Environmental Specialist

Athens, Georgia

The Environmental Compliance Specialist will report directly with the HSE Manager. The Environmental Compliance Specialist provides leadership in development and maintaining the facility’s 4K and 50K environmental and sustainability goals. This includes all environmental activities including but not limited to:

Industrial, manufacturing, construction, R&D, chemical/biological responses, training, emergency responses, site permit and assessments, and regulatory recordkeeping for all RWDC establishments.

Job Responsibilities but not limited to:

· Develop and implement environmental compliance programs ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.

· Act as liaison with team members, customers, contractors, and regulatory agencies as required.

· Supports RWDC Industries commitment to a culture of safety and environmental excellence.

· Develop and maintain a documentation system that requires but is not limited to EPA, EPD, EPCRA, Title V, Air emissions, Railroad, ASTM E1527 – 13, OSHA, ISO 14001, 40 CFR 112 (AST/UST), local environmental, safety and health authorities.

· Perform daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, environmental inspections including hazardous waste, (SPCC, SWPPP, EPCRA, RCRA identify hazardous wastes and/or petroleum constituents, Title V, Air emissions, Toxic release, Wastewater compliance, etc.)

· Coordinates and completes all applicable environmental reporting activities to include notifications, applications, permits, reports, records, and documentation. Ensures documents are properly maintained, collected, prepared, and submitted to applicable government agencies as required (SPCC, SWPPP, EPCRA, RCRA identify hazardous wastes and/or petroleum constituents, Title V, Air emissions, Toxic release, Wastewater compliance, etc.)

· Maintain and lead oversight/documentation of Phase 1’s and Phase 2’s environmental site assessments

· Analyze environmental incidents, determine root causes, implement preventive and corrective action.

· Develop, maintaining, record and track all environmental violations, rules, regulations, codes, and standards. Ensure corrective action for violations is taken in inexpedient manner and maintain in an electronic log.

· Overseeing assigned projects in production and construction of 4k and 50k modules.

· Assist in the development and review of HSE bridging document and contract management program. Perform and provide reviews for contractor environmental qualifications, worksite inspections and performance evaluations.

· Track all environmental KPI data and statistic.

· Assist in the development and maintenance of EHS Insight, ISN, ERP, etc.

· Development and implement environmental procedures that meet and exceeds OSHA, EPA, and ISO compliance as required.

· When needed, act as liaison with RWDC Control of Work System.

· Development, lead, and train team members in chemical/bio emergency responses. Respond to chemical and/or biological spill emergencies by managing the containment, clean up, and disposal of hazardous materials.

· Develop and distribute educational materials (Environmental alerts, OSC alerts, training shorts, CBT’s, etc.).

· Develop, implement and maintain a hazardous and chemical waste programs for RWDC Industries following Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and other state and federal government agencies and regulations.

· Manage the hazardous materials and waste management programs by performing but not limited to, chemical inventories, segregating chemicals, and shipping hazardous and non-hazardous waste off-site.

· Assist HSE manager in developing and overseeing environmental (ISO), MOC, PSSR’s, FAT, commissioning of new equipment, that are related to environmental compliance.

· Develop, schedule, perform, and document environmental audits for all RWDC facilities and laboratories to evaluate compliance with applicable ISO 14001, OSHA, EPA, DOT, regulations.

· Develop and train team members in HAZWOPER, hazmat, environmental emergency responses, storage tanks (AST/UST) 40 CFR 112, proper chemical safety, hazardous waste management, site-specific procedures including pollution prevention, water quality monitoring and protection, recycling, suitability, and energy reduction measures.

· Collect water samples and perform bacteriological and chemical analysis of sample utilizing GPS or other methodology.

· Research political climate in USA and internationally to develop and work on strategies for upcoming RWDC Industries projects.

· Perform varied technical inspections and investigative work relating to the detection of pollutants within EPA regulation requirements.

· Develop, train, and maintain a facilities sanitary program and infection-free condition through the developing of washing, cleaning and replacement of equipment and furnishings.

· Provide guidance on appropriate mechanisms need to demonstrate financial assurance for exposure liability and RCRA closure/post-closure costs.

· Draft environmental documentation for various types of projects, SPPC, SWPPP, EPCRA, RCRA, etc.

· Develop and maintain the Environmental and Sustainability Committee activities and meetings.

· Evaluates and recommends proper management/handling of new chemicals that may affect environmental permits and determine proper disposal.

· Developed and maintain the site hazardous and nonhazardous waste management and recycling programs. Monitor’s vendors and assists in preparation for transport. Ensures all applicable personnel are trained and/or certified as required by regulation.

· Identify areas of opportunity and innovation for the sustainability and environmental programs

· Measure, analyze and monitor sustainability performance.

· Provides selection criteria for purchasing environmental equipment (including PPE) as well as training and guidance on proper use and maintenance.

· Maintains current knowledge of new and pending local, state, and federal environmental regulations. Proposes adjustments to current programs to ensure compliance.

· Perform additional duties as assigned and assist the HSE team as required.

Job Qualifications

· Bachelor’s Degree in environmental or chemical engineering required.

· 5+ years of proven experience in environmental compliance consulting or similar position.

· 5+ years manufacturing, chemical and/or bioprocess environment with a minimum of three (3) proven years of direct experience in developing and providing technical support in phase I & II environmental assessments, EPA and DOT reporting, and ISO standards and certification requirements. International regulatory experience is highly desire.

· Ability to professionally and effectively communicate both orally and in writing

· Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, Outlook, SharePoint and creating and manipulating environmental databases.

· Problem-solving skills to find the right solutions to environmental issues.

· Strong planning and organization skills.

· Detailed oriented.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations
Required: ISO 14001 certified auditor (proving record of audits done in the last few years) required, Firsts Aid/CPR, RCRA (Hazardous Waste), EPCRA, SWPPP, SPCC, HAZCOM, DOT Hazardous Materials required, HAZWOPER Initial (40 or 24 hour). Train the trainer prefer and CHMM highly desire.


· Expertise in creating environmental policy and procedures. International highly desire.

· Expertise in phase 1 & 2.

· Expertise in (SPCC, SWPPP, EPCRA, RCRA hazardous wastes and/or petroleum constituents, Title V, Air emissions, Toxic release, wastewater compliance, storage tanks (AST/UST) planning and performing ISO 14001 audits.

· Experience reading engineering drawings and P&IDs.

· Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/activities/programs simultaneously.

· Strong interpersonal, communication, influencing, planning, organization, and time management skills.

· Ability to interface effectively with all levels within the company.

· Ability to explain difficult concepts and persuade others to adopt a point of view.

· Ability to make decisions guided by policies, procedures and technical knowledge that impact the company’s ability to meet HSE performance and compliance objectives.

Physical and Mental Demands and Work Environment
The physical and mental demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Physical demands while performing the duties of this job, the team member is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The team member is frequently required to stand and talk or hear, walk, or sit, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The team member is occasionally required to push, pull and lift various pieces of equipment.

The team member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Mental demands while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use English written and oral communication skills; interact appropriately with other team members, management contractors, vendors and others encountered in the course of work; read and interpret a variety of documents and instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form such as HSE guidelines, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; interpret technical and engineering data; generate technical reports of investigations; analyze and solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables; establish priorities and work on multiple assignments and projects concurrently.

The team member is regularly required to apply computer skills covering word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. The team member will be required to apply mathematical formulas and engineering rules of thumb to tasks and execute technical and engineering calculations. Work environment in certain assignments, the team member will occasionally work with and around fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or acid/base chemicals. The team member must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as a respirator or continues air supply. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Special Working Conditions
This is a start-up company, the employee will be required to work 10-12 hours a day, on 2nd and 3rd shifts, weekends and be on call for emergency situations. Employee will be required to work in and outside of the plant (inclement weather) and to climb ladders and steps as required.