Posted on March 5, 2020
We said hello to a new decade in Murfreesboro at our annual company meeting in January. It is hard to believe we are marching into 2020. The new year and new decade also brought some “new” to Environmental 360. We implemented internal software that will make managing our jobs easier and more efficient, and we are eager to see how this will streamline the client and team experience. We are also anticipating other software development this year in environmental compliance for both the company and clients alike that will enhance and shape the way we move forward.
Environmental 360 values our team’s safety and recognizes the role of proper training. While we are all together in one location, internal training is emphasized. We trained on overall safety while at job sites and the proper operation of a fire extinguisher. We want our team members to be safe both on-the-job and at home, and this was the first time for some of them to “test” a fire extinguisher.
Our divisional training focused on CEMS/COMS, SPCC/SWPPP, and LDAR. We broke into these three groups and focused on new regulations, information direct from the EPA, and observations from the field. It is important to communicate the knowledge we all gain in the field so that we can better serve each of our clients.
This was our second year packing food bags for kids in the Rutherford County ATLAS program. ATLAS is for students who do not have fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence. The food bags are given to the students to ensure they are able to eat while they are away from school both at night and over the weekend. We take great joy in being able to participate in a small way to help local school children.
We also welcomed a new team member at our company meeting. Seth Whitfield started with us as a Staff Scientist II at the beginning of January, but this was his first time to really meet and engage with our entire team. Seth graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 2013. After graduation, he went to work as a geologist for Spectrum Environmental in Robertsdale, AL where he collaborated with professional geologists to complete Monitoring Well Installations, Secondary UST Investigations, and a variety of Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessments throughout AL, MS, GA, FL, and KY. He facilitated Wetland Delineations with certified biologists in AL & MS and cooperated with Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) employees to identify and locate Endangered Species in Alabama. He also assisted in Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for industrial and construction sites.
In 2016, Seth moved to Prattville, AL and began work as a geologist for Polaris Resource Engineering in Birmingham, AL where he worked in groundwater remediation involving Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUSTs). Additionally, he conducted Preliminary and Secondary UST Investigations and Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessments with the guidance of a professional geologist. He wrote comprehensive reports following guidelines laid out by the Alabama Risk-Based Corrective Action for Underground Storage Tanks and regularly submitted System Effective Monitoring Reports (SEMR), and Natural Attenuation Monitoring Reports (NAMR) to supervising team.
Seth will handle environmental compliance with LDAR and SPCC for several pulp and paper clients located in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. He currently resides in Prattville, Alabama.
We are looking forward to 2020 and celebrating the company’s 10 year birthday in October! It does not seem real that Environmental 360 can be almost 10 years old. We have had quite the ride and are so thankful for the time so far. With this milestone comes growth and the need for another team member. If you are highly self-motivated, enjoy the challenge of autonomy, appreciate empowerment, and are willing to travel, we are currently looking for a Staff Scientist in the Raleigh, NC area to provide LDAR and SPCC inspections to our clients in the Carolinas and Virginia. Forward your resume via our website or Indeed.
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