Patrick Peterson

Quote To Live By: “I plan on living forever. So far so good.” unknown author

Expertise:

  • State Voluntary Action Programs
  • Project Planning
  • Client Management
  • Hydrogeologic and Soil Investigations
  • Budgeting and Reserve Analysis
  • Soil and Groundwater Sampling
  • Asbestos Surveys.

 


  • Full Profile

    Patrick Peterson is a Senior Project Manager with over 25 years of experience in managing site investigation and remediation projects under RCRA and numerous state voluntary action programs. Pat has successfully closed seven sites under the Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania voluntary action programs and has worked on numerous RCRA and Superfund sites. These sites typically involved characterization and remediation of solvents and petroleum hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater at the project site and adjacent properties. Pat’s forte is developing big picture strategies that focus on a common endpoint that is conciliatory to the client and regulatory agency. Pat relies on his years of field sampling experience, regulatory knowledge, and ability to communicate well with the client, regulators, and all parties involved to develop effective solution to meet the project goals. Human health and the environment, technical constraints, budget, and client schedule are some of the key components that are considered during the project planning process.

    Education

    • B.S. Geology – Edinboro, Pennsylvania
    • M.S. Environmental Sciences – Miami University, Ohio.

     

    Professional Credentials

    • Registered Professional Geologist – Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, and Missouri
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Supervisor
    • Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act – certified asbestos inspector and management planner (current licenses in Pennsylvania and Ohio)
    • Standard First Aid and Adult CPR (2011).

     

    Key Experience

    Federal Laboratories: Indiana County, PA 

    Project Manager

    The Federal Laboratories site is comprised of 307 acres and was formerly used to manufacture and test tear gas and incendiary devices.  Numerous investigations and remediation activities were conducted from 1986 to 2009 by various consultants and the site was entered into the Pennsylvania Act 2 program.  After receiving the project in 2011, several meetings were set up with the Pennsylvania DEP to agree upon a common exit strategy.  Subsequently, Patrick was responsible for submitting numerous work plans to collect supplemental data at three separate areas; provide a conceptual hydrogeologic model showing his interpretation of the fate and transport of tear gas associated chemicals in groundwater; install point of compliance monitoring wells; and implement a sampling program.  At one of the areas, the Pennsylvania DEP agreed to discontinue operation of a groundwater treatment system saving the client $200K per year following a 2-year monitoring program.  The strategy entailed conducting and evaluating results of a dye test to identify groundwater discharge areas to a stream; collecting chemical and biological data to interpret the fate and transport of chemicals in groundwater; conducting a soil investigation at a former drum burial area to assess exposure pathways to chemicals in soil, and managing a quarterly groundwater and surface water monitoring program to assess the water quality during temporary cessation of the groundwater treatment system.  At a second area at the site, limited soil remediation was performed to remove metals from the soil to meet the state-wide health standards.  A draft final report was submitted to the Pennsylvania DEP and preliminary accepted.

    Confidential Client: Wyoming, IL 

    Project Manager

    This site was formerly used to manufacture electronics parts during 1960 to the mid-1990s.  Historical releases of solvents resulted in soil and groundwater contamination of PCE and degradation products.  The site was entered into the Illinois TACO program in the early 1990s by another consultant.  The consultant’s plan was to install a 600-foot long recovery trench and groundwater treatment system to intercept impacted groundwater migrating beyond the property boundary.  Patrick managed the site in 2011 and subsequently met with the Illinois EPA to discuss other strategies to address the impacted soil and groundwater.  Based on the proposed scope of work presented during the meeting, the Illinois EPA agreed to pursue the following actions: excavate an isolated area of affected soil to meet direct contact objectives; model the fate and transport of chemicals of concern in groundwater to evaluate potential future groundwater exposure pathways and receptors; compensate the downgradient property owner for allowing institution of an ELUC on the property to restrict groundwater use and, thus, eliminate the need for installing a groundwater remediation system for a substantial cost savings.  The client received a NFR letter in April 2013.

    Industrial Motion Control: Wheeling, IL

    Project Manager

    The Industrial Motion Control facility is an electronics manufacturer that was sold, but the environmental liability was retained by the seller (client).  Due to historical releases of TCE to an outside storage area, the site was entered into the Illinois TACO program.  As the project manager, Patrick prepared the scope of work; participated in soil, groundwater, and well installation activities; acted as liaison between the buyer’s consultants and client; and prepared the necessary TACO reports for a focused soil and groundwater investigation.  He received approval from the Illinois EPA to modify their numerical model using site-specific parameters.  Consequently, he was able to show that VOCs in soil would not leach to groundwater at concentrations that would migrate beyond the property boundary, thus, saving client significant costs.  The client received a NFR letter in March 2013.

    Industrial Fill Disposal Property: Valley View, OH

    Project Manager

    This site was a vacant property abutting the Cuyahoga River that was built up in elevation using industrial fill (e.g., slag).  The property was entered into the Ohio VAP in anticipation of being developed for commercial use.  As the project manager, Patrick prepared the scope of work and budget; managed soil, sediment, surface water, and groundwater sampling and well installation activities; conducted bioassay sampling and indoor air modeling; assessed potential exposure risks; and, acted as the liaison between the Ohio EPA and client’s legal team.  Originally, it appeared that excavation of sediments from an onsite creek was the only option to meet the ecological criteria.  However, after conducting additional off-property sampling and researching the environmental history of upgradient properties, Patrick was able to persuade the Ohio EPA to acknowledge off-property sources of contaminants to the creek, thus, saving the client $300K in excavation costs.  A covenant not to sue was issued for the site in 2010.

    Champion Spark Plug Company: Toledo, OH

    Project Manager

    The Champion Spark Plug Company site was a manufacturing facility that began operations in the 1900s.  The site was entered into the Ohio VAP after being acquired by a holdings company during a liability transfer deal.  As the project manager, Patrick conducted Phase I and asbestos assessments; participated in soil, groundwater, soil vapor, soil excavation, and well installation activities; closed two underground tank farm areas under BUSTR to receive eligibility under VAP; and, prepared the final Phase I and II reports and No Further Action letter.  In addition, he managed the property affairs (e.g., land care, snow removal) and acted as liaison between the facility manager, independent CP, current owner, Ohio EPA, and city officials.  In 2008, a covenant not to sue letter was issued for the property.

    Ogden: Edinboro, PA

    Project Manager

    The former Ogden site was entered into Pennsylvania’s Act 2 program because of historical releases of solvents to soil and groundwater.  As the project manager, Patrick participated in groundwater sampling and well installation activities; indoor air sampling; prepared the risk assessment and MNA evaluation sections; modeled contaminants in groundwater, surface water, and indoor air; prepared the remedial investigation and final report; and acted as liaison between the Pennsylvania DEP, new owner, and client.  In 2007, Pennsylvania DEP issued the client a release from liability for site-wide soil and groundwater.

    Bradford Electronics, Inc.: Bradford, PA

    Project Manager

    The Bradford Electronics, Inc. site was a former electronics manufacturing facility that was entered into Pennsylvania’s Act 2 program.  Originally, the previous consultant was seeking a release from liability for a small onsite disposal area; however, Patrick was able to convince the client to pursue a release of liability for site-wide soil and groundwater with minimal additional cost.  Also, he was able to reduce the duration of groundwater attainment sampling from eight quarters to four quarters.

    As the project manager, Patrick prepared a revised scope of work and budget; conducted soil, groundwater and well installation activities; supervised razing of a chemical storage building and excavation of underlying soils; conducted indoor air, surface water, and groundwater modeling; assessed potential exposure risks; prepared the remedial investigation and final report; and, acted as liaison between the Pennsylvania DEP, client, buyer, and owner.  In 2006, Pennsylvania DEP issued a release from liability for site-wide soil and groundwater under the Pennsylvania Act 2 program.  The property was sold in 2006.

    Electric Motors: Chicago, IL

    Project Manager

    This site was a former DC motors manufacturing facility that was entered into the Illinois TACO program.  As the project manager, Patrick prepared the scope of work; performed soil, groundwater, and well installation activities; managed the removal of an indoor underground heating oil tank; prepared three reports – Site Investigation, Remediation Objectives, and Remediation Completion; and, acted as liaison between the IDEP project manager and client.  In 2004, IDEP issues a no further remediation letter for residential use (no restrictions) of the property.  The property was later redeveloped as condominiums.

    Gear Manufacturer: Maysville, KY

    Project Manager

    This site was a former Emerson gear manufacturing facility that was investigated during closure of the facility.  As the project manager, Patrick prepared the scope of work; conducted soil, groundwater, and well installation activities; prepared a limited risk assessment; conducted indoor air sampling and modeling; conducted corrective actions which included injection of microbes and a food source to enhance biodegradation; and acted as liaison between the Kentucky DEP and client.  Post-corrective groundwater monitoring has shown significant decreases in the VOC concentrations.

    Publications

    Peterson, Patrick, 2008. National Partnership for Environmental Priorities. Environmental Claims Journal. (Spring 2008).

    Peterson, Patrick, 2003. Relieving the Burden of Redeveloping RCRA Sites. Environmental Claims Journal (Fall 2003).

    Peterson, Patrick and D.J. Oberdorf, 2000. Brownfields Update: A Summary of EPA’s Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative. Remediation Journal.

    Peterson, Patrick, 1999. Groundwater Remediation of VOCs using Vacuum Vaporizer Well (UVB) Technology. Environmental Claims Journal Fall 1999.

    Peterson, Patrick and J.E. Vondracek, 1999. The EPA’s Strategic Plan and Its Impact on Cleaning up Contaminated Sites. Environmental Quarterly – The Newsletter of Environmental Strategies Corporation. Summer 1999. Volume 11, No. 2, pp 5-8.