Practitioner Spotlight--Tony Rossano

Practitioner Spotlight--Tony Rossano

October 13th, 2016


Tony Rossano



Practice Area:

EHS Auditing and Compliance

Areas of expertise:

I'm knowledgeable in state and federal regulations applicable to the Clean Air Act permitting, reporting, and compliance, industrial hygiene, health & safety and environmental program auditing, laboratory operations, due diligence auditing, environmental site assessments, OSHA compliance, chemical products evaluations, TSCA, and EPCRA compliance.

About Me in 140 Characters:

Married with two daughters, one step-daughter, and two granddaughters with first grandson due in November. (!)

Favorite Thing about Being a Practitioner:

The variety of clients and processes--every day is something new.

What is the most interesting project you’ve ever worked on?

Developing emission factors and estimated emissions for wood treatment chemicals used by a client's customers. The client was asked by various customers to help as some state agencies (particularly California) were pressing for issuance of air operation permits. They needed air emissions and permitting determinations in several states.

What are some of your favorite tools/resources for professional development in this practice area?

Keeping up with rule changes and proposed state and federal environmental rules. Also, as a long-term member of the American Chemical Society, I stay informed of upcoming issues dealing with the chemical manufacturing industry.

What area of the practice are you most interested in? Why?

Air permitting, although air permitting itself is rather boring. However, the process and methods to develop air emission factors is very interesting, and sometimes – intense. It also provides a chance to utilize my chemical background

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Working with clients and developing procedures and methods to solve problems.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

A veterinarian. When I began college the second time (the first time was interrupted by an ancient program called the ‘draft’ – which is not related to the NFL or NBA Draft), I had a desire to go to vet school. I worked with dogs in the service and got to work closely with the veterinarian. As I reviewed options for getting into Vet school, the primary undergraduate degree preferred was chemistry, so I majored in chemistry. As college progressed, I became interested in the laboratory and research. By my senior year, I no longer had the desire to go to vet school, and wanted to pursue research.

What was your first job?

Working at a full-service gas station (not many of those around anymore!)

What TV show character do you identify most with?

Hawkeye (from MASH)--carefree and always trying to buck the system. I think it comes from my childhood as a middle child (older sister and younger brother) growing up in the 60’s and 70’s.

If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do?

Hawaii and Asia. I would love to walk among the volcanos and visit the remnants of ancient civilizations.

Is there something unique that people might not know about you?

For over 20 years, I built and flew radio controlled (RC) airplanes while living in Georgia and Alabama. Not much time for that now, but still have several RC airplanes in my attic that I intend to use after retirement.

What is your most treasured possession?

Family photos, both present-day and historic photos from my youth and parents' youth. My father traveled to Italy in the 50’s to my ancestral home (Rossano, Italy). He took many photos of my relatives, and later in his life, he wrote the peoples' names on the backs of the photos. That is a priceless heirloom.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Steaks, rare!

What historical or fictional character would you most like to work with?

I am sort of a history buff, but not to the point of wanting to be someone from history. I would prefer to live in present with actual people. Fictional characters are good entertainment, but there is a line between fiction and reality.

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