News Release 207

Steven Lang named March 2010 Employee of the Month by Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Volume 38-207 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Philip J. Tremblay
573-751-7629

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 9, 2010 --- Even within the complex and technical world of environmental permitting, professionals in the field recognize that some cases are tougher than others. Steven Lang’s ability and dedication to take on these cases has earned him recognition as the Missouri Department of Natural Resource’s March 2010 Employee of the Month.

Lang, an environmental engineer with the Division of Environmental Quality, St. Louis Regional Office, was nominated by fellow environmental engineer Jim Rhodes for his ability and dedication to working on difficult or complicated industrial and wastewater treatment plant permits in the St. Louis area.

“Steve has enthusiastically taken on difficult permits including the St. Louis Lambert Airport and has worked diligently to develop new permits for these facilities,” Rhodes said. “He also has been very proactive in moving these permits forward with effluent limits that are truly protective of the streams these facilities discharge into.” 

Lang has been highly efficient in getting permits from the application stage to the finished product stage, and has mastered the complex statistical calculation process of developing a “reasonable potential analysis.”

Lang’s work has a direct benefit to the environment, but it has also made life easier for those who are regulated by the Department of Natural Resources, he said.

“Steve was instrumental in developing a new electronic Discharge Monitoring Report form which can be customized and used by permit holders to report monitoring results directly to DNR, instead of using a generic report form that may not be appropriate for their particular facility,” said Rhodes.

He has also worked with public officials a number of communities to help them understand how to address their infrastructure needs through the State Revolving Fund.

Lang, who lives in Webster Groves, began working for the department in May 2000.

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