Bernie Paul has been a leader in air quality management since the 1980’s.

Bernie Paul

Knowledgeable and Strategic:  Bernie brings to every project a unique combination of expertise in Clean Air Act issues with a strategic mindset that both forges an effective solution for today and lays the foundation for more cost effective solutions in the future.  His experience, education, and training qualify him to navigate through complex technical and environmental policy issues.

Innovative and Advocate:  Throughout his 25+ year career in air quality management, Bernie has earned a reputation as an innovator and a strong advocate for his employers and clients. He has served in leadership positions representing business interests at all levels of government.

Trainer and Translator:  Air quality permitting and compliance has been described as more complex than the tax code.  It’s filled with jargon and acronyms.  Bernie will simplify rules and regulations to their basics and can help management understand how a source should prioritize and act.


  • Founded and operates the SO2 Project, a business stakeholder group that proactively interacts with IDEM on SO2 NAAQS and SIP issues and advocates policies for a cost-effective implementation of the 1-hour SO2 NAAQS.
  • Developed and led the corporate air quality management and regulatory compliance program for Eli Lilly and Company, a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical research and manufacturing company.  In his role, he advised corporate leadership, site management, and site staff on permitting, compliance and advocacy strategies and implementation.
  • Created and executed the development of flexible air permits that enabled Lilly facilities to grow and and change without requiring additional permitting.  One permit was recognized by the USEPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee with the prestigious Clean Air Excellence Award for regulatory innovation.
  • Obtained the first Plantwide Applicability Limit [PAL] permit in Indiana and one of the first PAL permits in the US.
  • Served on advisory bodies for local, state, and federal air quality agencies, including the USEPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, USEPA’s New Source Review Reform Committee, USEPA’s Title V Task Force, the Indiana Air Pollution Control Board, and the Indianapolis Air Pollution Control Board.
  • Served as Chairman of numerous business and industry trade association air quality groups, including the National Environmental Development Association Clean Air Project, the National Association of Manufacturers Clean Air Task Force, the Indiana Manufacturers Association Air Subcommittee, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Air Subcommittee.
  • Served as the Assistant Administrator of the Indianapolis Air Pollution Control Division, where he led an effort to streamline and revise the City’s 20 year old Air Pollution Control Ordinance and developed enforcement policies.