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  • Ralph Acierno
  • Cherri Adair
  • Hernando Albarracin
  • Mahesh Albuquerque
  • Greg Bareta
  • Cindy Barnard
  • Bruce Bauman
  • Erica Becvar
  • Channing Bennett
  • Leonard Billingsley
  • Myra Blakely
  • Lamar Bradley
  • Jane Bral
  • Sandeep Burman
  • Donna Burmeister
  • James Callier
  • William R Chapman
  • Eliot Cooper
  • Robin Davis
  • Ron Duff
  • Carol Eighmey
  • Tracy England
  • Virginia Esmond
  • Stephenie Fiorenza
  • Victoria Flowers

  • Ralph Acierno, CO Division of Oil and Public Safety
    633 17th Street, Suite 500
    Denver, CO 80202
    Tel: (303) 378-4009

    Ralph Acierno is a Field Oil Inspector for the Field Inspection Section of the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety. He has several duties which include; environmental compliance inspections for both UST’s and AST’s, consumer complaints, technical assistance, special investigations, installation inspections, and weights and measures assurances. He has preformed these functions for more than 17 years and has acquired training in Corrosion Protection, AST Inspector Training, 40 Hour OSHA Training, LPG, and UST Inspector Training. Ralph has participated in of Colorado’s oldest running program and assisted in the evolution of the types of inspections to be preformed, equipment safety issues, and public safety resolution.

    Cherri Adair, US EPA
    Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center
    P.O. Box # 1198
    Ada, Oklahoma 74821-1198
    Poster Presenter

    Cherri Adair is an Environmental Scientist in GWERD's Subsurface Remediation Branch. Ms. Adair has a B.S. in Biology from East Central University. She has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency since 1999. Ms. Adair is presently conducting microcosm studies to determine the natural biological fate of Biodiesel, ethanol, and other fuel oxygenates, as well as, chlorinated solvents in contaminated aquifers.

    Hernando Albarracin, Illinois EPA
    1021 North Grand Avenue East, P.O. Box 19276
    Springfield, IL 62794-9276
    Tel: 217-524-2448

    Born in Colombia, Hernando came to Kankakee, Illinois, as a foreign exchange student in 1980. He earned a B.S. in Mining Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1986, and was close to earning a Master of Science in Mining Engineering from SIUC when the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency offered him a job in 1989. Hernando started as an environmental engineer in the Permit Section, was promoted to unit manager in the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Section in January 1996, and was promoted again to section manager in April 2008. Hernando sees the greening of UST cleanups twofold: it complements Illinois EPA’s mission, and it fits with his personal values.

    Mahesh Albuquerque, Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety
    633 17th Street, Suite 500
    Denver, CO 80202
    Tel: (303) 318-8533

    Mahesh Albuquerque is the Director of the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety. His responsibilities include oversight of Colorado’s Petroleum Storage Tank Programs (UST/AST, LUST, FUND and Weights & Measures) as well as several Public Safety Programs (Public School Construction, Explosives, Boilers, Conveyances and Amusement Devices). Mahesh joined the Division ten years ago, and has served as the Program Manager for Division’s Petroleum Inspection Section, overseeing the permitting, installation, registration, inspection, compliance and closure of UST’s and AST’s within Colorado. He was also responsible for ensuring state wide compliance with weights and measures laws and regulations related to petroleum products, including oversight of the states product quality laboratory. Mahesh has participated on EPA’s Significant Operational Compliance and Secondary Containment workgroups to assist with the development of EPA guidance documents. In addition to other rulemaking, Mahesh has been responsible for revising Colorado’s Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations to address the UST provisions of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. Prior to joining the Division, he spent eight years in the private sector as an environmental consultant. Mahesh received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from the University of Bombay, and is a registered professional geologist.

    Greg Bareta, Wisconsin Commerce
    201 W Washington Ave., 3rd Floor
    Madison, WI 53703
    Tel: 608-267-9795

    Greg Bareta has been employed as a consulting engineer by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in the Bureau of Petroleum Products and Tanks since 2001. His primary duties include aboveground and underground storage tank system design approval, leak detection system approval, Wisconsin code development, variance approval, and special projects/investigations. He has been a member of the National Workgroup on Leak Detection Evaluations (NWGLDE) since 2006, with primary responsibility for line leak detection approvals. Prior to his current position, he spent nine years as an in-service inspection and mechanical evaluations engineer in the nuclear power industry. Mr. Bareta received his engineering degree from UW-Milwaukee in 1991 and an MBA in 2004, and is a registered Wisconsin Professional Engineer.

    Cindy Barnard, NEIWPCC
    116 John Street
    Lowell, MA 01852
    Tel: 978-323-7929, x243
    Speaker, Poster Presenter

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    Bruce Bauman, API
    1220 L St.
    Washington, DC 20005
    Tel: 202-682-8345

    Since 1992, Bruce Bauman has been the Research Program Coordinator for Soil and Groundwater issues at API. His principal activities include research project management in support of the API Soil/Groundwater Technical Task Force, especially those projects involving biodegradation and gasoline oxygenates. Bruce has been with API since 1985, when he was the Groundwater Protection Coordinator focused on providing technical input to API's comments on federal and state underground storage tank (UST) regulations. He has served as a consultant to the EPA Science Advisory Board on two panels addressing UST issues, and participated in several federal panels, including the 1995-6 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) review of gasoline oxygenates and water quality, and the 1999 EPA Blue Ribbon Panel on Gasoline Oxygenates. He currently serves on the Science Advisory Committee of the Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC), and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Soil & Sediment Contamination. He currently is primarily focused on biofuels / ethanol, including their broad suite of land and water quality issues, as well as managing research on understanding the effects of ethanol fuel releases to ground water.

    Erica Becvar, HQ AFCEE/TDV
    3300 Sidney Brooks
    Brooks City-Base, TX 78235-5344
    Tel: 210-536-4314

    Ms. Erica Becvar is a senior soil scientist at the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE). She received her B.S. in microbiology and her M.S. in soil science from Texas A&M University. Ms. Becvar has more than 15 years of experience in managing programs to develop, demonstrate, and validate treatment technologies for contaminated soils and groundwater for the Air Force Installation Restoration Program. She currently leads the AFCEE Enhanced In Situ Bioremediation initiative, supports the AFCEE Remedial Process Optimization and Performance-Based Management initiatives, serves as the Air Force lead on the SERDP and ESTCP environmental restoration programs, manages the AFCEE Technology Transfer Outreach Office, and leads the initiative to include sustainability in Air Force remediation and long-term monitoring systems, programs, and applications.

    Channing Bennett, USEPA Region 4
    61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30303-8960
    Tel: 404-562-8474

    Channing Bennett is an Environmental Scientist with EPA's RCRA Underground Storage Tanks (RUST) Section in Region 4. He has worked in the RCRA permit and corrective action section as a specialist for 16 years. Channing presently serves as the Revitalization Coordinator for Petroleum Sites. He is responsible for coordination of efforts to assist federal, state and local governements and various community stakeholders to collabarate with the appropriate experts to identify resources available to assess, cleanup and revitalize petroleum contamninated properties. He was also a member of the National RCRA Revitalization Workgroup headed by EPA Headquarters Offiice of Solid Waste. He holds a Master's degree in Biology from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN and Bachelors's degree in Biology from Southern University, New Orleans, LA.

    Leonard Billingsley, OCC
    Jim Thorpe Buliding, Rm. 238, 2101 N. Lincoln Blvd.
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    Tel: 405-521-3504

    Leonard Billingsley is a degreed geologist with 20 years experience in the environmental industry and 14 years experience in the Oil & Gas industry. His environmental industry experience is in USTs, landfills and RCRA. He currently teaches the Petroleum Storage Tank Program?s Oklahoma RBCA course, Gamma Ray log monitoring wells for the program; oversees site investigations, risk assessment, site remediation and case closure. His oil & Gas industry experience includes prospect generation, development work and well sitting.

    Myra Blakely, EPA
    Ariel Rios Building
    1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
    Mail Code: 5105T
    Washington, DC 20460
    Tel: 202-566-2750

    Myra Blakely is the Deputy Director of the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. She joined the Environmental Protection Agency in 1994 to assist in the implementation of the Agency's Brownfields Initiative. Prior to her current position, Myra served as Brownfields Grants Policy and Grants Management Team Leader for the office; which included management of the assessment, revolving loan fund, cleanup and job training grants. Her career prior to EPA focused on economic development with an emphasis on job training and workforce development. She has worked with all levels of government, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and the private sector. Myra served as a consultant to public schools and non-profit organizations nationwide in the areas of dropout prevention and recovery. A native South Carolinian, Myra received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Columbia College and her Master's in Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Myra has received several EPA recognition awards, including a team Gold and Silver Medal for the Brownfields program, a Bronze Medal for her work on environmental workforce development, and a Brownfields Team Award from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government.

    Lamar Bradley, Tennessee Division of Underground Storage Tanks
    4th Floor, L&C Tower
    401 Church Street
    Nashville, Tennessee 37243
    Tel: 615 532-0952

    Lamar Bradley has worked in the Division of Underground Storage Tanks since 1988 and has been Assistant Director since November 1991. Lamar has 32 years experience in state government. He currently oversees activities for the Notification section, Enforcement and Compliance section, and provides technical assistance to inspectors and works on developing improvements in the compliance inspection and enforcement programs. Lamar is currently working on developing the Tennessee UST Operator Training program. Lamar served on the EPA National Work Group on Leak Detection Evaluations in 1993 for five years before leaving to devote more time to state efforts as the 1998 deadline approached. He rejoined the National Work Group in 2003. Lamar has been heavily involved at state and national levels with UST issues involving leak detection, specifically SIR, ASTM Alternative Assessment Procedures, Cathodic Protection Testing, flexible piping, alternative fuels, and other issues. Lamar wrote the original script for the nationally acclaimed video, Tank Time, which was used in numerous states to educate tank owners about the 1998 UST upgrade deadline. Lamar has worked with the Tennessee Oil Marketers Association, the Tennessee Petroleum Equipment Contractors Association, and other regulated interest groups as well as public interests. He has worked with the UST Board since its inception. He has been responsible for developing numerous technical and policy issues for the Division. He assisted in planning and conducting three statewide UST conferences. He has made numerous presentations to groups at state and national meetings on UST issues.

    Jane Bral, Colorado Dept of Labor and Employment
    633 17th St., Ste. 500

    Denver, CO 80202-3660
    Tel: 303-318-8510

    Ms. Bral graduated from Ohio University in Athens, OH in 1980 with a BS in Geology and in 1984 with a MS in Hydrogeology. She worked with Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) for 13 years in Gainesville, FL and Denver, CO doing petroleum and hazardous waste site assessment and remediation. In 1998 she founded Bral Environmental, Inc. that specializes in Phase I and II site assessments. In 1999 she joined the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) as an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Remediation Section where she oversaw the assessment and remediation of petroleum contaminated sites. In 2004 she began managing the Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank Fund that provides annual reimbursements of $35M to $40M.

    Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    520 Lafayette Road North
    St.Paul, Minnesota 55155
    Tel: 651.757.2256

    Sandeep Burman has been with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) since 1994. Currently as a Supervisor in the Petroleum Remediation Program, which manages both LUST and Petroleum Brownfield sites, and as Research Scientist and Hydrogeologist prior to that. Sandeep has a Masters Degree in Hydrogeology, with a Civil Engineering minor, from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

    Donna Burmeister, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems
    2600 Blair Stone Road MS 4545
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
    Tel: 850-245-8889

    Donna has spent the last 21 years at the Florida Depart Environmental Protection, of which 18 years has been in petroleum cleanup as a Professional Geologist. Currently working in the Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems as the PG liaison for the 14 counties under contract with the DEP to manage their own petroleum cleanups. 5 years were spent in Houston, Texas working for several Oil Company's during the boom years of the early 80's. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a bachelor's degree in geology. The years before graduation were spent in her native State working at the Illinois State Museum extensively investigating pre-historic Archaeological sites in the Illinois River Valley.

    James Callier, CNMI DEQ


    William R Chapman, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
    13901 Crown Court
    Woodbridge, Virginia 22193
    Tel: 703-583-3816

    Randy Chapman, Petroleum Remediation Program Leader Northern Regional Office, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ). Mr. Chapman is a graduate of Clemson University. He began his career in the world of petroleum investigations and cleanups in 1990 at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). In 1993, he was hired by the Remediation Program in the Northern Regional Office of the Virginia DEQ. In the 1990’s, the Virginia DEQ adopted a risk based approach for petroleum investigations and corrective actions. Since 1990, the Northern Virginia Regional Office has had approximately 6400 confirmed petroleum release cases reported and at any one time, regional case managers handle numerous investigations, corrective actions, as well as the associated reimbursement. Currently, Mr. Chapman is the case manager for over 100 open release investigations and cleanups.

    Eliot Cooper, Vironex, Inc.
    13551 W. 43rd Drive, Suite L
    Golden, CO 80403
    Tel: 303-277-9773

    Eliot Cooper is a member of the TRIAD Community of Practice with a mission to expedite the adoption of TRIAD based technologies. He served as a team member for the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) Chemical Oxidation Work Group and participated in development of the current in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) document and associated on-line training. He is an advisor on Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)/Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) projects involving injection models for high volume applications of reagents including emulsified oils and chemical oxidants. Eliot has worked extensively in large scale environmental remediation injection projects supporting environmental consultants in both the public and private sectors. He developed and implemented site characterization and injection approaches involving the Membrane Interface Probe (MIP) and integration of results into injection strategies for in-situ injection applications. His work in this field includes chemical oxidation, reduction, bioremediation and bio augmentation.

    Robin Davis, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
    168 North 1950 West
    Salt Lake City, UT 84116
    Tel: 801-536-4177

    Robin holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Since 1976, she has worked for the states of California, Arizona and Utah in hydrologic investigations and petroleum remediation. She has helped develop state guidance for risk-based corrective action, monitored natural attenuation and site investigations. Robin’s most recent work includes optimizing site investigations for studying the vapor intrusion pathway, and the study of subsurface petroleum hydrocarbon vapor occurrence and attenuation at sites in the United States and Canada.

    Ron Duff, SWRCB


    Carol Eighmey, Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund
    PO Box 836
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    Tel: 573-522-2352

    Carol Eighmey has served as Executive Director of Missouri's Tank Fund for 11 years and has been doing "tanks work" for 15 years. She has served on several EPA workgroups, as a member of the State Fund Administrators' Task Force, and serves on the Board of Directors for NatLUST, a non-profit corporation providing liquidity to state tank funds. Her background includes previous work for the state environmental regulatory agency and private sector experience in banking, insurance and association work. She has a B.S. in Applied Physics and a Master's Degree in Engineering Management.

    Tracy England, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    400 E Scenic Drive
    Suite 2-307
    The Dalles, Oregon 97058
    Tel: 541-298-7255

    Tracy J England has been the Underground Storage Tank Specialist for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Eastern Region since 2004; prior to that he was database coordinator for DEQ's Environmental Cleanup and Site Assessment section. He is the author of "Operator Training: The Oregon Experience" which appeared in the September 2008 issue of L.U.S.T. Line. Tracy is a 1997 graduate from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Geological Engineering and currently resides in Lyle, Washington.

    Virginia Esmond, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    750 Front Street
    Suite 120
    Salem, OR 97301
    Tel: 503-378-5046

    Virginia is an Environmental Specialist III with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). During her 18 years with ODEQ, she has worked primarily in the Land Quality programs as a cleanup site project manager. During the early years of the Underground Storage Tank Program, Virginia helped write and develop guidance and policies for the Underground Storage Tank Program. During her 18years with ODEQ, she has served on work groups that have helped to develop the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Public Health and completed graduate courses in Environmental Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

    Stephenie Fiorenza, BP North America
    501 WestLake Park Blvd, MC 28.144A

    Houston, TX 77079
    Tel: 281 366 7484

    Stephanie Fiorenza is the regional remediation technology coordinator for BP in their southern US and Latin American region. She also has primary responsibility for chlorinated solvent-impacted sites and bioremediation approaches. She has been involved with sustainable remediation since the inception of SURF in 2006 and is now focused on sustainable remediation efforts within BP. Prior to joining BP she managed innovative remediation technology pilot tests at US DOD sites. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University and her B.A. from Brown University.

    Victoria Flowers, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
    P.O. Box 365
    Oneida, WI 54155
    Tel: (920)496-5328

    Victoria Flowers has worked for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin since August of 2004, as an Environmental Specialist in the Brownfield Program. Prior to coming to the Tribe, she worked as an Environmental Consultant – Hydrogeologist, in the private sector. During that time, she conducted Phase 1 Environmental Assessments, environmental site investigations, developed and implemented remedial action plans for petroleum release, dry cleaner and agricultural chemical release sites, and developed Spill Control and Countermeasures Plans (SPCC) for clients. Since working for the Oneida Tribe of Indians, she has been developing a Tribal Environmental Response Program using The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Brownfield 128(a) grant funding. With that funding she has developed a robust database that tracks various environmental activities associated with properties that may have an impact on a site’s use, its priority ranking for assessment or cleanup, and its threat to the environment. To date, the database tracks, approximately 10,000 individual parcels and can compare them against approximately 900 environmental reviews, 400 tanks, and 220 environmental response action sites. This information has lead to the development of oversight authorities that have participated in several state and one tribally led response actions.


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