Michael A. Stafford, Ph.D., P.E.

Mr. Stafford has over twenty years of experience in air pollution evaluation and control, hazardous waste management, and other environmental areas.  Much of his experience involves regulatory compliance from both the industrial and regulatory agency perspectives, including compliance with requirements of RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and several state and local agencies.  His experience includes nearly six years of enforcement, permit review, regulation development, and data analysis as an Engineer with environmental regulatory agencies in Texas and Missouri, and more than twelve years in consulting.

Employment History

1996-Current Environmental Consultant: Assist industrial clients in complying with various environmental regulatory requirements, including RCRA reporting, air permitting, SARA reporting, etc. 

1994-96 Associate:  FBA Environmental, Inc.--Responsible for marketing and directing air consulting services for company.  Managed various projects involving Title V evaluation, permit application, emission inventory, air compliance evaluation, risk assessment, and wastewater treatment issues.  Prepared proposals and cost estimates and met with potential clients to present company capabilities and to discuss technical aspects of proposal scopes. 

1987-94 Sr. Project Engineer:  Metcalf & Eddy, Inc.--Managed a staff of approximately twenty engineers, geologists, and scientists conducting all kinds of environmental consulting work.  Directed air services for M&E's central region.  Managed various projects involving hazardous waste remediation and management, air pollution control, and health risk assessment.  Provided technical leadership in areas of air pollution control and air quality evaluation, air toxics evaluations, data analysis and management, and environmental compliance.  Prepared proposals and cost estimates and met with potential clients to present company capabilities and to discuss consulting opportunities. 

1986-87 Air Quality Specialist:  Battelle Project Management Division--Provided technical management and support to U.S. DOE Salt Repository Project in evaluating potential sites for disposal of high level nuclear wastes.  Managed air quality emissions calculations, control technology evaluations, and air quality and visibility modeling exercises.  Managed development of background environmental radiological monitoring plans. 

1982-85 Engineer:  Texas Air Control Board--Reviewed engineering designs for compliance with air pollution regulations.  Reviewed air quality data and monitoring network designs.  Conducted modeling evaluations.  Assisted in development of regulations. 

1978-80 Environmental Engineer:  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources--Reviewed engineering designs for compliance with air pollution regulations.  Supervised permit engineers conducting similar reviews.  Drafted and presented for public comment state air pollution regulations. 

Professional Memberships and Registrations 

  • Professional Engineer, Texas (No. 54801)
  • American Chemical Society - Environmental Division, Industrial Chemistry Division
  • Ohio Academy of Science

  Ph.D., Civil Engineering; 

    University of Texas - Austin
  M.S., Environmental Health Engineering; 
    University of Texas - Austin 
  B.S., Electrical Engineering; 
    University of Missouri - Columbia 
Representative Experience 

Evaluated offsite consequences (thermal, pressure, and toxics effects) for chemical plants in Canada (similar to RMP evaluation).  Prepared emission inventories, air compliance assessments, Title V and synthetic minor permit applications for several Ohio industries.  Prepared numerous permit applications for clients in Ohio and other states.  Conducted and managed Best Available Control Technology (BACT)  and Best Available Technology (BAT) studies for several industrial facilities in various states.  These studies evaluated available process modification and add-on air pollution control technologies for technical feasibility and economic reasonableness, following state guidance on reasonable control cost per ton of pollutant removed.  Reports were submitted to state agencies to support permit applications and variance requests.  Designed air sampling and analysis plans and conducted sampling to determine emission factors for a tire making facility for use in a permit application.  Conducted air sampling and dispersion modeling study to evaluate most likely source and most effective controls for an odor problem from a paint line.  Conducted several air toxics modeling studies as part of hazardous waste site evaluations, permit applications, and risk assessments. 

Prepared TRI reports for steel production and metals finishing plants.  Performed air dispersion modeling at 22 chemical manufacturing and distribution plants to determine offsite health effects from TRI releases. 

Prepared annual Hazardous Waste Management Reports for metals finishing plants.  Managed, conducted, and provided technical QA reviews of activities related to the RCRA Corrective Action Program, including RFAs, RFIs, and CMSs.  Technical activities included reviewing technical documents; evaluating sampling and analysis data; performing site inspections; preparing reports; conducting health and environmental risk assessments; and evaluating alternative corrective measures.  Managed $6 million RFI at Fort Campbell, KY, for US Army Environmental Center. 

Completed Hazard Ranking System scoring for Brookhaven National Laboratories site.  Prepared supplemental RI and FS documents and provided technical review and interpretation of air sampling and modeling data for Wauconda Landfill site and others.  Provided technical QA review of air sampling and modeling activities at Ormet site and others.  Assisted in risk assessments at Buckeye Reclamation site and others.  Reviewed remedial design documents and specifications and provided technical oversight of remediation activities at PetroProcessors site. 

Environmental Compliance 
Prepared Environmental Compliance Handbooks for chemical facilities in Texas and Ohio.  Handbooks describe how federal and state environmental requirements apply to each particular facility, including  step-by-step procedures to be followed by facility personnel in various typical circumstances, e.g., an environmental release or a planned process modification.  Assisted in development of air quality regulations for Texas and Missouri.  Managed development of detailed lead inventory and air dispersion modeling, and evaluated emission control effectiveness and cost, for a Texas regulation to control of lead emissions from primary and secondary lead smelters.  Designed strategy, drafted regulation, presented draft at public hearing, and responded to public comments, for Missouri’s air permit regulation that initially adopted Federal PSD and NSR provisions. 

Risk Assessment 
Prepared risk assessments for Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and CERCLA sites.  Provided technical leadership and air pathway analyses for several RCRA risk-based closures and CERCLA remedial investigations.  Chaired session on comparative risk assessment at A&WMA national meeting in San Antonio.  Co-authored poster session at Ohio Academy of Science meeting on risk assessment uncertainty evaluation. 

Provided technical review of air emissions calculations, air dispersion modeling, and dry and wet deposition modeling for Environmental Impact Statements for wastewater sludge handling in Boston, including landfilling, composting, heat drying and palletizing, and incineration options, and the Philadelphia Resource Recovery Project, a 2250 ton per day mass-burn facility at the Navy Shipyard.  Calculated air pollutant emission rates and managed air quality modeling for Environmental Assessment documents (EAs) for potential high-level nuclear waste disposal sites in Utah, Texas, and Mississippi.  Coordinated calculations with noise analysis to ensure consistency and co-authored air and noise evaluation documents to support EAs.  Analyzed visibility impairment for the Davis Canyon, Utah, site.  Managed development of background environmental radioactivity monitoring program for site in Deaf Smith County, Texas. 

Prepared operating manual for municipal wastewater treatment plant.  Conducted economic analysis of industrial wastewater treatment system (metals removal, including chromium reduction).  Evaluated 503 regulation applicability to municipal sludge incineration system and provided technical leadership in the air sampling and dispersion modeling required to demonstrate compliance. 

Developed computer applications in Lotus 123, Excel, dBase, Access,  FORTRAN, and BASIC for analysis and management of air quality data, visibility analysis, air pollutant emission calculations, and risk assessment.  Wrote 123 and WordPerfect macros to automate proposal preparation, project management, and data presentation.  Assisted in data base development and training for air quality /emission inventory data for the State of Texas. 

Taught receptor modeling fundamentals and VOC emissions calculations and controls as part of annual one-week course designed to teach basic air pollution engineering concepts to practicing civil, chemical, and environmental engineers in industry and government.  Served as technical reviewer for Receptor Models Applied to Contemporary Problems, SP-48, Air Pollution Control Association, 1982.  Taught portions of short course on Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems for personnel at Pine Bluff Arsenal.  Presented numerous papers on receptor modeling, acid rain, and risk assessment at national and international technical conferences. 

Expert Witness 
Provided expert witness services in litigation involving alleged health effects near an industrial landfill.  Evaluated probable air emissions during landfill operation and conducted air dispersion modeling to estimate off-site pollutant levels for health risk assessment purposes. 


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