About Us - Key Personnel

Joseph Horvath
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Technical Specialties

Program and Project Planning and Management, Cost/Schedule Control, Chemistry, Geology, Groundwater Remediation, Controlled Excavation, T&D.

Experience Summary

Over 27 years of technical (R&D) and environmental project management experience: Business Development Representative and Technical Coordinator for Panther Technologies, Inc. Formerly, Co-Founder/CEO of EnviroGro Solutions, Inc. (1997-2001); Senior Project Manager at WRS, previously a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Corp. (1993-1997); Professional and Management positions with E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. and Westinghouse Electric Corp., prime contractors to the US Dept. of Energy at Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC (1986-1993); Research Geochemist with CONOCO, a global oil exploration and production (1980-1985). Total responsibility for diverse set of commercial projects and government contracts involving delivery orders regularly exceeding $1 million. Technical proposal preparation, contract negotiation, project planning, and project execution. Co-authored RCRA Pt B Permit Applications and CERCLA RODs. Mr. Horvath has led and participated in negotiations with regulators regarding RCRA and CERCLA actions, and has considerable public relations experience involving environmental issues at sensitive national defense facilities.

Credentials

  • M.S., Geochemistry Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.
  • Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology Princeton Associates
  • B.S., Chemistry and Marine Science Southampton College of Long Island University
  • Vadose Zone Monitoring and Sampling
  • National Water Well Association
  • Fundamentals of RCRA - The Du Pont Course
  • OSHA 8-Hour Supervisor Training
  • OSHA 40-Hour Health and Safety Training
  • Graduate of Numerous Safety Training Programs (CONOCO, Du Pont, Westinghouse, DOE)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Key Projects

  • $5.6 million RCRA Impoundment Closure and $2 million Groundwater Remediation Project at a DOE nuclear materials production facility in Aiken, SC. The M-Basin Closure and Groundwater remediation project was the first-ever remedial construction project at a DOE facility. The high profile project served to demonstrate DOE's commitment to cleaning up the Post WWII and Cold War legacies. The M-Basin project was regularly presented to high-level government officials (Cabinet Secretaries, Congressmen, etc.) and anti-nuclear political action groups (Green Peace) during all phases of construction. Closure included liquid and sludge removal, dewatering, treatment, stabilization, re-internment, and installation of an RCRA Cover System (clay, synthetic liner and soil cover with drainage layer). A 10-acre Carolina Bay wetland was also rehabilitated. The groundwater component includes an 11-well recovery system spread over 100 acres and delivering 400 GPM to an air stripper for removal of chlorinated VOCs. A CERCLA ROD was obtained for the entire project in 1992, and was the first ROD obtained by a DOE facility. The site was the home for DOE's first innovative technology demonstrations such as short radius horizontal groundwater and vadose zone extraction wells, air sparging, and DNAPL recovery trials.
  • Provided senior program management for several delivery order contracts with the US EPA. The total value of these contracts was greater than $50 million between. Delivery orders included emergency as well as planned responses. During this period the contractor employing Mr. Horvath became known for customer service and cost containment. The value of each delivery order varied between $5,000 and $3 million. Services provided included drummed waste characterization, staging, and consolidation for cost effective disposal at customer approved facilities, facility decontamination, custom decommissioning, and excavation and removal of buried unknowns. Each program is described briefly below:
    • Program Manager for the two U.S. EPA, Region II, Emergency Response Cleanup Services (ERCS) contracts. Responsible for acquisition, start-up, and implementation of a $45 million, 3-year IDIQ contract, as well as an earlier $8 million, 18-month interim contract. Mr. Horvath managed all aspects of the program from receipt of delivery orders and work plan/cost estimate closeout. Developed and implemented Work Plans, QA/QC Plans, Health Plans, and Safety Plans. Managed several Project Managers and a fluctuating number of Westinghouse and subcontractor support personnel in the performance of dozens of individual projects.
    • Program Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) Interim Response Services Contract (IRSC). Responsible for proposal, best and final offer (BAFO), contract negotiation, and start-up of $3 million, 2-year delivery order contract (contract value since increased to $6 million). Types of services ranged from small hazardous materials retrievals to large, multi-phase, complex removal and decontamination projects. Responsible for developing and implementing Work Plans, QA/QC Plans, Health and Safety Plans, Sampling and Analysis Plans, and Sediment and Erosion Plans, Mr. Horvath was also responsible for subcontractor selection and management and was responsible for weekly and monthly technical and management reports to the client.
  • Project manager for a sub-foundation PCB soil excavation at a former transformer manufacturing and repair center in Kansas City, MO, in close proximity to the Mississippi River and bordering an active rail line. This sensitive project was conducted during the post flood period in 1993. The excavation was performed in a manner that maintained the structural integrity of the building. Mr. Horvath was responsible for turning this project around after a difficult start by others. After a brief introductory period, Mr. Horvath was given the keys to the facility in order to conduct work during off hours and weekends.
  • Project manager for the lead paint removal, custom demolition and contaminated concrete removal at a turn of the century manufacturing facility in New Haven, CT.
  • On site project manager for a PCB soil removal at a manufacturing facility located in Springfield, MA. Soils were loaded directly to gondolas for rail transport to Utah. Mr. Horvath aggressively renegotiated the disposal costs with the facility, saving thousands in disposal costs.
  • Project director for a project involving the removal of PCB-contaminated soil from a creek adjacent to a NJ Transit rail line, involving the relocation of the main fiber optic trunk line for NYC. Potential liabilities were $250,000 per hour. Project was completed safely and under budget.
  • Manager of Groundwater Technology, Westinghouse Savannah River Company. Responsible for managing all efforts related to the operation and restoration of the A/M-Area of SRS, including the implementation of RCRA groundwater remediation and waste site investigation and closure programs, as well as the hydro geologic assessments of RCRA and CERCLA waste sites and the preparation of major RCRA documents.
  • Responsible for an annual budget of $15 million and directed a multi-disciplinary staff of 12 in this effort. Included the following activities: Negotiating with federal and state regulatory agencies; integrating programs within several different departments; selecting large numbers of subcontractors from a pre-qualified pool of companies; managing those subcontractors to ensure quality project performance in compliance with Federal, State, local, and SRS regulations; and presenting project performance and cost accountability data to WSRC management and the Department of Energy in monthly meetings and quarterly reports.
  • Maintained technical review responsibility for over 80 RCRA Facility Investigation/Remedial Investigation (RFI/RI) work plans and characterization reports. Operated the Post Closure Groundwater Remediation Program, including upgrading a 550 gpm/12 well groundwater/solvent recovery system to include additional groundwater recovery and treatment facilities and a vadose zone extraction system.
  • Directed the preparation of a Post Closure Permit Application for a 30-acre sanitary landfill, including installation of a monitoring wells, hydro geological characterization, wetlands evaluation, risk assessment, Alternate Concentration Limit (ACL) demonstration, and waste characterization.
  • Integrated ongoing research and development with current assessments and corrective actions at the SRS. Examples of innovative technologies selected and implemented include the use of horizontal wells for vadose zone and groundwater remediation, use of geologic work stations for 3-D data manipulation, and the sue of isotopes for determining flux across confining units.
  • Obtained the first three CERCLA Records of Decision at SRS for completed closures and groundwater cleanup efforts.
  • Responsible for the closure of a major hazardous waste basin at SRS, which represented the first RCRA closure completed at the site. This project involved wastewater treatment, sludge stabilization, excavation, and emplacement of a RCRA-style clay cap.
  • Complete responsibility for schedule and cost control to ensure adherence to project goals, and coordinating contractor efforts to meet regulatory deadlines.
  • Instituted the use of the ARC/INFOR Geographic Information System (GIS) at the SRS. System is used to produce high-quality large-scale potentiometric and plume maps. Integrated ARC/INFOR with SURFERR contouring software. The automation introduced by the GIS reduced manpower needed to produce massive RCRA groundwater reports. GIS is now the standard for environmental data management and evaluation at the SRS.
  • Area Supervisor, Environmental Restoration Group, SRS: Managed environmental restoration projects, including the first RCRA closure of a hazardous waste basin at SRS, in the A/M-Area; directed, negotiated, and co-authored revisions to the RCRA Part B Post Closure Permit Application for a major hazardous waste facility and groundwater remediation program; implemented an extensive monitoring well installation program; and provided engineering/troubleshooting for the groundwater recovery system.
  • Senior Engineer, Environmental Restoration Group, SRS: Maintained technical responsibility for the groundwater monitoring and remediation program in the A/M-Area. Co-authored the first RCRA Part B Closure HWMF Permit Application issued by WSRC to be accepted by regulatory agencies; coordinated the preparation of RCRA reports; evaluated the impact of DOE's first groundwater recovery system on the hydrologic plume; conducted negotiations with state regulatory authorities regarding placement of monitoring wells; and administered programs with research scientists in the Savannah River Laboratory.
  • Engineer, Environmental Restoration Group, SRS: Responsible for design and implementation of extensive groundwater monitoring well network, groundwater flow interpretation, chemical contaminant data interpretation, coordination of groundwater regulatory reports.
  • As a Research Geochemist with CONOCO, Mr. Horvath was responsible for technical service projects in support of domestic and international oil production divisions. Several projects are highlighted below:
    • Innovative use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to determine how geophysical log results are impacted by water absorbed on clays. Technique determined that North Slope heavy oil assets are 30% greater than originally estimated.
    • Explored the use of clay lattice anomalies as a predictor of overpressure zones while drilling. Project involved the collection and x-ray analysis of drilling returns from known over-pressured formations in the Gulf Coast. This R&D effort was important, as reliable predictors are needed to prevent "blowouts," a major concern for the entire oil and gas industry.
    • Initiated the use of Mining Geostatistics for oil reservoir exploitation and management.
    • Managed the collection and evaluation of geologic core samples and reservoir fluids to determine chemical and physical parameters for use in reservoir simulations and economic evaluations.
    • Performed laboratory analysis of rock-water interactions, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and other core analyses.

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