“State of the Air in Clark County”
By: Lewis Wallenmeyer
Clark County Department of Air Quality
Las Vegas, Nevada
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
5:30 PM-Reception, 6:00 PM-Section Meeting and Presentation
US EPA Auditorium
944 East Harmon Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Visitors are welcome!
Abstract: Air Quality in Southern Nevada has had the attention of the public and the media for decades. Severe non-attainment status with particulate matter (PM10) and carbon monoxide (CO) levels have presented the longest-running issues. Attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) is the yardstick by which progress is measured in reducing levels of air contaminants. Clark County has achieved attainment of the CO NAAQS after many years of control efforts. Similar progress has been made with coming into attainment status for particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10) and will be complete with the submittal and acceptance of a PM10 maintenance plan and re-designation to attainment. Ozone (O3) levels in comparison to the NAAQS are now an issue of high priority in Clark County. Ozone sources and precursors (primarily volatile organic compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx)) that frequently impact Clark County are located throughout the Region, and occasionally even further. Extensive pollutant monitoring, inventories of sources, and modeling of data are needed to demonstrate compliance with O3 standards, as well as for development and implementation of control methods and requirements to work toward attainment status of ozone.
The functions of the Clark County Department of Air Quality designated by the Environmental Protection Agency are described. Status of attainment of the various NAAQS for Clark County will be presented.
Biographical Sketch: Mr. Wallenmeyer was appointed Director of the Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management (DAQEM) in April 2007. As director, he is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the air quality, environmental regulatory and compliance programs, which include responsibility for over 140 staff. He has served in numerous senior-level positions within Clark County Government in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to being Director, Lewis served as Program Manager over the Desert Conservation Program where he was responsible for administering the Clark County Desert Conservation Program and the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Mr. Wallenmeyer worked for the USDA Forest Service at the Siuslaw, Siskiyou, and Umatilla National Forests in Oregon for a combined nine years. He was a Wildlife Biologist working in varying capacities with the Forest Service.