KERAMIDA's team of experts in our Sacramento and L.A. offices provide Sustainability, Environmental, Health and Safety services tailored to meet the needs of California business and industry.
California Environmental, Health and Safety Consulting Services:
Air Compliance & Permitting
GHG Emission Reporting and Auditing
Industrial Wastewater Permitting
Environmental Due Diligence
Regulatory Enforcement Action Assistance / Services (DTSC, CalOSHA, AQMD, SWRCB)
Health and Safety
ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System
ISO 45001 - Occupational Health & Safety Management System
EHS Services for Metals Industry
Onsite EHS Staffing Support
California Stormwater Consulting:
Sustainability Reporting and Training
Climate Change Strategy
Greenhouse Gas Management
Certified CARB Lead GHG Verification
Biomass to Energy Permitting
West Coast industries benefit by using a California environmental consulting firm with experienced, certified professionals.
Our team of experts include:
CARB Lead GHG Verifier
Consultants to the California Metal Coalition (CMC)
Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioners (QISPs)
Qualified Construction Storm Water Practitioners (QSP/QSD)
California IGP Trainers of Record (IGP ToR)
Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ)
Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
Certified Engineering Geologist in California
Professional Geologist in California
KERAMIDA's California Team:
Bill O’Braitis, CEG, QISP, QSD, Director of West Operations
Degree: B.S. Geology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Years of Experience: 33
Certifications: California Professional Geologist, California Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG), California Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP) / SWPPP Developer, OSHA 8-Hour Confined Space Supervisor Training, OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training, Certified Project Manager, Environmental Auditing Certificate, Asbestos Management Planner Training
Expertise: Soil and Groundwater Investigation and Remediation; Due Diligence and Assessment; Asbestos and Lead Surveys; Contaminant Fate-and-Transport Studies; Groundwater Resource Development and Protection; Grant Funding Management and Administration Projects - Federal (USEPA, USDOE) and State (California); EH&S Compliance and Training; Health and Safety Work Programs; Environmental Permitting; Water Sampling Programs (Storm Water, Groundwater, Air, Wastewater); Sustainability
Ron Hayes, QISP, TOR, Vice President
Degree: B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Years of Experience: 30
Certifications: Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP), California Industrial General Permit Trainer of Record (IGP ToR)
Expertise: Stormwater Permits and Inspections; Stormwater Management; Air Quality Permitting; Hazardous Waste and Materials Management; Tier II and Toxic Release Inventory (Form R) Reporting and Project Management; Training; RCRA; EHS Compliance; Remediation
Jodie Crandell, QISP, QEP, TOR, Senior Project Manager
Degree: M.S. Environmental Sciences and Policy, Indiana University
Years of Experience: 30
Certifications: Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP); Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP); California Industrial General Permit Trainer of Record (IGP ToR)
Expertise: Stormwater Permits and Inspections; Stormwater Management and Plans; Training; EHS Compliance; Cal/OSHA Compliance; EHS Audits; Waste Management; Hazardous Materials Management and Compliance
Albert Chung, Ph.D, P.E., Senior Engineer
Degree: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, UCLA; M.S. Chemical Engineering, UCLA; M.S. Environmental Engineering, UCLA; B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Texas-Austin
Years of Experience: 20
Certifications: Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) - California; CARB Lead GHG Verifier
Expertise: Air Quality Management and Permitting; Climate Change - GHG; Regulatory Compliance; Air Pollution Control Engineering; Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Tariq Ahmad, MBA, Senior Project Manager
Degree: MBA Pepperdine University; B.S. Chemical Engineering, Teesside University, UK
Years of Experience: 25
Expertise: Investigation/Remediation; M&A Due Diligence; RCRA; International EHS Audits; International EHS Compliance; Industrial Wastewater (Permitting and Zero Discharge); Air Permitting; Transportation; Sustainability; Hazardous Waste Treatment Permitting (Standardized Permit and Permit by Rule); Pollution Prevention (Storm Water and SPCCP); Community Right-to-Know (Tier I and Tier II reporting); Cal OSHA Compliance; ISO 14001 Management System
Danielle Rigali, M.S., QISP, QSP/QSD, CPSWQ, Project Manager
Degree: M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA; B.S. Chemical Engineering, UCLA
Years of Experience: 13
Certifications: Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP), Construction General Permit Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD), Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ)
Expertise: Stormwater IGP/CGP Consulting; Climate Change - GHG; Due Diligence; Investigations; Hazardous Waste and Materials Management; Air Quality Reporting and Permitting; Soil Vapor/Groundwater Remediation and Indoor Air Sampling; Multi-compliance Auditing and Regulatory Compliance
Bob Gilmore, CIH, Senior Health & Safety Manager
Degree: M.S. Industrial Hygiene, University of Washington; B.S. Industrial Hygiene, University of Washington
Years of Experience: 35
Certifications: Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
Expertise: Indoor Air Quality; Industrial Hygiene; Mold; Chemical Safety; Explosive Safety; Radiation Safety; Accident Investigation; Training; Expert Testimony
Lauren Wallace Misenti, QISP, CISEC-IT, Project Manager
Degree: B.A. International Studies, University of California - Davis
Years of Experience: 3
Certifications: Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP); Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control – In-Training (CISEC-IT)
Expertise: Stormwater IGP Consulting; Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs); Industrial Wastewater Permitting; Solid and Hazardous Waste Management; Community Right-to-Know (Tier II Reporting); EHS Compliance; Environmental Auditing; Training
Kelly Hansen, QISP, ASP, Project Manager
Degree: B.A. Exercise Biology, University of California - Davis
Years of Experience: 3
Certifications: Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP); Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
Expertise: EHS Compliance; Stormwater IGP Consulting; Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs); Toxic Release Inventory Reporting; Annual Emissions Reporting; Community Right-to-Know (Tier II Reporting); Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard Compliance; Training
Jess Less, Project Engineer
Degree: B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Years of Experience: 2
Expertise: Stormwater IGP Consulting; Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs); Air Emissions Calculations; Due Diligence; Soil Vapor/Groundwater Remediation and Indoor Air Sampling; Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
Stormwater Consulting Services for California
Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioners (QISPs)
KERAMIDA specializes in technical knowledge of the requirements for stormwater discharges from industrial sites. In 2014, the California Industrial General Permit (IGP) created the role of Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP), and requires facilities falling under Level 1 or Level 2 status to designate a QISP to assist them in their permit requirements. Specifically, QISPs are required by the Stormwater General Permit, to assist with industrial compliance activities.
What is a QISP?
A QISP is an expert who has taken and passed a California State Water Board approved training course. In the entire state of California, there are only 1,200 specialists qualified as QISPs. KERAMIDA is proud to have four QISP certified specialists at our Sacramento office, and one at our L.A. office.
Why Choose KERAMIDA?
KERAMIDA’s QISPs are specially trained in California’s Industrial General Permit, or IGP, and how facilities attain compliance under the Clean Water Act. We specialize in understanding California’s permit requirements, determining facility discharge locations, and evaluating potential pollutant sources. We also have experience in understanding site stormwater discharge requirements for specific water bodies receiving a discharge from a facility.
By providing technical knowledge of state and federal requirements, KERAMIDA is the client’s source for facility compliance. In addition to identifying on-site compliance requirements, we also assist clients with data quality, annual reporting documents, and sampling requirements. Our professionals also provide expert advice on choosing proven stormwater treatment technologies to remove facility specific pollutants without causing disruptions to facility operations.
KERAMIDA is the Group Leader for the CMC Metals Industry Storm Water Group
As an industry leader in stormwater compliance, KERAMIDA was awarded the role of Compliance Group Leader for the Metals Industry Storm Water Group (MISWG), a part of the California Metals Coalition.
We have expertise in industrial stormwater pollutant sources, best management practices, and California stormwater regulations. Further, we have four Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioners (QISPs), which are required for all Level 1 and Level 2 sites. KERAMIDA’s QISPs prepare site demonstrations and determinations, and assist with overall facility compliance.
The intention of the MISWG is to assist Group Members to maintain overall compliance with the California IGP regulation, which will lessen the need for retrofits, reduce violation penalties, and decrease facility closure due to inadequate reporting of discharges that contribute to water impairment. Permitted facilities are responsible for knowing what is permissible for release under the permit, including sampling, reporting, and data keeping requirements. KERAMIDA’s technical expertise in stormwater management can help ensure industry compliance with the IGP stormwater requirements.
What makes our California environmental consultants the best stormwater specialists in the industry?
Our California professionals have stormwater compliance expertise, vast metals industry experience, and provide expert technical support.
Under the leadership of Vice President Ronald Hayes and Sr. Project Manager Jodie Crandell, KERAMIDA has been contracted as the Group Leader to the Metals Industry Storm Water Group (MISWG). The California Water Board believes it is a necessity for Compliance Group Leaders to exemplify a high level of industrial stormwater compliance and training experience. Additionally, they were looking for leadership going above and beyond that of a QISP. Mr. Hayes and Ms. Crandell have over 60 years of combined industry experience, making KERAMIDA the clear choice to be Group Leaders.
As an additional asset to Group Members, KERAMIDA's Kelly Hansen and Lauren Wallace are considered highly competent in using the California Water Board’s web based portal, called the Storm Water Multiple Application and Tracking System, or SMARTS. This portal can be very difficult to navigate and their assistance is regarded as one of the most important and useful benefits by Group Members.