AIR QUALITY TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The name of this Committee shall be the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Committee shall be the official air quality technical advisory committee as provided for in Section 7.6(b) of the amendments to the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act (APCA).
The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Department of Environmental Protection (through comments and recommendations) on the technical and economic or other social impacts of existing, new, or proposed revisions to pollution control regulations, policies, and new control techniques or technologies affecting air. The Committee, at the request of the Department, may be utilized to provide technical advice on Department policies, guidance, and regulations needed to implement the Clean Air Act. The Committee may also request to review a Department policy, guidance, or regulation needed to implement the Clean Air Act. The Committee shall facilitate public participation by encouraging public input on the air quality technical matters under consideration at the Committee meetings.
The Committee members shall be appointed by the Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection and shall not receive any compensation for their services, other than for expenses incurred. The Committee shall include at least eleven (11) members with technical backgrounds in the control of air pollution from stationary or mobile sources. Lists of the Committee membership shall be maintained by the Department and the Chair.
The officers of the Committee shall be a Chair and a Vice Chair. The officers of the Committee shall be elected at the first meeting of the Committee of the state fiscal year and shall hold office for a term of one year or until their successors are elected.
It shall be the duty of the Chair to preside at all meetings of the Committee, call special meetings, prepare and distribute the meeting agenda in consultation with the Department, and perform other such duties as pertain to the office.
It shall be the duty of the Vice-Chair to perform the duties of the Chair in his/her absence. The Vice Chair shall also assist the Chair in the performance of such duties as may be assigned by the Chair.
Ad Hoc Work Groups
The Committee may establish ad hoc work groups, as deemed necessary, with each ad hoc work group assigned specific tasks when it is formed. The Chair shall seek volunteers from the Committee and select a member of the Committee to chair the ad hoc work group. In the absence of volunteers, the Chair shall appoint the members of the ad hoc work group. Non-committee members may be invited to participate in such ad hoc work groups, but do not have voting privileges. Non-committee members shall be invited by the Chair of the ad hoc workgroup with the concurrence of the Department. The ad hoc work group shall report to the Committee. In the selection of ad hoc work groups and in the use of outside technical resources, an attempt shall be made to maintain a balance of perspectives. Meetings of the ad hoc work groups shall be open to the public, and public notice made in advance.
Secretarial duties shall be performed by an employee designated by the Department. It shall be his/her duty to function as the recording and corresponding secretary, as assigned by the Department. Included among these duties shall be:
Meetings of the Committee
Meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public and shall be held at least quarterly at the call of the Chair or by the Department. A majority of the Committee members shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the members present at a meeting of the Committee may act for the full Committee. The Chair shall have the same rights, privileges and obligations as all committee members.
No alternatives or proxies for members of the Committee shall be allowed, and all members are expected to attend all meetings. Members who miss three or more consecutive meetings of the Committee may be recommended by the Committee to the Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection for removal from the Committee.
Amendment of By-laws
The By-laws may be amended at any meeting of the Committee by two-thirds vote of the members of the Committee present at the meeting, provided that written notice of such change has been sent to each member at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
On items not covered by these By-laws, Robertís Rules of Order shall be the final authority.