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Bliss M. Higgins

Bliss M. Higgins

Ramboll Environ

Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Bliss M. Higgins has 25 years of experience in industrial environmental permitting and compliance, including eleven years in the government sector.  She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of air quality programs, regulations and standards, including Title V, PSD and NNSR permitting, NSPS, NESHAP, MACT and SIP programs.  Her expertise extends beyond the Clean Air Act to include water and waste permitting and compliance, as well as wetlands and coastal use permitting, and site assessments for major expansions and green field developments. Her experience includes comprehensive multimedia permitting, compliance and enforcement assistance across multiple states and industry sectors. Bliss has served as an expert in more than fifteen cases involving litigation and contested permit hearings, providing expert witness testimony at trial and deposition testimony related to a variety of air quality, RCRA, and other environmental impacts and claims. Her experience also includes reviews of the toxicological effects of air pollutants, development of regulations, and negotiating compliance strategies for individual facilities and industry sectors. As former Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Bliss held the authority to grant or deny all environmental permits, licenses, variances and exemptions in the state for all media, including air, radiation, water, solid and hazardous waste. She has testified before the US Congress, the Louisiana state legislature and other administrative bodies.

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