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Superlon Site Safety Day

A Safety Day event was conducted this fall at the Superlon site in Tacoma, Washington. Project leaders Jeff King and Steve Duggan of Pacific Environmental & Redevelopment Corporation and our own Kevin Gallagher hosted the day-long safety event. The purpose of the event was to assemble everyone who might work at the site during the upcoming remediation project (which is planned for the next two years) to discuss safety concerns and measures that will be taken to ensure worker safety during the project. King, Duggan, and Gallagher led the site-focused safety discussions and activities. The event began with a 7:00 AM tailgate safety meeting (a daily requirement for field activity participation) followed by an overview of the upcoming remediation activities and personal protective equipment requirements. A site-safety walk and a discussion of roles, responsibilities, and expectations were also on the agenda. Together, the leaders and participants proactively identified and analyzed potential hazards that might arise during remediation activities and collectively determined protective controls to address potential issues. Safety Day was a success and everyone left informed and prepared to kick-off and safely perform remediation activities.

PIONEER Welcomes Levi Fernandes, PE

We are excited to welcome Levi Fernandes, PE as the newest member of the PIONEER team! Levi graduated from Oregon State University with a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering and is an accomplished remediation engineer with over 17 years of professional experience. He is an expert in all facets of remediation, including remedial technologies for contaminants in soil vapor, soil, and groundwater.  Levi has implemented traditional technologies using mechanical/physical processes, and innovative technologies applying in-situ biological/chemical techniques. Levi has also managed remedial investigations, negotiated with state regulatory agencies, and provided technical oversight to all phases of projects.  Levi has experience on MTCA, CERCLA, and RCRA sites. Levi's extensive remediation experience and expertise are the perfect complement to PIONEER's skill set and we are thrilled that he has decided to join our team. 

PIONEER Employees Enjoy Mt. Rainier

Our employees enjoy spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, including spending time at Mt. Rainier.  Three employee's (Kevin Gallagher, Heather McPherson, and Daniel Mauch) shared their photos and experiences on this majestic mountain. Kevin Gallagher (shown left with his wife Vanessa and son Kellen), a PIONEER project manager and safety officer, hiked the 93+ mile Wonderland Trail in one effort, trekked 35+ times to Camp Muir (an elevation of 10,000 feet), and climbed eight times to the summit. In addition to hiking Mt. Rainier, Kevin has skied Little Tahoma (a satellite peak considered the 3rd highest mountain in the State of Washington) and descended from the top of the mountain on two ski excursions.

Heather McPherson (shown right), a PIONEER project engineer, recently hiked to Skyscraper Mountain for an amazing view of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding mountains and river valleys. She took in the beautiful scenery of blooming wildflowers in the subalpine meadows including her favorite, the dark blue gentian flower.  Alongside the gentian flowers were sunbathing marmots, including a rarely-seen baby marmot, who was also enjoying the warmth of the sun on this beautiful day.

Daniel Mauch, a PIONEER software technician, has a completely different perspective of Mt. Rainer...from the sky (shown left).  The benefit of a friend with a pilot's license meant that Dan was able to enjoy an aerial volcano tour which included close-up views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mount St. Helens.  Just one of the many scenic benefits of living in the beautiful State of Washington.