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ALEC NAUGLE, Sr Engineering Geologist - RWQCB-San Francisco Bay Reg

Alec Naugle is the Department of Defense Cleanup Program Manager for the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board and a section leader in the Groundwater Protection Division. His section oversees solvent and petroleum cleanups at industrial facilities, drycleaners, military bases, and Department of Energy laboratories. He is also the regions coordinator for Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) and leads an internal cross-divisional team focused on sustainable groundwater management and salt and nutrient assessment in the regions priority groundwater basins. Alec principally-authored the regions 2009 low-threat assessment tool for chlorinated solvent sites and has contributed regulatory perspective to ITRC guidance and training on contaminant mass flux, DNAPL site characterization and remedial strategies, and enhanced attenuation of chlorinated organics. He earned a bachelors degree in chemistry and geology from Marietta College in Ohio, and a masters degree in groundwater hydrology from the University of California at Davis in 2001. He is a California Professional Geologist.

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ALEJANDRO LARA, Project Scientist R6 START Team - Weston Solutions

Alejandro Lara Jr is a START Contractor for EPA Region 9 with 6 years of Environmental Response experience, starting in EPA Region 6. Alejandro has responded to numerous emergency response site ranging from oil spills, chemicals releases, residential/commercial mercury spills, warehouse fires, vapor intrusion sites, unknown container assessments in Level B PPE, and has lead numerous soil, unknown containers, chemical disposal, and fish tissue removal projects between EPA Region 9 and Region 6. Alejandro also has experience with data management software tools such as the Collector App, Survey123, SCRIBE, Response Manager, and ArcGIS.

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ALEX ROMANOW, Director / CEO - Ranger Inspection

Alex Romanow Jr. has over 35 years of experience in the steel, pipe, vessel, and storage tank manufacturing and inspection industry. Alex Jr. has been the Managing Director & CEO of Ranger Inspection and Storage Tank Calibration for the last 20 years, completing inspection and consulting projects around the globe including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Alex Jr. and his team at Ranger Inspection remain at the forefront of the industry by introducing and utilizing the latest advanced inspection technologies and providing comprehensive reportage. Advanced technologies include: PAUT, MFL, 3D Laser Scan Imaging, Collison-tolerant internal and external Drones, and proprietary volumetric calibration software. Alex Jr. has been an API committee member for over 15 years providing insights and resources to support and understand code and customer requirements.

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ALEXANDER ROMANOW, General Manager - Ranger Inspection

Alex Romanow III is an API 653 / 570 / 510 Inspector, NACE Coating Inspector Level 2, CWB Welding Inspector Level 1, and the General Manager of Ranger Inspection and Storage Tank Calibration located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Alex has over 10 years of field experience inspecting tanks, pressure vessels, piping, and other refinery process equipment. Alex has a thirst for knowledge When he isnt inspecting tanks, hes learning about them or discussing codes with a co-worker. Part of the ongoing education culture at Ranger Inspection includes senior inspectors sharing their knowledge and experience with the up-and-comers and Alex is no exception. Hes a great teacher, mentor, and teammate.

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ALVIN LAL, Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist - Stanislaus County DER

Alvin Lal was a Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist at Stanislaus County Environmental Resources for the last 8 years and now he is the CUPA Manager. Alvin is a CSTI Certified Hazardous Materials Specialist and oversees the all the CUPA programs at Stanislaus County. He is also a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and was a health Inspector with the County from 2005 to 2010. Alvin Lal is a Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator and Chairs Central Valley Chemical Safety Day Committee in Modesto Ca. He has a wealth of experience in Hazardous Materials, Food Safety, Audits and Inspections. Alvin has a B.S in Biological Science with concentration in microbiology.

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ANDREA SUMITS, Partner - Environmental Gen'l Counsel

Andrea Sumits is a partner at the law firm Environmental General Counsel LLP. Her practice includes environmental, health and safety (EH&S) regulatory compliance, product regulatory compliance, and strategic EH&S counseling for industrial clients, as well as EH&S aspects of real estate and business transactions. She has 25 years of experience advising domestic and international clients in the consumer products, automotive, electronics, medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, energy, and general manufacturing industries. Ms. Sumits areas of expertise include Proposition 65 for both consumer products and buildings, hazardous materials and waste, occupational health and safety requirements, stormwater, air quality regulations and permitting, and due diligence. While Ms. Sumits works to prevent her clients from becoming targets of enforcement through implementing effective compliance strategies, she also represents clients who do find themselves involved in enforcement actions and has successfully negotiated favorable settlements and withdrawals of enforcement actions for her clients.

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ANDY SMITH, Senior Consultant - Environmental Resource Ctr

Andy has been in the field of regulatory compliance and manufacturing operations since 1988. His career began in the Naval Nuclear Power Program as a chemist and radiological technician. Following that, he worked in diverse manufacturing environments, including metal-working/electroplating, snack food production, and semiconductor manufacturing. He has conducted regulatory compliance workshops and managed the regulatory training department for a national waste broker and TSDF. He was a 40-hour Hazwoper trained Emergency Response Team Member, as well as CPR and first aid trainer for his submarine and a US Navy Hospital. Mr Smith has presented nationwide workshops covering both federal and state regulations. He has taught IATA/IMDG, Stormwater, RCRA, Texas and California state hazardous waste regulations, OSHA Hazard Communication and Hazwoper, and how to incorporate DOT and OSHA requirements in the management of chemicals and waste in an industrial facility. He has developed several training courses, video conference presentations, and web-based training programs. Andy studied business administration at Texas Tech, and attended the Naval Nuclear Power School for Chemistry and Radiological Controls. His technical specialties include Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA), Internatio

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ANGELA SAMAYOA, Plan Checker - Fire Prevention II - Long Beach CUPA

Angela graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelors degree in Biology in 2000. She is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), an ICC-certified CA UST Inspector, a CSTI Outreach Instructor, a HAZWOPER instructor, an STI SP-001 AST Inspector, and a certified APSA Inspector. Angela worked for the County of San Bernardino for over 21 years, Southern California Edison for over two years, and is currently employed by the City of Long Beach Fire Department - Fire Prevention Bureau. Angela is a graduate of the San Bernardino County - Management Leadership Academy (Supervisor Development Program (DP), and Manager DP). Angela has participated in a variety of UST-related regulatory work groups over the last 10 years. She served as a Co-Chair for the Southern California UST Technical Advisory Group (2010-2014), and provides UST technical, compliance and enforcement training to UST inspectors.

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ANTHONY CARDNO, Lead Instructor - Lion Technology

Since 2007, Anthony R. Cardno has trained industry professionals with Lion Technology, from private industry groups to Federal and State government entities, military, and educational institutions. He also writes articles for the Lion Technology website and blog. Anthony's prior experience includes training in environmental ethics and ecology, including a stint as the Environmental Education Coordinator at a non-profit organization. Anthony has a Bachelors degree from Elmira College, and is also a published fiction author.

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APOLLONIA HELM, Hazardous Materials Specialist II - San Mateo County EH

Apollonia "Polly" Helm has been a hazardous materials specialist with San Mateo County Env. Health for 3 years. A significant part of that time is devoted to regular inspections for HMBP compliance and plan checks, in the range of about 500 per year. For the prior 9 years, Apollonia worked as an EH&S engineer for a manufacturing company and an EH&S consultant. In addition to years of preparing, submitting, and reviewing HMBPs, Apollonia has been involved with the SMC Disaster and Response Team as well as other internal emergency response teams.

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ARLEEN GURFIELD, Supervising Environmental Health Specialist - San Diego County DEH

Arleen has been with the County of San Diego for over 12 and is currently a Supervising Environmental Health Specialist for the Hazardous Materials Division (HMD). Over the last 2 years, Arleen has supervised a specially trained team of CUPA Inspectors in over 14 indoor gun range inspections within San Diego County, including private, local, and federal law enforcement and military ranges.

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BAILEY FRANKLIN, Environmental Scientist - DTSC

Bailey Franklin, Environmental Scientist Cal-EPA, Department of Toxic Substances Control Bailey has been with the DTSC since August of 2016 and works within the Enforcement and Emergency Response Branch. She has had extensive training in Sampling and Health and Safety procedures, as well Hazardous Materials Technician designation. Bailey has presented and assisted with instructional training courses both within her department and through the California Standardized Training Institute, as well as specialized Hazardous Waste Awareness courses through the Burbank Recycling Center. She is a graduate from Oklahoma State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, minors in Fisheries and Aquatic Biology and Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Master Recycling Program through the City of Burbank. Current assignments include working on the Emergency Response Team through the DTSC, developing in-house sampling and health and safety trainings, conducting facility, transporter and complaint inspections, assisting with geologically focused compliance inspections, and assisting with coordinating CUPA related enforcement activities throughout the state. Baileys headquarters are at DTSCs Southern California field office in Chatsworth, CA.

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BAVNEET BENIPAL, Sr. Environmental Scientist - DTSC

Bavneet Benipal is a Sr. Environmental Scientist in Policy Implementation and Support Branch of Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Prior to that, she was in Enforcement and Emergency Response Division of DTSC, where she managed inspection projects of environmental law violations and potential threats to public health and the environment. Her previous work experience includes Adjunct Professor position at Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, CA where she instructed health care professional students in teaching laboratory techniques and instructed aspects of community and environmental health. Specifically, she developed lecture presentations to teach Public Health, Histology and Microbiology labs and gave lecture presentations in Toxicology courses. Bavneet received her B.S in Biochemistry from University of Michigan and her PhD in Pharmacology from Wayne State University (School of Medicine). She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Institute for Environmental Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. During her research career, she published several research articles in scientific journals such as Environmental Technology, Biochemical Pharmacology, International Journal of Molecular Sciences and Redox Biology journals. In addition, she presented competitively selected several poster and oral presentations at national (Experimental Biology and Society of Toxicology) and regional research conferences.

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BILL BRASHER, Water Resource Control Engineer - State Water Board

Mr. Brasher is a Water Resource Control Engineer in the Groundwater Cleanup Section of the State Water Resource Control Board's Division of Water Qualify (DWQ). He has over 30 years of experience of environmental consulting and government experience in California. His primary area of expertise is the remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater, including the evaluation and selection of remediation alternatives, remediation design, permitting, construction, and operation of turnkey remediation systems. Prior to becoming a State Board employee at DWQ in 2017, Mr. Brasher performed case evaluations for the UST Cleanup Fund Section in the Division of Financial Assistance at the State Water Board as an employee of Redhorse Corporation from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Brasher earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1987. He has held a license as a Professional Chemical Engineer in the State of California since 1992.

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BLAYNE HARTMAN, Consultant - Hartman Environ Geoscience

Blayne Hartman received his Ph.D. in geochemistry from the University of Southern California. He co-founded & operated H&P Mobile Geochemistry for twenty years, a business partnership offering on-site laboratory analysis, direct push environmental sampling, soil vapor surveys, and vapor intrusion services. He sold H&P in 2008 and is currently an independent consultant offering vapor intrusion and soil gas support. Dr. Hartman is a nationally recognized expert on soil vapor sampling, soil vapor analysis, and vapor intrusion. He has provided training on soil gas methods and vapor intrusion to County and State regulatory agencies in over 35 states, many of the EPA regions, several foreign countries, and numerous stakeholder groups and consultants as well as being a trainer in the EPA-OUST, ITRC, ASTM and API vapor intrusion courses. He has written numerous articles on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of soil vapor data, including chapters in four textbooks. He has participated in technical workgroups on soil vapor methods and vapor intrusion for EPA, CA-EPA, CA Regional Water Boards, County of San Diego, ITRC & ASTM.

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BRAD HOFFMAN, VP Engineering and R&D - Tanknology

Mr. Hoffman has over 30 years of experience with Underground Storage Tank systems, testing and compliance. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and currently serves as Vice President of Engineering and R&D for Tanknology. He develops testing equipment and protocols, and manages the safety, quality, and training programs. He is active in PEI and API committees, and holds a Class A Engineering License in CA as well as several state contractor licenses. He is a former field engineer and program manager for Exxon.

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BRENT SEARCY, Senior Project Manager - ETIC Engineering

Brent Searcy (P.E.) is Senior Engineer and Project Manager with ETIC with over 20 years of experience in the environmental remediation field. Brent oversees multiple remediation projects from design to implementation, with an emphasis on site conceptualization, fate and transport modeling, and emerging and more sustainable approaches to site remediation.

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BRIAN DERGE, COO - Tanknology

Brian Derge Chief Operating Officer of Tanknology. Brian has worked in the Petroleum Services business for 21 years across the US in multiple disciplines. He is current a member of the PEI RP 1200 Committee for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities and past member of the PEI Safety Committee. Brian is also member of numerous state level committees on the environment. B.S. From the College of William and Mary 1995.

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BRIAN TAYLOR, Senior Engineering Geologist - State Water Board

Mr. Taylor is a supervising Senior Engineering Geologist currently with the Underground Storage Tank Enforcement Unit in the Office of Enforcement at the State Water Resources Control Board. Mr. Taylor has been with the Office of Enforcement since February 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor worked as an Engineering geologist with the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region since February 2001 in tanks, groundwater cleanup and NPDES units.

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BRION MCGINNESS, Environmental Specialist - Sacramento County EMD

Brion McGinness has worked in the environmental field for the past 19 years and spent the last 14 years working for the Sacramento Environmental Management Department, Environmental Compliance Division (EMD). His experience working at a TSDF and HHW events launched his career at EMD as a CUPA inspector. He specializes in HMP, HHW and UST inspections and is a member of the Hazardous Materials Incident Response Team. He is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's Degree Environmental Studies and minor in Biology.

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