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Wildfires: Air Quality and Policy Updates
November 16, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented by The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies
With smoke from record-setting wildfires impacting air quality across the U.S., environmental agencies play a key role in information and communication for both the public and for policymakers. This session, hosted by the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA), will focus on federal, state and local efforts to provide accurate, up-to-date resources on air quality and public health. Presentations are scheduled from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Protection, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Dr. Bryan Hubbell, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development
- Phil Dickerson, U.S. EPA Outreach & Information Division
- Nancy Vehr, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
- Jon Klassen, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Dr. Bryan Hubbell, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development
Bryan Hubbell is the National Program Director for the Air and Energy Research Program in the US EPA Office of Research and Development. He was previously Senior Advisor on Social Science for the US EPA Office of Research and Development. Prior to that he worked for 19 years in EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) where he was the Senior Advisor for Science and Policy Analysis in the Health and Environmental Impacts Division. He led the project team that developed the environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP) which is used around the world to estimate the benefits of clean air. Bryan earned a Ph.D. in economics from NC State University. He is an author on over 50 peer-reviewed publications on a wide variety of topics and disciplines and has presented extensively in the U.S. and internationally on health and environmental impacts of air pollution and economic benefits and costs of air quality regulations.
Phil Dickerson, Lead, U.S. EPA AIRNow Program
Phil leads US EPA’s AIRNow Program, which provides realtime air quality data, forecasts, and educational materials to the public. A founding member of the program, he served as AirNow’s IT advisor from its inception in 1998, before assuming the leadership role in 2006.
Since 2006, the program has expanded internationally, developed smartphone apps, joined a partnership with the Department of State, and much more. Most recently, AirNow became a successful early adopter of cloud.gov, allowing the system to withstand increasing traffic as the public seeks information on wildfire smoke.
Phil received a BS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1991 and has been with the Environmental Protection Agency since that time.
Nancy Vehr, Air Quality Administrator, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Nancy is the Air Quality Administrator for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and worked as a nurse for fifteen years. She returned to school and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming, College of Law. After receiving her J.D., she spent over a decade working at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, worked several years in private practice, and then returned to public service with the Wyoming DEQ. She recently served as President of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) and President of the 15-member Western State Air Resource Council (WESTAR).
Jon Klassen, Director, Air Quality Science & Planning, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Jon Klassen is the Director of Air Quality Science and Planning at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, where he directs various teams focused on operating and maintaining both regulatory and community-based air monitoring networks, conducting air quality data analysis, forecasting, research, and modeling, developing and implementing plans and regulations to attain the various federal air quality standards, and developing local community emissions reduction programs for Valley communities selected under Assembly Bill 617. Jon holds a Minor in Physics, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and a Master of Arts in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno.