Kate Graf is a Principal Engineer based in Pennsylvania with more than 20 years of experience focused on providing air quality services to industrial clients. Her experience spans environmental engineering including regulatory agency compliance, permitting and enforcement expertise and includes management of an air permitting division of a regulatory agency in the southwestern United States. In this role, she oversaw air permitting actions of minor and major industrial sources, led public hearings, and was heavily involved in rule development activities.
As a consultant, Kate has assisted clients with obtaining major and minor source construction and operating permits under the Title V permitting program and the New Source Review (NSR) Program. She routinely assists clients to address NSR and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements, including preparation of Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER) evaluations. Kate 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 has led projects to enhance facility compliance and operational flexibility, to mitigate penalties for noncompliance, and to resolve alleged violations. For industrial facilities working to achieve carbon neutrality, Kate has performed carbon footprint analyses and developed carbon neutrality plans. She has also supported clients to address odor issues and provided expertise in litigation matters. Kate's clients span many industries including cement, rock products, electricity generation, asphalt, municipal solid waste disposal facilities, and metal recycling.
Kate provides strategic insight for client discussions with regulatory agency personnel resulting in streamlined permit requirements and optimal flexibility. She supports clients in public meetings and hearings using documentation and presentations. Kate has teamed with legal counsel to strategically provide compliance assessments, regulatory applicability evaluations, and permit interpretation. 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.