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EEC Environmental Welcomes Project Geologist and Emerging Contaminant Specialist

Project Geologist and Emerging Contaminant Specialis

EEC is excited to announce the addition of Project Geologist and Emerging Contaminant Specialist Keith Foster to our west coast team. Keith brings nearly a decade of environmental consulting and water treatment experience to EEC.  Prior to joining EEC, Keith worked for Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies (ECT2) as a Sales & Applications Engineer, focused on supporting the commercialization of water and vapor treatment technologies to remove emerging contaminants such as 1,4-Dioxane, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and traditional and specialty volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

In this role, Keith provided up front process engineering evaluations and designs, constructed and commissioned pilot and full-scale treatment systems, and routinely reviewed performance data and made process recommendations. This role also included modelling the capacity of various medias as a function of influent water characteristics and effluent quality parameters/client objectives. While focusing on this specialist field, Keith has developed relationships with many leading institutions and experts in emerging contaminants.

Keith’s project work in emerging contaminants has included everything from research and development trials to hydrogeological evaluations throughout the United States, Germany, Sweden, and Australia.  As part of the ECT2 team, Keith helped with the design and deployment of PFAS remediation systems utilizing proprietary regenerable Ion Exchange Resin processes to remediate PFAS-impacted waters (surface and groundwater) at several sites throughout Australia.  Prior to working with ECT2, Keith managed a full range of core environmental environment projects including Phase I ESAs, site investigations, installation of soil borings and monitoring wells, underground storage tank (UST) removal and closure, and groundwater and soil gas sampling and surveying. Keith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley. Keith’s foundation in Geology coupled with his focus on unique constituent and engineering solutions brings an unmatched level of technical expertise to EEC’s growing focus on PFAS assessment and remediation.  

Keith is a member of the ITRC PFAS and 1,4-Dioxane teams and recently joined colleagues to author a peer reviewed article titled “1,4-Dioxane: Emerging Technologies for An Emerging Contaminant” that was published in Remediation in 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the investigation, evaluation, or remediation of PFAS compounds or any of the other emerging contaminants, we welcome you to contact Keith and discuss your particular project needs. 

Sr. Environmental Compliance Coordinator

Position: Sr. Environmental Compliance Coordinator
Division: Environmental Services
Location: EEC Environmental Mid-Atlantic Office (Richmond, VA)

EEC is looking for a professional knowledgeable in understanding of the Clean Air Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Superfund and Amendments and Reauthorization Act (Sara Tier II), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC regulations) as they relate to Dominion natural gas operations, with a minimum 7 years’ experience in the environmental field.

The responsibilities are as follows:
  • Responsible for multi-media environmental compliance support; including air, chemical, oil, water and waste programs.
  • Prepare/submit environmental reports for assigned facilities.
  • Walk down of facilities and conduct environmental self-assessments to ensure environmental compliance and provide recommendations for process improvements.
  • Resolve compliance issues in coordination with engineering, operations, and environmental services staff.
  • Communicate with staff to ensure consistent interpretations/implementations of environmental regulations, etc.
  • Support engineering and operations staff on environmental regulatory compliance programs, including environmental compliance plan development.
  • Coordinate hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal for assigned facilities.
  • Serve as the primary site coordinator and as a liaison with external regulatory agencies regarding environmental issues.
  • Serve as the company contact with the local public and community to resolve environmental complaints and problems.
  • Provide environmental training to site personnel to comply with environmental permits and regulations.
  • Be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency responses to address spills and releases at Dominion sites and facilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The position requirements are as follows:
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in the environmental field required.  Construction experience preferable.
  • Extremely knowledgeable in understanding of the Clean Air Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Superfund and Amendments and Reauthorization Act (Sara Tier II), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC regulations) as they relate to Dominion natural gas operations.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proven ability to independently develop, implement; and administer complex environmental compliance plans.
  • Excellent communication skills to translate environmental regulations and permit and plan requirements into understandable compliance guidance.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Apply writing skills to prepare and/or review compliance and regulatory documents.  Excellent writing skills required.
  • Ability to work in a functionally diverse Team environment.
  • Strong team building skills and facilitation skills.
  • Licensed to operate a motor vehicle or capable of obtaining a license. Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Submit Resumes to:

EEC Environmental
1 City Boulevard West Suite 1800 Orange, CA 92868
Attn: Human Resources
Fax: (714) 667-2310
Email: Jobs@eecenvironmental.com

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Found Safety Violations (Infographic)

When it comes to compliance, you can learn a lot by reviewing the safety requirements that OSHA most frequently finds to be in violation. This enables you to review your own operations for similar compliance issues and implement corrective action before OSHA comes calling. View the Infographic below to learn more about OSHA’s top 10 most frequently found safety violations.

 Infographic created by EEC Environmental; Information was taken from OSHA.

1 – Fall Protection in Construction Work: Consider your work area. Are there locations from which someone could fall? What sort of protection is in place to prevent a fall? And is there equipment to stop a fall?

2 – Hazard Communication: You must ensure that the hazards of all chemicals are labeled correctly. The requirements must be consistent with the provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling Chemicals (GHS).

3 – Scaffolding in Construction Work: Inspect and check daily. Take no chances. Scaffolding must be inspected by the scaffolding contractor after erection, and before use. Don’t remove or allow removal of any parts. Leave this to the scaffolding contractor only.

4 – Respiratory Protection: If you use a respirator, you must be cleanly shaven. Facial hair limits the effectiveness of the face-to-facepiece seal. Fit testing is also required prior to respirator use.

5 – Lockout/Tagout: Lockout/tagout is more than just putting a lock on the main electrical disconnect to a machine or part of a machine. You should always follow the lockout/tagout plan and verify that each potential hazard has been “de-energized” before starting a job.

6 – Powered Industrial Trucks: Ensure that a daily lift truck inspection is completed for each lift truck, prior to use. Do not use a lift truck if the checklist shows that maintenance is required.

7 – Ladders in Construction Work: All ladders shall be maintained in a safe condition and inspected regularly, with the intervals between inspections being determined by use and exposure. Those which have developed defects shall be withdrawn from service for repair or destruction and tagged or marked as “Dangerous, Do Not Use.”

8 – Electrical Wiring, Components, Equipment: Is there any exposed wiring in your work area? Are there any open receptacles? Is all the equipment properly grounded?

9 – General Machine Guarding: It is important that everyone working with or around machinery understands that no guard shall be adjusted or removed. No machine should be started without guards in place. If you see that guards are missing or defective, report it to your supervisor immediately.

10 – Electrical General Requirements: It is a violation when employers use equipment in the workplace that has only been labeled and listed for home use. Never use an extension cord as a permanent connection. An extension cord must be put away at the end of each task.