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CUPA-2018
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MICHAEL PALAZZOLA, Supervising Hazardous Material Specialist - Orange County EH

I am a Supervisor for the County of Orange and have spent 5 years in the CalARP program. I have performed inspections for all program levels, and am now the lead supervisor for the CalARP program.

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CUPA-2018
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MICHELLE LE, Environmental Manager - Pacific Gas & Electric

Michelle Le is an Environmental Manager with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and a Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM). PG&E is a fortune 200 company that provides gas and electric service to over 5 million customers in California. As such, PG&E operates over a thousand facilities that must comply with federal, state, and local environmental regulations for air, water, hazardous material and hazardous waste management. Ms.Le has vast experience with developing lean processes and controls. Several of the programmatic programs that Ms.Le has managed include legislative and regulatory tracking, HMBP development, hazardous waste management and manifest management, SB14 reporting, biennial reporting, spill response records, SWPPP management, SPCC management, drinking water system management, facility storm water management and Title V air compliance management. Prior to her employment with PG&E, Ms. Le was a CUPA inspector for a Northern California Environmental Health Department.

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MICHELLE ROGOW, On Scene Coordinator - US EPA

Michelle Rogow is an On Scene Coordinator (OSC) with the Emergency Response Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 in San Francisco, California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with concentrations in geology, hydrology and ecology and is a licensed professional civil engineer in California. Ms. Rogow has been assessing and responding to oil and hazardous substance releases in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands for the past 18 years and has been involved in Superfund sites for over 25 years. As an OSC, Ms. Rogow directs and oversees contractors and responsible parties in conducting emergency response and removal actions. Ms. Rogow has been involved with EPAs Oil Program, EPCRA program, and currently serves as the emergency response program circuit rider for the Mariana Islands Area.

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CUPA-2018
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MICKEY PIERCE, Sr. Haz. Matls. Specialist - Santa Clara County DEH

Mickey is a Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist with Santa Clara County, Dept. of Environmental Health, celebrating his 10th year there. Prior to that Mickey was at DTSC for almost 14 years. Active Hazardous Waste and APSA TAG participant. Father to one kid and one cat. Baseball watching, beer tasting, and quiet book reading time are the things he desires but rarely has time for.

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CUPA-2018
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MIGUEL RIZO, Accidental Release Prevention Engineer - Contra Costa County HS

Two years ago Miguel Rizo had virtually no experience in Offsite Consequence Analysis. In fact, the first time he heard the word OCA was after he joined Contra Costa Countys CalARP team in 2015. You see, prior to joining the Contra Costa County CalARP team, Rizo spent 6 years with BP at Whiting Refinery in Indiana and 4 years consulting for various petrochemical companies where he assisted in various compliance elements including Management of Change, Pre-Startup Safety Review, Process Safety Information and Mechanical Integrity. So you might ask what makes him qualified to teach a class on OCA? He developed an OCA guide with help from his colleagues. In total the guide represent over 50 years of CalARP experience. Rizo received a Bachelors Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Science from Northwestern University. He currently is studying for the April 2018 Professional Engineering Exam, so he often looks tired. If you are still reading this bio and are interested in finding more about Rizo, check out his Linkedin profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/miguelrizo/

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CUPA-2018
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MIKE DUDASKO, Principal Engineer - Yorke Engineering LLC

Michael Dudasko is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor and a Principal Engineer at Yorke Engineering, LLC. He previously worked as a process engineer and environmental engineer in the petroleum refining and plastics industries and for the last 25 years has been an environmental consultant in California where he specializes in multi-media compliance programs, permitting, and audits covering hazardous materials, hazardous wastes, wastewater, storm water, and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure programs. Mr. Dudasko has also assisted clients in addressing Notices of Violations from CUPAs, the DTSC, and Regional Water Boards. He has audited private facilities in a wide variety of industries and public facilities, including wastewater treatment plants, a county environmental agency, corporate yards, and waste collection facilities at a Fire Station.

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CUPA-2018
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MOLLY PRITZ, Hazardous Materials Specialist I - Santa Clara County DEH

Molly Pritz is a Hazardous Materials Specialist with Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Compliance Division. While she has only been in her current position for less than two years, her passion for environmental regulation began at a young age when her Air Pollution Control Inspector father gave her a child-sized hard hat and welcomed her to the ''family business.'' She subsequently took a seat at the adult table, participated in her first environmental debate, and hasn't stopped discussing regulations since. Molly graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. with Honors degree in Geology. Her honors thesis focused on geochemical modeling of the frac water used in the hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Formation in Pennsylvania. She has also conducted research and monitored passive, acid mine drainage treatment systems. She currently performs Hazardous Waste, Tiered Permitting, Underground Storage Tank, and Hazardous Materials Business Plan compliance inspections and believes that every day is an opportunity to learn something new.

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CUPA-2018
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MONICA HANLEY, Environmental & Safety Inspection Specialist - Santa Monica Fire Dept

Monica Hanley is an Environmental and Safety Inspection Specialist with the Santa Monica Fire Department. Monica has been with the City of Santa Monica since 1986 where fate would introduce her to the underground tank program where she continues to learn and ask questions over the past 31 years. Her main focus had been in the areas of tank installation, removal, inspection, enforcement, and cleanup and, in 2009 when the tank program moved to the Fire Department, her footprint expanded to include hazardous materials management and fire and life safety as outlined in the Fire Code. Monica is an ICC Certified UST Inspector and Fire Inspector, CalEPA certified APSA Inspector, and an active participant in the Southern California UST Technical Advisory Group also having served as Co-Chair. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge.

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CUPA-2018
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NICHOLAS CRAIN, Program Chief - Riverside County DEH

Nick has been with Riverside County Department of Environmental Health for over 10 years. He is currently the Haz Mat Program Chief for the Department. Nick also represents Southern California on the CUPA Forum Board.

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OLIVIA JACOBS, President - Clearwater Group

Olivia P. Jacobs, C.E.M. is the President of Clearwater Group, a State of California licensed contracting and environmental consulting company. She is a Certified Environmental Manager in the State of Nevada and has 27 years of experience in site research, investigations and assessment of properties for hazards and hazardous materials/waste. She was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship to study Municipal Waste and Biogas Use and has a MS in Health Care Administration from Texas Womens University. She collaborated on the ustlowriskpolicy.org website, an archive of documents on the Low Threat Case Closure Policy development, passage and methodology. Currently managing UST and PCE release sites and performing litigation support work, she designs sewer air sampling projects.

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