Kori Andrews


EPA Proposes to Approve RACM Determination for PM2.5 in the Louisville Area

Kori Andrews

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) on August 9, 2016, that addresses reasonably available control measures (RACM) for the Kentucky portion of the Louisville, KY–IN, nonattainment area for the 1997 Annual fine […]


EPA Expedites Chemicals for Action

Kori Andrews

In early summer, 2016, amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) were put into law.  Since then, speculation has been rampant regarding which substances would be added to the Work Plan list for risk evaluations.  You can read about the Work Plan list and speculation regarding asbestos, here.  EPA plans to list Work Plan chemicals by […]


EPA’s Environmental Justice Strategic Plan is Released

Kori Andrews

EPA has released its Environmental Justice (EJ) Strategic Plan that describes the agency’s agenda for EJ issues for 2016-2020. This release follows a string of related programs and policies that support environmental justice.  Earlier this year, EPA published “Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis.” Click here for more information.  In addition, EPA released […]


Josiah Frey earns Certified Wetland Botanist credential

Kori Andrews

Josiah Frey, an Environmental Scientist with Smith Management Group, recently completed an intensive certification process in which he earned the credential of “Certified Wetland Botanist.”  The program consisted of 40 hours of instruction and countless hours of the collection of plant samples and independent study.  The certification concluded with a test to verify proficiency in […]


September 2016 “Reg Watch” is Posted

Kori Andrews

We have posted September’s installment of “Reg Watch” under our “Insights” tab.  Click here for a direct link. Highlighted in this issue of “Reg Watch” are topics such as The Water Resources Development Act, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s amendments to Nationwide Permits, CERCLA and RCRA changes, and a new Endangered Species for Kentucky. Reg […]


SMG Presents to KOGA on Quad Oa Compliance

Kori Andrews

SMG’s Senior Consultant, Scott Smith, spoke at the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association’s (KOGA) quarterly meeting on September 29, 2016.  A copy of his presentation, which focuses on the OOOOa (Quad Oa) rules and compliance, can be found here. The regulations were published earlier this year.


The “White Fringeless Orchid” is Added to the Endangered Species List in Kentucky

Kori Andrews

Developers in the Kentucky Counties of Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, and Whitley County should take note of a newly listed (U.S. Fish and Wildlife) endangered species.  The white fringeless orchid is a plant species that occurs in those counties and in other locations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Threats to the white fringeless […]


Section 176A, the Ozone Transport Region, and Kentucky

Kori Andrews

Under Section 176A of the federal Clean Air Act, states can petition the EPA to add any state to an air quality region such as the Ozone Transport Region if there is reason to believe it is the source of pollution-causing violations of air quality standards elsewhere.  In 2013, several Northeastern states did just that, and […]


EPA Asked to Regulate Asbestos Under New TSCA Rule

Kori Andrews

Earlier this summer, Congress significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  You can read about the amendments here along with the implementation requirements.  A key implementation requirement and one that has been extensively discussed is the mandate that EPA designated at least 10 chemicals form its Work Plan for risk evaluations.  One of the chemicals or substances […]


Louisville’s 10-Year Solid Waste Master Plan

Kori Andrews

Earlier this year, Louisville-Jefferson County set out to create 10-year Solid Waste Master plan to help the city reach a 90% diversion goal by 2024.  The City sent out this description of the study that it is conducting. Throughout June there were multiple public meetings to discuss the aspects of the plan.  There is also […]