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March 11, 2013

DHEC bureau chief named to Clean Air Act Advisory Committee

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Myra Reece, Chief of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control s (DHEC) Bureau of Air Quality, has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC), DHEC announced today.

"Myra Reece's appointment to the CAAAC means South Carolina and the Southeast will now have a voice in making policies on urgent environmental issues directly affecting state citizens," said Elizabeth Dieck director of Environmental Affairs at DHEC. "We have key energy and environmental issues in front of us that will require a balance between the environment and the economy, so it is important for us to be at the table to ensure the most cost effective, common sense approaches to improving air quality."

The CAAAC was established in 1990 and consists of a group of 42 senior-level air quality experts from state, tribal and local governments, academia, a union, environmental/public interest groups, trade associations, utilities, and industries. CAAAC members provide advice, information and recommendations to EPA on policy and technical issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. In the past, the committee has made recommendations concerning advanced coal technology, muti-air pollutant strategies, and guiding principles for the national air program.

"The EPA defines specifications of the air pollution control program but it is up to South Carolina to meet these requirements," Dieck said. "Citizens and businesses alike are impacted when EPA actions, such as the lowering of the natural ambient air quality standards, are imposed. Having someone on the committee who knows South Carolina's needs and has a strong commitment to efficient implementation of Clean Air Act requirements will help shape future federal requirements to the benefit of South Carolina and the entire Southeast."

Approximately 15 new members have been appointed to the committee in 2013. Dieck said Reece was the only person from the Southeast chosen and brings 28 years of experience in environmental management to the committee.

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