Scott Sysum has been with the EPA Region 9 office in San Francisco since January 18, 2011 and is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He functions as part of the “energy team” in the Environmental Review Office within the Communities and Ecosystems Division. Mr. Sysum’s Level 4 SEE assignment involves reviewing numerous Environmental Impact Statements being developed for renewable energy projects in Region 9. He examines the environmental documents, analyzes the impacts and recommends alternative methods of achieving project goals and objectives while minimizing adverse environmental impacts. As the team assesses the related materials, they reach out to other experts in Region 9 to ask specific questions about the environmental impacts of proposed projects.
Recently, Mr. Sysum completed a scoping comment letter on a wind turbine project in the Hawaiian Islands. It proposed two large wind turbine farms and an underwater interisland power cable. He is currently reviewing a draft Environmental Impact Statement for two geothermal power plants to be located a few miles south of the town of Fallon, NV.
Prior to joining the SEE Program, Mr. Sysum was a civil servant with the U.S. Navy. He worked as a materials engineer and environmental engineer, specializing in pollution prevention, air quality rules and regulations, environmental compliance and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis.