A principal in the Environmental Science & Policy Division and a member of the Rulemaking Team, Patricia Hertzler has provided regulatory, economic, and statistical analyses to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its major drinking water, wastewater, and climate change programs for some 20 years. She is an expert in the regulatory development process and has extensive experience managing multi-million-dollar prime contracts with the U.S. government, large work assignments, and diverse teams of subcontractors. She was the program manager of our recent prime contract with the EPA Office of Wastewater Management under which we conducted economic modeling for regulatory development, regulatory implementation support, and program evaluations.
Ms. Hertzler manages our current work on EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program. She is a senior member of our team supporting EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) as it implements regulations related to the underground injection of carbon dioxide for the purpose of geologic sequestration. She is also supporting EPA’s efforts to work with states and other key stakeholders to help ensure that natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing does not come at the expense of public health and the environment. In addition, Ms. Hertzler is helping OGWDW implement a database to track underground injection activities across the country.
Patricia Hertzler has bachelors’ degrees in economics and religion (double major) from The College of William and Mary and a master’s in economics from George Mason University. She is a member of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Research Foundation.