Curated Session: Climate Change

Air Quality and GHG Regulatory Update for U.S. Landfills (1 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
15:30 – 16:30
Room 314

The panel representing the SWANA LFG/Biogas Division Rules and Regulation Committee will provide an update on the major U.S. air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations affecting landfills. The focus of this presentation will be on the regulatory requirements, interpretations, deadlines, and issues related to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emission Guidelines (EG) rules for landfills. The panel will cover key components of the rules, update the audience on ongoing interactions with U.S. EPA and state agencies, and provide an assessment of the expected impacts to industry. Guidance will be provided to promote a consistent, industry-wide approach to compliance. Additionally the panel will cover updates to the federal GHG reporting rule, the national GHG inventory for landfills, and permitting requirements for GHGs under federal and state programs.

Those attending this panel presentation will be provided with the most up-to-date information on the major air and GHG regulations affecting landfills, provided by a team of industry experts. Attendees will leave the presentation with a stronger understanding of the requirements and implications of these regulations and be better equipped to achieve compliance for their facilities.


Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan is currently the Past Director of the Landfill Gas (LFG)/Biogas Division of SWANA and the Chairman of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association. He has a degree in Biology from Harvard University and is a Board Certified Environmental Scientist, Certified Permitting Professional, and Registered Environmental Property Assessor. Pat has over 28 years of experience in environmental consulting, specializing in Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas, Risk Assessment, and LFG issues. He is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director for SCS’s Consulting and Engineering Operations in the Southwestern U.S. He is also SCS’s National Expert on the Clean Air Act, and oversees national disciplines for GHG and Risk Assessment. He has published and/or presented over 100 technical papers in industry publications and conferences.

Amy Van Kolken Banister, Senior Director Air Programs, Waste Management

Amy Banister

Amy Van Kolken Banister has more than 25 years of experience in air quality consulting, project management, regulation development and planning, as well as corporate environmental program implementation. She is currently responsible for directing air program activities at Waste Management, which includes developing corporate policies and standards and training programs for application at Waste Management North American facilities. Ms. Banister is also responsible for corporate climate change reporting and regulatory advocacy for air issues pertaining to Waste Management and the solid waste industry. Ms. Banister is Past Director of Solid Waste Association of North America’s Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division and currently represents the Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division on SWANA’s International Board.

Matt Stutz, P.E., Principal, LFG/Air Services, Weaver Consultants Group

Matt Stutz

Matt Stutz, P.E. has 20 years of experience in air quality services and landfill gas studies. Mr. Stutz has extensive work experience in landfill gas system design, air permitting and compliance, and landfill gas to energy. Mr. Stutz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in 13 states. Professional experience includes serving as an instructor in air pollution courses for the Center of Environmental Research and Training at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is a principal with Weaver Consultants Group and managers the landfill gas and air quality service groups. He works closely with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies on landfill gas and air permitting rule development and he also serves as an expert witness for the solid waste industry. Mr. Stutz is an active member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) were he serves as the Vice-Chair on the LFG Rules and Regulations Committee Mr. Stutz is an active member and Chairman for the North Texas Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association.

Niki Wuestenberg, Senior Manager, Air Compliance, Republic Services

Niki Wuestenberg

Niki Wuestenberg joined Republic (Allied Waste) in 2001 and has more than 25 years experience in the solid waste industry including air quality program management, project management, compliance training, environmental auditing, oversight of landfill gas collection system operations & maintenance and coordinating climate change initiatives. Ms. Wuestenberg is currently the corporate Senior Air Compliance Manager of Republic Services. In this role, she has a broad range of air compliance responsibilities including review of regulations, air compliance evaluations, PSD/NSR guidance and compliance support, as well as oversight of state and federal Title V permit programs, New Source Performance Standards and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. As climate change has become increasingly more demanding, she has also focused on greenhouse gas initiatives and assisting with coordinating regulatory advocacy involving the solid waste industry.