializing in this area since the mid-1980s. She has undertaken studies for clients in the transportation, resources, chemicals, energy, and governmental sectors. She has engaged in a number of high-visibility projects, including the preparation of attestation statements, development of executive-level environmental-awareness training seminars, and expansion of corporate social responsibility programs related to assurance systems and transparency. Ms. Obbagy has authored a number of papers and has served as the chair for an internationally recognized accredited organization. She is certified to conduct a broad range of environmental, health, and safety management reviews.

Jane E. Obbagy
Vice President
The Cadmus Group
57 Water Street
Watertown, MA 02472

David Pyatt has over 30 years’ experience in solid waste management, including radioactive materials and other hazardous and toxic materials. He is a Professional Engineer in Maryland and is a Registered Environmental Manager. He previously worked for several consulting and engineering firms before joining the federal government where he was employed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now the U. S. Department of Energy. Since 1988, Mr. Pyatt has served as an elected official (councilman) for Mount Airy, Maryland, and is recognized statewide for his expertise in environmental issues, including water resources (locating new water sources) and water treatment, wastewater treatment, groundwater contamination, and air quality. He has served for over 5 years on the Carroll County, Maryland, Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), providing counsel to the county commissioners on environmental concerns. Mr. Pyatt has a BS (aerospace engineering), MS (mechanical engineering), and is a Fellow of the Academy for Excellence in Local Government at the University of Maryland.

David W. Pyatt, P.E., R.E.M.
705 Park Avenue
Mount Airy, MD 21771

Walter W. Smith, PE, DEE, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of air emission measurement methodology and has over 40 years of air pollution control and testing experience. He is the president and founder of Walter Smith & Associates in Cary, North Carolina, and is also the co-founder and editor of Stack Sampling News. He co-founded Entropy, Inc., the largest source sampling company in the country, served as Entropy’s president for 20 years, and currently sits on its board of directors. He was largely responsible for the development of the air testing methodology and equipment that EPA has codified as Methods 1 through 8 and also assisted with EPA Methods 10, 13, and 16–18, VOST, PM-10, MM5, and the F factors. He has co-authored more than 40 published papers, consulted for state agencies on developing air-resource management programs, and has trained thousands of people to perform stack sampling. Smith received a chemical engineering degree from Bucknell University and is a diplomat of the Academy of Environmental Engineering.

Walter S. Smith
Walter Smith & Associates, Inc.
6225 Splitrock Trail
Apex, NC 27539

Norman S. Wei is the principal and founder of Environmental Management and Training, LLC, a consulting firm in Ocean Shores, Washington. He offers public and in-house seminars on environmental regulations throughout the country. He also offers consulting services to companies and litigation support to law firms. He has over 33 years of experience as an environmental manager in the manufacturing industry and as a consultant. From 1989 to 1998, he was the senior corporate environmental manager at a Fortune 500 company where he was responsible for environmental compliance programs at 15 facilities worldwide, including hazardous waste management.

Norman S. Wei
Environmental Management and Training, LLC
P.O. Box 250
Ocean Shores, WA 98569