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Our mission:

To protect human health and the environment by achieving and maintaining acceptable air quality through:

  • Operation of a comprehensive air monitoring network;
  • Creating effective partnerships with air pollution sources and the public;
  • Timely dissemination of accurate and useful information;
  • The judicious use of program resources; and
  • Maintenance of a reasonable and effective compliance assurance program.

Division organization:

Director's Office ​

Melissa Duff, Director

Rick Shewekah, Assistant Director

Roberta Burnes, Public Information & Outreach

Elly Hixon, Administrative Assistant III

Field Operations Branch

  • Inspects air emissions
  • Operates air quality monitors
  • Enforces state and federal air quality regulations
  • Initiates enforcement action against violators of air quality regulations
  • Receives and investigates air quality complaints
  • Maintains and updates department records concerning citizen complaints, release reporting and emergency response
  • Provides technical assistance and training to the regulated community and the public
  • Inspects asbestos removals and school asbestos management practices
  • Certifies asbestos-abatement professionals
  • Reviews school asbestos management plans
  • Certifies that tank trucks do not leak

 Jarrod Bell, Branch Manager

Shelly Graves, Administrative Specialist III

Jonathan Barker, Environmental Scientist V

Field Support Section

Jennifer Spradlin, Environmental Control Supervisor

Diana Davidson, Complaints Coordinator

George Hoover, Administrative Specialist III

Emma Moreo, Asbestos Licensing, Certifications, and School Management Plans

Division for Air Quality Regional Offices and Supervisors

Permit Review Branch

  • Reviews applications from sources requiring permits to discharge pollutants into the ambient air in Kentucky
  • Assists companies subject to state and/or federal air quality regulations by providing guidance during pre-application meetings
  • Issues permits that include all significant emission points and specify conditions under which a company may operate.
  • Provides a 30-day public comment period for major source draft permit

Michael Kennedy, Branch Manager

Benita Stephens, Administrative Specialist III

James Morse, Environmental Scientist Consultant

Durga Patil, Environmental Scientist Consultant

Section Supervisors

Shauna Switzer, Permit Support Section

Durga Patil, acting supervisor, Chemical Section

Julian Breckenridge, Minerals Section

Zachary Bittner, Combustion Section

Amy Tempus-Doom, Metallurgy Section

Shufang Yang, Surface Coating Section

Program Planning Branch

  • Prepares the State Implementation Plan to achieve and maintain national and state air quality standards
  • Drafts and processes air pollution control regulations
  • Monitors progress toward achieving the division's objectives
  • Measures trends in the reduction of emissions and improvement in air quality
  • Prepares and monitors the division's air quality management plan
  • Evaluates division programs and recommend necessary improvements
  • Prepares and monitors federal grants and division budgets
  • Coordinates administrative functions for the division
  • Prepares and issues emissions inventory reports

Kelly Lewis, Branch Manager

Leslie Poff, Environmental Scientist V

Section Supervisors

Jacob Lewis, Emissions Inventory

James Gilreath, Administration Section

Ben Cordes, Evaluation Section

Cassandra Jobe, Regulation Section

Technical Services Branch

  • Plans and supports operation of the air monitoring network
  • Maintains data aquisition network
  • Observes and evaluates tests performed on air pollution sources to determine compliance with air emission standards
  • Conducts quality assurance programs for ambient and in-stack continuous emission monitoring systems
  • Prepares data for the Division for Air Quality annual report
  • Oversees reporting for the Air Quality Index

Jennifer Miller, Branch Manager

Rebecca Waddle, Administrative Specialist III

Vacant, Environmental Scientist V

Section Supervisors

Jennifer Miller, Acting Supervisor, Source Sampling Section

Lisa Hicks, Quality Assurance Section

Wayne Bray, Technical Support Section

Division for Air Quality
300 Sower Boulevard
2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 564-3999
Fax: (502) 564-4245