Certifications and Training:
DOT 172 subpart H IATA, Shipping of Dangerous Goods, Radioactive and Mixed Waste Shipping Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Confined Space Operations, SC Class D Drinking Water Distribution License.
As a Lead Chemist for Clean Harbors in Braintree, MA, he supervised four Quality Control chemists who handled and processed toxic waste of up to 1000 drums per day. His responsibilities also included facility inspections for compliance and potential hazards, notifications to clients of off-specification drums, and customer billing records in the area of $1,000,000 per month. His discerning and mitigating a drum of two incompatible chemicals – erroneously placed into storage – prevented the destruction of an entire facility. Ron oversaw Clean Harbors’ facility in Natick, MA, which was dedicated to consolidating and repackaging a multitude of chemicals, including Lab Packs, the most dangerous waste chemicals accepted by the company. He also trained ten chemists on a spectrum of waste facility requirements, and standardized the quality of packaging and documentation. This both significantly reduced errors and also reduced the amount of time spent correcting errors. His efforts also reduced the time spent pulling unacceptable items from shipments to the disposal incinerators or landfills.
Ron then served in many capacities as a Technical Manager, Emergency Response Supervisor and Contract Manager for Perma-Fix in Albuquerque, NM, an environmental services company. After this, he and several partners formed a startup company, Advanced Environmental Solutions in Belen, NM, that grew to $2.5 million per year in revenues in five years. As the Facility Manager, he was instrumental in developing the technical foundation for the company. This included developing programs for the treatment, consolidation and disposal of hazardous wastes, and training employees on of waste handling, health & safety, transportation and emergency operations. He also negotiated with the State of New Mexico and obtained authorization to receive, store and treat hazardous wastes from conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQG’s). This was only the second such authorization ever issued in that state. He also won and managed a DEA contract for drug lab cleanups valued at $550,000 per year. Furthermore, Ron led an emergency response to an oil spill, which became an $800,000 remediation project, where 450,000 gallons of contaminated sewage were shipped for disposal, and 7000 cubic yards of sediment were disposed of from a detention pond. The plant was re-seeded with bacteria and brought back on-line in only 2 weeks.
After this, he was the Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Manager for GEL laboratories in Charleston, SC. He was the responsible for overall management of hazardous, radioactive and mixed wastes for this analytical laboratory that had 300 employees. He also trained technicians in waste operations, regulatory, health and safety issues, and authored Operating Procedures for the handling of waste. Of note is that he reduced hazardous waste generation by 50%, upgraded the entire waste management program, and developed a method to separate radioactive PCB-Mixed Waste Oils from radioactive water, saving the company $25,000.
Ron is presently the principal of Echelon Environmental, his consulting company that provides waste disposal services, personnel training and compliance guidance to a range of industrial, commercial, non-profit and government organizations.