BethHesse-Bio

Quote To Live By: “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Expertise:

  • Superfund/ CERCLA and Multi-Party Sites
  • Air Permitting and Compliance Assistance
  • NDPES Compliance Assistance
  • Phase I ESA Lead and Support
  • Hazardous Waste Compliance Assistance
  • Tier II Preparation and Compliance
  • SPCC Plan Compliance
  • Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Coal Seam Gas Compliance Assistance
  • Field Sampling.

 


  • Full Profile

    Beth Hesse has over eight years of experience in Superfund Management, Hazardous Waste Compliance, SPCC Compliance, Air Permitting, NPDES Compliance, Tier II Preparation, and Phase I and II Environmental Assessments. Her current responsibilities are focused on superfund management, specifically Potentially Responsible Parties (PRP) Coordination.

    Education

    • MS, Environmental Science and Management, Duquesne University, 2010
    • BS, Environmental Studies, Concentration in Environmental Economics and Minors in Biology and Outdoor Education, Montreat College, 2005.

     

    Registrations and Certifications

    • Member of Air and Waste Management Association
    • Member of Young Professionals of Asheville
    • Certified Stormwater BMP Inspection/Maintenance Professional – NC State University.

     

    Continuing Education

    • OSHA HAZWOPER 40 Hour: 29 CFR 1910.120(e)
    • OSHA HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher
    • Training for Supervisors: 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(4).
    • OSHA 10 Hour, Construction Health & Safety
    • 2011. Blake Dawson – Carbon Capture and Storage: Developments and Opportunities in Australia and Asia
    • 2011. PricewaterhouseCoopers – Hidden Insurance-Related Issues that Impact Deal Value
    • 2009. AWMA Webinar – Life Cycle Assessment as an Environmental Management Tool
    • 2009. AWMA Luncheon Series – Overview of New PADEP and RCRA Solid Waste Requirements
    • 2009. CHMM Seminar – Beyond the Checklist: Risk‐based EHS Compliance Process Audits
    • 2009. USEPA RCRA‐TRI Workshop
    • 2008. Annual 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference
    • 2008. Rachel Carson Legacy Conference: Green Chemistry
    • 2007. Stormwater LID Workshop
    • 2007. NC Brownfields Conference.

     

    Key Project Experience

    Superfund Experience

    Beth Hesse currently acts in the capacity of alternate project coordinator for the Cooper Drum Cooperating Parties Group (CDCPG) for work relating to the Cooper Drum Superfund site; a former hazardous waste landfill and incinerator in South Gate, California.

    Beth has also managed the administrative functions including group communication, facilitating distribution of group related deliverables, and supporting group requests for information.

    Beth is the alternate project coordinator for the Tank Hill Superfund site located in Cut Bank Montana, a former crude oil storage terminal. In this role she facilitates all group meetings, coordinates with all subcontractors, and is the main contact for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The team is also responsible for preparation and tracking of the project budget, tracking expenses, and coordinate cash calls.

    Beth supported the project coordinator for the Davis Site Performing Parties Group for work relating to the Davis Superfund site; a former liquid and solid wastes management facility located in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

    Beth also supported the project coordinator for the Fibers Public Supply Wells Settling Defendants (the Fibers Site Group) for work relating to the Fibers Public Supply Wells Superfund Site; former synthetic fiber manufacturing facility located near Guayama, Puerto Rico.

    CSG and Conventional Oil and Gas Experience

    Operational and Construction Management Plan Development | Santos

    Development of Operational and Construction management plans in accordance with the EA conditions for the Fairview, Roma, and Arcadia fields. These operational plans collated all of the planned activities into a single document and outlined the nature of development, construction, and operational disturbances. The Construction Management Plans developed construction methodologies for all activities in the fields and outlined the framework of pre-construction, construction, and post construction procedures and activities that would be used to mitigate impacts in accordance with the EA and EPBC conditions and all Management Plans developed for upstream operations.

    Management Plan Reviews Upstream | Santos

    The scope of work involved a detailed review of over 30 management plans for the Upstream project areas. All management plans were assessed relative to the EA and EPBC conditions and CG comments and plans were updated and rewritten to comply with the conditions contained in these documents. In addition to these management plans key technical reviews were provided on recently completed management plans including the soil management plan.

    Development of Compliance Matrices | Santos

    This project involved collation of all regulatory conditions (EPBC, CG, EA and DDEI) for all CSG project components (upstream, pipeline, and downstream) and assess where and how effectively these regulatory conditions were met in management plans and procedures developed by Santos. These compliance matrices were then used to identify deficiencies in all existing management plans and procedures which were subsequently amended and corrected by EHS Support. The compliance matrices are now used as a critical tool in Santos’ compliance program to facilitate compliance and facilitate independent and external auditing.

    Development of Commitment Register | Santos

    A detailed review of the EIS, EMPs, and management plans was conducted for all components of the project to develop a register of all commitments made in the regulatory approvals process. This assessment covered all aspects of the project and cross referenced the commitments to actual regulatory approval conditions. The process identified over 7,000 commitments that had been made in the regulatory approval process that required tracking and consolidation.

    Development of EA Amendments for Upstream, Pipeline and Downstream| Santos

    To date this project has involved the preparation of over 30 EA amendment packages for all components of the project. The work scope has included preparation of technical support packages and EA amendment request letters for review and approval by DEHP (formerly DERM). Recent key EA amendments sought have included air emissions, stormwater discharge guidelines, land disturbance, rehabilitation requirements, and dust suppression.

    Development of an EMP for Southern RUGS

    This project involved completion of a RUGs risk assessment and development of an EMP for the proposed construction activities to support the injection of gas into the Bony Creek and Tarawonga depleted petroleum reservoirs. An underground gas storage risk assessment was conducted to determine the adequacy and long term viability of injecting gases into these depleted petroleum reservoirs. In conjunction with this study an assessment of the potential impacts associated with construction of gas transmission pipelines and injection infrastructure was conducted.

    Restoration, Remediation and Rehabilitation Plan| Santos

    Detailed technical review of the RRRMP and provision of comments to Santos. Review of document relative to the components of the Demolition and Decommissioning Plan that was developed by EHS Support and verification that all regulatory requirements were met by the plan.

    Old Coxon Creek Dam Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan |Santos

    Development of a decommissioning and rehabilitation plan for the Old Coxon Creek dam. Work was initiated by the geotechnical instability of the dam and the proposed construction of a new dam. A detailed engineering and environmental plan was developed for the decommissioning and conversion of this dam over to a non-regulated landholder or permeate dam.

    Development of Land Disturbance Protocol and Tracking Methodology |Santos

    This project comprises the assessment of all current practices for assessing potential and actual land disturbance, development of a standard protocol and methodology for assessing disturbance, and tracking and quantifying disturbance and rehabilitation activities. The protocol and tracking methodology utilises an integrated database and GIS function with smart forms which utilise GPS referenced information to provide real world data on clearance activities. This system is being rolled out to all business units within Santos. This project and its associated maintenance and optimisation activities is ongoing.

    Development of EHSMS systems for all CSG Activities |Santos

    EHS Support has been tasked with working with the compliance team and all operational business units to develop an integrated program of procedures and databases to support the management plans and approvals commitments made by Santos. This project includes a detailed review of all activities and working with all groups to develop standardised systems that can be incorporated into an Environmental Management System.

    Environmental Compliance Experience

    Ms. Hesse has worked closely with a major coal seam gas (CSG) producer in eastern Australia, assisting with the review of management plans and documents to ascertain regulatory compliance. Ms. Hesse has developed various management plans for use in the CSG fields, as well as developing corresponding training tools. Numerous tools have been developed in collaboration with the client to better track and monitor compliance with the applicable regulations. Ms. Hesse has prepared numerous amendment requests to current regulatory permits, working with the client to gather pertinent technical data and building the case(s) for amendments.

    Additional project experience has included the preparation and submittal of quarterly, semi-annual and annual monitoring reports as required by a steel-making facility’s Title V air permit (OH). Additional project work involved the research, preparation and submittal of annual emission summaries for various facilities (PA, OH, and WV).

    Ms. Hesse has executed projects which have included wastewater effluent sampling, and the subsequent preparation and submittal of quarterly monitoring reports to maintain compliance with a metal-coating facility’s NPDES permit (WV). Additional project work has included the design and preparation of stormwater management plans for various facilities (NC and PA) to maintain compliance with NPDES Phase II standards. Ms. Hesse oversaw efforts which promoted ongoing compliance with 401/404 NPDES permits within the setting of a major highway construction project (OH).

    Ms. Hesse has assisted clients with hazardous waste compliance issues, and has performed weekly site visits to ensure proper labeling, storage and management of hazardous and universal wastes at a metal-coating facility (WV). Additional project work has included the preparation and submittal of Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Reports for a manufacturing facility (PA). Ms. Hesse has also prepared RCRA-focused training tools that detailed generator requirements, applicable thresholds and other pertinent information.

    Under SARA Section 313, Ms. Hesse has prepared and submitted toxic release inventory reports for facilities in OH, PA, TX, OK and WV. Additional project work has included the maintenance of MSDS records and submittal of chemical inventories to appropriate state and local entities. Additional project work involved the preparation of Emergency Management Plans and Integrated Contingency Plans which detailed the appropriate responses to take during emergencies to mitigate worst-case scenarios with respect to the surrounding communities and environment.

    Due Diligence Experience

    As part of real estate transactions and due diligence, Ms. Hesse has conducted site assessments of industrial properties, retail fuel outlets, garage and automotive maintenance facilities, restaurants and undeveloped parcels. Standard elements of the site assessments include an evaluation of historical property uses and a site visit to visually assess the property. The visual assessments include observation and evaluation of current material and waste handling and storage practices; wastewater and stormwater management; water supply; hazardous substance usage and inventory; container management; the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls and asbestos; and indoor air quality concerns. Ms. Hesse has performed detailed regulatory reviews to determine potential environmental risks associated with a site, as the conditions warrant.

    Other Project Experience

    Ms. Hesse has experience performing environmental monitoring on several remediation sites, with regulatory oversight provided by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR).

    Ms. Hesse has developed and sampled groundwater monitoring wells, collected soil samples and soil-vapor samples at brownfields site; the site was formerly a bulk fuel storage and distribution site. Ms. Hesse oversaw an Aggressive Fluid Vapor Recovery (AFVR) effort at the site to remove free-product (petroleum) observed in one of the wells.

    Ms. Hesse has developed and sampled groundwater monitoring wells at an 86,000 square-foot industrial facility on a 12-acre tract in central NC. The facility formerly housed tag and label manufacturing operations; warehouse space and offices were also contained in the building. Ms. Hesse assisted in the collection of indoor air samples and soil-vapor samples throughout the facility.

    Ms. Hesse has performed semi-annual groundwater sampling at an Inactive Hazardous Site located in western NC. The facility formerly dyed yarns and fabrics; the facility is no longer in operation. A large wastewater lagoon, formerly unlined, served as the source of substantial groundwater contamination. In addition to the collection of groundwater samples, Ms. Hesse developed groundwater potentiometric maps to assess the movement of the plume over time.

    Ms. Hesse has performed drum-sampling and groundwater monitoring at a brownfields site, located alongside a major waterway in western NC.