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316(b) Compliance Planning and Implementation Webinar

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About the Webinar

316b webinar

The webinar discusses the key considerations for evaluating and developing a compliance plan for Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act. The presenters provide an overview of the rule, the requirements and timeline for each of the studies, and strategies for developing a successful compliance plan.

The webinar is hosted by Sargent & Lundy’s Environmental Services group and presented by Ken Snell and Joy Rooney. Other key contributors to the development of the webinar are Russ Light and Dr. Mehrdad Salehi.

Ken Snell is an environmental specialist with more than 30 years experience in environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, remediation, and pollution control. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Illinois and licensed attorney, with degrees in Environmental Studies, Chemical Engineering, and Law. Ken is familiar with all substantive environmental regulations affecting the power generating and distribution industry, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Since joining Sargent & Lundy, Ken’s work has focused on environmental issues affecting the power generating industry, including air pollutant emissions, wastewater treatment and discharge, cooling water intake rules, and solid waste management and disposal.  He has prepared numerous complex environmental permit applications, including New Source Review (NSR) construction air permit applications, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater discharge applications, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer permit applications required by Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Sections 401 and 404 of the CWA.  He has authored a number of articles focusing on environmental regulations affecting the power generating industry and has provided expert testimony before state and federal environmental and utility regulatory agencies.

A senior associate within the Environmental Services Group in Sargent & Lundy’s Fossil Power Technologies Division, Joy Rooney has over eight years of experience as a process engineer registered in Illinois. She has performed numerous studies to determine the impacts of regulations and legislation with respect to air and water quality control systems for new and existing power plants. Her responsibilities include following technological developments of water quality, SO2, NOx, mercury, particulate matter, and CO2 control technologies. Joy has performed specialized studies, including 316(b) cooling water intake compliance strategies for existing coal-fired power plants. Joy holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Russ Light is responsible for ensuring that Sargent & Lundy power generation and electric transmission projects are in compliance with applicable environmental requirements. He identifies the applicable requirements, whether state, local, federal, or international, and obtains the required environmental permits and licenses. He evaluates the potential environmental impacts of proposed power projects and prepares environmental impact assessments and mitigation plans. Russ prepares environmental management and compliance plans and assists in their implementation. He collects site-specific environmental information from published sources, government agencies, aerial photography, field reconnaissance, and field sampling. He prepares specifications and obtains services for specialized or complex field sampling, such as noise, emissions, or air quality sampling. As part of due diligence projects, Russ conducts environmental compliance audits for power plants in the United States and overseas. He also conducts or coordinates environmental site assessments for facilities and sites.

In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Mehrdad Salehi has more than 10 years of industry experience in hydraulics, hydrology, and coastal engineering consulting and design, from planning to EPC stage. He has extensive practical experience in computer modeling and engineering studies related to hydrologic and hydraulic system design, flood hazard evaluation, and independent analysis and review. Mehrdad currently supports variety of power projects, including nuclear, fossil, and renewable, mainly focused on cooling water intake and discharge systems, power plant sitting, coastal engineering, specialized numerical / computational modeling, wave analysis, and thermal discharge modeling. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented aspects of his studies in national / international conferences. Mehrdad holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an M.S. in Hydraulic Structures / Fluid Mechanics, and a Ph.D. in Coastal / Hydraulic Engineering.

Andy Carstens

Director of Environmental Services




Andy brings over 15 years of chemical engineering experience to understanding environmental compliance issues.