Quote To Live By: “You’ve got to play both sides of the red line to win” -Gordie Howe

Expertise:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Resource management studies
  • Groundwater flow and well hydraulics
  • Fate and transport analyses
  • Regulatory Interaction—Federal, State, Local
  • Project Management.

 


  • Full Profile

    Taras Kruk is a Principal Geologist with more than 29 years’ experience in the areas of geology, hydrogeology and environmental management. His responsibilities have included the planning and supervision of field programs for aquifer analysis and water resource development; soil gas, soil matrix and groundwater characterization and remediation; providing fact witness and expert testimony; and representing client’s interests with local, state, and federal authorities. His strong technical and operations skills have been applied to a number of successful high profile projects. He has also been instrumental in the development and long-term relationship of multi-site mitigation programs for national clients. As a result of his diverse experience, he has established strong professional relationships in the technical, regulatory, and legal communities. His ability to develop cost-effective programs and bring long-term projects to closure reflects his understanding of complex technical and management issues.

    Education

    • MS/Geology/1987/California State University, Long Beach
    • BS/Geology/1981/California State University, Long Beach
    • BS/Zoology/1978/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Postgraduate Studies: hydrogeology, modeling, analytical chemistry, regulatory framework, GIS, and RI/FS process: University of California, Irvine; California State University, Long Beach; and Westech College.

     

    Registration/Certification

    • 1993/Professional Geologist/CA/5681
    • 1995/Certified Hydrogeologist, CA/469
    • 2005/Certified Engineering Geologist/CA/2375
    • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 Health and Safety Training
    • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 Health and Safety Training Supervisor.

     

    Committees and Memberships 

    • National Ground Water Association
    • Groundwater Resources Association
    • Toastmasters International—CTM, “Toxic Toast” Officer and Charter Member.

     

    Key Experience

    Provide compliance support for the GLNG LNG facility development project in Gladstone, Australia.  Activities include onsite compliance support, development of compliance protocols, and preparation of compliance reports for submittal to government agencies.

    Project Principal: ExxonMobil, Shell, and Unocal Comingled Plume Delineation and Mitigation; La Mirada, CA; for Resource Environmental, LLC (RELLC). (2011-Present).

    Project Principal: Dominguez Channel Petroleum Pipeline LNAPL Assessment and Mitigation; Carson, CA; for Resource Environmental, LLC (RELLC). (2011-Present).

    Lead Hydrogeologist; County Courthouse Development Dewatering Assessment; San Diego, CA; for County of San Diego (2011-Present).

    Technical Manager; Municipal Production Well Inspection Oversight and Design Services, Well 38-4, Lake Los Angeles, CA and Wells 4-71 and 4-85; Lancaster, CA; for Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (2008-Present).

    Principal Geologist: Groundwater Monitoring and Hydraulic Containment Program; El Segundo, CA; for Confidential Client (2003-Present).

    Principal Geologist: Waste Management Monitoring; Active Refinery; Torrance, CA; for Confidential Client (2001-Present).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Construction Dewatering Assessment and System Design; UV Water Treatment Facility; Los Angeles, CA; for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; (2010-2011).

    Consulting Hydrogeologist: Environmental Support Services; Hydrogeologic Consulting to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) management of groundwater cleanup; Irvine, CA; for Orange County Great Park Corporation (2009-2011).

    Task Manager: Remedial Action Plan Design and Implementation Monitoring—Clay Adsorbent Facility; Vernon, CA; for Confidential Client (2007-2011).

    Project Principal: Property Redevelopment, Groundwater Assessment and Remediation, Litigation Support; Former Chemical Packaging and Distribution Facility; Santa Fe Springs, CA; for Confidential Client (2004-2011).

    Project Principal: Corrective Measures Study; Composite Polymers Facility; Commerce, CA; for Confidential Client (2004-2011).

    Lead Hydrogeologist/Project Manager: Fate and Transport Study, Risk Analysis, and Site Remediation; Former Chemical Packaging and Distribution Facility; Newark, CA; Confidential Client (2004-2011).

    Consulting Hydrogeologist: Groundwater Resource Assessments for Construction and Operation of Solar Power Plants; Ludlow and Ocotillo, CA; for Confidential Client (2009-2010).

    Lead Geologist; Project Expansion, Pier A West; Hydrogeology Assessment and Waste Characterization; Los Angeles, CA; for Port of Long Beach (2006-2009).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Groundwater Fate and Transport Modeling; Superfund Site; Smithfield, RI; for Confidential Client (2006-2008).

    Lead Hydrogeologist; High-Rise Development Dewatering Assessment; San Diego, CA; for The Irvine Company (2007-2008).

    Lead Hydrogeologist; Property Development Groundwater Assessment and Basin Study Analysis; Palmdale, CA; for Confidential Client, (2007).

    Consulting Hydrogeologist; UIC Class I Non-Hazardous Injection Well System; Fresno, CA; for Confidential Client (2006).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Aquifer Testing, Groundwater Fate and Transport Modeling for Pier S Redevelopment Construction Design; Long Beach, CA; for Port of Long Beach (2003-2004).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Groundwater Monitoring Network Evaluation of the Tierra Rejada Landfill; Ventura, CA; for Ventura County Sanitation District (2002-2003).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Geotechnical Analysis of the Stone Canyon Reservoir; Los Angeles, CA; for Los Angeles County Department of Water and Power (2001-2002).

    Western Division Program Manager: Service Station Environmental Programs; CA, OR, WA, AZ, NM, CO, MT; for Confidential Client (1993-2000).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Groundwater Resource and Production Well Evaluations; Monterey Park, CA; for City of Monterey Park (1996-1998).

    Hydrogeologist: Groundwater Development; Pomona, CA; for City of Pomona, (1995-1998).

    Project Hydrogeologist: Hydrogeology Investigation for Calabasas Landfill; Calabasas, CA; for Los Angeles County Sanitation District (1997-1998).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Groundwater Basin Investigations; San Bernardino and Riverside Counties; for Confidential Client (1997).

    Lead Hydrogeologist: Post Closure Maintenance of Palos Verdes Landfill; Palos Verdes, CA; for Los Angeles County Sanitation District (1995).

    Project Manager: Groundwater Monitoring Program, Subsurface Characterization, and PRP Allocation Support for Two Aerospace Manufacturing Facilities in the Burbank and Glendale Operable Units; San Fernando Valley, CA; for TRINOVA Corporation (1992-1996).

    Project Geologist: Site Characterization, Groundwater Monitoring, and Remediation; Active Industrial Paint Manufacturing Facility; Vernon, CA; Confidential Client (1993-1995).

    Project Geologist: Site Characterization and EIR; Port of Los Angeles, CA; for Wilmington Liquid Bulk Terminals (1990-1993).

    Project Manager: Environmental Assessment and Litigation Support for Property Acquisition of Water Heater Manufacturing Sites; Santa Monica, CA; Confidential Client (1992).

    Project Manager: Site Characterization, Remediation, and Closure Investigation; Over 30 Service Station Sites; Southern CA; for Confidential Clients (1987-1990).

    Project Manager: Delineating and Characterizing Soil and Groundwater Contamination of Former Loading Terminal; Port of Los Angeles, CA; for Ultramar Inc. (1987).

    Petroleum Engineer Technician: Secondary Recovery Program; Baldwin Hills Oil Field, for Chevron USA (1981-1983).