Environmental Regulatory and Compliance
Associate Consultant & Sr. Analytical Chemist (Current Employee) – Clinton, IN – January 31, 2016
As the chemist for the environmental lab (staff of 6), the data contributions of the staff are reviewed and verified to be accurate and compliant. The submitted data to the state is additionally checked.
Instrument PMs are maintained and if/when there is malfunction internal maintenance is schedules and diagnosed. If it is a part malfunction, technical service from the vendor is scheduled. Instruments need to be operating 24/7.
If/when there is a sudden pollutant release into the site effluent, immediate action is taken through system monitoring of TOC and pH. If the alarms are beyond the established limits, the effluent is diverted and captured for analysis and remediation. During the capture, the chemist coordinates an action plan to find the source and remediate.
Aside from managing the activities of site pollutant reduction, I submit three annual regulatory reports, SARA 312, SARA 313 and the IDEM Emission Report.
The diversity of job responsibilities makes the job interesting and many time challenging, as answers cannot be delayed. I enjoy the teamwork of lab associates who have worked alongside me for many years, they are family.
Learning is everyday whether it is process or chemistry or both. This job cannot be performed as every day is the same - it isn't. Every day is different and coordination of the scheduled requirements is one of the hardest parts of the job.
Answering through root cause analysis the source of pollution
Management expecting immediate answers to complex problems