Client Spotlight: Cody Martin, Project Environmental Scientist with C&S Engineers, Inc.

Cody Martin C&SFor Cody Martin, Project Environmental Scientist with C&S Engineers, Inc., a leading environmental services company and valued REGENESIS client, a successful career path in environmental remediation began while he was exploring a field of study for his master’s program. Although he had earned his undergraduate degree in Anthropology, he soon realized his true passion concerned the mounting environmental challenges that were beginning to impact our planet. It was then that he decided to point his compass toward a career that would help treat contaminated properties while offering greater fulfillment, eventually leading to environmental site assessment. He shares, “I looked into other programs at the University of Buffalo (UB), where I’d earned my undergraduate degree, and soon developed an interest in the Geography Department and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I then went on to earn my MS from UB in GIS and Environmental Modeling.” After graduate school, Cody was hired as a GIS Technician for a small consulting company in Buffalo, where he trained to prepare Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and eventually worked on remediation projects as an environmental scientist. He continues, “Initially, much of my education in my career came from years of learning on the job, and my first position out of graduate school was a great experience. When my mentor at the company I was with left the firm, he brought me with him to start the Environmental Department in C&S’s Buffalo Office.  His guidance was invaluable, and he played a key role in developing my experience in environmental remediation.”

In his current position with C&S Engineers, Cody’s responsibilities focus primarily on Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) sites, a state program regulated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The program incentivizes the remediation of properties that have been left vacant or abandoned for many years.  He continues, “This program has helped encourage private development in many areas of Buffalo. In essence, I help private developers manage their way through the BCP process. This means balancing their needs with the requirements of the NYSDEC. There is a lot of administrative work required for the BCP, so I also design the remedial investigation and remedial action plan. Additionally, we are required to document and oversee the cleanup activities.” With such a demanding, complex role that includes so many aspects, Cody receives a great deal of satisfaction in his work.  He shares, “I enjoy seeing projects develop from the conceptual phase all the way through to remediation and completion.”  He also feels the BCP is a good example of what states can do to help mitigate and neutralize contaminated properties. He continues, “In New York, we have an incentive program with tax credits for property that is impaired by contamination. The BCP has been a major component in the revitalization of Buffalo, and shows that with the proper incentives and process in place, significant progress can be made. What I like about my work is that I help make it possible to repair the damage, cleanup the petroleum spill or remove the contaminated waste, and improve the health of the environment, while at the same time encouraging economic growth.”

When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Cody appreciates the level of expertise that the staff brings to his work, along with the range of proven products and solutions. He points to a current project he and his team is managing, “I am currently working with REGENESIS on a TCE groundwater plume in Jamestown, NY and there are multiple REGENESIS products that are being considered. REGENESIS provides multiple products that can be used in a wide variety of situations. In the case of the TCE plume in Jamestown, I reached out to the REGENESIS team to help me design a conceptual approach to treating this site. They were able to provide me not only estimated volumes for their product but also the estimated number of borings, spacing and depths. This was very helpful and shows they are willing to provide technical assistance for the entire project, not just in regard to their products.”  Regarding specific REGENESIS products, RegenOx® has been used with success on several occasions. One recent example involved a BCP project, which was a former gas station with significant soil and groundwater contamination. Once the soil remediation phase was complete, Cody and his team reached out to a number of chemical companies for a product to help clean up the residual groundwater contamination, however, the product had to be non-corrosive to metal because the BCP project was the site of a multi-million dollar health care office complex. Cody explains,  “We had two floors of underground parking with steel sheeting for walls and multiple new underground utility lines. Injecting a product with any corrosive effect was a concern for the project team.  Ultimately, REGENESIS’ RegenOx® was successfully used to lower the petroleum contaminants in the groundwater.” To stay current on the latest industry trends and technology, Cody participates in various webinars, including those offered by REGENESIS. “In my opinion, the two best webinars are from REGENESIS and the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC),” he says. “I’ve attended a few webinars from REGENESIS about PFAS and “lessons learned” from other consultants that were very informative.”

With his wife and two young sons, Cody and his family live in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. In his free time, he enjoys running and helping with his family’s horse boarding facility. He shares, “I don’t ride horses right now, but I do a lot of odd jobs to help out because I enjoy it. I also enjoy running 5k races and am training to run some 10k races in the near future. Last year I ran the Envirun held by the Air & Waste Management Association on Earth Day. It was very cold and windy that day, but it was still fun to run along the Niagara River.” When asked what he likes most about his work, Cody says he enjoys being part of a project from start to finish. He continues, “From the conceptual idea of the project to the design, getting excavators onsite, and to seeing the project built, I know that in many cases the project would not have moved forward without my efforts and the assistance from the Brownfield Cleanup Program.” And the most demanding aspect of his job? “Every project has different, demanding elements. Sometimes it’s the schedule, or the weather, or the client.” When asked how he would encourage others to join his field of study, he stresses the importance of learning as much as possible, early on. He concludes, “If someone is interested in environmental remediation, then the best place to start is finding internship opportunities. The summer is the busiest time of the year for folks in the environmental consulting world. Even if there are no posted opportunities, ask anyway. Hands on learning will be the best way to see if you will enjoy this field.”

REGENESIS is proud to have Cody Martin, Project Environmental Scientist with C&S Engineers, Inc., as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his diverse technical experience and knowledge base in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Client Spotlight: Kyle Hayes, Environmental Department Manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Kyle Hayes is an Environmental Department Manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc., a national environmental consulting and engineering firm and valued REGENESIS client. A favorite aspect of his job is the variety of work he’s involved in.  Although many of the projects he works on are similar in nature, each has a different set of circumstances and attributes that he feels require looking through a different lens to determine the best approach and path forward. He shares, “Each and every day brings new opportunities and challenges that require research, critical thinking, and problem solving. In the end, meeting the challenges and delivering successful results to our clients is rewarding, and to me, that’s what keeps the wheels turning.” Indeed, in Hayes’ role at Terracon, his diverse background has become a valuable asset. Currently, his responsibilities include overseeing the operations of the company’s Environmental Service Line in the Jacksonville, Florida office. Hayes continues, “Since Terracon’s environmental services are broad, my oversight and management activities mostly pertain to due diligence, site assessment, remediation, brownfields, regulatory compliance and permitting, asbestos, and industrial hygiene related projects.” In addition, much of his work involves training individuals on operational process, imparting technical knowledge, fostering client and business development, project management, and ensuring clients are provided with an outstanding and consistent product. “It’s this challenging range of responsibilities that keeps me engaged and helps me enjoy my position”, he says. Prior to his current position at Terracon, Hayes served as a Senior Scientist and Project Manager. Before joining the company, he worked for a small engineering/consulting firm as a Field Technician, then Field Scientist, prior to being promoted to Staff Scientist/Project Manager.

Hayes became interested in a career that centered around our planet’s environment while in high school, where he says he developed a strong interest in the various science courses he took. He also credits his late grandfather, who was a bovine (dairy cow) specialist and professor within the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers, for providing some inspiration on choosing his vocational path. He shares, “He and I spoke about career paths prior to his passing, which led me down the road to pursuing an environmental science degree. Tangential to this I grew up with a good friend whose father was an Environmental Consultant and another family friend who also worked as an Environmental Consultant.”  With an interest in the environment and an initial foundation in the sciences set during high school, Hayes would then go on to earn his BS in Environmental Science, with an emphasis in biology, from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, FL. “My career path was originally intended to be more along the ecological/biological side of the consulting equation,” he shares.  “Hence my degree.  However, the environmental assessment and remediation tracks were laid down for me as I began working. The small firm I started with after college depended on me to do any and all work that came in the door, which by chance set me on the path I’m still on today.”

When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Hayes appreciates the company’s level of professionalism and dedication to customer service and detail. He continues, “It is imperative those we partner with work well with our team and become an extension of our group. Most recently, we have been working on a fast-paced project with high client demand and immense pressure. REGENESIS answered the call in-stride and has worked hard to provide technical details and meet tight timelines, which has in-turn, aided in the success of the project to-date.”  To stay abreast of the latest technologies and industry trends Hayes stays involved through a range of industry-related educational courses. He also remains keenly aware of Terracon’s long-term goals, which include strategic and prosperous growth, and an aim at being the premier Engineering Consulting firm in the US. He adds, “Our goals include leading innovation, dominating our markets, and providing the best service to our employee owners and clients.” Residing in Jacksonville, FL, where he was born and raised,  most of  his professional efforts are centered in the North Florida region. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family. He continues, “I’ve been married to my beautiful wife for 12 years and counting, and we have three children, ages 7, 5 and 4.” “My life used to center around both surfing and soccer,” he notes.  “But these pastimes have taken on different dimensions now that I have a family. Now I usually surf early mornings before work and on the weekends if I’m lucky. Soccer and other sports have now transformed into vicariously playing through and cheering on my children, which I thoroughly enjoy.”

When it comes to addressing the most demanding aspects of his work, Hayes points to the challenges of managing a busy schedule that includes multiple projects. He continues, “The most demanding part of my job is juggling current workloads while at the same time conducting business development and maintaining client interactions to ensure the flow of work maintains consistency.” And what does he see the future holds for environmental remediation? “I believe the environmental remediation industry will continue to evolve at a fast pace. Many of the techniques and practices instituted in years past are now passé. Biological research into bacteria with a genetic predisposition to assist and aid in contaminant mass reductions continues to be a promising and ever evolving avenue for remediation. Additionally, with the spotlight on emerging contaminants like Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), there is a seemingly constant demand to research and develop remedial measures to assist in the clean-up of sites. Overall, I see environmental remediation continuing to become more technical in nature with a requirement for more of a turn-key approach by providers of the product(s).”

REGENESIS is proud to have Kyle Hayes, Environmental Department Manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his highly diverse background and approach in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

 

Client Spotlight: Kyle Sorensen, Project Manager for Antea Group

Kyle Soreneon Antea GroupFor Kyle Sorensen, Project Manager at Antea Group, an international engineering and environmental consulting firm, the most rewarding aspect of his work is working with clients to understand their goals and then developing a remediation strategy that will achieve them. With responsibilities that include managing remediation and compliance related projects for a broad range of clients, seeing his projects come full-circle and reach closure is especially gratifying. “It’s a great feeling to close out a project,” he shares. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients. Projects include chemical and manufacturing facilities, retail petroleum sites, and even sites in the beverage industry among others. The variety has given me the opportunity to be involved in many different types of projects that have helped diversify my skillset. In addition, it’s allowed me to develop strong relationships with great people along the way.” A primary focus of Sorensen’s work includes Antea Group’s Environmental Liability Management practice, in addition to his role as a resource manager. He started working with Antea Group (then Delta Environmental Consultants) in August 2006 as a Staff Scientist, focusing primarily on site assessment and remediation projects. He later advanced to a Project Professional before being promoted to Project Manager. Prior to joining Antea Group, Sorensen worked with an air emissions testing firm, where he was responsible for stationary source testing for both compliance and internal engineering purposes.

Sorensen initially became interested in environmental remediation because it allowed him the opportunity to assist in helping to preserve the environment and apply real-world solutions. He also enjoyed managing projects from conception to completion, which he takes pride in. He shares, “I enjoy being involved on projects in the beginning phases, from the remedy selection and implementation stage through the field data collection phase, data analysis, and reporting. It’s especially gratifying to receive that “No Further Action” letter in the mail.” A graduate of the University of Washington Tacoma, where he earned a BS degree in Environmental Science, Sorensen recalls how much he enjoyed his course work, especially the labs and field work, which included trips to scenic locations along the Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands, and Mount St. Helens. He continues, “I really appreciated the hands-on experience. My favorite class experiences included full-day field courses where we had the opportunity to collect data, analyze it, and report our findings. My undergrad research project focused on analyzing sediments throughout the Puget Sound to try and identify mechanisms for harmful algal blooms that resulted in paralytic shellfish poisoning. The work was funded through a three-year NOAA grant that my professors and other students continued working on after I graduated.” To stay abreast of the latest technologies and industry trends he participates in internal company trainings through Antea Group, takes advantage of various webinars offered by REGENESIS and others, and attends local remediation workshops. When it comes to working with REGENESIS, he appreciates the collaborative approach they provide throughout the proposal process by designing a solution to fit the project objectives. He continues, “REGENESIS’ proposals set realistic expectations for effectiveness, and their experience in the field has greatly increased the overall success of our injections.” With regard to specific REGENESIS products and solutions, PersulfOx® and PlumeStop® are two that Antea Group uses often. He shares, “On a recent project our proposed design included an application of Persulfox®, followed by an application of PlumeStop®. Due to the successful application of PersulfOx®, the site was able to achieve remedial objectives following the initial application. Because of constraints with the project closure timeline, the follow-up application of PlumeStop® was implemented to ensure rebound didn’t occur, in order to meet the project closure milestones. We’ve also started to integrate PetroFix™ into our project work as well.”

Residing in Charlotte, NC, where he works out of the Antea Group office, Sorensen enjoys the fact that he’s worked on projects in several areas of the Southeast and Eastern U.S., including the Caribbean. He shares, “I have had an opportunity to work on project sites from the Florida Keys to Rhode Island. One location that stands out was the week I was able to spend in the Bahamas doing a Source Water Vulnerability Assessment.” Married to his wife Kathy, the Sorensens are parents to a two-year old son along with their two Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Outside of work, he and his family enjoy trips to the mountains of North Carolina where they take advantage of the many outdoor trails and local breweries. He also enjoys playing golf and is a huge fan of Clemson Football and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. In addition, he and his wife are involved with several local charities. He shares, “We support a variety of volunteer organizations that are close to our family and community, including Toys for Tots, Kids First of the Carolinas, and the Colon Cancer Foundation.”  Sorensen continues, “Our company gives all employees the opportunity to volunteer for a charitable organization during the workday once each year. I’m looking forward to our upcoming volunteer event with “Operation Christmas Child” through Samaritan’s Purse.”

When asked about the most demanding part of his work, project deadlines and stakeholder management are top of mind. He continues, “One of the biggest challenges is juggling evolving project schedules with available resources to meet client and regulatory timelines. Working with trusted partners like REGENESIS is a key strategy to successfully manage these challenges.” And what does he see the future hold for environmental remediation? “We are always looking for better ways to increase performance and reduce client costs,” he says. “The advancements in data management, visualization, and high-resolution site characterization have offered exciting ways for our project teams and our clients to efficiently optimize and understand their EHS data, and I expect to see these trends continue.” Regarding how he would encourage others to join his field of study, Sorensen feels hard work and exposure to the industry are especially important. He concludes, “Work hard and try to get involved in as many different remediation projects as you can. The field experience you gain early in your career will only make you a stronger project manager when the time comes.”

REGENESIS is proud to have Kyle Sorensen, Project Manager for Antea Group, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his highly diverse experience and knowledge base in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Client Spotlight: John Brusenhan, Senior Project Manager for InControl Technologies LLC

John Brusenhan, Senior Project Manager for InControl TechnologiesWithin the broad environmental remediation industry, areas of specialization continue to emerge, and when it comes to treating chlorinated volatile organic compounds (Cl-VOCs), John Brusenhan, Senior Project Manager for InControl Technologies LLC, a valued REGENESIS client, continues to leverage his vast experience in creating positive outcomes for clients faced with in-situ treatment issues.

By managing virtually every aspect of in-situ treatment projects for InControl Technologies, an Environmental Consulting and Engineering Firm, Brusenhan finds fulfilment in converting contaminated, underutilized properties into those which are revitalized and productive. In addition to providing effective planning and treatment remedies for contaminated sites, he enjoys applying technical response actions, such as complex in-situ treatment regimens, and seeing positive results from lab analyses. He shares, “I find these complex sites intriguing because, although many are similar, each site has unique characteristics that need to be accounted for in the design.”  In addition, InControl Technologies has been a State Lead Contractor for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Dry Cleaner Remediation Program (DCRP) for the past 10 years, and Brusenhan manages assessment and remediation for roughly 15 dry cleaner projects annually. Prior to joining InControl Technologies 19 years ago, Brusenhan served as a Senior Project Engineer for an environmental engineering firm for close to a decade. He earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and completed his Master’s in Environmental Engineering, also at Texas A&M University.

Brusenhan first became interested in a career centered around the environment when he was still in middle school. He shares, “My interest in environmental remediation began in the 8th Grade. I still remember the science fair project I conducted on acid rain.  The early love of science channeled my attention and studies toward remediation and over the years I continued my education  working toward a career as an environmental engineer.” To stay current in developments in remediation and as a requirement of his Texas Professional Engineering license, he takes at least 15 hours of continuing education annually through seminars, webinars or conferences.  Brusenhan enjoys his work and believes InControl Technologies is well-positioned for a bright future. He continues, “InControl Technologies plans to continue to grow within the market and remain one of the leading experts in chlorinated VOC assessment and remediation in the State of Texas.  And by doing so, we will continue to provide efficient solutions and customer service to our client base.” And while he’s enjoyed success in his work, suffice it to say, there are some challenging aspects. He shares, “The most demanding part of my job is explaining to clients that site remediation is not achieved overnight once a remedy is implemented. It can take years to achieve the desired regulatory goals.” He continues, “Another challenge is working within available budget or time constraints. Sometimes, it means extending a remediation project out over a longer period of time in order to accommodate the client’s financial goals or working weekends to meet an expedited deadline.  Ultimately, we do what we can to be flexible and accommodate client needs.”

When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Brusenhan appreciates the company’s vast experience and commitment to its clients. He shares, “I appreciate REGENESIS’ technical expertise in design and their willingness to allow InControl to take their design and customize it to meet our budget constraints of the TCEQ or other clients.” Brusenhan continues, “They also provide great assistance in tracking and shipping our product orders, which is important to meeting project and client deadlines.” To meet the demands of project requirements and ensure successful outcomes, Brusenhan and InControl Technologies use 3-D® Microemulsion and CRS® amendments because they perform well in anaerobic conditions. He continues, “Ninety percent of the remediation projects I am involved with are related to chlorinated VOCs.  As a result, the majority of product we purchase from REGENESIS is 3DME® coupled with CRS®.  We also purchase a fair amount of BDI® PLUS.  I have learned over the past 20 years that shallow groundwater in the Gulf Coast region is almost always naturally near anaerobic.  Therefore, it makes sense to use a product that flourishes in anaerobic environments.” When asked how he’s seen the environmental remediation industry change over the years, he points to an emergence of treatment alternatives that began approximately 20 years ago. “At the beginning of my career,” he shares, “Environmental remediation almost exclusively consisted of pump and treat methods, which were very expensive to implement and maintain, and provided limited results over time in low permeability formations.  In the early 2000’s, in-situ treatment alternatives began to be much more prevalent, especially when integrated with other response actions.”

Residing in the Houston area, where InControl Technologies is headquartered, Brusenhan lives with his wife of 26 years, and has a son who is a senior at Texas A&M University, where Brusenhan attended. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, being outdoors, and hanging out with their two Labrador retrievers. He’s also an avid supporter of Texas A&M and the Fighting Texas Aggie Band. When asked what he sees the future holds for environmental remediation, he feels regulations are going to continue to play a key role in the years ahead. He shares, “Regulations have allowed the use of more institutional controls to manage the environmental exposures which allows the funds that were historically used for cleanups to hopefully be reinvested elsewhere.” And how would he encourage others to join in his field of study? He concludes, “One needs to be detail -oriented.  Sometimes the smallest details are critical to a successful site remediation.  Also, be prepared to wear multiple hats.  One day you could be collecting soil or water samples in the sun, and the next day you may be at a computer writing a summary, but this variety is one reason I enjoy it so much.”

REGENESIS is proud to have John Brusenhan, Senior Project Manager for InControl Technologies LLC, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his highly specialized experience and knowledge base in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Client Spotlight: Bill Fabbri,President of WjF GeoConsultants, Inc.

Bill Fabbri of WjFAs the founder and President of Massachusetts-based WjF GeoConsultants, Inc., an environmental consulting and site development firm, and valued REGENESIS client, Bill Fabbri experiences first-hand the broad spectrum of specialized services required for successful regulatory site closure and project completion. As President and Principal Hydrogeologist for WjF, Fabbri is responsible for nearly every facet of the environmental remediation process, from proposal stage to site closure. He shares, “As the owner and Principal, I oversee all aspects of running and operating WjF, which includes client interaction, proposal writing, reviewing data/reports, etc., as well as being the Licensed Site Professional (LSP) for many projects.  I particularly like leading the client through the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (i.e., the MassDEP regulations) regulatory maze.  Most of my clients are not familiar with the MassDEP regulations, and within the DEP system there are many challenging situations that can play out. Achieving regulatory closure is the endpoint through the entire process. It’s my job as their LSP to provide clients with options, along with costs, and have them select the best option for their situation.” Another aspect he enjoys is the diversity in his firm’s projects. He adds, “No two projects are alike. Some may have similarities, but each location can present its own unique challenges as they relate to contaminants of concern, site conditions or receptors, and I like the variability.”

Fabbri founded WjF in 2006, after first gaining valuable geo-science and environmental remediation experience from key positions with a few other consulting firms. His first job opportunity in the industry came about while completing his BS in Geology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He continues, “I started my environmental career in 1986 when I answered an ad posted by an environmental compliance firm in West Springfield, MA that appeared in the Geology Department at the University of Mass-Amherst.  The company was looking for a Geologist to work on a drilling rig to log soil samples at commercial and industrial locations that were being bought and sold.  At that time the Massachusetts environmental regulations were in their infancy, so It was a great opportunity for me to learn as the industry evolved.  Essentially, I was in the right place at the right time.  I was with that firm for over four years, working my way up to Project Manager.” Over the next several years, Fabbri advanced his career through positions that included Project Manager and Operations Manager, before becoming part owner in an environmental consulting firm with a former colleague. It was around this time, in 2002, that he earned his MS in Geology/Hydrogeology from the University of Pennsylvania. He adds, “I started WjF in early 2006 and it’s been my longest employment of my career! Fortunately for me, the first two firms I worked for were very small, so I got exposed to a variety of complex sites along with different remediation technologies and approaches.” When asked what he enjoys most about his work, he points to the satisfaction of completing a project for his client and achieving regulatory closure. He continues, “As a smaller firm, we achieve about 20-plus closures per year. I also enjoy having flexibility with our staff and work schedules.  I never deny a vacation or time off, as I believe life is too short.”

When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Fabbri appreciates the company’s methodology and level of proficiency in guiding WjF through what can be a challenging process. He shares, “My involvement with REGENESIS goes back to the early days of WjF. By using REGENESIS’ pragmatic approach and technical expertise, we’ve successfully collaborated on several projects.  We’ve been fortunate to have worked directly with REGENESIS on a few of their projects as a sub-contractor, and I sincerely appreciate their confidence in my staff regarding the application of their products.  It’s always a team effort!”  With regard to the use of REGENESIS products, RegenOx®, PersulfOx®, ORC® and ORC® Advanced are utilized often, as well as PlumeStop® and PetroFix™. Fabbri continues, “We like the full range of REGENESIS products because they are cost-effective, although specific use depends on site and contaminant conditions.  For groundwater plumes in sensitive drinking water aquifers, PlumeStop and PetroFix have been terrific, as they are able to reduce contaminant concentrations to below drinking water standards.  We use RegenOx and ORC when excavating contaminated soils and applying these products to an open excavation, since it is such a cost-effective method for application and getting contact through mixing.” When asked about the future goals of WjF, he emphasizes that he likes the fact they are a smaller firm. “I like the size we are,” he says. “I enjoy being involved, and need to be as an LSP. I also appreciate developing and maintaining our client relationships.”

Living just outside of Springfield, Mass. with his wife Laurie of 27 years, Fabbri has two grown sons. In his free time, he enjoys playing ice hockey, cooking, and traveling. “I love to cook,” he says. “I also love to make Italian-style red wines, such as Chianti, Barbera, and Sangiovese. In addition, I enjoy traveling with my wife and family in the U.S. and Europe, particularly Italy. It’s especially difficult to travel with the boys now as they’re older and they live so far away. However, one thing my wife and I have learned is that if we’re willing to pay for them, they’re willing to come! And that’s what it’s all about, spending time as a family!”

When asked how he’s seen the remediation industry change over the years, Fabbri feels it is evolving, in part due to new contaminants and regulations. He continues, “In my 30-plus years in this industry, I’ve noticed the evolution of remediation, the emergence of new contaminants, and how the Massachusetts regulations continue to evolve. I’ve also seen many companies close, merge or get bought out.” And how would he encourage others to join his field of study? “This field can always use scientists with various scientific backgrounds- from geologists to engineers to biologists to chemists, there is a niche and a company for you out there.  For those who want to work in this industry, there are still historical issues that we must address, along with the issues that are emerging, that will need our expertise.”

REGENESIS is proud to have Bill Fabbri, President and Principal Hydrogeologist for WjF GeoConsultants, Inc., as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his vast experience and knowledge base in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Client Spotlight: Kirby Smail, Senior Project Manager for Antea Group

Kirby Smail Antea GroupWith nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of geology and environmental remediation, it’s difficult to imagine a client project challenge that Kirby Smail has not yet encountered. As a Senior Project Manager for Antea Group, a leading international environmental and sustainability consulting firm, and valued REGENESIS client, Smail routinely manages complex projects across a broad range of clients, services and geographies.  He shares, “I ensure the right resources are assigned to the right projects at the right time.  In addition, I’m leveraging talent management to grow and mentor the staff within my project teams. I’m also a member of our Chemical Segment leadership team and a member of our Environmental Liability Management (ELM) Practice team as the Vapor Intrusion Service Line Lead.”  His broad and diverse role allows him to lead several client accounts simultaneously, with responsibilities that include developing and maintaining client relationships and ensuring client expectations are met for performance and budget. He continues, “Essentially, I am a problem-solver. I have always enjoyed a good puzzle or logic problem, and these talents have come in quite handy throughout my career in environmental consulting.”

When he began exploring a career path, Smail’s decision to focus on the environment was an easy choice. As a child, he had developed a keen interest in geology, and enjoyed collecting rocks as a young boy. He continues, “I knew I wanted to be a geologist since I was about 9 years old.  Growing up, my dad was a “rock-hound” and my best friend’s dad taught geology at the local college.  I think my interest in geology certainly grew from that early exposure. In college, my focus was sedimentology, so environmental consulting seemed to be a natural fit for my skills and interests.”  His passion for geology and the environment would eventually lead to a BS in Geology from Northwest Missouri State University, and afterwards, a MS in Geology from Utah State University. Prior to joining Antea Group 10 years ago, he worked for several environmental consulting firms in a variety of positions that included Project Geologist, Project Manager, and Staff Geologist. When asked what he enjoys most about his work, Smail points to successful site closures. “I enjoy closing sites because so many of the environmental sites out there have been open for decades.  A lot of clients seem to lose hope in navigating their sites to closure, so it’s very rewarding for both me and our clients to have successful outcomes. I also enjoy finding solutions to complex and difficult problems and building and mentoring junior staff – its amazingly fun to watch them learn and develop.” And the most demanding aspect of his work? “While many facets of my job are demanding, I think the biggest challenge stems from managing very tight project budgets to get sites to closure, while simultaneously balancing project and staff schedules.”

When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Smail appreciates the fact that Antea Group has a strong partnering relationship with REGENESIS across the US, and internationally.  “It’s truly a collaborative effort,” he shares. “And that allows us to get the best results for our clients. REGENESIS seamlessly integrates with our project teams in the evaluation of what products are most suitable for our application, and they fully participate in the project-specific design phase along with our project team.” One recent example that comes to mind involves a project with a site that included numerous logistical and regulatory problems. Smail continues, “The site is now owned by a third party and had significant petroleum impacts in both soil and groundwater.  After several attempts at negotiating access to address the impacts, an access agreement to complete an excavation was signed.  We knew this was likely our only opportunity to address the remaining impacts, since the property was scheduled for redevelopment.  We worked through a design phase with REGENESIS for the addition of ORC Advanced to the excavation prior to backfilling. REGENESIS suggested trying a new product, PetroFix™, to assist in retarding the migration of impacts to the groundwater and for enhancing the biodegradation of impacts as a way to “supercharge” the ORC Advanced pellets in the biodegradation of the residuals following the excavation.  We believe this collaborative effort with REGENESIS will close this site- a site that certainly was problematic in moving to closure.”  Regarding other REGENESIS products beyond PetroFix™, that he’s used, Smail points to several he’s enjoyed success with. These include ORC® Advanced, PetroCleanze™, PersulfOx®, and more recently, PetroFix®. “In addition to these,” he says, “Antea Group has utilized an even wider range of products that include HRC®, S-MicroZVI™, PlumeStop®, and RegenOx®.”

Throughout his time with Antea Group, Smail has resided in the Des Moines, IA area, where he works from his home office. Married with eight children, he is quick to point out things can get pretty busy on the home front. “Three of our children are out in the world,” he says, “Three are in college, and two are in high school.  Our kids seemed to have inherited my love for science. One is an acoustical engineer working as a consultant himself, one is studying environmental science and sustainability, one is on the pre-med path, and one is on the pre-veterinarian path.”  When it comes to hobbies, outside of work he enjoys rock and fossil collecting, along with camping, when life allows some free time. He shares, “I’m a Boy Scout at heart and enjoy the whole experience of packing all the gear and tent camping, but alas, my wife much prefers the comforts of our 36-foot motorhome!”

When asked how he’s seen the industry change over the years, he reflects on the increased solutions that have been developed. He shares, “I’ve been in this industry for nearly 29 years and I’ve seen a tremendous amount of change during that time. When I first began my career, just out of graduate school, there really were not a lot of tools in the remediation toolbox. It seemed at the time that the solution to environmental problems was to throw money at it. However, as more remedial tools were developed and regulatory agencies (and regulations) became more mature, the focus changed to what I believe is a more practical approach of focusing on the site goals to allow closure.  Shortly thereafter, the right products and solutions became available to address the specific contaminant or conditions.  This has allowed closure of sites that may not ever have closed otherwise.” And how would he encourage others to join in his field of study? He concludes, “Chase your dreams, find your passion, and do your best to make that your career.  If that’s geology or environmental remediation, fantastic!  Work is hard and demanding, but if you are following your passion, it’s fun and exciting.”

REGENESIS is proud to have Kirby Smail, Senior Project Manager for Antea Group, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his dedication and vast experience in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Industry Expert Spotlight: Marco Petrangeli Papini, Associate Professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza

Papini industry expert spotlightWhen it comes to making an impact on the future of environmental remediation, Marco Petrangeli Papini is doing his part by teaching the next generation of bioremediation professionals. As an Associate Professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza, a valued REGENESIS client, Papini is tasked with advanced training of students who want to specialize in solutions to combat the contamination of environmental matrices. In addition, he is also the University’s Director of the II Level Master Course on Characterization and Technologies for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites. His instructional role in environmental remediation is one he takes very seriously, knowing that the future of our planet’s health rests on the shoulders of those who are studying and learning the latest trends and technologies. He shares, “As a Director of an advanced Master course on Remediation of Contaminated Sites, my primary focus is to guarantee an adequate training course to prepare professionals to manage a contaminated site, from its accurate characterization through the choice of the best strategy for its reclamation.”

To prepare for a career in teaching, Papini fulfilled his required coursework at the University of Rome La Sapienza, completing his degree in Industrial Chemistry in 1990. Soon after, he earned his PhD in Chemical Sciences, while working part-time at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology of the ETH in Zurich. He continues, “After earning my PhD I received a permanent position at La Sapienza in 1995, as University Researcher. My official teaching title is Associate Professor of Chemical Plant and Remediation of Contaminated Sites. The University of Rome is extremely large, and covers all the different branches of knowledge, with more than 120,000 students.” When conducting research, his key interest is in the development of sustainable processes (combined chemical-physical and biological ones) for the in-situ remediation of contaminated sites. He adds, “I manage various national and a few international projects on the remediation of contaminated aquifers until realization of full-scale installations.”  When asked about the future goals of the University of Rome La Sapienza, Papini points out they are primarily institutional. He goes on to explain, “Our first goal is to make progress toward significant improvement in the preparation of the future professionals in the field of remediation by providing a strong scientific basis, but also a deep understanding of the more operative problems. Secondarily, it’s the development of new approaches for increasing the capacity of site reclamation through effective and sustainable processes.”

To stay abreast of the latest trends and technology in his field, Papini attends several conferences each year, including the last two Battelle Conferences. He continues, “I attended the 2018 Palm Springs Battelle on Chlorinated Compounds, and this year’s Baltimore conference on Bioremediation and the topic of reclamation of contaminated sites. I feel everyone should strive to keep updated, since our field is in continuous evolution. I also take part in conferences to understand the new technological improvements and the new directions in research.” When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Papini points to the company’s combination of experience and collaboration as key strengths, and offers an example of a recent project. He continues, “Nearly every year I participate in the Battelle conferences on Bioremediation and Chlorinated Compounds, and during one conference in 2014 I heard about the development of the new PlumeStop® product. I was strongly interested because at that time I was in charge to develop the remediation strategy for a low concentration contaminated chlorinated plume in Italy (around a new underground high-speed railway station in Italy). The possibility to couple adsorption and biological degradation in-situ was potentially the appropriate solution for the site. I started a fruitful cooperation with the REGENESIS people. We tested the material at the lab scale and then in a pilot test at the contaminated site. We were then able to optimize the strategy, and finally we performed the first European full-scale installation using PlumeStop®.  After almost two years from the full-scale injections, the results are so promising that in the next weeks we will probably conclude the remediation procedure.”

Living in Rome, with his wife and two children, (Tommaso, 11 and Sara, age 7), Papini enjoys playing tennis and cycling in his free time. He shares, “Cycling is a new passion, and I started to mountain bike ride in the last three years and enjoy our countryside around the city. Unfortunately, a year and half ago I had a bad accident. A car struck me and I had several bone fractures.  I’m doing my best to recover and hope to come back soon to enjoy cycling and biking with my family.” When asked what he enjoys most about his work, the subject of teaching is brought up quickly, with research a close second. He continues, “Teaching is probably the most rewarding aspect of my job. I enjoy the interaction with young people interested in the recovery of contaminated environment.  However, in the last few years I’ve become excited about the possibility to “scale up” my research, especially in the field of bioremediation, for solutions toward site remediation.” And the most demanding aspect of his work? “The interaction between the industrial world, control bodies, and the academic world can be quite challenging.  Everyone sees the same problem but from different points of view. This is a real challenge, but if you are able to manage it then you are more successful in achieving a positive result.”  And how would he encourage others to join in his field of study? He concludes, “From my point of view the remediation of polluted sites is a very attractive topic. The multidisciplinary characteristics make the work consistently stimulating. If one is interested in environmental issues and environmental protection, what could be better than directing one’s study to this sector?”

REGENESIS is proud to have Marco Petrangeli Papini, Associate Professor and Course Director at the University of Rome La Sapienza, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his passion to teaching those who want to go forward in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Keith Gaskill Joins the REGENESIS Technical Team as a Senior Design Specialist

Keith Gaskill REGENESISEven at the young age of seven, Keith Gaskill knew he wanted to become a geologist. Then at 21 he decided he wanted to include environmental remediation in his work. Now at this stage of his career, Gaskill has chosen to join REGENESIS as a Senior Design Specialist. It’s a progression point in his work that he’s excited about because he feels it will offer greater opportunity to use his experience and assist the company’s clients achieve success with a variety of environmental remediation challenges. In his new position, which he started earlier this month, Gaskill will be supporting the technical team with remedial designs utilizing the REGENESIS Toolbox. In addition, he’ll be assisting clients with conceptual site model interpretation and data analysis, among other tasks. He shares, “I have enjoyed remedial design and implementation for a number of years on the consulting side and now I look forward to focusing more in that area for REGENESIS and its clients. In the long term, I’d like to develop a high level of proficiency and trust from my peers and clients.” Prior to joining REGENESIS Gaskill worked at EnviroForensics® as a Chief Geologist and Field Training Leader, Conceptual Site Model Team Leader, and was a key client partner with REGENESIS for over 10 years. In addition, he has held positions as a Project Manager, Senior Geologist, and Senior Geochemist.  When asked what he feels is biggest challenge will be in his new position, Gaskill says the quick pace is something he’ll adjust to. He continues, “I’m used to a fast pace, so I feel like I’ll adapt quickly.”

While working at EnviroForensics®, Gaskill developed a deep appreciation for REGENESIS’ knowledgeable and technical staff.  He continues, “It was gratifying to see my ideas developed into a final plan and then implemented, especially when it’s an environmental solution that both EnviroForensics® and REGENESIS believed to be effective.” To prepare for a career in environmental remediation, Gaskill earned his B.S. in Geology at Ball State University and followed up with a M.S. in Geochemistry and Hydrogeology from Northern Illinois University. He continues, “It was while working on my bachelor’s degree that I developed an interest in geochemistry and hydrogeology and decided to further my studies to develop skills which would help be useful to someone working in the environmental industry.” To stay abreast of trends, evolving technology, and the most recent developments in the remediation world Gaskill attends conferences, webinars, and available classes, “whatever I can find that is applicable,” he says. “When choosing educational opportunities, I focus on the emerging and cutting-edge topics.  In my former position as a consultant, I found the REGENESIS webinars to be quite helpful, particularly the recent PFAS webinars.”  In his new position with REGENESIS, Gaskill will live and work in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife Carey and their two large chocolate labs. Away from work he enjoys travel and spending time outside, celebrating the environment by camping and backpacking.  He shares, “Surprisingly, there are a fair number of nice hiking trails in southern Indiana, and several around the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley area.  At the end of this year I will have visited 24 National Parks from California to Maine. I’m also an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan, and love to go offroad Jeeping as well.” In addition, he finds time to support water charities and human trafficking causes, which require significant volunteer time.  “I also regularly donate to and volunteer for natural and ‘unnatural’ disaster causes” he says.

When asked what he sees the future holds for the environmental remediation industry, Gaskill feels the process of understanding remediation is in a constant state of expansion. He shares, “Though the latest realization is that we must learn to characterize the subsurface system in more detail to aid in the success of bioremediation as well as many other types, I think the recent technologies being introduced into the bioremediation field will continue to push the technology forward.  Recent trends suggest the common use of multiple co-applied technologies will make the application of bioremediation technologies much more efficient.” And how has he seen the industry change over the years? “Over time, with more data in hand, remediation efforts (in the right hands) have not necessarily gotten easier, but they have become more successful.” To assist in developing future talent in his field, Gaskill serves on the Ball State University Geology alumni advisory board and has frequent contact with the geology students.  “I conduct a resume workshop prior to the annual job fair,” he says.  “The job fair aids in placing students in jobs right out of school.  I volunteer to speak to students ranging from kindergarten to high school age regarding STEM issues and geology specifically, as appropriate.” And how would he encourage others to join his field of study? He concludes, “If you look at what we do from a distance, we help clean up contamination as scientists, and provide a service to those who need help.  On that level, it sells itself in my opinion.  It’s crazy to look back and see what the road brought and taught me along the way, but I can tell you that I am very excited to be with REGENESIS and look forward to getting to know everyone better.”

REGENESIS is proud to welcome Keith Gaskill, Senior Design Specialist, to the team and appreciates his expertise and thorough approach in providing leadership and successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Client Spotlight: President and Chief Technology Officer, Mundell & Associates

John MundellFor John Mundell, President and Senior Environmental Consultant at Mundell & Associates, a leading environmental consulting firm and valued REGENESIS client, starting his own remediation services company was a logical step in addressing the emerging complexities of plumes and remedial treatment designs of various Brownfields. Since he founded Mundell & Associates in 1995, based in Indianapolis, IN, the firm has grown to serve industry, municipalities, governmental agencies, engineering firms and the legal community throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia. As the top executive in his own firm, Mundell enjoys a multi-faceted role in determining environmental remedial outcomes across a broad range of sites. He shares, “I really like what I’m doing. I’m responsible for the entire operations of the company and most of the senior-level review of our projects.  This includes setting the standards for how we do work and the methodologies we use to investigate and remediate.  Our work is quite comprehensive and covers site characterization, remediation, geophysical surveys, groundwater and contaminant modeling, and water resources.”

When asked how he chose a career in environmental remediation, Mundell is quick to point out that his career chose him. He continues, “I came out of graduate school in 1981, from Purdue University, where I earned my BS and MS in Civil Engineering.  One of my first projects was the closure of a hazardous waste landfill in southern Indiana. The company I was working for was primarily a geotechnical engineering and materials testing company and was encountering contaminated soils and groundwater in many of their standard site investigations, and frankly, they were unsure what to do.  At that time, senior engineers did not want to get involved in environmental contamination, so I as a young engineer I began working with these investigations and cleanups, as well as the design of landfills.  Ultimately, I was involved in many of the first leaking underground storage tank sites as well as other industrial properties.  However, I soon realized I needed to advance my knowledge in the environmental side, so I went to graduate school at Notre Dame and conducted research on the movement of chemicals in the subsurface.  From there, I became the Director of Technical Service at ATEC Associates, and from 1988 to 1995 we grew the company to the 25th largest environmental consultant firm in the country.  It was at that time that I decided to start Mundell & Associates, and focus on higher-end environmental consulting, dealing with complex plumes and the design of remedial alternatives for major site cleanups of Superfund, RCRA and other industrial properties.”

When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Mundell appreciates the company’s high level of expertise and experience, and as an example points to a recent project his firm supervised in northern Indiana. The project involved the remediation of a chlorinated solvent plume that was progressing towards a wellfield.  “We evaluated a number of in-situ injection treatment options,” he says. “REGENESIS provided the technical knowledge and support to allow us to design an effective system of permeable reactive barriers for the off-site groundwater plume.” Two REGENESIS products his firm has used recently, with much success, include AquaZVI and 3D Microemulsion®. He continues, “We like AquaZVI for its reactivity and easy handling, and 3-D Microemulsion® for its ability to both adsorb and then slowly redistribute and move with groundwater.  Both are excellent qualities to have when you are trying to treat large plumes in a cost-effective manner.” To stay abreast of the ever-changing remediation industry, Mundell attends conferences and seminars, and makes a habit of reading industry-related articles as much as possible. He shares, “Education never stops, whether it is attending national or international conferences on site characterization and remediation, or continually reading peer-reviewed journals with articles on in-situ treatment and modeling.  There is always something new to learn or evaluate that can be used on a project.”

Residing in Indianapolis, where he works out of the company’s office, Mundell has completed projects in every state across America, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, and from an international standpoint, has been involved in environmental projects in Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe. “The world is small,” he says, “So it is relatively easy to share expertise over long distances.” Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Julie, whom he’s been married to for 40 years, their four children, and three grandchildren. “All our children are grown and on their own in San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta and Indianapolis,” he says. Hobbies include playing guitar and singing, which he’s enjoyed since he can remember, and his wife is an accomplished singer-songwriter (www.juliemundell.org).  When it comes to making a difference with philanthropic activities, Mundell points out that his company is part of the Economy of Communion network of companies, a group of companies committed to ending poverty around the world (see www.edc-online.org).   He shares, “I’ve helped start new small social companies committed to these same principles in Africa, South America and Europe.  I’m a member of the Economy of Communion International Commission, which helps coordinate the activities of the more than 850 companies we have involved around the world.”

When asked how he’s seen the industry evolve during his career, Mundell points to an increase in the use of technology, and a potential shortage in resources from agencies that oversee various aspects of remediation. “The environmental industry has grown up during the 40 years since I began my career,” he says. “Technologies have been discovered and implemented, and cleanups have improved.  However, the agencies overseeing our work have less resources and staff to review our work in a timely manner with the expertise needed, and educating regulators is a constant.” And how would he encourage others to join his field of study? He concludes, “I would encourage young people to focus on science and engineering and try to obtain a multi-disciplinary education, because that is still what is needed.  Communication skills are also paramount – speaking and writing is not the domain of only politicians and English majors.  In the future, it will be even more important as we face challenges to the validity of scientific principles.”

REGENESIS is proud to have John Mundell, President and Senior Environmental Consultant at Mundell & Associates, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his experience and commitment to providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.

Client Spotlight: Rob Mayer, Senior Scientist at APTIM

As a Senior Scientist at APTIM, a global environmental engineering company and valued REGENESIS client, Rob Mayer’s technical expertise involving in-situ remediation continues to make a positive impact on a wide range of challenging projects. Specializing in bioremediation and chemical oxidation, Mayer works as a technical manager on the design and application of in-situ remediation for current projects and proposals.  Shares Mayer, “What I like most about my work is the ability to use my technical background with the ever-changing challenges associated with various project applications.  I also enjoy working with and finding solutions for our clients.”  He continues, “In total, I have almost 20 years in this industry. I started in the laboratory, testing remediation technologies from ISCO on bioremediation, including field implementation.  I also helped develop our Polymerase Chain Reaction capabilities for detecting Dehalococcoides mccartyi in our labs, back in 2003.  After that, I moved into the design and application side of the company.” His role with APTIM continues to help the company in achieving client goals and continuing   to be a leader in both the technical and management aspects of environmental remediation.

Choosing a career in environmental remediation came easy to Mayer. He’s enjoyed most outdoor recreation activities for as long as he can remember, sharing, “One of my longtime hobbies has been snow skiing and backpacking.” He continues, “Since I was young, I have always been interested in preserving and cleaning up the outdoors.  In college I was an active member in the Student Environmental Association (SEA).  While working on my biology degree I assisted on different research projects, from agricultural microbiology to stream sampling for macrovertebrates, and became very interested in environmental microbiology.” His university studies culminated with him earning his B.S. in Biology from the University of West Georgia (UWG). He then went on to earn his Master of Science in Biology, also from UWG. He continues, “University of West Georgia is a smaller university with very strong biology and chemistry departments, where students are encouraged to work in research labs and on projects as undergraduates. Their hands-on approach to teaching was a true benefit while I pursued my studies there.” To stay current with industry trends and the latest technology, he participates regularly in online calls with vendors and leading experts in his field, and attends and presents at various technical conferences. “Most recently I attended the 5th International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies/Battelle, in Baltimore, MD.”  When asked what he likes most about his work, Mayer points to the combination of people and the work itself. He continues, “The best part of my job is the people I work with and learn from.  In addition, I really enjoy the ability to be involved on interesting projects and find impactful solutions to cleaning up a broad range of environmental issues.” And the most challenging aspect of his work? “The most demanding part of my job is to utilize all of the different aspects required, including biology, chemistry, geology, hydrology, etc.  It can be difficult to keep up with the latest remediation technologies, as these are changing and evolving so quickly.”

When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Mayer appreciates the technical knowledge and teamwork that is brought to his project work. He shares, “REGENESIS brings strong technical abilities, and they also aid in making sound decisions. They are easy to work with, and that’s important. All this was evident recently on a site where we were able to distribute 3-D Microemulsion® with a very large radius of influence, around 200 ft, through small fractures.”  Although APTIM uses several REGENESIS products, 3-D Microemulsion® is currently used the most. “We use many REGENESIS products, from 3DME to PlumeStop®.  We use 3DME the most because many of our projects are designed to remediate groundwater contaminated with chlorinated solvents and other compounds that can be degraded by anaerobic biological pathways.”

Mayer currently resides in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and two daughters, and in his free time enjoys a variety of hobbies, from snow skiing to running and cycling. He continues, “My primary hobby is snow skiing, even though I live in Tennessee, but running, cycling and hiking are right there too. My wife and I lived in Vail for two years before moving to Knoxville. My favorite ski areas are Jackson Hole, WY and Arapaho Basin in Colorado.” To stay active in skiing, he’s a volunteer ski patroller for the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and the Smoky Mountain Nordic Patrol in Tennessee. When asked how he sees the future in environmental remediation, Mayer feels there’s work in remediating compounds that currently know and those we do not.    I think the current trend will be to work at sites with low levels of contaminants that are near site remediation goals, but that continue to diffuse into the groundwater from low permeable zones.” And how would he encourage others to join in his field of study? He concludes by saying one must have a real interest in cleaning up the environment.  After that, there are many ways to get into this field, from studying biology, geology, engineering, and other related subjects. I have seen this industry become more competitive, and therefore, driven more by cost than technical reasoning, although I think it is starting to swing back because in the long term the technical aspects save money.”

REGENESIS is proud to have Rob Mayer, Senior Scientist at APTIM, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his technical and diverse contributions in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.