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Susan Thorneloe

Susan Thorneloe Shay is a environmental engineer in the US EPA Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Laboratory, Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division, (APPCD), Atmospheric Protection Branch (APB).

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Ms. Thorneloe has over 20 years of experience working as a chemical engineer in various aspects of source characterization and technology assessment. She has been with EPA since November 4, 1984. Susan is responsible for characterization of air emissions and control technologies for waste management sources including landfills, wastewater, septic sewage, and agricultural waste. As part of this effort, she helped advanced field sampling techniques including the application of FTIR to characterize area source emissions where there is tremendous spatial and temporal variability. Susan was responsible for developing a guidance document for adopting sanitary landfilling practices in developing countries. This was a collaboration between EPA, the World Bank, and the International Solid Waste Association. She is responsible for characterization of air emissions from small-scale combustion sources in developing countries including cookstoves and charcoal kilns. Susan is also directing research to apply life-cycle approach to evaluating total environmental burdens associated with integrated waste management. This research is developing computer software and life-cycle database that will be the first application of life-cycle to an environmental issue where a comprehensive and holistic approach is used to help develop more efficient policies regarding municipal solid waste management. This research involves close coordination with stakeholders including representatives from industry, state and local government, NGOs, and academia. Susan has authored and co-authored over 40 journal articles and 35 EPA reports.

Prior to joining APPCD, Susan worked for the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, where she was responsible for the development of technical information for treatment, storage, and disposal facilities of hazardous waste and municipal solid waste landfills. She was also responsible for the coordination of ORD R&D programs, and interfacing with other program offices, EPA regional offices, state and local regulatory agencies, industry, trade associations, and environmental interest groups.

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Susan Thorneloe (thorneloe.susan@epa.gov)

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