The 15 members of the advisory commission were personally chosen by the governor due to their expertise in engineering, geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, and air / water quality. Among other duties the commission will perform, the department director will at times select members to review and advise on permit applications based on their areas of experience. According to the state’s press release, Governor Snyder said, “this board will work to protect Michigan’s environment by having field experts on the committee carefully review all permits to ensure projects are in the best interest of preserving Michigan’s resources and environment.”
Venman, from NTH’s Lansing office, has more than 38 years’ experience in environmental regulatory compliance and toxicology / risk assessment. Prior to joining NTH, Venman was Chief of the Waste Characterization & Land Application Unit in the MDNR (now MDEQ). As a toxicologist for the State, Mr. Venman had key roles in the development of risk-based regulations for surface and groundwater discharge criteria, and was instrumental in the development of Michigan’s risk-based cleanup criteria for the remediation and solid/hazardous waste programs. During his tenure with the MDNR, Mr. Venman was involved in development and implementation of the Surface Water, Groundwater and Waste Management Divisions’ regulatory programs, and he continues to be active on various MDEQ stakeholder advisory work groups. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Alma College and a master’s degree in environmental and industrial health and toxicology from the University of Michigan.
“It comes as no surprise that Brad would be chosen by the governor to serve on this elite body of advisors; not only does NTH depend on his expertise daily, but the State recognizes the significant value his knowledge and input brings to the table,” said Jeff Jaros, Executive Vice President and COO. “We were also pleased to see that Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Lori Myott, a previous NTH staff member, will serve alongside Brad on this commission; we offer congratulations to both of them and the rest of the board.”
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