EnSafe Strengthens Health and Safety Services in the Southeast EnSafe is pleased to announce that H.A.S.C.A.T.S., Inc., a health and safety consulting firm, is now part of EnSafe. Ronnie Fulcher and his team of experienced health and safety consultants and trainers at H.A.S.C.A.T.S. are now operating from our EnSafe office in Jackson, Mississippi. The former […]Continue reading
Dr. Ioana Petrisor will lead EnSafe’s National PFAS practice
EnSafe is excited to announce Ioana Petrisor, PhD, has joined the EnSafe team as a Senior Project Manager/Chief Chemist, leading scientific efforts on perfluorinated compounds and their prevalence in the environment.
Dr. Petrisor has 28 years of environmental forensics experience, applying a wide variety of fingerprinting techniques to identify and track sources and age-date contaminants.
“I’m eager to join the forward-thinking initiatives EnSafe is advancing around PFAS, in particular,” says Dr. Petrisor, “EnSafe has a strong track record of navigating the evolving PFAS regulatory arena and managing clients’ PFAS liabilities over the long term, and I’m excited to contribute.”
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have rapidly emerged as constituents of concern since being added to U.S. EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule list in 2012. Dr. Petrisor’s primary focus is on understanding PFAS’s myriad of uses, fate and transport, and complex environmental transformations (including generation from precursors), in conjunction with the use of advanced fingerprinting techniques to successfully identify and treat sources. She is also evaluating the limitations of available PFAS sampling and analytical techniques, ensuring defensible data are generated for site-specific solutions.
Dr. Petrisor has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Romanian Academy of Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Bucharest University, Romania. She has published numerous scientific articles, is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Forensics Journal, and author of the book Environmental Forensics Fundamentals – A Practical Guide.
Dr. Petrisor will support EnSafe from our San Diego, California, office.
Tom Deck, Senior Project Manager and Business Lead of EnSafe’s Jacksonville, Florida, office, was voted as Vice Chair of the City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board in February of this year.
This volunteer board develops regulations necessary for administration and enforcement of the city's environmental laws. It conducts investigations of complaints, takes testimony in matters under its jurisdiction and provides a hearing platform for environmental matters within the city. In addition, the board may conduct studies, surveys, or efficiency tests, make periodic reports and recommendations for improvement of environmental quality in the city.
We “sat down” with Tom recently to learn more:
EnSafe: We hear a part-time job in college started you on your track to become an Environmental Professional?
Tom: As a chemistry major, I thought a part-time job at an analytic laboratory would be an ideal way to make a little extra money and gain some experience before I started a career as an analytic chemist. Little did I know that I would be doing field sampling, getting paid to be outside, canoeing the lakes in Tallahassee. I was hooked. That job really did shift my career trajectory and cement my appreciation of our natural surroundings. The rest, as they say, is history.
Eric Tidquist, PE, Environmental Engineer, is serving as the new Chairman of the Memphis and Shelby County Air Pollution Control Board. The Air Board works with the Shelby County Health Department to set fees, hear appeals related to enforcement action (e.g. fines for violations), and rule on requested variances from the air pollution control code. As chairman, Eric facilitates the meetings, helping the group arrive at decisions on matters brought before the Board.
He's in good company, and follows a line of great Air Board leaders, namely EnSafe’s co-founder, Phil Coop, who actually served on Air Board years ago.
Want a window into the world of one of our environmental engineers? Eric answered some of our questions in a “virtual” interview recently.
EnSafe: What drew you to environmental engineering?
Eric: I’ve always been interested in math and science, and I love the outdoors. With environmental engineering, I get to use my technical skills to help the environment and get outside once in a while.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
We think that quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, epitomizes the instincts behind Thomas Wiberg’s success as a geologist and environmental scientist.
Tom isn’t quick to give his opinions and thoughts. He’s known for deliberate pauses, followed by thoughtfully delivered ideas that reveal his creative, status-quo-challenging approach to problem solving. He truly embodies EnSafe’s mantra T3 (Think Things Through).
That’s one of the many reasons EnSafe’s Board of Directors are happy to announce Tom’s promotion to Associate Principal.