Kate Graf is a Principal based in Pennsylvania with more than 20 years of experience who focuses on providing air quality services to industrial clients. Her experience spans environmental engineering including regulatory agency compliance, permitting and enforcement expertise.
Kate helps clients effectively resolve regulatory issues including air permitting, compliance, testing and enforcement issues, plant process and emission evaluations. Her clients span many industries including cement, rock products, electricity generation, asphalt, municipal solid waste disposal facilities, and metal recycling. Kate assists clients with projects involving Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting, Best Available Control Technology (BACT) evaluations, and Title V operating permits. In the area of PSD/New Source Review (NSR)/TitleV/Minor Source Permitting, Kate evaluates physical and operational changes at power plants to determine if proposed changes would trigger NSR/PSD in addition to other regulatory requirements. She evaluates applicable requirements for new facilities and develops strategies to streamline the permitting process for complex sites facing lengthy permitting delays. She routinely helps clients modify existing permits to meet new regulatory requirements, to incorporate new equipment and processes, and to complete permit renewals. Kate's oversight includes identification of emission sources, emission calculations, regulatory applicability analyses such as BACT, development of operation and maintenance plans, and implementation of compliance programs.
She informed client discussions with regulatory agency personnel resulting in streamlined permit requirements and optimal flexibility, and she has given clients permit language, including stack testing and compliance requirements to minimize regulatory burden on facilities while assuring compliance with applicable regulations. She has also supported clients in public meetings through presentations and information for public review of proposed operations. Kate has teamed with legal counsel to strategically provide permit condition evaluation, interpretation, and assessment of the impact of potential emissions to community members to successfully address allegations of non-compliance.
To continue to advance the state of the practice, Kate is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association, and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals in Philadelphia. She has also given several presentations at various conferences and meetings such as the annual Energy, Utility and Environment Conference, the Air and Waste Management Association Conferences, and the American Bar Association Meeting.