W&M Announces The Opening Of Its Newest Office In Lubbock, Texas

W&M Environmental Group is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Lubbock, Texas. The new office opened on September 26th and it becomes W&M’s seventh office in Texas, joining existing locations in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano (Dallas), Corpus Christi and San Antonio. The new office is located at 1614 Avenue M, Lubbock, TX 79407. The new location will extend W&M’s reach into west Texas to better accommodate on-going projects in the area and will provide the company’s core services of engineering, environmental health and safety, remediation services, and air permitting. “We have several long-term projects that we are working on in the area around Lubbock and Amarillo,” said Gene Murray, W&M’s Managing Partner. “This new office enables us to better serve clients in those cities and surrounding areas.” Contact our Lubbock Office  

W&M Welcomes Our New Project Manager

W&M would like to introduce our newest project manager and certified Ecologist, Anjali Karve. Anjali holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry and Zoology from Bangalore University in India, and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her Master’s research focused on the ecology and life history evolution of a common fish species (threespine stickleback) in Alaska. After completing her Master’s, Anjali moved to Toronto, Canada where she worked in the environmental industry for several years before moving on to pursue a PhD in Forestry at the University of Toronto. She is currently in the process of completing her PhD research on the effects of forest management practices on the population and behavioral ecology of small mammals in boreal forests of Canada. Anjali is certified as a professional ecologist by the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Anjali has worked in
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Meet W&M’s Newest Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

Meet W&M’s newest Certified Safety Professional (CSP) … Nick Foreman.  Nick recently completed the CSP requirements, which include having at a minimum a Bachelor’s Degree (Nick holds an M.S. of Public Health), at least 4 years of safety experience (Nick has 11), and passing a challenging certification exam.  Nick’s 11 years at W&M have given him valuable experience across a wide variety of safety programs, including Confined Space, Lockout/Tagout, Job Hazard Analysis, and employee awareness training to name a few.  Congratulations Nick!

W&M’s Austin Heider Wins Texas A&M Young Alumni Award

Texas A&M University’s College of Geosciences recently created a Young Alumni Award to recognize a former student who graduated within the past 10 years for outstanding professional achievement or endeavors, exemplifying the core values of the College towards the advancement of the greater good. W&M’s own Austin Heider is the recipient of the inaugural award. According to the committee, Austin stood out with his leadership in substantially enriching the academic experience of current and future students. He was also recognized for his efforts in advancing the value and achievements in the geoscience profession, and promoting the vitality of Texas A&M. To be eligible for the honor, nominations are accepted for former students who exemplify the characteristics of the award. According to Mr. Christian Brannstrom, Professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who nominated Austin, it was a no brainer.  “Austin has been an enthusiastic and passionate contributor to
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TCEQ Closes Out Two Projects For W&M

The IOP project is located in the Dallas area adjacent to a property that experienced a release from two 2,000 gallon underground storage tanks (USTs) in the 1980’s. Environmental investigations conducted at the Site and adjacent property identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater and light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL) on the Site.  According to the most recent Groundwater Sampling Report, the Site is still slightly impacted with gasoline range chemicals of concern (COCs) including toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes.  LNAPL was also measured in several of the on-Site monitoring wells.  Based on the review of the available files, there was no evidence that the Site caused or contributed to the contamination, and therefore was eligible for innocent owner/operator protection.  The TCEQ approved the IOP in the second quarter of 2017. The VCP project was for an Auto Services facility in a Dallas suburb. The Site was previously closed to
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Michael Whitehead Sets Sights On New Ventures

Michael Whitehead, the Founder of W&M Environmental, has decided to segue into new opportunities at the end of June.  After 22 years of building W&M Environmental from the ground up he will now focus his entrepreneurial spirit on his twin passions of DFW property development and environmental restoration. In 1995, Michael wanted to create a unique firm that served his clients and projects by utilizing seasoned environmental professionals to close contaminated sites quickly and cost effectively. He stressed knowing how to work with clients, contractors, regulators, and attorneys to achieve the best results. He wanted to create a culture that was based on senior staff accountability that ultimately became the mission statement, “We Get Projects Done!”  He understood that our clients are not just looking for a contractor, but a partner to help them with their environmental needs. Standing with clients to earn their trust and respect has led to
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W&M Welcomes New Ft. Worth Division Manager

W&M is proud to introduce Don DuRivage as our new Ft. Worth office Division Manager for Compliance and EHS Services. Don has worked in the environmental and safety arenas for over 28 years.  He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, while being part of the USC football team that reached the 1980 Rose Bowl.  He currently holds certifications as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Professional Environmental/Safety Auditor (CPEA). After college, Don began his EHS compliance career in southern California working at chemical plants and refineries helping negotiate the regulatory environment that would soon work its way across the country. Over the course of several years, Don moved from southern California to Texas and then to South Carolina and continued working with specialty chemical manufacturers both as a direct employee and consultant.  He has successfully helped manufacturers, hospitals, terminals, and
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New MSD in Wylie and Farmers Branch, Texas!

W&M continued to capitalize on our depth of experience with Municipal Setting Designations (MSDs) in North Texas by obtaining approval for the first MSDs in the cities of Wylie and Farmers Branch. W&M has been working with the Wylie Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for two years addressing environmental issues on distressed properties that were planned for redevelopment. One such property performed cleaning operations that had resulted in a release of dry cleaning solvent (perchloroethylene [PCE], aka “perc”) into the soil and groundwater.  The EDC wanted to make the property suitable for redevelopment and W&M recognized that it was an excellent candidate for an MSD, which results in the placement of a deed restriction on the property such that groundwater cannot be used for potable purposes.  With public water provided from local surface water reservoirs and no sensitive groundwater use in the area, the EDC agreed and W&M presented the concept
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W&M Closes Four Voluntary Cleanup Program Sites

2017 kicked off on a good note as four of W&M’s clients received closure letters from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for real property that had been entered into the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The most challenging closure was for a former light industrial facility in West Texas that had a release of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the shallow portions of the Ogallala Aquifer. The Ogallala is a highly valued source of water for agricultural, industrial and domestic use in West Texas and beyond.  The affected portion of the aquifer extended to a depth of nearly 100 feet.  Many years of monitoring by previous consultants had shown that the VOCs were not being degraded at a very rapid pace, so W&M recommended that the client seek a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) to restrict the use of groundwater from the affected area.  W&M worked closely with the
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Our Austin Office Has Moved

We are excited to announce that our office in Austin has moved!  To better serve our clients and to meet the demands of growing business, we needed a more inviting location.  Come by and say “hi” and check out our new space! Austin Office 11500 Metric Blvd., Suite 460 Austin, TX 78758 Main Office Line:  512-493-9691