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  • Multimedia Environmental Compliance Audits
  • Aboveground Storage Tank Integrity Testing (carbon and stainless steel, FRP, and plastic)
  • NPDES Wastewater and Stormwater Permitting
  • Preparation of SWP3s, SPCC Plans, Facility Response Plans, Integrated Contingency Plans and Erosion Control Plans
  • Stormwater inspections, dye testing, illicit connections, drainage map development.

  • Full Profile

    Michael Arozarena has over 33 years of technical and project management experience in the environmental field. His diverse work background includes environmental consulting, private industry, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Research Center. His areas of experience include plant-level regulatory compliance; EHS compliance audits; environmental permitting; stormwater and wastewater monitoring; aboveground storage tank testing; ambient air monitoring; and hazardous waste treatment technology evaluations.


    • Currently pursuing a Business Certificate, University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Linder College of Business.
    • M.S. Environmental Science, University of Cincinnati, 1979
    • B.S. Natural Sciences, Xavier University, 1977.


    • Environmental Auditing, Environmental Resource Center, May 1994
    • U.S. DOT 40-hr Transportation of Hazardous Materials, March 2006
    • STI SP001 Certified Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector (ID #AST-R10141), since April 2003
    • Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute, Inc., FRP 301 – Introduction to Design and Condition Assessment, November 2012
    • API University – FRP and Plastic Tank Inspector Training, March 2010
    • Ultrasonic Tank Thickness Training certificate, 40-hr, March 2004
    • Permit required Confined Space Training for Entry Supervisors, September 1993
    • Low level Mercury Sampling Training, February 2010
    • OSHA 40-hr HAZWOPER Training (April 1987); Annual 8-hr Refreshers


    Environmental Compliance Audits

    Michael has acted as Lead Auditor on multimedia environmental compliance audits. He has conducted baseline and review audits since 1994 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Selected auditing clients include the U.S. Air Force, GE Aviation (aviation and rail), Brown-Forman Corporation (saw mills, cooperage houses, distilleries, wineries), Jim Beam, Avon Products, Smart Papers, Globe Metallurgical, Boeing Wichita, Freudenberg-NOK (automotive parts manufacturer), Bethlehem Steel, Dayton Power & Light, Navistar International, and J.M. Smucker. Through CY2014, Michael has conducted over 165 environmental compliance audits and served as lead auditor on the majority of these audits.

    U.S. Air Force 
    Project Manager and Lead Auditor

    Led four Environmental Compliance Assessment and Management Program (ECAMP) audits at Raytheon Missile Systems at AFP44 in Tucson, Arizona; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company at AFP 4 in Fort Worth, Texas; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company at AFP6 in Marietta, Georgia; and Northrop Gruman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Pyramid at AFP42 in Palmdale, California. Led a team of eight to ten media-specific auditors and was personally responsible for auditing water quality, radon, DOT hazardous materials, and environmental management systems. The facilities were audited against Federal, state, and local regulations, as well as, DoD and Air Force regulations, policies, directives, and lease agreements.  At the close of each audit he conducted a formal presentation of the teams’ audit findings and suggested corrective actions.  A detailed audit report was prepared for each site.

    GE Aviation (Aviation and Rail) 
    Project Manager and Lead Auditor

    $400,000 project to provide follow-up actions on third-party audit findings at 12 GE Aviation sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. Managed this project and formed a team of 13 staff from three different offices to perform the plant inspections and follow-up corrective actions. Conducted site inspections at all the California facilities. The primary focus of the project was to provide follow-up on stormwater and wastewater findings.  Many of the findings involved stormwater and wastewater permitting issues, development and certification of SPCC Plans, development of SWP3s, and development of stormwater drainage maps based on field investigations.  In addition to closing findings, responsible for becoming familiar with plant operations, developing water balances at each site, and understanding all water-related permitting and compliance activities with the intent of providing a future environmental resource for the site as needed to maintain compliance.

    Water Programs

    Michael’s experience with water programs includes the preparation of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit applications for wastewater, stormwater, and non-contact cooling water discharges.  Permit applications have been prepared for a variety of industries, including: coal-fired steam electric generating plants, pulp and paper manufacturing plants, pharmaceutical companies, aircraft manufacturers, food processors, chemical companies, printing operations, and steel plants. This experience includes individual as well as general permits.

    • Knowledgeable of industrial and construction general permits in a number of states and has working knowledge of U.S. EPA’s multi-sector general permits.
    • Experienced in the preparation of wastewater permit applications for Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs), and preparation of permit applications for cooling water chemical additive approval.
    • Responsible for the preparation of permit to install (PTI) applications for wastewater treatment and pretreatment systems.
    • Prepared a PTI for J.M. Smucker LLC in Cincinnati which involved the construction of a $6 million stormwater and wastewater treatment plant that allowed J.M. Smucker to stop discharging process wastewater and stormwater to MSD and discharge directly to the Mill Creek.
    • Prepared mercury variance applications for the U.S. Navy, Duke Energy, and United States Steel Corporation.

    Technical Plans

    Michael’s plan development experience is extensive. Selected clients include:  Avon Products, Brown-Forman Corporation, Duke Energy, Dayton Power and Light, Midwest Generation, AK Steel, Nucor Steel, Nucor Yamato Steel, Smart Papers, Formica Corporation, Rohm & Haas, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Procter & Gamble, Smucker’s, and Terry Industries.

    • Prepared a variety of Clean Water Act-related plans since 1991.
    • Experience preparing SPCC plans, Storm- water Pollution Prevention Plans, Facility Response Plans, Integrated Contingency Plans, Spill and Slug Control Plans, Toxic Organic Management Plans, and Best Management Practice Plans.
    • Intimately familiar with the governing regulations and directs and manages key staff in the performance of site inspections, plan development, review, and certification.

    Tank Inspections/Testing

    Experience establishing aboveground storage tank testing programs in support of U.S. EPA’s SPCC regulations regarding tank integrity testing.

    Michael has developed tank testing programs for major industrial clients in steel manufacturing, power, and university campuses. Most have been driven by the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations in 40 CFR Part 112, but some were driven by self-imposed corporate responsibilities. He evaluated the needs of each client and prescribed the most appropriate inspection standard for carbon and steel ASTs, fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) ASTs, and linear and cross-linked polyethylene ASTs. Conducted baseline periodic inspections in preparation for developing site specific training programs, and then trained staff on conducting the periodic inspections. Developed or expanded the tank inventory tables and expanded the tank design features in the SPCC Plans. For an Ohio university, Michael developed a comprehensive tank integrity testing program plan that covered aboveground and underground storage tanks.

    NAVFAC SE Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba 
    Project Manager and Certified Inspector

    Conducted Steel Tank Institute (STI)-certified inspections. The certified tank inspections were conducted in accordance with STI’s SP001, STANDARD FOR THE INSPECTION OF ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS, 5th edition, issued September 2011. The inspections were conducted in support of the Naval Station’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan prepared to meet the requirements of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 112, Oil Pollution Prevention. The inspections consisted of a thorough external visual inspection of the tanks, ancillary structures, associated piping, and secondary containment systems. He tested the tank contents for the presence of water and completed STI inspection forms.  Finally, ultrasonic testing was performed to determine the remaining shell thickness. A detailed inspection report was prepared documenting the inspection findings and recommended corrective actions.  Michael also completed STI-certified external inspections for NAVFAC SE at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, NSA Panama City, Florida; NSA Meridian, Mississippi; NSA Jacksonville, Florida, and NSA Pensacola, Florida.

    U.S. Air Force, Europe 
    Project Manager

    In 2009/2010, Michael managed a $475,000 tank integrity testing program covering air bases in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Turkey. Testing was performed at Incirlik AB, Turkey, Aviano AB, Italy, Moron AB, Spain, and RAF Mildenhall, RAF Fairford, RAF Molesworth, and RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom. A total of 80 underground storage tanks (USTs) and piping associated with 201 aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) were tested with a soil tracer to determine if they were leaking. A tank/piping was classified as passing the TRACER Tight® tightness testing if the tracer chemical used to inoculate the tank/piping was detected below the threshold value of 0.1 µg/L in the soil gas surrounding the tank/piping being tested. Managed two subcontractors to perform this project, AMEC Environmental and Praxair Services. Prepared all required plans in preparation for the work, and worked with AMEC and Praxair to acquire all base passes to perform the work. Individual tank testing reports were prepared for each base.

    Environmental Consulting
    Group Leader

    Michael was a Group Leader in the Permitting and Assessment Division of an environmental consulting firm for 10 years.  At this firm he managed projects valued up to $600,000 and included a wide range of projects:  hazardous waste technology evaluations (e.g., thermal desorption, wet air oxidation, stabilization/solidification, and alkaline chlorination) for the U.S. EPA and the Chlorine Institute, NPDES monitoring and permit application preparation for integrated steel manufacturer, fabrication and installation of an air stripping tower for a municipal Superfund site in Indiana, preparation and review of numerous RCRA Part B permit applications, field monitoring (ambient air, wastewater, ground water, surface water, soil, indoor air, hazardous and solid waste), environmental audits, and plan preparation.

    Research Scientist

    While working on his Master’s thesis and for a period of time after graduating, Michael served as a Research Scientist for two years with the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati, Ohio.  There he conducted bench-and pilot-scale treatment technology evaluations for the removal of Giardia cysts from low-turbidity drinking water supplies.  His work was published in the AWWA journal.


    Michael M. Arozarena, Michael J. Freeman, and Glen Wood, SPCC Regulations Update & New Tank Integrity Testing Requirement…Best Management Practices to Prepare for the November 10, 2010 Deadline, presented at the Manufacturers’ Education Council’s 19th Annual Sustainability & EHS Symposium, in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 24, 2010.

    Logsdon, G.S., J.M. Symons, R.L. Hoye, and M.M. Arozarena, Alternative Filtration Methods for Removal of Giardia Cysts and Cyst Models, Journal of the America Water Works Association.  73(02), 1981.

    McArdle, J.L., M.M. Arozarena, and W.E. Gallagher, A Handbook of Treatment of Hazardous Waste Leachate, EPA/600/8-87/006, 1987.

    Arozarena, M.M., et al, Technical Briefing on the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Best Demonstrated Available Technology Research Program, presented at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 14, 1988.

    Arozarena, M.M., a Case Study of the Effectiveness of the Stabilization/solidification Process in Containing Cyanide in F006 Filter Cake, presented at the Heavy Metal Reclamation and Waste Disposal Conference, Los Angeles, California, February 16-17, 1989.

    Arozarena, M.M., Destruction of Cyanides in Electroplating Wastewaters Using Wet Air Oxidation, presented at the U.S. EPA’s Fifteenth Annual Research Symposium on Remedial Action, Treatment, and disposal of Hazardous Waste, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 10-12, 1989.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Stabilization /Solidification of CERCLA and RCRA Wastes – Physical Tests, Chemical Testing Procedures, Technology Screening, and Field Activities, EPA3625/6-89/022, May 1989.