December 2, 2016
The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Board today appointed Wayne Nastri as the agency’s new executive officer. Nastri served as the interim executive officer since April 1 while a nationwide search was conducted to fill the position.
“I am honored to be chosen to head the nation’s leading air agency,” Nastri said. “I look forward to continuing work with the Governing Board and staff as we move forward and implement strategic and progressive air quality policies to bring cleaner air to our region.”
Under Nastri’s leadership over the past eight months, the SCAQMD released its draft 2016 Air Quality Management Plan, and an updated revised draft plan, which includes innovative and traditional approaches to meeting clean air goals over the next 15 years. The agency also initiated a collaboration with other agencies across the nation to petition the U.S. EPA to adopt a tougher tailpipe emissions standard for heavy-duty trucks that is 10 times more stringent than the current limit.
Nastri has been active on a variety of environmental issues for more than three decades. He served as Regional Administrator of Region IX for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from October 2001 to January 2009. Prior to his work at the national level, Nastri was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the SCAQMD Board from 1997 to 1998. He also served on CARB’s ZEV Advisory Committee and Cal EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control Site Mitigation External Advisory Committee.
Before joining SCAQMD last April, Nastri worked with E4 Strategic Solutions, Inc., providing clients with advice on a variety of environmental and energy issues.
The SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.