For Jeffrey Holden, Senior Engineer at GEI Consultants, Inc., a leading environmental services firm and valued REGENESIS client, a career in environmental engineering came about after initially having interest in a career in the aerospace industry. However, he soon left the solar system behind for planet earth. “I had originally intended to pursue a career in aerospace engineering,” shares Holden, “But I was rather disappointed by my college internship experiences in that field. At about the same time, I also became passionate about the outdoors, and wanted to do something to help preserve and restore impacted land.” Holden’s efforts in helping to preserve our planet’s environment began upon graduation from Clarkson University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both Mechanical/Aeronautical and Civil/Environmental Engineering. He worked for nearly 25 years at a leading global design, engineering and management consulting company, ultimately managing roles as a Senior Engineer, Vice President, and Principal in Charge. He shifted gears to join GEI in December of 2016 and immediately found himself immersed in new and refreshing multi-disciplinary roles. He shares, “I manage a variety of projects, provide regulatory and technical guidance for projects, and support marketing and proposal opportunities. I’m also the coordinator of GEI’s PFAS Team, which is aimed at developing, coordinating, and leveraging GEI’s experience and expertise related to emerging contaminants like PFAS compounds.”
A Constantly Changing Environmental Remediation Industry
At GEI, Holden appreciates the impressive wealth of knowledge, expertise, and steady growth the company has forged since it was first founded in 1970. Headquartered in Massachusetts, GEI was ranked #92 on the 2018 ENR Top 500 Design Firms list, and has climbed 30 positions just since 2013. In addition, the company is also ranked #66 on the list of Top Pure Designers in the United States, and has 38 office locations throughout the country. Adds Holden, “I really enjoy expanding GEI’s scope of services and mentoring junior staff. And as a P.E. and a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP), I also have technical and regulatory compliance responsibilities. However, what I enjoy most about my position is the complex and highly diverse types of sites and projects that I’ve been fortunate to work on. I’m also lucky to have worked with some excellent clients, coworkers, and collaborators.” When asked about the future goals of GEI, Holden points to a desire to foster even greater levels of client trust, ingenuity, and collaboration. He shares, “GEI’s goals are to be a preferred provider and trusted advisor to our clients; to be known for creative yet practical solutions to challenging issues; to be recognized for outstanding expertise in our service areas; and to be an employer of choice for the best people in our industry. And we want to do all this while retaining the collaborative and entrepreneurial atmosphere of a small firm.” Not surprisingly, as a result of the company’s culture and objectives, Holden is pleased with the direction GEI is taking in accomplishing its objectives. When asked about the most demanding aspect of his work, he points to the constant changes taking place within environmental remediation. He continues, “It can be difficult at times keeping abreast of new technologies and finding ways to be increasingly efficient in a mature and competitive marketplace.”
Preventing PFAS Migration at a Superfund Site
When describing his relationship with REGENESIS, Holden’s enthusiasm is quickly evident in the wake of GEI’s current project and initial use of PlumeStop®. He continues, “Thus far, PlumeStop® and AquaZVI™ are the two products I’ve personally worked with. Right now, we are in the midst of a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of PlumeStop® at preventing downgradient migration of PFAS in groundwater at a Superfund site. Although I am aware that PlumeStop® has been used on hundreds of sites globally to address other contaminants, I understand this to be the first such application in treating PFOS and PFOA in the U.S. and I am eager to assess its effectiveness. I have found the REGENESIS team to be forward-thinking, innovative, collaborative, and competent, which makes them enjoyable to work with.” Suffice to say, these attributes help illuminate some of the changes Holden has observed within the environmental remediation industry itself. These include changes in corporate attitudes toward environmental regulations and increased burdens on environmental agencies with shrinking budgets. He continues, “The amount of science supporting the industry has increased significantly, and I think we’re on the verge of seeing shifts in the types of contaminants we focus on within our industry.”
Residing in Ithaca, NY, Holden and his fiancé, Lisa, are each parents to two college-aged children, and are looking forward to continuing to integrate their lives and families. In his spare time, he enjoys watching soccer, a sport he has played, coached, and been a fan of throughout most of his life. He also enjoys gardening and cooking, and is especially proud of his baked Steelhead Trout and a homemade jalapeno tomato sauce dishes. “A neighbor dropped off a bunch of fresh garden vegetables once, and I had to come up with a creative way to use them. I ended up adding sausage and hot peppers to create something truly memorable.” In addition, he supports his local Ducks Unlimited chapter by volunteering at select events and activities. He also finds time to study and learn about current trends and developments within his industry by attending conferences and webinars whenever possible, especially within the areas of PFAS. He shares, “REGENESIS offers free webinars that I take advantage of whenever my schedule allows, and continuing education is required for my New York PE and my Massachusetts and Connecticut licensed professional certifications.”
When asked about what he feels the future holds for environmental remediation, he expects societal pressures will drive regulators and industry to consider a substantially expanding list of chemicals that have come to be present in the environment, with many representing a potential threat to human health or the environment. He concludes, “I think this will extend beyond “classic” contaminants, such as PCBs, to include things like caffeine and chemicals/pharmaceuticals we currently use on a routine basis, without much consideration of their ultimate fate. I also expect cleanup goals will continue to get more and more stringent as the public becomes less tolerant of any level of contamination in air, water, and soil.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Jeffrey Holden, Senior Engineer at GEI Consultants, Inc., as a valued client in environmental remediation, and appreciates his wealth of experience and ongoing efforts in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
When it comes to honing one’s expertise within the environmental remediation industry, Richard Desrosiers, Associate Principal and Hydrogeologist at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., a leading environmental services firm and valued REGENESIS client, continues to excel. As a Connecticut licensed environmental professional and Professional Geologist, Desrosiers has more than 30 years of experience in Geology, Hydrogeology, and project management, and continues to build a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable remediation experts in his field. “I initially started my professional career in the mid-1980s in Massachusetts as a Geologist/Hydrogeologist with an A&E firm,” shares Desrosiers. “At that time my focus was aimed at locating water supply wells and evaluating resources for developing large tracks of land for residential, industrial and commercial development. I moved to Connecticut to work on what became a major ATSDR hazardous waste facility that included PCBs, dioxin, chlorinated solvents (DNAPL), hydrocarbons (LNALP), metals and asbestos in soil. As the Project Manager and lead Hydrogeologist, I characterized the nature and extent of the contamination under an EPA administrative order, along with remedial actions to close lagoons.” Throughout the mid-1990s Desrosiers’ firm focused on Recirculation Well Technologies and innovative groundwater solutions for military, municipal and industrial facilities throughout the U.S. “This included managing a bioremediation study using UVB Vacuum Vaporization Well technology at an EPA Site Demonstration Project at several pilot studies at the Massachusetts Military Reservation, capturing and treating chlorinated solvents in a single pass.”
Characterizing Complex Plumes
In the early 2000s, Desrosiers joined another environmental firm as a Senior Associate/Hydrogeologist, characterizing and remediating various industrial sites. One of his more technical projects involved providing environmental due- for the purchase and sale of a Base Realignment and Closure facility of the Department of Defense. He shares, “The characterization identified multiple , three-release area that resulted in 6-groundwater plumes that migrated radially out for the releases. At one release, 2-shallow and 1-deep plume migrated in 3-directions. The characterization delineated that the plumes impacted 1-square mile (chlorinated solvents and hexavalent chromium) and included the completion of an ecological risk assessment. Subsequently, remedial action plans were developed that included the in-situ chemical oxidation and biochemical stabilization.”
In his current role with GZA GeoEnvironmental, where he’s served for the past 12 years, Desrosiers is responsible for marketing efforts and project management. He adds, “I also continue to develop my technical skills by working with other GZA offices and with the staff in our Glastonbury, Connecticut office.” When asked about the future goals of GZA, a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm with offices spanning much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S., Desrosiers’ thoughts turn to the future, saying, “Simply put, GZA’s mission is to be the premier provider of practical and innovative solutions to the 21st century challenges of natural and built environments, for the benefit of our clients, employees, shareholders, and society.” Throughout his career, he has lived and worked across much of the Eastern U.S., and earned his BS in Geology at Northeastern University. In fact, it was while studying chemistry at Northeastern University that Desrosiers decided to pursue a career in geology. He continues, “I was originally studying to be a chemist, but my education path changed at Northeastern and I fell in love with geology. This opened many other opportunities exploring subsurface conditions, which to the natural progression to solving complex soil and groundwater issues using a variety of characterization and remedial techniques.”
Turning to the Suite of Innovative REGENESIS Products
When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Desrosiers quickly points to the company’s innovative products and experienced staff as keys to his success. He continues, “REGENESIS provides several specialty products that we have used at contaminated sites. They also have a very competent technical staff that provides the quantities of the product needed, but more importantly, an expert team to confer with for the ideal product selection.” Among the REGENESIS products used, he cites PlumeStop® Liquid Activated Carbon™, 3-D Microemulsion®, RegenOx®, and Hydrogen Release Compound (HRC®) as solutions which have been particularly impressive. When asked what he enjoys most about his work, he points to helping the environment and mentoring staff. “I enjoy the everyday challenges, and that includes helping to resolve a client’s environmental issues and facing technical challenges. I also gain satisfaction by helping junior staff grow so that they can become the future leaders of GZA.” And the most difficult aspect of his work? “After 33 years in the industry, the environmental industry still challenging to finding economic solutions for our clients’ needs as the industry keeps changing.”
Married for 30-plus years, Desrosiers and his wife Pam have three grown children and one granddaughter. Outside of work, his hobbies include travel, (he’s traveled to 46 states and counting), coached his kids soccer teams, (he was a licensed coach for 10 years), and working on various home remodeling projects. As an eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America program, he was an Assistant Scout Master and Charter Organization Rep he watched as his son earn his Eagle Scout award. With regard to how he would encourage others to pursue a career in environmental sciences, Desrosiers suggests those interested in this field of study should focus on geology, chemistry, biology, and engineering. He concludes, “I would advise those who have an interest in our environment to concentrate on the core sciences and engineering degrees, and not the general environmental sciences. Our industry has evolved into one of specialization, so obtaining expertise in specific facets of environmental remediation should prove to be extremely beneficial.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Richard Desrosiers, Associate Principal, Hydrogeologist at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., as a valued client in environmental remediation, and appreciates his wealth of experience and diverse contributions in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
For Erin Huntley, Senior Technical Manager/Technical Principal at WSP, a leading engineering and professional services firm and valued REGENESIS client, combining her experience in field geology with an interest in project management allows her to enjoy a diverse, satisfying role in her efforts to help sustain our environment. With a background that includes geochemistry, environmental health & safety, and other areas of earth science, Ms. Huntley is able to identify and assist other team members in bringing projects to successful closure. “I started out as a field geologist and gained experience in hydrogeology, geology, and geochemistry,” shares Huntley. “I worked my way up through various positions while at WSP. Having had that experience really helped as a project manager because I can understand what can and will go wrong in the field, and how to adapt and recover.” In her current role with WSP, where she has worked since 2000, Huntley is fortunate to be involved in several aspects of environmental remediation. She continues, “I definitely wear a couple of hats – general project management, due diligence, and health & safety, but I really like working as the geological lead on a project and pulling all the historical and regional information together to develop an effective, comprehensive sampling plan that can translate into a realistic CSM.”
A Career in Remediation
To prepare for a career in remediation, Huntley earned her B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, and shortly thereafter an M.S. in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University. Choosing a career path that would eventually lead her to WSP began with her early field work. Huntley continues, “My experience sloshing around salt marshes and collecting samples was better suited to environmental consulting, and I was quite interested in how the biome affects the geochemistry and vice versa. I found I much preferred the tangible experience of being in the field over sitting behind a computer constructing a model.” To stay abreast of the latest trends and technology in her industry, Huntley attends the Battelle Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated & Recalcitrant Compounds every two years. She adds, “The scope at this conference is very broad, but you can really drill down into a topic and learn about cutting edge technologies.” In addition, she attends various webinars on a regular basis. Her ongoing experience, successes, and continued training serve to help her and WSP reach their goal of providing their clients with innovative and effective solutions to address their most difficult business and technical challenges. She continues, “We are part of a global 43,000 plus multidisciplinary corporation, yet, we are able to still provide our clients with a strong local presence and need to continue to do so. Additionally, we now have the ability to draw upon world-renowned experts to provide relevant specialty services. We want to ensure we maintain this level of service and expertise in the future.”
Working with REGENESIS to Achieve Destructive Treatment of Chlorinated Solvents
When it comes to partnering with REGENESIS, Huntley says she began working with the company in 2008, using Hydrogen Release Compound (HRC®) in upstate New York at an abandoned site. She shares, “Needless to say there were some challenges, but we also enjoyed great success. More recently, we’ve been using a combined remedy approach that incorporates HRC®, Bio-Dechlor Inoculum® Plus and PlumeStop® to stimulate sorption and destructive treatment of chlorinated solvents. We’ve seen a reduction in tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene concentrations and are approaching remedial objectives.”
Huntley and her 13-year-old daughter live in Pittsburgh, where she works out of WSP’s office. In her spare time she enjoys music, (“My daughter is finally old enough so I can drag her along with me to shows.”), and anything outdoors, especially water-related activities. She is also quick to point out that she and her daughter took up alpine skiing last year and are relieved there have been no major injuries yet! Her volunteer activities include spearheading an office food drive for a local pantry, and she recently participated in a fundraiser and walk for Autism Connection. When asked what the most rewarding aspect of her job is, she says it’s the teamwork aspect. “I like working as a part of a project team and listening and learning from all the other perspectives and experience.” And the most challenging part of her work? “All the bureaucratic stuff, I have little patience for forms.” Throughout her career, Huntley has seen the remediation industry evolve, and feels it is trending in the right direction. She shares, “Although it would be great to find that “silver bullet”, a one size fits all solution, at least now we have a couple of decades of research behind us. We are smarter as an industry, and we can collect the right data, target the sources, and today have more effective technologies to implement which actually close out sites.”
Appreciating How Things Should Be
Being a woman in a field that is dominated by men does not faze Huntley, who feels her field of study needs more women. She continues, “One of the reasons I decided to work for WSP (then ESC) was because there were women on the technical staff and my interview questions were about what I knew and my experience, not if I could carry a toolbox. We really need to have more women in leadership roles where we can influence policy, mentor, and ultimately change the culture.” When it comes to encouraging others to join her field of study, she says it’s important to get outside. “Get out of your house and experience the woods, mountains, and beaches,” says Huntley. “You need to have an appreciation for how things can and should be if you want to make a difference.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Erin Huntley, Senior Technical Manager/Technical Principal at WSP, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates her dedication and diverse contributions in making a difference in successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
Choosing a career in environmental sciences was an easy choice for Elliot Haro, Vice President and Principal Scientist at Haro Environmental, Inc., an environmental consulting firm and valued REGENESIS client. In high school, Haro was already interested in chemistry, math and biology, three important subject areas that would eventually frame his undergraduate studies in college. “I really enjoyed math and chemistry in the first two years of college,” says Haro. “Then I took an introduction course on soils and realized this field included a great combination of math, chemistry, and biology. I knew then that for me, environmental science was the perfect match!” As an executive with Haro Environmental, Inc., Elliot is responsible for a wide range of the firm’s services, which provides him with ongoing diversity in his work. He continues, “My current role with the company includes managing everything from procurement and marketing to project management and project implementation, including sampling and reporting. As such, there’s a nice balance between field work and office work.” He also likes the fact that each day is different. His work spans client and contract management, project management where he manages field services and reporting, to soil, soil vapor and groundwater investigations and site assessment.
The Path to Environmental Remediation
Haro’s path to environmental remediation started while in college. After earning his BS and MS in Soil Science from California Polytechnic State University, he worked as an Associate Soil Scientist, working his way up to Senior Soil Scientist for a several environmental consulting and engineering firms. He then helped form Haro Environmental, Inc. in 2013, with the goal of providing best in-class, client-focused consulting services. He continues, “I believe this is what sets us apart from other consulting firms. Unlike other firms which often utilize staff-level employees to perform the work which could result in critical items being missed, we have senior-level staff intimately involved in all of aspects of our projects. This enables us to maintain close contact with the client to ensure their goals are met.” To stay abreast of changes in technology and advancements within the environmental remediation industry, Haro regularly attends webinars on remediation and monitoring trends. When asked what he enjoys most about his work he points to two simple words he likes to hear from clients. He shares, “The best part is when the client says ‘thank you’, because that tells me we are doing a good job and validates our commitment to client goals. Another rewarding aspect about the environmental field is the challenge and success of developing remediation alternatives that minimize the environmental impact. For example, using in-situ remediation strategies instead of dig and haul can conserve resources such as diesel fuel for the excavation equipment, and the disposed soil to a landfill. This means fewer trucks on the highway and also eliminates the need to import clean fill soil.” And the most challenging aspect of his work? “Figuring out ways to reduce environmental contaminants to concentrations, for unrestricted land use.”
Partnering with REGENESIS in a Changing Environmental Industry
When he’s not involved in groundwater monitoring, investigating soil vapor, or a host of other day-to-day work responsibilities, Haro can be found surfing somewhere off California’s Central Coast, near Los Osos, where he lives with his wife and two children. “I’m up for anything in the ocean,” he says, “Except sharks! I really enjoy surfing, and living on the central coast offers great opportunities for that.” He is also involved in charity work, and points out that Haro Environmental, Inc. donates its services to support local non-profit organizations, including the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo. When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Haro is especially impressed with the level of their technical expertise. He continues, “REGENESIS brings a strong technical background to each project. We recently completed an injection of PlumeStop® and Hydrogen Release Compound (HRC®) to degrade chlorinated VOCs. The challenges of this project were the same as with most injection projects- distribution. The pre-injection design verification field assessment was helpful in understanding the subsurface conditions, and the outcome was successful. VOC concentrations were reduced, and project goals were met within 2 years of the injection without the need for any follow up injections.” He is also pleased with how PlumeStop® has been shown to be rapidly effective for reducing dissolved-phase chlorinated VOC concentrations in groundwater, and feels Bio-Dechlor Inoculum® Plus is helpful with the full dechlorinating reaction.
In terms of how he’s seen the industry change over the past several years, Haro says he’s noticed the industry’s services have evolved, as well as changes in its overall approach to remediation. He continues, “I think it’s changed from an engineered approach to removing contaminant mass, to enhancing natural systems for reducing contaminant concentrations, with an emphasis on risk management.” And when asked what he sees the future holds for environmental remediation, Haro quickly points to the field of biology as an essential focal point. “In my mind, without question the future is biology. The remediation industry is continuing to advance its understanding regarding the complex interactions between living organisms and the chemicals in their environment. This understanding is enabling consultants to take advantage of the natural biological systems to degrade environmental pollutants for efficient remediation.” And in offering advice to others who might be interested in a career in environmental sciences, he concludes by underscoring the need for practical work experience prior to completing university studies. “If someone is interested, an internship is a great way to learn more about the environmental field. He also suggests joining clubs or organizations that are involved in the conservation on natural resources. This is helpful to gain an understanding of the type of work environmental consultants do, and allows you to meet those in the field who may be helpful in starting a career after college.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Elliot Haro, Vice President and Principal Scientist at Haro Environmental, Inc., as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his range of diverse experience in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
As a Senior Project Manager for Langan, a global engineering and environmental consulting firm and valued REGENESIS client, Joseph Good has become a true specialist within an already specialized industry. Since 2007, Good has operated from Langan’s New York City office, managing large-scale environmental remediation projects. This includes site assessment and New York State Brownfield investigation and remediation. In an industry that impacts nearly every region of the world, Good’s geographic and environmental specialization in the New York City area, the most populated in the U.S., underscores how much attention is needed in this city’s ongoing remediation efforts. Shares Good, “I have worked my entire career in the Langan New York City office, and the vast majority of my experience is on projects within the five boroughs of New York City.” Although his focus is on New York City and its surrounding metropolitan areas, there is still variety in his work. Share’s Good, “My current responsibilities include Phase I and II environmental site assessment, and managing New York State Brownfield investigation and remediation. But I also work with the New York State Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) on regulated site application, investigation and remediation. So even though most of my work centers on the New York City area, there is nice diversity attached to it.”
The Path Toward Engineering
Good began working with Langan in 2007 as an intern, while he was finishing his B.S. in Civil Engineering, which he obtained from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In 2010, the company helped support his efforts in earning his Master’s in Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant while in graduate school. “One reason I selected engineering is because I have always enjoyed solving problems.” Good is a LEED accredited professional and a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and Illinois. To stay current within the industry, Good promotes “lunch and learn” sessions with his co-workers, and often attends 2-3 presentations a week to learn about new products, industry trends, or regulatory developments. He also attends conferences around the country to stay abreast of the latest advancements in remediation technology.
A PlumeStop Story
When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Good appreciates the depth of experience and solutions that come from working with a firm that prides itself on proven results. He shares, “I know when I call REGENESIS, I’ll receive valuable insight and the ideal solution. We’ve been working together for a number of years and I respect their experience and appreciate their advice.” On one project in particular, Good recalls working with REGENESIS on a complex brownfield in a New York City neighborhood. He continues, “It was an extremely challenging brownfield in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, where chlorinated volatile organic compounds and petroleum contamination was identified in soil, groundwater and soil vapor. We developed a combined treatment plan to pre-treat the site with persulfate, and complete the remediation with a PlumeStop® injection. We had to integrate the remediation with a time-sensitive development, which drove construction of a sub-foundation network of injection/monitoring wells that could remain accessible via a cellar vault. This in situ well network allowed a phased remedial approach that prevented major delays and associated cost impacts to the project, and allowed for confidence in the remedial approach, should rebound be identified in the future.” As for specific REGENESIS products that he and Langan use, three in particular come to mind. “Traditionally,” says Good, “We have successfully used ORC® and ORC Advanced® to address residual contamination associated with relatively straightforward petroleum spills. More recently, we have seen a large push for PlumeStop® as a faster solution to address dissolved phase contaminants on mixed contaminant sites.”
The South Island of New Zealand
Married and living in the New Jersey suburb of Hoboken with his wife and their dog, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Good enjoys exploring all that the Tri-City area has to offer, which includes a round of golf, running, and attending a favorite concert. But it’s his passion for travel, especially to New Zealand, where he earned his graduate degree, that tops his list. He continues, “My favorite travel destination is the South Island of New Zealand. New Zealand is known as the adrenaline capital of the world and I enjoyed the bungee jumping, skydiving, hang-gliding and jet boating. But by far my favorite activity there was hiking through the Southern Alps on the pristine trails.” He also finds time to stay actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and is its Younger Member Forum (YMF) president. As for what he enjoys most about his work, Good points to the rewarding experiences of working with talented, smart people to solve complex environmental problems. He concludes, “I am lucky to work with an amazing mentor, Jason Hayes, and an extremely dedicated staff that keep the work environment exciting and fresh. We have a unique collaborative team approach in the office that relies on integrating diverse backgrounds, such as chemistry, engineering, environmental science, policy, and geology. I love the team approach to problem solving, with each member pulling their own weight. I firmly believe the “whole is greater than the sum of its pieces”!
REGENESIS is proud to have Joseph Good, Senior Project Manager with Langan, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his specialized experience and contributions in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
For Chris Jaros of EnviroForensics®, a full service environmental engineering firm and valued REGENESIS client, applying his more than 20 years of experience towards just one role or position is simply not enough. His expertise in both project management and in coordinating with municipalities, developers, and communities, allows him to fill key positions as both a Senior Project Manager and Brownfields Coordinator. Although working in two demanding roles at EnviroForensics can have its challenges, Jaros would not want it any other way. He feels his experience in the environmental consulting industry has prepared him well, for both positions. He shares, “I enjoy the technical aspects of my project work immensely – helping our projects advance through the various stages to achieve our client’s goals. Most of my project work includes directing my portfolio of projects, developing/refining each project Conceptual Site Model (CSM) and ensuring that all stakeholders on any given project know what is going on, why we are doing what we do, and making sure regulators are on board with the work.” And when he shifts gears to his Brownsfield Coordinator role, he enjoys community relations and assisting with the various approvals and funding aspects that are required. Jaros continues, “I’m quite comfortable engaging municipalities, brownfield directors, developers and planners to help them evaluate which properties are “brownfields”, and what can be done about them. For me, this is the fun part of our work because we help get funding in place for those properties to get cleaned up.”
An Early Interest in the Environment
Jaros’ interest in our earth’s environment stems from experiences with his family, as a youth. His brother lived off the land, in the woods, for many years with an artesian spring piped to his house, solar panels for his home, and a creek running through his property. His interest in the environment growing up would lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University. Jaros shares, “In college I was involved in a Greenpeace type of group, and I helped our university start the first campus-wide recycling program. I did a co-op in water resources and flood control, and then got into environmental consulting upon graduation with a national firm working on leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites. I chose to use my science background to help clean up the environment.” His experiences with the outdoors while growing up also spawned his love for many of his current hobbies as well. These include a love for fishing excursions in the myriad of waterways around Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife of 17 years and their three sons. “I also assist in coaching my boys in various sports, and I’m involved in several social justice issues with ministries in the city. I’m currently working on developing a class about racism, justice and helping folks engage in meaningful, transformative relationships across economic and ethnic lines.”
Working with REGENESIS: The Nineties and Today
When it comes to working with REGENESIS, Jaros is quick to mention he has worked with REGENESIS’ products for 20 years, starting with the company’s ORC® (Oxygen Release Compound) socks in monitoring wells, back in the early 90s. He continues, “I enjoy working with the staff at REGENESIS because they are always looking to help find the right solution, at a cost-effective delivery. I was the Senior Project Manager working with Keith Gaskill on a site here in Indianapolis. This was a site remedy that allowed the client to keep his business open, after PlumeStop® was injected with Hydrogen Release Compound (HRC®) and Bio-Dechlor Inoculum® Plus (BDI) into the stratified sand lenses. What made this unique was the approach using PlumeStop® to capture and treat the transport zone, while at the same time coating the interface between the storage and transport zones as a solution to the back diffusion occurring. The process enabled us to have timely approval by the regulating agency due to effective planning once it was approved by the stakeholders.” In the last year alone Jaros says EnviroForensics has utilized PersulfOx® for pretreatment in excavations and treatment of petroleum plumes, a few polytechnology applications of 3-D Microemulsion® with Chemical Reducing Solution (CRS®) and BDI+, and several applications of PlumeStop®, both with and without co-injection of HRC® and BDI Plus. “Each site presents unique and interesting challenges” says Jaros, “and we operate dynamically with the entire range of products offered by REGENESIS.”
When asked what he likes most about his work, he points to the variety of project work, teamwork, and reaching overall objectives. He continues, “I enjoy the mixture of project solutions we develop from a big picture as well as the day to day demands of moving projects ahead toward our goals. The opportunity to work with our entire team of folks here is great, and then engaging regulators, attorneys, insurance representatives and sometimes third party off-site property owners and then the development community for municipalities offers variety and an opportunity to meet our client’s needs.” He adds, “In recent years I have gotten to focus on brownfield redevelopment and engaging folks in the community and economic development world to realize how to turn unused properties into assets for communities.” And the most difficult aspect? “Sometimes getting all stakeholders on the same page can be challenging, but one of our mottos is to keep our eyes forward – we are always looking to find solutions and overcome challenges. If we didn’t like difficulties, we would not be in this industry!”
REGENESIS is proud to have Chris Jaros, Senior Project Manager and Brownfields Coordinator with EnviroForensics, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his commitment and contributions in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
From helping to build highways as a heavy equipment operator, to designing and constructing industrial and aerospace monitors, to studying uranium-immobilizing bacteria, Karen Kinsella, Ph.D. has achieved a broad and unique background during her professional career. Currently a Senior Technical Specialist in biochemistry and geochemistry with GZA GeoEnvironmental, a valued REGENESIS® client, Dr. Kinsella is committed to our earth’s environment. Shares Kinsella, “I have a diverse career path. In addition to other roles, I’ve raised dairy cattle and worked as a corporate librarian searching intellectual property. In my role with GZA I work with teams of geotechnical, environmental, water, and ecological engineers and scientists, developing conceptual site models. I also design holistic solutions for environmental protection and remediation. I view my current role as a way to shed light on the interactions between groundwater and soil, while helping others understand how those interactions change when we build on a site, clean up a site, or alter a site’s hydrogeology.”
Pursuing a Passion to Clean Up Our Environment
Kinsella has successfully combined much of what she’s learned throughout her life to help clean up our environment, and hopefully transfer her knowledge and passion for land science to like-minded young consultants. She continues, “I saw environmental remediation as a practical way to pursue my passion for understanding soil biochemistry in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment.” With a B.S. in animal science from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Science in chemistry from Central Connecticut State University, and a Ph.D. in soil chemistry and microbiology from the University of Connecticut, Kinsella enjoys all aspects of the learning process, and strives to keep up with the latest trends in remediation. Shares Kinsella, “I stay current with published literature, subscribe to feeds from university research groups, and attend webinars, conferences, and workshops. Essentially, I try to learn something new every day.” She also finds time to volunteer for various non-profit organizations that have an impact on our environment. She continues, “I collaborate on industry guidance document development. For example, last year I co-authored the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) publication, Groundwater & PFAS: State of Knowledge & Practice, and the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council’s (ITRC) web-based guidance document, Bioavailability in Contaminated Soil.”
Collaborating with REGENESIS
When asked what she enjoys most about working with REGENESIS, Kinsella points to the caliber of the company’s scientists and engineers. “I enjoy working with REGENESIS because their scientists and engineers think outside of the box,” she says. “For example, we needed a second injection of PlumeStop® into fractured bedrock underneath a landfill to try and keep more of the additive in the source area hot spot. REGENESIS suggested an alternative formulation that would break out of its colloid sooner and not travel so far downgradient, although we were very happy that the initial injection traveled as far as it did!” Kinsella likes to recommend PlumeStop because it also enhances natural remedial processes by improving contact between contaminants, degrading microbes, and nutrients. Additionally, she likes PersulfOx® because it’s a one-part ISCO reagent with good longevity. When asked what motivates her in her role she shares, “I enjoy brainstorming with multidisciplinary teams, and passing the results on to young engineers and scientists.”
Residing in eastern Connecticut with her husband, a carpenter, Kinsella collaborates on an array of projects in several northeastern states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In her free time she enjoys hiking with their dogs, tending to her garden, and reading. She also practices transcendental meditation and yoga, which she says, “Helps me stay focused and balanced on a daily basis.” When asked how she has seen the environmental remediation industry change over the years, she remarks she’s noticed an increase in the role of sustainability. She continues, “I see our industry moving towards sustainable production. For example, as a member of the American Chemical Society, I’ve seen chemical manufacturing shift toward using fewer resources and more toward the use of solvent recycling. This means the contaminants we clean up from 21st century manufacturing will be very different from those we’re addressing now from 19th and 20th century legacy wastes.” And what does Kinsella feel the future holds for the environmental remediation industry? “I believe we will move away from cleaning up every chemical down to concentrations we can’t measure, and more toward practical endpoints, with the focus on managing contaminant bioavailability and mobility to protect receptors.” The future goals of GZA GeoEnvironmental seem to echo this. She continues, “GZA’s mission is to be the premier provider of practical and innovative solutions to the 21st century challenges of natural and built environments for the benefit of our clients, employees, shareholders, and society.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Karen Kinsella, Senior Technical Specialist with GZA GeoEnvironmental, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates her diverse experience and contributions in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
As our earth’s environment, and more specifically, environmental remediation, increasingly garner more attention, the challenges associated with successful site cleanup call for experienced professionals who truly want to make a difference, both now and for future generations. Enter Gordon Dean, Vice President with Advanced Environmental Technologies, LLC (AET), a valued REGENESIS® client and a leader in providing cost-effective solutions for an array of environmental challenges. As a Senior Professional Engineer for AET, covering several states in the Southeast, Dean takes great pride in helping to shape the future of bioremediation. “I really enjoy my work and derive a great deal of satisfaction in cleaning up waste sites and returning them to beneficial uses,” shares Dean. “Clean closure of a site allows my clients full unencumbered use of their properties while protecting the drinking water supplies for future generations.”
35 Years of Environmental Industry Experience
As one might expect, experience is paramount with today’s challenging combination of technical requirements and evolving federal and state regulations. That’s where Dean’s experience separates him from others in his field. Following earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, his career path, which spans over 35 years, includes several field and executive positions with environmental firms specializing in soil and groundwater remediation, landfill monitoring and maintenance, contamination assessment, in situ intrinsic remediation, and other environmental restoration services. Shares Dean, “My current responsibilities at AET include reviewing, signing, and sealing engineering documents, preparing proposals, and managing hazardous waste cleanup sites. I also manage soil and groundwater sampling, laboratory analysis methodology, underground and aboveground storage tank site assessment, and a range of other responsibilities.”
Applying PlumeStop for Successful Petroleum Remediation
When asked what he enjoys most about working with REGENESIS, Dean points to the company’s innovative products, specifically, PlumeStop®, which he recently used for a pay-for-performance site. He continues, “The Shell McClean site marks the first site where I used REGENESIS’ PlumeStop. The design was complicated by the fact that a large diameter auger source removal had previously been conducted by others, and the site was covered with approximately 15 feet of flowable fill. I was eager to try the liquid activated carbon™ amendment after seeing several presentations at the Florida Remediation Conference last year, and felt it gave me the best chance for a successful project completion.” The success of PlumeStop at this site made quite an impression. He continues, “PlumeStop has the potential to be a game changer in site remediation. It is unique in that it provides two complementary methods of remediation in a single long lasting application. The activated carbon provides immediate adsorption of the contaminants and also provides nucleation sites for biological degradation. Plus, theoretically, a single application could last for years.”
A Herd of Texas Longhorn Cattle
Working out of the Tallahassee AET office, Dean and his wife live on a 75-acre horse and cattle ranch in rural Jefferson County, Florida. Shares Dean, “We have a barrel racing arena and board eight horses in addition to our own horses. We also raise a small herd of 15 to 30 Texas Longhorn cattle.” And how did Texas Longhorn cattle find their way onto Dean’s farm exactly? “Longhorns are a heritage breed that almost became extinct due to cross-breeding after the Civil War. Several herds of purebred stock were saved and formed the foundation for all of today’s Longhorns. They are a very hardy, self-sufficient cow and are surprisingly docile. We sell them for roping stock and also process them for lean, grass-fed beef.” When he’s not working, Dean enjoys their ranch, and looks forward to cooking up grilled steaks and fried turkey, as well as other ranch-type specialties. In addition, he also finds time to donate to the local Chamber of Commerce, has served as Treasurer of the Monticello Opera House, and as a board member of the Southern Music Rising festival.
When asked about the most demanding aspect of his job, Dean explains that each site can present a multitude of challenges. He continues, “It can be challenging with site access, financial constraints, compressed schedules, cleanup target levels, lithology, and hydrology issues. Time consuming and intrusive – cleanups generally take one to several years to reach site goals, and construction activities can then take weeks or months, which significantly impact a client’s business operations. However, products and solutions like PlumeStop offer the possibility of a one-time application that can rapidly remediate sites with minimal impact to the business operations.”
When asked how he would encourage others to join his field of study, he suggests it’s best to obtain an engineering or geology degree and obtain your professional certifications. “I see too many job candidates with some type of environmental science degree that does not include professional certification, and this limits their future job prospects.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Gordon Dean, Vice President of Advanced Environmental Technologies, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his experience and diverse contributions in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
Ask Keith Rice, Senior Professional Geologist, about his role at NOVA Engineering and Environmental, LLC (NOVA) and you will likely get a range of responsibilities typically handled by several geologists. As one who wears two “hats,” Senior Professional Geologist and Senior Technical Professional, Rice’s duties encompass many key areas within today’s expanding environmental industry. “My responsibilities are wide-ranging”, says Rice. “They include, but are not limited to, soil and groundwater assessment, in situ and ex situ soil/groundwater remediation design and implementation, vapor intrusion mitigation system design and implementation, managing Brownfield sites, real estate due diligence assessments, such as writing and reviewing Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, project management , and growing client relationships.”
Actively Improving the Environment and Partnering with REGENESIS
With such a vast, yet specialized list of duties at NOVA, a valued REGENESIS® client and leading environmental engineering and consulting firm in the Southeast, Rice realized one of his initial goals in pursuing a career in the environmental sciences. Shares Rice, “I chose a career in the environmental industry for several reasons, but two of the most important are the personal satisfaction I receive from actively improving the environment, and the chance to learn more on emerging technologies in the environmental remediation industry.” With a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of West Georgia, which includes an emphasis in Environmental Geology, Rice began his professional career as a Staff Geologist, before rising to Project Geologist and then Professional Geologist. In his current role at NOVA, Rice has seen first-hand the positive effects that result from his firm’s close, collaborative relationship with REGENESIS. A recent example of partnering with REGENESIS includes the former Larkin Coil facility, a redevelopment project that included a challenging schedule. Continues Rice, “REGENESIS was one of a few companies that successfully completed an effective remediation design and efficiently implemented that design within a tight project schedule. I appreciate that REGENESIS was keenly adept at adjusting their design on the fly, based on the current sampling results. They also worked hard to successfully meet our schedule requirements.”
An Ever-Changing Industry
With regard to specific REGENESIS products, Rice points to NOVA’s use of the company’s chemical oxidants. He continues, “We use RegenOx® and PersulfOx® the most because of the amount of contaminant mass we are dealing with on some of our sites. Additionally, we like REGENESIS’ PlumeStop®, a Liquid Activated Carbon™ solution, which lowers the risk of further migration of groundwater plumes.”
To stay current in an ever-changing science-based industry, Rice regularly attends and participates in webinars, conferences and seminars that address emerging regulations and remedial technologies. “I recently participated in a Land Science® webinar with Dr. Blayne Hartman on “The Vapor Intrusion Risk Pathway: Regulatory Updates & Hot Topics.” Additionally, I’ve recently attended the American Institute of Professional Geologists’ (AIPG) conference on Innovative Environmental Assessments and Remediation Technology.”
Rice lives in Acworth, GA with his wife and two children, and covers Georgia and the surrounding states of Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Arkansas in his work for NOVA. When he’s not busy in the field or at the NOVA offices in Kennesaw, GA, he enjoys spending time fishing and boating at the lake near his home. He also enjoys traveling with his wife, and recently returned from Europe, where they toured Rome, Italy and Athens, Greece. He also finds time to volunteer over the holidays by helping to provide dinners to needy families, and occasionally donates a weekend to help Habitat for Humanity.
When asked what he enjoys most about his work, Rice points to the satisfaction of knowing he plays a role in making a better environment for his children, while also taking care of his client’s needs. And the most challenging aspect? “Client schedules…Everybody needs everything yesterday,” says Rice.
How to Assess the Regulatory Landscape
When asked how he’s seen the industry change over the years, Rice points to the areas of regulatory control and finance. He explains, “During my over ten years in this industry, I have seen the regulatory landscape change and adapt to a different financial landscape. I’ve also witnessed the evolution of vapor intrusion regulation, assessment and mitigation. When I first started in the environmental industry I worked on a lot of petroleum Underground Storage Tank (UST) sites. I don’t recall assessing those sites for the potential for vapor migration or a guidance document detailing how to do so. So today, there are guidance documents at the federal level and in many states that detail the assessment at Petroleum Vapor Intrusion (PVI) sites.” He continues, “There is also a federal guidance document, released in June 2015, that details the assessment of vapor intrusion on non-petroleum sites. Individual states are also starting to create their own vapor intrusion guidance.”
And how would Rice encourage others to pursue a career in environmental science? “I would share with them some of my experiences to help them determine what specific area of geology or environmental science they want to be in. There are numerous areas in this industry just waiting to be explored!”
REGENESIS is proud to have Keith Rice, Senior Professional Geologist at NOVA Engineering and Environmental, LLC, as a valued client, and appreciates his expertise in geology and environmental science along with his impact in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
When you ask Yen-Vy Van, Senior Hydrogeologist at Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA), about her day-to-day responsibilities, it’s hard to believe that one person could do so much. That’s because her role at Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc., a leading environmental engineering and planning firm in the Pacific Northwest and valued REGENESIS® client, stretches beyond just investigating and remediating impacted sites. From preparing technical documents and reports, to project and client management, to proposal development and other key duties, Van’s involvement seems to touch on nearly every aspect of what MFA does for their clients. Shares Van, “I also manage aspects of client marketing, mentor junior staff members, and conduct field work.” With so many responsibilities, choosing what she enjoys most can be difficult, but a few come readily to mind. Continues Van, “I especially enjoy the technical aspects of my work, such as applying forensic analysis and groundwater modeling of contaminants during remedial investigations to complete a more thorough investigation and understanding of the transport and fate of contaminants impacting the subsurface. I also enjoy the collaborative work we do at MFA – working with and learning from other professionals such as planners, civil engineers, and remediation engineers amongst other specialized professionals.”
Choosing Environmental Remediation
Choosing a career in environmental remediation came somewhat naturally to Van, since her interest in groundwater resources began early on with her university studies. “Environmental engineering was a natural segue for me. As a geologist/hydrogeologist, my interests revolved around groundwater resources. The area of environmental remediation of the subsurface is complex and fascinating, and provides the opportunity to rigorously evaluate and investigate the subsurface regime including soils, groundwater, free product, and vapor. Plus, I love scientific investigations, research, technologies, and engineering.”
Van’s university studies include a B.S. from California State University of Long Beach, and a M.S. from California State University of Los Angeles. To stay abreast of the rapid changes in her industry, she enjoys the opportunities to continue technical education in the environmental investigation and remediation fields. These include governmental organizations ranging from the EPA’s CLU-IN and USGS, to professional organizations and remediation experts that include REGENESIS, and others which offer webinars and courses/trainings throughout the year. She goes on to say, “I try to fit them in as often as possible. I believe in staying engaged to continually improve my technical understanding and capabilities.” Living just south of Tacoma, WA, Van works out of MFA’s Seattle office, and travels on an as-needed basis. She also works with the company’s Bellingham, Vancouver, and Portland offices on occasion.
Working with REGENESIS to Ensure Client Success
When asked what she enjoys most about working with REGENESIS, Van points to the high level of technical knowledge she sees from the REGENESIS staff. Says Van, “The REGENESIS technical team is terrific for many reasons. This includes their expertise, versatility, and proven successes. REGENESIS’ technical sales managers understand not only the technical aspects of environmental remediation, but that the various applications have consequential effects on businesses. I also like that REGENESIS factors in the property usage during their remediation design.” In addition, Van appreciates their multifaceted approach. She continues, “The versatility and remedial solutions REGENESIS offers makes them a recognized expert. Also, their tiered approach to targeting the biological and chemical reactions of contaminants and requirements for microbes to aggressively breakdown contaminants has proven to be quite successful.” When it comes to specific REGENESIS products, Van points to a couple in particular. “We’ve had the most success with ORC Advanced® and 3-D Microemulsion®. We’ve been able to obtain the much coveted No Further Action determination from the Washington Department of Ecology for sites where we have applied these amendments. Clients appreciate the minimized disruptions to their properties’ usages. With respect to vapor intrusion issues, we’ve had successes with the installation of Land Science®’s Retro-Coat Vapor Intrusion Barrier System. The mitigation and improvements in indoor air quality that results after the installation of these sealants have enabled our clients to proceed with property transactions. Without these successful mitigation measures, our clients would not have been able to proceed with future transactions on these properties.”
Married for 23 years, Van and her husband have two daughters. “One is a junior at Washington State University and the other is a sophomore in high school. They keep us sane and comically insane at times!” In her free time, she enjoys playing racquetball and competing in regional and local tournaments, and she and the family enjoy backpacking and whitewater rafting. Gardening while listening to baseball games on the radio is another hobby. In her spare time she volunteers at the county’s local library and hopes to get involved in Habitat for Humanity and working with a children organization in the future.
Asked how she would encourage others to join the field of environmental sciences, she concludes by relating how much she enjoyed presenting to her daughter’s elementary and junior high schools. “I’ve presented an hour-long compressed introduction to geology, environmental science, environmental engineering and how these fields apply to our daily lives as well as the exciting projects we engage in” says Van. “The students are usually interested, engaged, and curious. I believe engaging students at these levels is a good start to have them consider the sciences, the environment, engineering, and technologies as potential fields to explore for personal and professional interests.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Yen-Vy Van, Senior Hydrogeologist at Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc., as a valued client, and appreciates her expertise in hydrogeology and environmental engineering, and its impact in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.