Environmental Engineer
Imerys 34 reviews - United States

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Environmental compliance is required of industrial facilities to ensure adherence to all areas of regulation. The purpose is to limit or minimize Company liability, and to ensure the protection of employees and the environment. Responsibilities include implementing and maintaining federal, state, and local environmental compliance for the Lompoc facility. The plant environmental programs include air, solid waste, hazardous waste, chemical usage, sewer/septic system, potable water, radioactive containing devices, storm water, petroleum storage, and asbestos containing materials. Directs and advises Lompoc facility management on environmental compliance issues. Prepares environmental permit applications, negotiates permit conditions with regulatory agencies, and implements required permit conditions. Collects and records required data, prepares documents, letters, and reports required by the regulatory agencies. Directly interfaces with regulatory agency personnel via telephone, meetings, and regulatory agency personnel site visits. Act as a representative of the Lompoc facility to regulatory agencies.

Prepares and maintains budget for Lompoc facility environmental department. Provides indirect supervision of hourly and salaried employees as part of maintaining Lompoc facility compliance. Specifically, requests Lompoc facility employees to conduct tasks as part of the environmental compliance program, which includes prescribed conditions and inspection s that are required of the plant. Estimate 10% -15% of time spent in supervising the work of others.


Air permitting compliance (85%):

  • Maintains Lompoc facility air permit compliance, as well as with county, state, and federal rules and regulations.
  • Performs site inspections.
  • Manages source tests of pollution control equipment.
  • Assesses new projects to determine if an air permit is required and prepares necessary permit applications.
  • Reports plant operating conditions semi-annually.
  • Negotiates permit conditions with the County (Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District – APCD), and represents the Lompoc facility to regulatory agencies.
  • Non-air permitting compliance (5%):

  • Maintains Lompoc facility non-air permit compliance including solid waste, hazardous waste management, and storm water discharge programs. Other programs consist of chemical usage and storage, sewer/septic system, potable water, radioactive containing devices, petroleum storage, and asbestos containing materials.
  • Conducts applicable inspections.
  • Maintains required records.
  • Produces necessary reports.
  • Communication (10%):

  • Effectively communicates to the Lompoc facility personnel and consultants the actions necessary to maintain Lompoc facility environmental compliance, including the implementation of new procedures or programs.
  • Provides direction to personnel to maintain or implement programs.
  • Presents facility compliance to appropriate regulatory agencies.
  • Other Duties:

  • Collects water samples, including storm water, Imhoff (sewer/septic system), and potable as necessary Maintains appropriate records. (Monthly to quarterly).
  • Collects crude samples off the crude belts. Maintains appropriate records. (Quarterly)
  • Conducts visual emission surveys. Maintains appropriate records. (Quarterly)
  • Prepares and submits semiannual and annual reports (various programs).
  • Profiles and prepares the Lompoc facility hazardous waste shipments offsite. Maintains appropriate records. (Monthly)
  • Evaluates asbestos containing materials. Coordinates asbestos abatement projects and contractors. Maintains appropriate records. (Semiannually when needed)
  • Collects semiannual and annual radiation samples (wipe samples) from nuclear weigh scales and other nuclear containing devices. Maintains appropriate records. Prepares applicable reports.
  • Conducts environmental regulatory compliance training for Lompoc facility personnel. (Monthly as needed)
  • Performs other duties as required.


    Education :

    B.S. or B.A. degree in Science or Engineering.

    Useful Certifications (not mandatory):

  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) Visual Emissions Evaluation (VEE) Certification.
  • 24-Hour Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Certification or 40 Hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification.
  • California Department of Health Services (DHS) Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Certification.
  • California Asbestos Health Emergency Response Act (HERA) Asbestos Inspector Certification.
  • DHS D1 Public Water Distribution System Certification.
  • Experience:

    Minimum of 1 year of environmental compliance experience


  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written format. Prepare letters and reports for submittal to regulatory agencies. Organize and lead meetings with Lompoc facility personnel (supervisors, hourly personnel, and plant managers) and with regulatory personnel. Prepare and conduct presentations to Lompoc facility personnel, regulatory personnel, and the public.
  • Ability to direct peers, supervisors, hourly personnel, and contractors in initiating or continuing projects to obtain and maintain environmental compliance.
  • Demonstration of project management skills including budgeting and scheduling.
  • Ability to work effectively with all Lompoc facility personnel and with contractors and regulatory personnel.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel), and ability to learn other related programs.
  • Ability to demonstrate self-motivation and an ability to forecast and anticipate potential environmental roadblocks.
  • Demonstrated organizational skill, and ability to multi-task and appropriately prioritize tasks.
  • Strong deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain multiple budgets.
  • Ability to schedule and manage contractors.
  • Imerys recognizes that our success depends on talented, motivated professionals. We offer exciting opportunities to grow and establish a career with a global company. Imerys offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

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