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IN THE NEWS: Spotlight
CEC Co-founder Jim Nairn Retires
Principal Lauren Parker Appointed
When asked about starting a consulting business with three engineers, Jim Nairn, a geologist,
In June, Pennsylvania Speaker of the House will say­—with a broad smile on his face—that it seemed about right to him because it takes three
of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) engineers to equal the capabilities of one geologist. That may not be true of all geologists, but Jim
announced the appointment of CEC Pittsburgh surely is not a typical geologist.
Principal and civil engineer Lauren Parker,
P.E., to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Jim’s career has been remarkable in terms of his contributions to CEC and to significant
newly created Pipeline Infrastructure Task environmental and waste management projects that have positively impacted the economy and
Force (PITF). Governor Wolf followed with residents of western Pennsylvania. Specifically, Jim was instrumental in the redevelopment of
his announcement of the full membership former industrial sites, such as Washington’s Landing (formerly Herr’s Island), Sandcastle (formerly
for the PITF in early July. U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works), the SouthSide Works (formerly the LTV South Side Works), and the
Because Pennsylvania is slated to undergo Pittsburgh Technology Center (formerly the LTV Hazelwood Coke Works). Further, Jim has provided
a substantial pipeline infrastructure build- technical consulting services on the Little Blue Run Flue Gas Desulfurization Impoundment for
out within the next decade, an opportunity FirstEnergy Corporation (formerly Ohio Edison) for more than 40 years. Little Blue Run is the largest
emerged for the Commonwealth to engage and possibly most complex water impounding utility waste facility in the United States. Jim’s
stakeholders in a collaborative process and efforts on the project have resulted in the construction and ongoing operation of the facility across
ensure that positive economic benefits from a constantly changing set of environmental regulations and operating conditions, ensuring the
Pennsylvania’s rich natural resources can more delivery of reliable electrical service to western Pennsylvania consumers.
quickly be realized in a responsible way.
The PITF’s purpose is to define a series of Elements sat down with Jim to delve into his thoughts on his career and the consulting industry.
best practices and recommend ways to
plan, site and construct pipelines that q What are the most significant sold when we went out. Instead of a pyramidal
minimize environmental and community changes that have occurred in structure, CEC has its project managers doing
impacts, improve public participation, make our industry during the 40-plus more than just reviewing what their staff works
permitting more efficient and ensure the on; CEC project managers have full involvement
long-term safety of the pipelines. “Lauren’s A years of your career? in all aspects of each project and are identified
knowledge of the impact of regulation on Beginning in the 1960s, we started as someone the client can go to. Without this
consumers and businesses in the oil and concentrating more on water, air structure, you cannot enable growth. The only
gas industry is extensive and impressive,” and the general environment. way for staff to move into more responsible
said Turzai. “Studious, open-minded and Governments concentrated on a topic such positions is to be promoted into those
collegial, she will have a positive impact as water and then moved on to something positions. If you’re not allowing your people to
on the PITF’s mission.” else, like air, then on to solid waste, etc. They mature in their technical or other capabilities,
As Speaker Turzai’s Legislative Appointee, then came back and created more water you’re not helping them to be—as Ken, Jim, Greg
Lauren will serve among representatives regulations, more air regulations, more solid and I say—a potential competitor. We want to
from state agencies, the legislature, federal waste regulations, and fine-tuned what they build consultants who will make good potential
and local governments, the pipeline and were doing. As a result, the environment gets competitors, but treat them well enough so they
natural gas industries, environmental cleaned up and we do things differently. It is a never want to leave and provide opportunities
groups, agriculture, and natural gas users, cyclical situation, and we keep going back to they would not have elsewhere.
with the Secretary of the Department of address issues in a different, improved way.
Environmental Protection as Chairman. q Has the way you go about
The task force will provide a report of q What makes CEC’s approach to building a relationship with
recommendations to Governor Wolf by projects different? a client evolved since early in
February 2016.
It’s been a landmark first half of 2015 A One of the reasons we started CEC A your career?
for Lauren. In March, she was named the and set it up the way we did is Probably not. It’s still a situation
Breitling Energy Future Industry Leader at because clients had commented where, in order to set up a new
the Northeast Oil & Gas Awards event in that, traditionally, they saw no participation relationship, you have to understand
Pittsburgh. The Future Industry Leader award from senior personnel in the consulting what the client’s needs are and how you can
recognizes a young professional who already engineering industry. So that was what we help fulfill those needs. You can’t go in and
has shown an inspiring contribution to the oil just tell them what you can do—that would be
and gas industry in the region. n

“I am honored to be Speaker Turzai’s awards & Paul R. Jenkins, Jr., a Senior Project
appointee and look forward to the Manager in our Charlotte office, received
opportunity to work with various stake- recognition this year’s CEC Award for Innovation for
holders on the advancement of pipeline his Utility Boiler Furnace Gas Analysis
infrastructure in the Commonwealth in Founding principal project. CEC was brought in to provide gas
a sustainable and rPehsoptooncaspibtiolen tmo aconmnee.r.” Greg Quatchak analysis at 18 locations along the walls of
— Lauren Parker presents Paul the furnace at a 1,600 MW coal-fired power
generation plant. The project was out of
Jenkins (left) with our St. Louis office, and Paul received a call
the 2015 Award from Vice President Chris Dawdy, the project
for Innovation. principal, for help. Instead of purchasing
or renting 18 sets of continuous emission
monitors (CEMs), Paul developed a more
economically feasible solution: a switching
station to “time share” only two sets of
CEMs. His technique resulted in significant
cost savings while still providing the exact
data needed. n
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