The Environmental Compliance Program Manager leads the development, implementation and maintenance of systems and practices needed to ensure that all Aquarion Water Company subsidiaries and facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and other states as needed comply with environmental regulations and achieve the environmental commitments set forth in Aquarion Water Company's Environmental Policy. The Environmental Compliance Program Manager is responsible for identifying and assessing needs, setting short-term and long-term goals, leading the development and implementation of action plans in collaboration with various operating groups that are responsible for compliance, measuring performance, and advising senior management on environmental issues and performance. The position requires extensive interaction and verbal and written communication with state regulators, town officials, and industry groups.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES & ACTIVITIES:
1. Participates in first-response to emergencies involving oil, chemical or bacteriological releases on the watersheds or at facilities, and may be required to participate in after-hours emergency coverage.
2. Ensures compliance with environmental permitting and registration requirements including compiling data and information, preparing permit applications and registrations, collecting samples, evaluating sample results, maintaining records, and reporting to regulatory agencies as required. Develops and implements compliance data management systems. Informs management and the responsible departments of compliance status and issues.
3. Plans, organizes, and conducts environmental audits with pertinent facility or functional area personnel; develops action plans to ensure environmental compliance (air, water, waste, storage tanks, etc.), and tracks compliance status in conjunction with the responsible departments.
4. Analyzes the impact of Aquarion facilities and operations on the environment (air, water, waste, storage tanks, etc.) and makes recommendations to minimize adverse impact. Reports facility issues to the responsible departments, and collaborates with operations and planning departments to develop and implement solutions.
5. Maintains knowledge of existing and new environmental regulations and applies knowledge to ensure regulatory compliance. Reviews and comments on developing environmental regulations and issues; informs senior management and responsible departments of compliance implications and status, and provides appropriate training.
6. Maintains communication and represents the Company’s interests with federal, state and local regulatory agencies. Leads the Company’s response to environmental compliance issues such as Notice of Violations and oil and chemical spills.
7. Prepares and submits required reports to regulatory agencies; including annual air compliance certifications, annual SARA Tier II reports, monthly discharge monitoring report, UST, spill response plans, boiler area source notifications, pesticide permits summary, and others.
8. Leads cross-functional and multi-level teams in setting environmental compliance goals, developing action plans and measuring performance.
9. Administers contracts with consultants.
10. Assists with development of and input to data management systems, including geographic information systems.
11. Assists with due diligence investigations for new system acquisitions. Review available documentation and identify potential environmental risks.
12. Plans, implements and participates in company and community activities that promote Aquarion as an environmentally responsible company.
KNOW HOW (Education, Experience, Certification required, etc.)
Minimum of a Bachelors degree in environmental or natural science and 5 years multi-media environmental regulatory experience or equivalent. Knowledge and experience in water utility environmental risk management preferred. Knowledge of water utility operations, including water treatment operations, chemical handling, and distribution systems is desirable. Must have knowledge of applicable federal and state environmental laws, regulations and permits. Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing to diverse audiences. Ability to interpret maps and engineering plans. Excellent computer skills including experience with Word, Excel and Access. Experience with or ability to learn GIS and SAP. Must be able to: use and maintain sample and analytical equipment; hold a valid Connecticut driver's license; lift up to 40 pounds; work on uneven ground and in poor weather conditions. Must have or obtain confined space entry training and DOT hazardous materials shipping training, Class A and Class B UST operator license.
PROBLEM SOLVING (Situations are identical; similar; differing; variable; non-recurring)
Situations are often variable and most often non-recurring. Requires mature, independent judgment. Operational decisions could have impact on bottom line and reputation. Requires ability to comprehend and apply complex regulatory requirements that may differ from state to state.
Frequently the Environmental Compliance Program Manager does not have direct control over issues and must work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization to successfully achieve resolution.
The Environmental Compliance Program Manager is accountable to the Director- Environmental Management and is expected to work independently to maintain programs, meet schedules and deadlines and resolve issues. The Environmental Compliance Program Manager is expected to interact directly with state and local regulatory agencies to obtain assistance and represent the Company’s interests. and is responsible for advising management of compliance issues and, in concert with others, planning and carrying out activities designed to resolve issues and achieve compliance targets.