2015 National Tanks Conference in Boston, MA

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  • Michael Albright
  • Mahesh Albuquerque
  • Bill Alpine
  • David Bardsley
  • Joe Berlin
  • Samar Bhuyan
  • Therron Blatter
  • Rick Brunton
  • Susan Burnell
  • Leslie Carr
  • Melinda Crutchfield
  • Robin Davis
  • George DeVaull
  • Stephen Dyment
  • Carol R. Eighmey
  • David Emmington
  • Catalina Espino Devine
  • Neal Farrar
  • Andrew Fox
  • Tom Fox
  • Robert Frank
  • Julia Fraser
  • Ellen Frye

  • Michael Albright, Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Branch
    200 Fair Oaks Lane
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
    Tel: 502-564-5981
    Email:
    Michael.Albright@ky.gov
    Poster Presenter

    Michael Albright is a Environmental Scientist with the Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Branch. He has been with the Branch since 2008. Prior to his work at Kentucky USTB, he worked in the areas of karst hydrogeology and environmental research. Michael has a M.S. in Geology from Eastern Kentucky University.

    Mahesh Albuquerque, Division of Oil and Public Safety
    633 17th Street, Suite 500
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    Tel: 303-318-8502
    Email:
    mahesh.albuquerque@state.co.us
    Speaker

    Mahesh Albuquerque is the Director of the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety. His responsibilities include oversight of Colorado’s Storage Tank Programs - UST/AST Inspection, LUST Remediation, Petroleum Reimbursement Fund, and Weights & Measures, as well as several Public Safety Programs including Explosives, Boilers and Pressure Vessels, Conveyances, and Amusement Rides and Devices. He has been with the Division for over fifteen years and serves in leadership positions on several national technical committees and workgroups on standards and policy development. Prior to joining the Division, he spent eight years in the private sector as an environmental consultant. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from the University of Bombay, and is a registered professional geologist.

    Bill Alpine, Environmental Compliance Services, Inc.
    10 State St
    Woburn, MA 01801
    Tel: 781-246-8897
    Email:
    balpine@ecsconsult.com
    Speaker

    William Alpine is Corporate Counsel and Director of Cost Recovery for Environmental Compliance Services, Inc., (ECS) a multi-state environmental and energy Services Company. He is responsible for providing in-house legal guidance on such matters as contract management, risk management, environmental due diligence, and human resources to the company's approximately 300 engineers, scientists and administrative personnel. He is also Director of ECS’ Cost Recovery program where he oversees the reimbursement process for claims submitted to various state financial assurance programs. Prior to joining ECS in 2005, he worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 17 years, the last 12 of which he served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund. He also served as co-chair of the State Fund Administrators Task Force. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University.

    David Bardsley, Directed Technologies Drilling
    100 Rolling Ridge Drive
    Bellefonte, PA 16823
    Tel: 713-545-1859
    Email:
    david@horizontaldrill.com
    Speaker

    David Bardsley has over thirty years of environmental drilling experience working in a variety of settings across the United States. He was an early leader in the use of horizontal drilling to solve environmental challenges and has authored/co-authored over twenty papers on horizontal environmental drilling methodology. He has been directly involved in the design and installation oversight of over 100,000’ of horizontal environmental wells including seventy-six blind well completions. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology & Geophysics along with a Communications Minor (1984) from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He is a licensed well driller in Texas, Arizona and Louisiana and holds RG/PG certifications in Texas, Missouri, Louisiana and Tennessee.

    Joe Berlin, BLDI, Inc.
    150 Fountain St NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Tel: 6164593737
    Email:
    jberlin@bldi.com
    Speaker

    Joseph Berlin, President and founding member of BLDI, is responsible for risk analysis, remediation and forensic assessments. He has provided risk management, remediation and forensic services to private parties, lenders and their advisers throughout BLDI’s primary footprint of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana since 1991. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering, as well as an MBA. He is a licensed engineer in Ohio and several other states, a VAP Certified Professional (Ohio CP #351), and a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). He regularly works on forensic cases, with some of his most recent cases being in Texas and Michigan. He regularly provides training in the areas risk management, UST assessments and forensics.

    Samar Bhuyan, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
    1110 W. Washington St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Tel: 602-771-4252
    Email:
    sjb@azdeq.gov
    Poster Presenter

    Samar works in the State Lead Program of UST Corrective Action Section and is involved in developing and implementing scope of for investigation and remediation of petroleum contamination.

    Therron Blatter, Utah DEQ
    195 North 1950 W
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114
    Tel: 801-536-4141
    Email:
    tblatter@utah.gov
    Speaker

    Therron Blatter is the Manager for the Underground Storage Tank Branch of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. In this capacity, he is responsible for oversight of Utah’s compliance and enforcement program, LUST cleanup program, and Petroleum Storage Tank cleanup fund. He has been involved in Utah UST program for the past 24 years, eight as a UST field inspector, eleven as the UST compliance program manager and the last five as UST branch manager. Therron received his B.S and M.S. in geology from Brigham Young University.

    Rick Brunton, ADEQ
    1110 West Washington Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Tel: 602-771-4745
    Email:
    rlb@azdeq.gov
    Speaker

    Rick Brunton is Project Manager for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ) UST Corrective Action Section, State Lead Unit, which focuses on orphan and abandoned UST sites. He manages multiple UST cleanup projects across the entire. He has worked for ADEQ for just under 10 years. Prior to relocating to Arizona, he worked for a private consulting firm servicing Northeast Ohio and Southeast Michigan for 15 years.

    Susan Burnell, EPA/OUST
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Mail code 5401P
    Washington, DC 20460
    Tel: 703-603-9231
    Email:
    burnell.susan@epa.gov
    Speaker

    Susan Burnell works in the Cleanup and Revitalization Division of EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks. She has been with EPA for 20 years and has worked in OUST since 2009. She is the content lead for OUST's backlog studies. She has worked with EPA's Office of Site Remediation Enforcement on the development of RP search guidance for the tanks program and on ability to pay issues. She is OUST's Regional Liaison for Regions 3 and 6. She has a B.A. from Albion College in Albion, MI, majoring in Biology.

    Leslie Carr, KYDEP
    200 Fair Oaks Lane
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
    Tel: 502-564-5981 x4778
    Email:
    leslie.carr@ky.gov
    Speaker

    Leslie is the Energy Act Coordinator for the Underground Storage Tank Branch UST Compliance Section. She has worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 16 years, and in the Underground Storage Tank Program for 12 of those years. In her current role she trains inspectors and the regulated community, as well as writing draft regulations for the Kentucky's compliance program and managing their online training program, KY TOOLS. She has been active with the ASTSWMO UST Task Force since 2008 and currently is the Tanks Subcommittee Chair. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Conservation Management from the University of Kentucky.

    Melinda Crutchfield, TDEC/UST
    312 Rosa L. Parks Ave
    William R. Snodgrass TN Tower
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Tel: 615-532-0955
    Email:
    melinda.s.crutchfield@tn.gov
    Speaker

    Melinda Crutchfield is the Environmental Investigator for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Underground Storage Tanks. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of the Program Integrity Protection Plan that helps protect the division’s $47 million program fund from fraud, waste and abuse. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in criminal justice, both from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been a Certified Fraud Examiner for over 15 years, and holds memberships in the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the National Association of Government Accountants. She has provided specialized training across the country on matters related to fraud and fraud auditing, interviewing and interrogation techniques, behavioral analysis, and detecting and identifying deceptive behavior.

    Robin Davis, Utah DEQ
    195 North 1950 West
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114
    Tel: 801-536-4177
    Email:
    rvdavis@utah.gov
    Speaker

    Robin Davis is a Licensed Professional Geologist and Project Manager with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Leaking Underground Storage Tank program. She has over 30 years of professional experience, and specializes in fate and transport of petroleum hydrocarbons, risk assessments, and data acquisition and analysis most recently for the vapor-intrusion exposure pathway.

    George DeVaull, Shell Global Solutions
    3333 Highway Six South
    Houston, Texas 77082
    Tel: 281-544-7430
    Email:
    george.devaull@shell.com
    Speaker

    George DeVaull has a Ph.D. and is a Senior Consultant at Shell Global Solutions, with experience in applied methods of measuring, estimating, and modeling chemical fate and transport in the environment. He has developed several methods for modeling and parameterizing soil vapor emissions, including vapor intrusion to indoor air, and has also developed and applied varied risk assessment methods in site remediation decisions.

    Stephen Dyment, USEPA
    1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    5203P
    Washington, DC 20460
    Tel: 703-603-9903
    Email:
    dyment.stephen@epa.gov
    Speaker

    Stephen Dyment is a chemist with more than 18 years experience including 4 years in a commercial analytical laboratory and 8 years in environmental consulting. He joined EPA in 2005 with a focus towards enhancing acceptance and use of emerging analytical technologies, sampling strategies, and remediation approaches. His perspective draws upon years of practical laboratory and field experience to apply EPA's Triad approach at sites in Superfund, Brownfields, RCRA, UST, and State programs. His efforts have resulted in the development of numerous EPA case studies, profiles, and training courses that outline successful strategies for the use and understanding of collaborative data sets, adaptive QC programs, and real time analytics. The resulting targeted high resolution information improves the conceptual site model and uses scale appropriate measurements to optimize remedy design effectiveness and facilitate the application of green and sustainable remediation approaches. He provides project-specific support for sites through the Brownfield and Superfund technical support centers and teaches classes on sampling design, x-ray fluorescence, Triad, and other technical subjects. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science/Toxicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Carol R. Eighmey, MO Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund
    PO Box 836
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    Tel: 573-522-2352
    Email:
    pstif@sprintmail.com

    Carol R. Eighmey has served as Executive Director of the Missouri’s Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund for 18 years, an experience which has provided a broad base of knowledge of underground and aboveground tank regulations and equipment, cleanup technologies and costs, federal and state case law, and politics. She has served on several national committees, on the board of directors of NatLUST, and as a reviewer for EPA technical papers; she also regularly writes articles on UST-related topics for various publications. She has a BS in Applied Physics and a MS in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

    David Emmington, The Veeder-Root Company
    11548 Big Four Way
    Gold River, California 95670
    Tel: 916-638-2066
    Email:
    demmington@veeder.com
    Speaker

    Dave Emmington has been in the petroleum equipment industry for over 27 years and has been with The Veeder-Root Company for over eleven years. As Manager of Environmental Products, he interacts with regulatory agencies, end-users, distributors and contractors for familiarization of the company’s various environmental products. He is directly responsible to translate regulatory and end-users preferences into product specification, design, and functionality. He is continually involved with product development, education, and the training on all of Veeder-Root’s products.

    Catalina Espino Devine, Chevron
    6001 Bollinger Canyon Rd
    San Ramon, CA 94583
    Tel: 925-336-4376
    Email:
    espino@chevron.com
    Poster Presenter

    Catalina Espino Devine is a lead engineer with Chevron Energy Technology Company, Site Assessment and Remediation Team. She has a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a registered civil engineer in the State of California. She has been working on environmental site assessment and remediation projects for over 10 years.

    Neal Farrar, Sunbelt Environmental Services, Inc
    621 N Prince Lane
    Springfield, Missouri 65802
    Tel: 417-831-5052
    Email:
    nfarrar@sunbeltenv.com
    Speaker

    Neal Farrar is a professional geologist who has been working in the environmental consulting field since 1986. He is a Missouri Registered Geologist and a Professional Geologist in Illinois and Arkansas. He has extensive experience with the characterization of petroleum hydrocarbons in soil, groundwater and fractured bedrock. He received a B.S. in Geology from Southeast Missouri State University and studied hydrogeology and contaminant hydrogeology at Emporia State University. He is currently the Principal Geologist and manager of drilling services at Sunbelt Environmental Services, Inc. in Springfield Missouri.

    Andrew Fox, Timmons Group
    1001 Boulders Parkway
    Suite 300
    Richmond, Virginia 23225
    Tel: 571-212-2662
    Email:
    andy.fox@timmons.com
    Speaker

    Andrew Fox has been implementing geospatial solutions for over 20 years. He oversees information technology projects for the company’s many state, local and federal government clients. His professional experience includes work with a wide variety of GIS applications for managing the environment, land and assets. He specializes in strategic planning and designing solutions related to the many facets of an Enterprise GIS. He enjoys spending time with his family, most outdoor activities, home improvement, and growing a variety of hot peppers needed to make his homemade hot sauce. He earned his Doctorate’s degree in Geological Sciences from Cornell University and his M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as a US Fulbright Research Fellow.

    Tom Fox, Colorado OPS
    633 17th St, Ste 500
    Denver, CO 80202
    Tel: 303-318-8535
    Email:
    tom.fox@state.co.us
    Speaker

    Tom Fox graduated from Michigan State University with an MS in Geology. He participated in petroleum exploration with a major oil company before transitioning to environmental consulting in 1987. Since then, he has worked as a consultant in environmental assessment and remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons, mainly in the western U.S., and joined the Colorado Division of Oil & Public Safety in 2007. Recently, he has been involved in developing electronic formats for standardized reporting to OPS, and studying LNAPL transmissivity in relation to recovery efforts. In 2014 he began evaluating the use of activated carbon as an in-situ sequestering agent to foster groundwater cleanup, a recently authored an article in LUSTLINE regarding carbon injection.

    Robert Frank, CH2M
    1501 W. Fountainhead Pkwy
    Suite 401
    Tempe, AZ 85260
    Tel: 480-295-3927
    Email:
    robert.frank@ch2m.com
    Speaker

    Robert J. Frank, R.G. is a principal hydrogeologist at CH2M in Tempe, Arizona. He is a registered geologist in the State of Arizona and has over 25 years of experience in the environmental industry. His expertise and research interests are focused on multiphase flow of contaminants in both the saturated and unsaturated zone, and he is a recognized leader within the company on non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) distribution, mobility, and recoverability. He serves on the review board of Applied NAPL Science Review (ANSR), a scientific e-journal that provides insight into the science behind the characterization and remediation of NAPLs.

    Julia Fraser, Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety
    633 17th Avenue
    Denver, CO 80202
    Tel: 303-318-8504
    Email:
    julia.fraser@state.co.us
    Speaker

    Julia Fraser is a technical reviewer in the Division of Oil and Public Safety. She provides oversight and reviews site assessment and remediation efforts on petroleum contaminated sites. She also manages the Colorado cost recovery efforts. She has held this position for the past 4 years.

    Ellen Frye, Enosis-The Environmental Outreach Group
    69 Oak St
    Lexington, MA 02421
    Tel: (781) 861-2027
    Email:
    ellen.enosis@gmail.com
    Speaker

    Ellen launched the USEPA-funded LUSTLine publication in 1985 while an employee of NEIWPCC and has continued to produce it as a consultant to NEIWPCC. She is a partner with Enosis?The Environmental Outreach Group, which provides environmental outreach services to state and federal environmental agencies and environmental organizations. Since 1976, she has written and produced multi-media and print materials on such subjects as underground storage tanks, watershed protection, water supply, air quality, risk assessment/risk management, waste oil, wastewater treatment, pollution prevention, sludge and septage management, and hazardous waste.