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The EBC Announces Updated Program Registration Rates

Posted January 17, 2019 by

As of February 1, 2019 a modest increase in EBC’s program registration rates will take effect. Please see the table below for a snapshot of these changes. EBC continues to bring quality, timely, and exciting programming to our members and environmental / energy community. A moderate increase in program registration fees supports the continued expansion of EBC’s programming calendar and the staff who work tirelessly to execute every program and event.

Massachusetts Programs As of January 1 2011 As of February 1 2019
Breakfast/Evening Programs
EBC Member $50 $70
Non-Member $80 $100
Government/Non-Profit $25 $25
Half-Day Programs
EBC Member $120 $120
Non-Member $165 $165
Government/Non-Profit $50 $50
Chapter Programs (CT / NH / RI) As of January 1 2011 As of February 1 2019
Breakfast/Evening Programs
EBC Member $40 $60
Non-Member $60 $80
Government/Non-Profit $25 $25
Half-Day Programs
EBC Member $65 $80
Non-Member $85 $100
Government/Non-Profit $25 $25

No changes will be made to the EBC Ascending Professionals Rate or the Job Seeker Rate (for more details on EBC’s discounted rates click here).

Questions or concerns? Please get in touch with EBC Staff.


Register Today – “The MCP for Everyone” Seminar offered by the LSP Association

Posted January 15, 2019 by

LSP Association Continuing Education Seminar: The MCP for Everyone: A Practical Understanding of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan

LSPA Website

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM-8:00 PM, Onsite check-in begins at 2:30 PM. A light (boxed) dinner will be provided.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1360 Worcester St, Natick, MA
Instructors: Lisa McIntosh, Woodard & Curran; James Young, Cooperstown Environmental LLC; Matthew Hackman, PE, CHMM, LSP, LEP; Andrew Irwin, IRWIN Engineers, Inc.; Robert Cox, Bowditch & Dewey
Pricing: Member: $200 | Non-member: $350

EBC Members receive a discount! Use the promo code “EBCmember” when registering. The code will offer a rate of $200.

This course has been approved by the LSP Board for 4.5 hours of “Regulatory” (non-DEP) continuing education credits (Course #1515). PLEASE NOTE: This course does not provide DEP credit.This repeat course was last offered in March 2018. This is an updated version of course #1406, last offered in 2013. This course has also been approved by NYPE for 4.5 PDH credits (PS #20150075).

Course Description:

This course is designed for those non-LSPs who need a general working knowledge of the Massachusetts Waste Site Cleanup Regulations, better known as the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). It is also beneficial for LSPs who want a comprehensive review of the MCP.

It will be taught by five senior environmental professionals, including 3 LSPs, a risk assessment specialist, and an environmental attorney. Topics covered will include the following:  the release notification, Immediate Response Actions (IRAs), Release Abatement Measures (RAMs), Limited Response Actions (LRAs), Phase I through V reports, tier classification, risk characterizations, Remedy Operation Status (ROS), Permanent and Temporary Solutions, Activity and Use Limitations (AULs), cost recovery, MassDEP audits and fees. It was designed for practical application for attendees to gain an understanding of the process, pitfalls and timelines and what to expect from the MassDEP.

To view full course description, agenda and bios, click here.


Please contact Kristi Lefebvre via email or call 617/977-4304 with any questions. To review the course cancellation policy, please click here.


GZA Names Patrick Sheehan as Chief Executive Officer and John Murphy as Chief Operating Officer

Posted January 15, 2019 by

NORWOOD, Mass., January 14, 2019 — GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, announced today that it has named Patrick F. Sheehan, P.E., as Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds William E. Hadge, P.E., who has served in the role since 2013.

GZA also announced that John C. Murphy, C.C.M., has been promoted to the new position of Chief Operating Officer.

Sheehan, a Member of EBC’s Board of Directors, is a Professional Engineer and has been with GZA for 28 years.  He has led many of GZA’s largest and most complex geoenvironmental projects, including design/build and guaranteed fixed price remediation efforts. He most recently served as one of GZA’s four Operations Officers, who are responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the firm, and as a member of GZA’s Executive Team. Prior to that, he was the company’s Metro Boston Office Manager and held several other leadership positions, including six years on the Board of Directors, member of all Board Committees, and chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

A GZA employee for over 30 years, Murphy is a Certified Construction Manager and has spent his entire career leading the development and growth of the company’s construction management, remediation, and demolition practices. He most recently served as one of four Operations Officers and as a member of GZA’s Executive Team.  Prior to that, he was the company’s Northern New England Office Manager and held several other leadership positions, including six years on the Board of Directors, five years as Chairman of the Board’s Compensation Committee, and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Sheehan said: “I am truly honored to be chosen as GZA’s next CEO and look forward to working with John and the rest of our leadership to further grow and evolve GZA. Our growth and success have always been driven by our talented staff, commitment to our clients, and ability to develop innovative and practical solutions. Our ‘One Company’ philosophy allows us to execute our clients’ complex projects in any locale, while offering personalized attention and solutions. We will continue to apply this differentiating capability to both existing and new service areas to grow within our existing operations and beyond.”

Incoming COO Murphy said: “I am excited and honored to take on this role and look forward to partnering with Pat and our talented management team to help move GZA forward. Clients can expect continuity and a continued focus on providing the highest quality service. At the same time, we recognize the need to be constantly innovating, responding to changing market needs and advancing our use of technology. GZA will continue to invest in the great ideas of our people while streamlining our ability to deliver practical real-world solutions every day.”

Outgoing CEO Hadge, a 39-year company veteran and member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the past fifteen years said: “I’ve worked with Pat for almost 30 years, and early on, he emerged as one of GZA’s strongest leaders and ultimately as the ideal choice for GZA’s next CEO. He has great humility, communication skills, business acumen, and vision that serve our clients and staff extremely well. I’ve known John almost as long, and he’s been at the forefront of many of the most significant projects and challenges the company has faced over that time. He is an exceptional leader and a master of operational efficiency. We are lucky to have two such strong leaders.’’

Added Hadge: “For me, serving as CEO of GZA has been the greatest privilege of my life, and I am extremely grateful to my colleagues, our clients, and my mentors for their support, friendship and guidance.”

During Hadge’s tenure, GZA’s employees embraced a One Company mindset which fosters true inter-office collaboration and provides clients the full resources of the company no matter where their project might be. At the same time, GZA significantly grew its operations outside of New England, particularly in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

In addition to his role at GZA, Sheehan currently serves on the board of the Environmental Business Council of New England and periodically guest lectures at colleges and universities. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He also completed MBA coursework at Babson College.

Murphy currently serves on several professional organization boards and committees, including the New Hampshire Business and industry Association and The National Demolition Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1988.

About GZA

Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm providing Geotechnical, Environmental, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services. GZA’s more than 700 professionals are based in 31 offices in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Great Lakes States. For additional information, please call Angela Cincotta, Chief of Marketing and Communications at 781-278-5777 or visit www.gza.com.


Save the Date: January 24 – Climate Change and Toxic Hazards: Before the Storm (Webinar)

Posted January 10, 2019 by

Date & Time: January 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.


This webinar is part of a series organized by CHE and the Boston University Superfund Research Program (BUSRP). Learn more about the CHE-BUSRP Partnership.

This webinar is the first in a 3-part series on climate change, toxic hazards, and how to prepare to protect public health before, during, and after a superstorm or flood. Speakers in this initial webinar will focus on how individuals and communities can prepare before calamity hits a community. They will describe a range of potential exposures to mixtures of toxic chemicals in water, air, and industrial sources that may be encountered during climate disasters and how to prepare to avoid them. The webinar will address the status of cleanup of Superfund sites nationwide, and how communities and businesses are changing preparation processes based on lessons learned from prior storms like Maria, Harvey, Irma, and Florence.

Speaker Tiffany Skogstrom of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) will focus on training community leaders and industry representatives on chemical safety and resiliency in the face of upcoming storms, preventing the risk of creating new Superfund sites. Skogstrom will demonstrate OTA’s new online map of toxics users and climate vulnerabilities and discuss the findings of their trainings. Speaker Dr. Jennifer Horney of the University of Delaware’s Epidemiology Program and Disaster Research Center and adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University will discuss how Houston residents’ views on environmental health and resiliency of parks and recreation areas changed in response to the impacts from Hurricane Harvey. Horney will focus on how data collected after Harvey could inform future disaster planning and preparation in Texas, and how this is applicable nationwide.

This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Clinical Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.

This webinar will last for 60 minutes and will be recorded for our call and webinar archive.


EBC Announces Leadership Team for PCB & Emerging Contaminants Subcommittee

Posted January 8, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Malcolm Beeler of Weston & Sampson, Elizabeth Denly of TRC, Steven LaRosa of Weston & Sampson, Jim Occhialini of Alpha Analytical, and Timothy Snay of  Ransom Consulting, Inc., have all been added to the newly formed EBC PCB & Emerging Contaminants Subcommittee Leadership Team.

Frank Ricciardi, Vice President at Weston & Sampson, will continue to serve as the Subcommittee Chair.

Malcolm Beeler, Team Leader | PCB Technical Lead
Weston & Sampson
273 Dividend Road, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
860.513.1473  //  BeelerM@wseinc.com

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Mr. Beeler is a Senior Project Manager and Team Leader with Weston & Sampson Engineers in Rocky Hill, CT. He is a Licensed Environmental Professional with 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry focused on creative problem solving, project management, site investigation, contaminant remediation and environmental compliance. His consulting practice presently includes site investigation and remediation for PCBs in soil, groundwater, and building materials at numerous sites.  He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemistry and Civil Engineering, all from the University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth Denly, Quality Assurance & Chemistry Systems Director
650 Suffolk Street, Lowell, MA 01854
978.656.3577  //  edenly@trcsolutions.com

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Ms. Denly is a Director in the Technical Development Unit and is the Chemistry/Quality Assurance Director in the Environmental Sector at TRC. She is a chemist with 29 years of consulting experience encompassing field and laboratory analyses and audits, QA/QC, data validation, and consulting for regulatory agencies.

Ms. Denly is a leader in ITRC’s PFAS and TPH Risk Work Groups and in TRC’s Center of Research & Expertise (CORE) Emerging Contaminants Team and recently received the ITRC’s Industry Member of the Year Award for 2017. She is currently focusing on PFAS, specifically the nomenclature, chemistry, sampling procedures, QA/QC, and laboratory analytical methodologies, and has a significant role in educating clients, attorneys, and regulators about PFAS.

As a senior QA specialist at TRC, Ms. Denly is responsible for providing QA/QC oversight in support of a variety of environmental investigations and remediation programs including risk-based soil cleanups, ambient air monitoring, and human health and ecological risk assessments. In this role, she has directed the preparation of QAPPs, coordination with the laboratory, selection of the appropriate analytical methodologies to achieve the desired remedial standards, oversight and performance of the data validation process, and determination of the usability of the data and achievement of data objectives.

Steven LaRosa, Senior Project Manager
Weston & Sampson
98 South Main Street, Suite 2, Waterbury, VT 05676
802.244.5051  //  LaRosaS@wseinc.com

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Mr. LaRosa is Weston& Sampson’s Emerging Contaminant Technical Leader with a current focus on PFAS.

Steve has been managing several PFAS investigation and remediation projects in Vermont and Rhode Island and has provided technical support for projects in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the VTDEC.

Mr. LaRosa is a geologist with 25 years of experience, including extensive experience in preparing work plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) using TRIAD investigative techniques, cost estimating, health and safety programs, Corrective Action Feasibility Investigations (CAFIs) and Corrective Action Plans (CAPs).

Steve has presented at more than a dozen professional conferences and continuing education trainings regarding PFAS investigation and treatment.

Jim Occhialini, Vice President, Technical Sales
Alpha Analytical
320 Forbes Boulevard, Mansfield, MA 02054
508.898.9220  //  jocchialini@alphalab.com

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Jim Occhialini is a vice president with Alpha Analytical and he serves as the practice leader for the
laboratory’s specialty analytical services group. Jim has 40 years of environmental analytical and
consulting experience working on a wide range of projects. Jim is very active with a number of regulatory workgroups and industry associations where he has given numerous technical presentations and training programs.

Timothy Snay, Principal | Vice President | Senior Scientist
Ranson Consulting, Inc.
12 Kent Way, Suite 100, Byfield, MA 01922
978.465.1822 x122  //  tsnay@ransomenv.com

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As a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) in Massachusetts and a Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) in Connecticut since 1998, Tim has almost 30 years of professional experience in the environmental consulting field working with large and small teams of environmental professionals on a variety of projects

Specialties: Investigation, remediation and abatement of PCBs in the environment and building materials, site investigation and remediation, environmental due diligence, brownfields redevelopment and regulatory compliance.

As a Principal and Vice President at Ransom’s Byfield, Massachusetts office, Tim is responsible for day-to-day company operations, short- and long-term business planning, management of small- and large-scale environmental projects, mentoring junior staff, and providing technical support services. Tim’s responsibilities include providing technical and regulatory support to project staff, technical review of final work products, project management, business development, client relationship maintenance, and development and management of operating budgets.