Quote To Live By: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Expertise:

  • Superfund/ CERCLA and Multi-Party Sites
  • Environmental Compliance and Liability Management
  • Multimedia Environmental, Health, and Safety Audits and Compliance Assurance
  • Site Investigation and Remediation
  • Merger, Acquisition, and Divestiture Services
  • Environmental Liability Cost Estimation
  • Regulatory Analysis and Compliance
  • Construction Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Solid Waste Management.

  • Full Profile

    Over the past 15 years, Joe Biss has worked within a variety of disciplines in the environmental field, with a business focus on quantifying and managing risk to private and public sector clients in environmental, health, and safety (EHS), and other regulatory subject matter. His responsibilities within EHS Support include Director of Operations and the PRP/ Superfund Coordination service line lead. The depth of his experience includes due diligence assessments for acquisitions and divestitures and site specific environmental liabilities for properties in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

    He has extensive experience with large-scale site investigation, remediation, and construction projects involving hazardous and radioactive wastes. His specific experience encompasses oversight responsibility for the site investigation and remediation phases, project planning and budgetary control, subcontractor procurement and oversight, the design and implementation of project health and safety plans, reporting, and interaction/negotiations with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Additionally, he brings experience in radiation protection and as an analytical chemist. He is also familiar with the operation of analytical laboratory instruments and with environmental sampling protocols for soil, ground water, and surface water.

    Having had a significant involvement in multimedia compliance audits and due diligence assessments for industrial facilities, Joe has worked with the chemical, hazardous waste, specialty steel manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, aerospace, and wood treating industries as part of Corporate Auditing Programs for Merger, Acquisitions, and Divestiture Services. Tasks included audit protocol development; site inspection; contacting regulatory agencies; reviewing file material relating to air, water, and waste disposal permits; and preparing the audit reports. He assisted corporations with establishing goals and objectives, focusing primarily on EHS compliance assurance and risk management.

    Education

    • B.S., Environmental Science and Natural Resource, Purdue University, 1998.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Past President Three Rivers Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers.

    Certification and Training

    • Certified Hazardous Material Manager
    • Certified Greenhouse Gas Verifier (Certificate #0006A), CSA America, Inc.
    • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER 29-CFR 1910.120 Certified, Current
    • OSHA 8-hour HAZWOPER Supervisor 29-CFR 1910.120 Certified, Current
    • 24-hour Hazardous Material Emergency Response, Technician Level III
    • Hazardous Material Training, 16-hour (Department of Transportation)
    • Advanced RCRA Training, 31 hours McCoy’s
    • RadWorker Certified,  Last: March 2004.

    Key Project Experience 

    Superfund Experience

    Joe Biss heads up EHS Support’s potentially responsible party (PRP) Coordination team. This team supports six active PRP groups in the “Project Coordinator” role for remedial activities relating to the respective Superfund sites. The PRP Coordination team also represents clients in twelve other Superfund PRP groups.

    Joe currently acts in the capacity of 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.

    Joe’s role is to facilitate and assist the Fibers Site Group with Executive and Technical Committee meetings, coordinate with the consulting firm selected to conduct the supplemental investigations and implement the final remedy, coordinate preparation of the project budget, track expenses, coordinate cash calls, and manage the Fibers Site Group’s checking account.

    Joe also reviews and provides comments on all technical deliverables and facilitates distribution of deliverables for both Technical and Executive Committee review and discussion. He also acts as the liaison between the Fibers Site Group and EPA and facilitates both conference calls and in-person EPA, Fibers Site Group, and consultant meetings.

    Joe also manages the administrative functions for the Fibers Site Group including group communication, facilitating distribution of group related deliverables, and supporting group requests for information.

    Joe is also the Project Coordinator for the Davis Site Performing Parties Group (DSPPG) for work relating to the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund site; a former liquid and solid wastes management facility located in Smithfield, Rhode Island. In this role he facilitates all group meetings, coordinates with all subcontractors, and is the main contact for the DSPPG. He is also responsible for preparation and tracking of the project budget, tracking expenses, and coordinate cash calls. Additionally, he is responsible for the submission of the DSPPG’s disbursement requests from the EPA’s Special Accounts set up for the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund site. This role is nearly identical to his role at the Fibers Public Supply Wells Superfund site.

    Joe works closely with the 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
    • Tank Hill Superfund site located in Cut Bank Montana, a former crude oil storage terminal.

    Joe’s role is to facilitate and assist the project coordinator and performing party members with Group and Technical Committee meetings, coordinate with the consulting firm selected to conduct the supplemental investigations and implement the final remedy, coordinate preparation of the project budget, track expenses, coordinate cash calls, and manage the groups’ checking accounts.

    Joe provides feedback to the project coordinator on all technical deliverables and facilitates distribution of deliverables for both Technical and Executive Committee review and discussion. He facilitates discussions with these project coordinators, performing party members, regulatory agencies in both conference calls and in-person stakeholder meetings.

    Joe and his team in conjunction with the project coordinator manages the administrative functions for the performing party members including group communication, facilitating distribution of group related deliverables, and supporting group requests for information.

    Joe is the alternate Project Coordinator for the Lemberger Site Remediation Group (LSRG) for work relating to the Lemberger Landfill (LL) and Lemberger Transport and Recycling (LTR) sites; former municipal waste and power plant fly and bottom ash open dump landfill located near Whitelaw, Wisconsin.

    Joe’s role is to be familiar with the ongoing project work activities and be ready to step in for the project coordinator as needed. The project coordinator facilitates and assists the LSRG with Executive and Technical Committee meetings, coordinate with the consulting firm selected to conduct the supplemental investigations and implement the final remedy, coordinate preparation of the project budget, track expenses, and coordinate cash calls.

    EHS Support as project coordinator reviews and provides comments on all technical deliverables and facilitated distribution of deliverables for both Technical and Executive Committee review and discussion. They act as the liaison between the LSRG, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and EPA and facilitate both conference calls and in-person agency, LSRG, and consultant meetings.

    Additionally, the project coordinator manages the administrative functions for the LSRG including group communication, facilitating distribution of group related deliverables, and supporting group requests for information.

    Joe is a key technical representative advising the chair of the Steering Committee for the U.S. Oil Recovery SIte (USOR) Superfund site located in Pasadena, Texas. The Site is an abandoned used oil processor and wastewater treatment facility. He attends all technical committee meetings, sits on the invoice review committee, and provides support to the chair of the steering committee on an as needed basis.

    Joe works alongside the client representative on the Mays Phillips State Superfund site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The site is a former waste transfer facility that landfilled wastes at the site. He also attends technical committee meetings, reviews documents, prepares annual environmental reserves, and attends agency meetings.

    Other Key Project Experience

    Joe managed the due diligence effort for the divestiture of a wire harness and electrical distribution business that had operations in 13 countries around the world including manufacturing facilities in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Honduras along with assembly and logistics facilities in Canada, China, and the Czech Republic.

    Joe managed the due diligence effort including multiple Phase II site investigations for a multinational corporation’s business growth initiative that included fuel distribution centers and facilities with RCRA Part ‘B’ hazardous waste treatment permits.

    Additionally, he has completed RCRA Part ‘B’ hazardous waste treatment and storage permits applications and modifications in PA and KY.

    He managed an international audit program for prominent medical device manufacturing entity. He completed regulatory applicability assessment for the manufacturer’s distribution and repair operations for 10 European Union countries.

    Joe was tasked with the supervision and compliance assistance of environmental, health and safety specifications at a NY State Superfund Site. He managed an environmental technician crew in loading operations of 4000 cubic yards of soil excavated from site with radioactive and RCRA heavy metal contamination. He completed project phase closure including heavy equipment decontamination, erosion control, and long-term site security.

    Joe performed and reviewed environmental site assessments for commercial, industrial, and timberland properties. Areas assessed included investigation of site uses by past and present tenants; and potential soil, surface water, and groundwater contamination problems. He was responsible for identifying hazardous situations to be documented and remedied. Tasks included visually inspecting the facility; contacting regulatory agencies; reviewing file materials relating to air, water, and hazardous waste permits; conducting historical deed searches; and writing the final assessments.

    Joe was responsible for the development of a hazardous materials management plan for a large Federal agency. The management plan specialized in characterization of all generated waste processes, hazardous waste biennial reporting, SARA Title III Section 312 & 313 reporting; design of multimedia training overviews for RCRA, OSHA, and USDOT regulations; and NPDES requirements as an industrial user for discharge to a local POTW. The implementation of the waste management plan included extensive savings and a successful waste minimization program.

    Joe supervised hazardous materials shipping including lab-pack segregation and unknown chemical categorization for multiple federal agencies across regions of the U.S. As project lead, he managed numerous aspects of an environmental program for laboratories that include compliance with RCRA, CWA, OSHA, and USDOT regulations. He developed successful internal environmental programs that resulted in zero compliance findings or violations for state RCRA inspections. He provided routine surveillance of facility programs for compliance and reporting requirements. He completed comprehensive facility contingency plan pursuant to applicable state and federal regulations. He developed training programs for RCRA, OSHA, and USDOT requirements that were presented to facility employees at all levels. He managed all aspects of laboratory-generated materials considered hazardous, non-hazardous, universal, and residual wastes. He maintained compliance of all designated storage areas (LQG, SQG, CESQG) for “Hazardous Waste” generators. He developed oil recycling and energy recovery efforts that presented measurable cost savings to the generating facilities. Joe had direct input into the design of a waste consolidation area (flammable and chlorinated solvents) to ensure intrinsically safe lighting and ventilation needs were adequate. He completed letter and back up data calculations at request of client to USDOT for an exemption letter from regulations for preserved analytical sample shipped to and from laboratories.

    Joe provided facility inspections related to Department of Energy (DOE) Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) sites in NJ to determine all hazardous materials and potential environmental hazards had been removed and properly disposed of prior to building being razed. This included the inventory and segregated hazardous materials for lab-packing and disposal. He performed fingerprint analysis on unknown liquid containers to determine contents and chemical compatibility. He completed cost estimate and proposal for off-site disposal of all potential hazardous materials.