CEC @ Wastecon 2019

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Being part of Wastecon is something our team looks forward to each year. Whether you’re just hearing about CEC or you’ve had opportunities to meet our experts at the conference, we’re glad you’re here. We invite you to learn more and connect with us.

CEC Experts

Ivan Cooper, P.E., BCEE


Mr. Cooper is a Principal in CEC’s Charlotte office and is the National Practice Leader for Water and Wastewater. He oversees environmental consulting activities in landfill leachate, municipal and industrial water and wastewater, power, regulatory compliance issues. He has detailed experience in wastewater permitting, treatability, preliminary and detailed studies and design, construction observation, operation and maintenance manuals, start-up, and operational assistance for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. With over 43 years of technical and management experience, he has evaluated sites, performed and reviewed historical and cost evaluations for over 100 landfills and National Priority List (NPL) Superfund sites and has conducted the preliminary and detailed design of over 100 leachate, industrial, and municipal waste treatment systems. He is a licensed professional engineer in 13 states and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.
Steve Menoff, P.E.

Senior Vice President

Steve Menoff
Mr. Menoff has over thirty-five years of experience in the solid waste management industry. Over the course of his career, Mr. Menoff has held senior technical and managerial positions with both solid waste management companies and environmental consultants. Working for large public companies, he has been Vice President of Environmental Management for Chambers Development Company and Assistant Director of Engineering for Waste Management, Inc. Mr. Menoff has also worked with smaller private waste firms, serving as Vice President of Corporate Development and Technical Services for Sexton Disposal and Vice President of Environmental Management for TransLoad America. In the environmental consulting field, Mr. Menoff has been Vice President and managed the solid waste engineering and field services groups for EMCON and the IT Group. He was also the Northeast Region Vice President for Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure and a Senior Associate with Brown and Caldwell.
Chris Murray, P.E., P.L.S.


Areas of Expertise:

Solid Waste Design and Construction Management Services

Mr. Murray has over 35 years as a Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor and Planner with extensive focus in regulatory and environmental compliance, project management and permitting, landfill remediation, solid waste operations and design, capital management and budgeting,land surveying and work in private practice sector. Areas of responsibility include developing and implementing Region and Area-wide programs for a national waste company, training environmental personnel on company systems and standards, managing wastewater treatment plant operations, environmental compliance management, managing landfill liner/cap design and bid documents, construction management, supervising construction observers and field work, supervising and directing landfill operations, transportation and facility operations staff, managing region-wide capital budget development and reporting, compliance reporting, recycling and renewable energy initiatives, long range planning and implementation of solid waste disposal alternatives, and preparing case material for testimony in land litigation. Interface knowledgeably and effectively with Federal, County and State agencies, developers, clients and attorneys. Possess thorough knowledge of landfill operations and permitting, project management and design, GIS and GPS surveying and operation of GPS survey equipment, the State Plane Coordinate Systems and record title retracement surveying.
Tony Pelletier, P.E.


Mr. Pelletier has more than 24 years of experience in solid waste engineering and environmental management. Over the course of his career, Mr. Pelletier has held senior technical and managerial positions with both solid waste management companies and environmental consultants. He spent 13 years of his career working for large and mid-size solid waste hauling and disposal companies in various engineering roles. He also held senior leadership roles in several consulting firms and a construction company and was responsible for day to day operations. Throughout his career, Mr. Pelletier has managed personnel and provided direction for siting, zoning, permitting, construction, operation, and environmental compliance of solid waste management facilities, including solid waste landfills, hauling companies, transfer stations, and material recovery facilities. Project types included but were not limited to landfill expansions, earthwork and infrastructure development, leachate management, landfill gas extraction systems, gas-to-energy permitting and construction, final closure construction, post-closure maintenance, and environmental remediation projects.
Tim Mitchell, P.E.

Senior Project Manager

Mr. Mitchell is a Project Manager with CEC, who has 13 years of experience in solid waste engineering. He has engineering experience associated with the design, permitting, and construction of municipal and residual waste disposal, transfer, and processing facilities. He has managed or performed design and/or permitting services for the solid waste industry to include preparation of permit drawings, landfill construction plans and details; analyses and design of landfill liner systems; analyses and design of erosion and sedimentation control systems; slope stability analysis of soils and geosynthetic systems; analysis of solid waste landfill gas (LFG) generation, collection and control systems; and leachate collection, control, storage; and pumping systems. Mr. Mitchell has experience in the preparation of technical specifications for the procurement, installation, and testing of multi-layer geosynthetic/soil landfill liner and cap systems, and large earthworks. He has managed and/or performed construction observations and certification of numerous landfill construction projects related to soil geosynthetic liner system materials; cap systems; leachate collection, pumping and storage systems; gas extraction systems; and erosion and sedimentation control systems. He has prepared regulatory documentation, including record drawings and reports, for approval of state environmental agencies. Additionally, he has provided various engineering support services to waste industry clients including managing and performing forensic investigations for waste mass slope failures.
Randy Bodnar, P.E.

Senior Principal

Areas of Expertise:

Acquisition Due Diligence, Liability Quantification, Financial Analysis

Mr. Bodnar has more than 25 years of experience in the solid waste, environmental, civil and geotechnical fields. He spent 12 years of his career working for large and mid-size solid waste hauling and disposal companies in various capacities. This includes including site, regional and director, engineering roles. Mr. Bodnar has developed an expertise in managing and directing complex projects at solid waste facilities. This includes environmental monitoring and compliance systems, major and minor permit modifications, landfill development, landfill gas systems, leachate treatment, site operations, wetland mitigation, and closure and post-closure activities.
Paul Burns, P.E.


Paul is an experienced leader with over 25 years operational expertise and track record for effective leadership to help businesses, government entities and communities address complex solid waste challenges in ways that are safe, sustainable and cost-effective. He is experienced working with all levels in organizations, managing teams of engineers, scientists and environmental managers, and advancing strategic objectives with public agencies and electeds. Paul is highly skilled in public meeting management, contract negotiations and technical writing.
Harold Barber, P.E., M.ASCE

Vice President

Areas of Expertise:

Geotechnical, Environmental, Solid and Oilfield Waste Engineering

Harold Barber
Mr. Barber is a registered professional engineer and office lead with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC). He has more than thirty years of managerial and engineering experience in the international and domestic oil and gas industry and in the solid and hazardous waste industry. Mr. Barber has extensive oil and gas experience. His international experience includes executing and completing multi-million dollar projects while supervising a team of professionals in Russia, Saudi Arabia, West Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico that focused on deep foundation design for offshore oil and gas platforms and pipelines and other related marine structures.
Leah Blinn

Vice President

Leah Blinn
Ms. Blinn is a Principal with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. and is the Corporate Air Quality Practice Lead. She is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in managing and executing air quality work for various industries throughout the country. She is experienced in air dispersion modeling, emission calculations, permitting, compliance, auditing, regulatory interpretation, and agency negotiation. Her experience is with a wide-range of industries including oil & gas, electric utility generation, municipal solid waste landfills, chemical manufactures, and metals manufacturing.
Paul Shamoian, P.E.

Project Manager

Paul Shamoian has experience in project engineering with a focus on solid waste facilities and has experience in the design and permitting of landfills, including lined cells, final cover systems, leachate collection systems, gas extraction systems and stormwater management. He has also provided construction quality assurance for landfill grading, baseliner systems, final cover systems, gas extraction systems and leachate pump station projects. Mr. Shamoian's other experience includes GPS surveying, groundwater sampling and monitoring and landfill gas monitoring.
Barry VanLaarhoven, P.E.

Vice President

Barry VanLaarhoven
Barry VanLaarhoven, P.E., leads Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc.'s Boston-area office in Raynham and serves as a vice president for the firm.  Responsibilities include day to day operations of the office including staff, client service management, marketing, business development, and budgeting. He has over 20 years of experience in preparation of permitting and design of solid facilities including landfills, transfers stations, and solid waste processing facilities. Permitting experience include site suitability/site assignment, MEPA permitting including notice of project change (NPC), environmental notification form (ENF), expanded ENF, environmental impact report (EIR), authorization to construction (ATC), authorization to operate (ATO), major and minor modifications to existing permits, NOI, comprehensive site assessment (CSAs). Designs have included lateral, piggyback, and vertical expansions, gravity and force main leachate collection and removal systems, gas extraction/collection systems, final cover system, site wide storm water management systems, and Title V septic system designs. Mr. VanLaarhoven has also served as construction manager that included managing QAQC support, coordinating various contractors, and the preparation of the certification reports. Mr. VanLaarhoven has successfully integrated computer software tools into his design work allowing advances in efficiency for the Solid Waste Management Department. He has also worked with various clients to prepare short and long term goals/plans for individual sites including integrating air-space utilization calculations and projecting the need for future expansions and allocations of waste streams. He has additional experience in construction management, regulatory compliance, feasibility and fatal flaw study, and land surveying.
Cyndi Neitzel, P.E.

Project Manager

Areas of Expertise:

Engineering and Design, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Compliance, Construction Management/Quality Assurance, and Air compliance, permitting, and reporting for Solid Waste Facilities

Ms. Neitzel is a Professional Engineer with 20 years of experience. Her responsibilities have included regulatory compliance, environmental management, process development engineering and capital project management for design and construction. In addition, she has experience leading team members, staff direct reports, contractors, consultants and attorneys on complicated environmental compliance challenges. She also has experience with evaluating the operation and integrity of gas collection and control systems at landfills, preparing gas collection and control design plans, and estimating the amount of landfill gas generated at landfills. Additionally, Ms. Neitzel has assisted various clients with interpreting and maintaining compliance with New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.  She has prepared the required annual and semi-annual reports, provided compliance support, and prepared various alternatives for operating procedures and different timelines to the required thresholds. She has facilitated conversations between clients and regulators in negotiations over noncompliance notices and concerns received during annual inspections. Lastly, she has been successful with removing New Source Performance Standards as well as permit requirements from landfills.

Service Downloads

Solid Waste


Company Overview


Leachate Treatment Services


Transactional Due Diligence


Landfill and Transfer Station Operations and Management Support


Construction Phase Services and Quality Assurance


Project Downloads

Little Blue Run Disposal Facility

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Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill

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SWACO Contiguous Vertical Expansion Permit Application

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BFI Middle Point Landfill

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