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JIM MIILLE, President - Chemical Solutions Inc

Mr. Miille has worked in the chemical and environmental industry for more than 40 years. He has also consulted for USEPA, DTSC and many local agencies. Most of his time has been involved in helping industry maintain environmentally compliant facilities. Mr. Miille has also helped many foreign countries with their environmental programs through the USAID program. In addition to compliance consulting, Mr. Miille designs and builds state-of-the-art HazMat facilities such as metal finishing shops. He is a licensed Engineering and Building contractor and has a Masters Degree in Chemistry and and MBA in Marketing/Finance. Today, Mr. Miille will discuss design and construction considerations for compliant facilities.

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JIM WHITTLE, Sr. REHS - Shasta County EH

Jim has worked for the Shasta County Environmental Health Division since 1997, performing CUPA inspections since that time. In 2001, he became the CUPA program manager. He has served as an alternate on the CUPA Forum Board for a number of years, Chairs the Northern Region CUPA Forum, and the APSA TAG. He has participated on the APSA Regulations workgroup and APSA Advisory Committee. Jim is a graduate of Cal State University, Chico.

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JOEL MARTENS, EH Sup - Tulare County EH

Joel Martens formerly served as the Steering Committee Co-Chair and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Statewide Issue Coordinator for the Hazardous Material Business Plan (HMBP) program. In this capacity he was a key participant, along with other Unified Program and Industry representatives, in the development of Health and Safety Code amendments affecting the HMBP program. Joel currently serves as Past Chair of the CUPA Forum Board. He began his career as an Environmental Health Specialist for the County of Tulare in 1987, and has supervised the CUPA for the past 17 years. Joel is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Hazardous Substance Professional, and is certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician.

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JOHN ELKINS, Supervisor Environmental Specialist IV - Sacramento County EMD

John Elkins is an Environmental Scientist for the California Water Resource Control Board's Office of Enforcement. He has over 8 1/2 years experience in regulating all aspects of USTs including: plan check, installation, upgrade/repair, annual inspection, removal, and investigation/enforcement. Mr. Elkins also has experience in regulating other CUPA programs at the local level such as: Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Wastes, Above Ground Storage Tanks (ASTs), and Tierred Permitting. Mr. Elkins previously was a member of Sacramento County Environmental Management Department's Incident Response Team. Mr. Elkins holds a Bachelor's Degree from California State University, Sacramento.

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JOHN FREEMAN, Chief Science Officer - Intrinsyx Research

Dr. John L. Freeman Dual Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Environmental Sciences and Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University along with a Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry from Purdue University. He was mentored by an original father of Phytoremediation, at the Purdue Center for Phytoremediation Research. His focus was on the unique molecular biology of metal hyperaccumulator plants. Dr. Freeman has utilized a wide variety of molecular techniques for environmental toxicology, micorbiology and phytoremediation work including HPLC- inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy, LC-Mass Spectroscopy and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy using California Synchrotrons. Dr. Freeman has a great deal of experience in leading commercial environmental phytoremediation teams and directing research projects. Dr. Freeman has rights to a world class collection of plants, grasses, trees and bacteria that are a prerequisite to effectively Phytoremediate and Bioremediate both inorganic and organic contaminants. Dr. Freeman is managing six California Bacterial Endophyte Assisted Poplar Tree Ground Water Phytoremediation Systems and working with Engineering Firms on new sites.

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JOHN MISLEH, Program Coordinator - San Diego County DEH

John Misleh is currently in the position of Program Coordinator for the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Division. Prior to that he was an Inspector, Supervisor, and Deputy Chief of the County's Hazardous Materials Division from 1990-1998. He has worked for the County of San Diego,Dept. of Environmental Health since 1986 in various environmental specialist positions. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Environmental Health from San Diego State University in 1983 and a Master degree in Public Administration from Cal State University at Fullerton in 1988. He is a registered Environmental Health Specialist with the California Dept of Public Health since 1985. Mr. Misleh has 30 years of experience in hazardous material and waste regulations and compliance inspections.

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JOHN NORES, . - CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

With a love for wildlife and our nations wildlands, Nores earned a BS and MS degree from San Jose State University before becoming a game warden for the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in 1992. In 2005 John promoted to Lieutenant, continuing his mission to protect and defend our nations wildlife resources. John has investigated environmental crime and wildlife resource destruction for the last 27 years, and was awarded the Governors Medal of Valor for lifesaving and leadership efforts in 2008. Hes received several other awards for valor, life-saving, and distinguished service throughout his career, and his first book, War in the Woods: Combating the Marijuana Cartels on Americas Public Lands. was published in 2010. John recently co-authored a national cannabis issue book, Where Theres Smoke (available January 2018) with a comprehensive sequel to WITW in development. Johns first book and his life rights have been optioned for a scripted TV series by Novo Entertainment Group which is also now in development. In 2013 John co-developed the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) and Delta Team, the CDFWs first comprehensive wilderness spec ops tactical unit and sniper unit, aimed at combatting the marijuana cartels decimation of Californias wildlife resources. The MET has been featured on Fox News, NBC Investigative Reports, CNN, and Dan Rather Reports. Lt. Nores and his team are featured in three seasons of National Geographic channels award-winning game warden reality television series, Wild Justice, and highlighted in the Sportsman Channels award-winning Patriot Profiles: Life of Duty documentary TV series. Nores has written articles for Sure Fires Combat Tactics and American Patriots: Unsung Heroes magazines and articles for Nosler Bullets and KUIU Ultralight Hunting. Specializing in public and private land Drug Trafficking Organization narcotics tactics and related environmental crime enforcement and training for the last 15 years, John has presented for the California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA), the Nevada Narcotics Officers Association (NNOA), and numerous other conventions and conferences all over the Country. Nores is an annual Safari Club International (SCI) convention seminar speaker, a national and international conservation tactics instructor and has taught rifle, handgun, shotgun and basic and advanced sniper craft for the last 20 years. John is a tactical surveillance, and covert and overt special operations instructor and operator throughout California. Nores has allied with the U.S. Secret Service in rural and urban protection details for former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Israeli President Shimon Peres and in 2007, Nores co-developed and instructed at an overt and covert wildlife investigators school in Cambodia. Nores is a worldwide conservationist, back packer, two-time Baja 500 Ironman ATV racer, and two-time Ironman triathlete finisher.

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JOHN PAINE, Environmental Program Manager 1 - Cal/EPA

John J. Paine is currently the Unified Program Manager for the California Environmental Protection Agency, Unified Program Section. John has been involved with the Unified Program since its inception. He has worked in the hazardous material and emergency services fields for nearly 30 years. Prior to joining Cal/EPA, John worked at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the City of Azusa, and Hughes Aircraft Company in Southern California. John received his B.S. in Public Administration and M.P.A from California State University, Dominquez Hills.

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JOHN SCANDURA, Branch Chief - DTSC

John Scandura manages a Brownfields and Environmental Restoration branch in the California Department of Toxic Substances Controls Cypress regional office. This branch oversees the cleanup of hazardous waste facilities, active and former military bases, federal and state superfund sites, regulated hazardous waste facilities, and brownfields. Before joining the state in 1985 John spent four years in the environmental consulting business. He has a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a masters degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. John has been active in his community as a Boy Scout leader, church volunteer, and City of Huntington Beach boards and commissions. In November 2016 he was appointed for the second time to serve as a planning commissioner for Huntington Beach. He is married, has a son who is an Eagle Scout and attends the University of Oregon, and a daughter who achieved the Girl Scout Gold Award and attends the University of San Diego.

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JOHN SCHOFIELD, Environmental Scientist - US EPA Region 9

John Schofield is an Environmental Scientist with U. S. EPA Region 9, San Francisco, CA. John has been with Region 9 since 2007 all within the RCRA Inspection/Enforcement program. His current duties include California RCRA Inspection/Enforcement liaison with DTSC, CalEPA, and CUPAs, performing process-based compliance evaluation inspections of regulated facilities, enforcement case manager, internal consultant on RCRA technical issues (e.g., mining/mineral processing, refineries), and EPA RCRA work group participant (e.g., Generator Improvements Rule). Prior to coming to EPA, John was a loss control environmental consultant for several major insurance companies and was an environmental compliance and facilities maintenance supervisor for a large airline. While at the airline, John developed and implemented several environmental training courses to include but not limited to hazardous waste manifesting, emergency response, stormwater management, and waste determination. Before entering the private sector, John was an inspector and supervisor for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Kansas City Region Office, Solid Waste, Superfund and Hazardous Waste Section.

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