Join Us at the MMA Environmental & Safety Conference and Expo

Join PPM at the MMA Environmental & Safety Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Mississippi, powered by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.

The Expo will include a pre-conference MMA PAC Golf Tournament, along with topics including “How Does Industry Plan for Its Business Needs & Outlook for the Future Under the Trump Administration?”, “Alternative Energy & Incentivizing the Growing Demand”, and more.

The conference will be held at the Pearl River Resort on October 12 through 13. View full agenda of courses and activities here. Register online.

Posted in Blog, Company News, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

Ozone Deadlines: Is An Extension Needed?

With the October 1, 2017, statutory deadline fast approaching, a number of state agencies, city leaders and industry personnel are anxiously awaiting Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) initial area designations for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) of  70 parts per billion (ppb).  Given recent history, it is unlikely anyone will be surprised if the EPA fails to meet the October 1 statutory deadline; however, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the EPA, was quoted as saying, “We do not believe in regulation through litigation, and we take deadlines seriously. We also take the statute and the authority it gives us seriously.”  Even so, an extension of the October 1 deadline remains a possibility as the EPA stated, “The Administrator may still determine that an extension of time to complete designations is necessary, but is not making such a determination at this time.”

According to EPA data, as of June 2017, approximately 1/3 of the US population lived in areas classified as nonattainment for the 75 ppb 2008 ozone standard.  More than 240 counties are expected to violate the new 70 ppb standard.  Counties and areas classified as nonattainment can face significant challenges in the form of air permitting delays, restrictions on industry expansion within the area, as well as impacts to transportation planning.  These challenges commonly lead to reduced economic development in and around the nonattainment area in addition to greater EPA involvement and oversight in air permit permitting.

Although the 70 ppb ozone standard was finalized in 2015, the EPA has yet to finalize how implementation of the rule will be handled.  The EPA has stated that some of the guidance and rules from the 2008 standard remain applicable; however, there continues to be questions on nonattainment classification thresholds and how to address background ozone concentrations.

After nonattainment areas are designated, states will have up to 3 years to produce State Implementation Plans (SIPs), which outline measures to reduce emission levels to attain and/or maintain the NAAQS. SIPs must be codified through an EPA review and approval process which can also take years to complete. Finally, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), actual attainment of the standards is allowed to stretch over a 3-year to 20-year period, depending on the severity of the area’s pollution.

As with most of EPA’s actions this is another wait and see event, stay tuned…..

Rule History

  • December 17, 2014 – Ozone NAAQS Proposed Rule published in Federal Register (FR)
  • October 26, 2015 – Ozone NAAQS Final Rule published in FR
  • June 28, 2017 – Scott Pruitt announces 1 year extension (Oct 1, 2018) on initial area designations
  • August 2, 2017 – Scott Pruitt withdraws notice delaying initial area designations
  • October 1, 2017 – Statutory requirement date for initial area designations by EPA
Contributed by Isaac Smith, Environmental Compliance Manager
Posted in Alabama, Blog, Company News, Environmental Compliance, EPA News & Regulations, Louisiana, News

Trey Hess To Speak At The Community Development Event In Clarksdale, Mississippi

Trey Hess, director of brownfields and economic development at PPM Consultants, will speak at Federal Reserve of St. Louis’ “Delta Communities Workshop” on September 21 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

This free event will explore how affordable housing development can break the cycle of poverty, catalyze change and generate economic development for communities and families in the Delta. There also will be two panels comprised of representatives from lenders who offer financing for single- and multifamily housing.

In his talk, Hess will discuss how one city’s liability will be transformed into an asset: an affordable housing development. This liability, which was the former Kuhn Memorial Hospital site, will become a brownfield redevelopment property that is scheduled for completion in 2018-2019.

Delta Communities will be held at The Bank on September 21. This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Faith Weekly at 502-568-9216 or

Contributed by Harrison Haley, Marketing Associate
Posted in Blog, Company News, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

Join Us at the 2017 Southern Section AWMA Meeting September 20-22


The Air & Waste Management Association Southern Section’s Annual Meeting will be held September 20 – 22 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration is available online.

Join PPM and approximately 250 attendees from all over the Southeast for networking and presentations on regulatory updates, new developments and more. The meeting’s theme is Managing Change: Developing Proactive Environmental Strategies. View the full meeting agenda here.

For more information visit the Air & Waste Management Southern Section site.

Posted in Alabama, Blog, Company News, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

Free Webinar: Incentivizing Brownfield Redevelopment


The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) will host a free webinar Tuesday, September 12th from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT.

Trey Hess, director of brownfields and economic development at PPM Consultants, will be presenting this webinar aimed at informing developers of Mississippi’s competitive redevelopment incentive. This incentive successfully entices private sector developers to cleanup and reuse brownfield sites.

Through the Mississippi Economic Redevelopment Act (§ 57-91-1), this incentive can positively impact future economic development opportunities in both rural and urban communities across Mississippi.

Join the free presentation and discussion here. For more information or assistance joining the webinar, contact Gwen Howard at or call at (601) 352-1909.

Contributed by Harrison Haley, Marketing Associate
Posted in Blog, Brownfields, Company News, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

PPM’s Charles Ray Talks with WXXV 25 News at Mississippi Municipal League Conference

Mississippi Municipal League Conference

Posted in Blog, Brownfields, Mississippi

Isaac Smith Joins PPM Consultants as Environmental Compliance Manager

Isaac Smith, Environmental Compliance Manager

MOBILE, Ala.Isaac A. Smith has joined PPM Consultants as manager of environmental compliance in the firm’s Mobile, Alabama office. Smith brings fifteen years of experience in environmental compliance with expertise in air quality projects.

Smith has extensive knowledge of air emissions calculations, regulatory analysis, testing methods and emissions reporting. His project background includes permitting, emissions testing, continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS), greenhouse gas, leak detection and repair (LDAR), risk management plans (RMP) and compliance reporting.

Smith said, “As consultants, our job is to provide efficient and innovative solutions to an ever-changing set of issues. I strive to form partnerships with each client and build long-lasting relationships through exceptional delivery.”

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of South Alabama and is a certified Quality Source Testing Individual in groups I, II, III and IV. He is a member of the Alabama and Florida chapters of the Air and Waste Management Association, the Source Evaluation Society and the Manufacture Alabama Environmental Committee.

Posted in Alabama, Blog, Company News, News

Free Webinar: The Basics of Site Remediation for Communities

The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program will host a free webinar Wednesday, August 2 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM CDT.

The webinar will feature speakers from the TAB program and will provide an overview of remediation technologies. The discussion will cover various advantages and disadvantages as well as the success rate and long-term effects of different types of cleanup processes.

Speakers will discuss the differences between remediation corridors and single sites and how to work with state regulators to achieve success.

Attendance is free, but registration is required

Speakers include Mark Walker, Kansas State University; Elizabeth Limbrick, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ignacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling.

For more information or assistance with registration, contact Erica Rippe at

Posted in Blog, Brownfields

Join us at the Sunshine Expo July 20 – 24

Join PPM at the 2017 Sunshine Expo in Kissimmee, Florida, powered by the Florida Retail Federation. This is the premier conference and trade show for retailing in the state of Florida.

The Expo will include the annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards dinner, Loss Prevention Conference, educational sessions, best practices for truck safety and the Expo trade show.

The conference will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center July 20 through 24. View full agenda of courses and activities hereRegister online.

Posted in Blog, Florida

Learn Strategies for Overcoming Common Community Challenges at MML Conference

Don’t miss out on the 86th annual Mississippi Municipal League Conference July 24 – 26 in Biloxi, Mississippi. This year’s theme is “Signs of a Successful City.” Registration will be available on site. View full conference agenda here.

Trey Hess, director of brownfields and economic development for PPM Consultants, will co-present a professional development course, “Creating a Spark! Strategies for Overcoming Common Community Challenges” on Monday, July 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in room D4. This course is worth 3 CMO professional development credits.

The course will discuss challenges related to local planning and provide strategies to jump-start revitalization. Presenters will introduce case studies and practical tips you can use in your own community.

Presenters include:

Trey Hess is director of brownfields and economic development for PPM Consultants and will share strategies and resources available to combat blight, asbestos, dilapidated buildings, and brownfields. He will explain how the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi has used its EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant to help spur the revitalization of the area around the abandoned Kuhn Memorial Hospital.





Jeremy Murdock is a research associate with Mississippi State’s Stennis Institute whose areas of expertise include planning and design, community development, and strategic planning.  Jeremy will share insight into the strategies for overcoming curb appeal challenges with highway corridors and downtown districts in small rural communities.





Leah Kemp is the director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design center that advocates for meaningful design for small towns. She is a registered architect who collaborates with Mississippi State University School of Architecture faculty, staff and students to help small towns all across our state in many different capacities.

Posted in Blog, Brownfields, Mississippi