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Profile

At Be, PLLC we specialize in assessing the distribution of contaminants in the environment, i.e. the fate and transport of potential contaminants including: solvents, petroleum, metals, pesticides, PCBs, explosives and radionuclides. A strong education and extensive experience as an analytical Earth Scientist with over 20 years experience as an environmental consultant provides a solid foundation to provide creative solutions to most any problem. My teams have consistently developed creative solutions to complex situations, grounded in commonsense evaluation of the problem, facts and goals. Effective negotiation skills and problem solving abilities focused on obtaining the desired project outcome. Proven ability to manage complex projects to the highest standard with attention to details, deadlines and costs. The base clientele for our services includes the legal, banking, industrial, commercial and public sectors.

As a progressive Geochemist I work to bring contaminated sites to final closure/resolution for sale or redevelopment. Closure techniques are always implemented with a cost-effective approach in concert with considerations for environmental quality, regulatory compliance and aesthetics. Projects are conducted with an effective balance of risk, cost and benefit to human health and the environment.

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Experience

Specific experience includes, but is not limited to: facility compliance auditing, contaminant fate and transport studies, environmental due-diligence, risk assessment, site remediation, Phase I (ASTM 1527-05) and Phase II site assessments, property condition assessments, multi-media regulatory compliance, RCRA/CERCLA investigations, and underground storage tank management.

As a consultant I succeeded to bring many contaminated sites to final closure/resolution and sale. Closure techniques are always implemented with a cost-effective approach conducted in concert with considerations for environmental quality, regulatory compliance and site aesthetics. Projects planning implements an effective and balanced evaluation of risk, cost and benefits to human health and the environment.

A few examples of my specific project-related experience include:

Over a period of 10 years, in concert with the responsible Parties, I worked to bring a closed chemical weapons/munitions complex through complex and costly regulatory hurdles. Site contaminates included many exotic chemical species including high temperature explosives, solid fuel rocket propellant, incapacitating agents, exotic chemical species and chlorinated solvents. Many of these chemicals and their degradation products required specialized sample collection and analytical techniques. All media were affected due to the presence of well-developed contaminant plumes. Site work included the characterization, assessment and closure of 110 solid waste management units (SWMUs) utilized during facility operations (1952 - 1994). As part of site assessment and decommissioning activities I participated in a chemical weapons facility inspection for compliance with international disarmament treaty. Site activities lead to the removal of the former production building requiring future inspections by the international committee unnecessary.

Managed contracts with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Roadway Design Branch, GeoEnvironmental Unit, for over 10 years. This contract varied between $250,000 to $750,000 per contract period. We regularly implemented cost effective solutions for time-sensitive right-of-way projects. Contaminants were primarily related to petroleum releases from underground storage tanks (USTs), heavy metals, solvents and PCBs.

Conducted a time-sensitive remediation of closed wood-treating facility in accordance with applicable rules. In consideration of time-sensitive negotiations, clean-up activities were conducted in substantial compliance with the current regulatory review process. Activities resulted in the removal of site impacts to a level necessary to allow the property transaction to proceed. Contaminants included residues from the use of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) and pentachlorophenol wood treating solutions. I have implemented assessments and/or remedial actions on six separate wood treating sites.

Developed and implemented an extensive fate and transport study of an alluvial system impacted by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) downgradient of the Ward Transformer site. The results of the study showed extensive impacts to environmental media within the floodplain and downstream sediments and fauna. Responsible parties are currently performing source remediation by thermal desorption. Over 300,000 tons of soil has been treated to date; Additional remedial activities on adjacent properties and in the downstream system including Little Brier Creek and Lake Crabtree are pending.

Provided expert witness services to a citizens action group. Action involved opposition to the expansion of the operations of a private waste landfill. The primary argument focused on the unsuitability of the site’s geology. Prior mineral exploration activities had rendered the site unsuitable due to poor exploration procedures. The successful outcome was in favor of the group.


Career History

Principal Geochemist at Be, PLLC, Raleigh, North Carolina 2008 -

A full service environmental consulting firm offering litigation support, environmental due diligence, site remediation, soil and groundwater assessment, solid and hazardous waste management services.

Principal Geologist, The EI Group, Morrisville, North Carolina 1990 – 2008

Primary responsibility as senior scientist is the technical review of due-diligence products, primarily associated with conducted during real estate transactions and portfolio management.

Managed complex studies of contaminant transport and distribution in the environment. Project goals aimed at completion of the primary project considerations of risk management, cost control and compliance with the applicable rules and law.

Provide senior review for due-diligence assessments (Phase I and Phase II site studies, Property Condition Assessments), manage regulatory and environmental compliance audits, and conduct complex site assessments and remedial activities.

Environmental Chemist, Law Environmental, Wilmington, North Carolina 1988 – 1990

Principal duties included the performance of Phase I and Phase II Site Assessments, and site remedial activities, including UST and hazardous waste related sites. Conducted general site inspections for commercial and industrial clients.

Environmental Chemist, North Carolina Department of Human Services, Hazardous Waste Management Branch, Raleigh, North Carolina 1986 – 1988

Responsibilities included the inspection of hazardous waste and groundwater monitoring facilities for compliance with Hazardous Waste Management Rules and Law, drafted Administrative Orders on Consent (with and without penalties). Trained with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pertaining to sample collection protocols, incident mitigation/emergency incident response and penalty calculation criteria.

Research Assistant, Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 1982 – 1986

Participated in oceanographic research in the North Atlantic and Antarctica. Conducted laboratory research towards Masters Degree and in association with active DOD funded grants. Work focused on the collection, preparation and analysis of deep-sea sediments for the presence of authogenic and anthropogenic radionuclides.

Geologic Field Assistant, Unites States Geological Survey, Marine Geology Branch, (Minerals Management Service) Woods Hole, Massachusetts 1980 – 1982

Participated in oceanographic research examining the impacts of energy exploration (drilling) on benthic communities in the North Atlantic. Responsibilities included the collection and preparation of sediment and water column samples for trace-metal and radiochemical analysis. Studies also included the collection of benthic biota for impact evaluation.


Education

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina - MS Marine Geology 1985

St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York - BS Chemistry 1980

Professional Registration:

North Carolina Licensed Geologist (LG) 1212




 


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