Board Members Resumes
The Board consists of thirteen members in accordance
with Section 3 of the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA). The Commissioner
of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (or his designee)
serves as Chairman of the Board. The Commissioner has designated
the Assistant Commissioner of NJDEP's Site Remediation Program to
serve as Chairman. The State Geologist also serves on the Board
along with eleven public members, residents of the State, who are
appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The eleven public members, who serve without compensation, are identified
in SRRA as follows:
- Six are to be LSRPs.
- Three are to be members of Statewide organizations that promote
the protection of the environment, and knowledgeable with respect
to issues involving responding to discharges of hazardous substances.
One of the three is to be an LSRP.
- One is to be from the business community in the State, and
knowledgeable with respect to issues involving responding to discharges
of hazardous substances.
- One is to be a member of the academic community, and knowledgeable
with respect to issues involving responding to discharges of hazardous
The NJDEP provides staff to assist the Board in
performance of its functions and duties.
Soon after the Senate completed its confirmation
proceedings for nine of the eleven public Board members, the Board
convened on November 15, 2010.
David Sweeney has been with the New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection for the past twenty-two years. He is
the Assistant Commissioner of the Site Remediation Program which
oversees the investigation and clean up of contaminated sites in
New Jersey. He has recently been working on revisions to the Site
Remediation Program's Technical Regulations and associated Technical
Guidance documents. These efforts are related to implementation
of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional program. Prior to
this, Mr. Sweeney was the Chief of the Bureau of Emergency Response,
a Bureau that responds to all major discharges of oil and hazardous
materials in New Jersey. He became Chief of BER in the beginning
of 2000. He was the Bureau Chief of a group that provides technical
support in the areas of geology and hydrogeology for cases in the
Site Remediation Program (November 1993 to December 1999). He worked
in the Bureau of State Case Management as a Section Chief and Case
Manager overseeing waste site remediation from August 1988 to November
1993. His experience involves complex site remediation cases undertaken
in New Jersey including CERCLA, RCRA, ISRA, Spill Act, and Voluntary
Prior to working at NJDEP, Mr. Sweeney was employed
by the Camden County Health Department for fourteen years. At Camden
County he managed environmental programs under the County Environmental
Health Act including Emergency Response and was the manager of their
Mr. Sweeney's background is in environmental science
and public health with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science.
Jorge H. Berkowitz,
Dr. Jorge H. Berkowitz received his Bachelors, Masters,
and Doctorate degrees in Environmental Sciences, from Rutgers University
in New Brunswick.
Upon completing his Master's degree course work,
Dr. Berkowitz joined the faculty of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers
in 1970, where he remained until 1980.
Dr. Berkowitz joined the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection in 1980 and remained there until 1989.
During this period, Dr. Berkowitz served as the Administrator of
the NJDEP's Superfund Program, Director of the Air Quality Program,
Director of the Department's Water Resource Management and Protection
Program, and briefly as Acting Assistant Commissioner for Environmental
Control and Management.
Dr. Berkowitz became an environmental consultant
in 1989. He presently is employed by Langan Engineering and Environmental
Services, Inc., and is in charge of the environmental component
of their Trenton office. As an environmental consultant, Dr. Berkowitz
specializes in remediating and redeveloping contaminated sites,
regulatory compliance, environmental health and Brownfield Redevelopment.
At present, Dr. Berkowitz is working on some of the most notable
Brownfield Redevelopment projects in New Jersey. Dr. Berkowitz serves
as an expert witness on associated environmental issues. Dr. Berkowitz
serves in several capacities as an advisor to the NJDEP and is a
member of Boards of Directors and advisory committees for several
professional organizations in New Jersey. Dr Berkowitz was instrumental
in helping formulate necessary changes to the original Site Remediation
Reform Act in order to make the law achieve its desired purpose.
Philip I. Brilliant,
Philip I. Brilliant is the founder of Brilliant
Environmental Services, LLC (BES) a full service environmental consulting
and contracting firm with offices in Toms River, New Jersey and
Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Mr. Brilliant received his Bachelor
of Science Degree in International Environmental Studies from Cook
College, Rutgers University, his Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
(CHMM) from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, and
his Underground Storage Tank Services License in closure, subsurface
evaluation, tank testing and installation from NJDEP.
Mr. Brilliant has had an extensive and distinguished
career in the environmental-consulting field since 1988, assisting
to grow his own firms from start-ups to multimillion dollar companies
providing services to Fortune 100 companies. Well versed in
federal and state funding opportunities, Mr. Brilliant has assisted
municipalities, developers and non-profit organizations across the
country. His well-rounded expertise also includes project management;
geologic logging; quality control of field data and data-acquisition
techniques; development and implementation of site-specific sampling
methodologies for air, soil, and water contaminants; permitting
and operation of remedial systems for contaminated air, soil, groundwater,
and surface water; and expert litigation support and testimony.
As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, Mr. Brilliant
is active in the community as well as business organizations. He
is an affiliate member of the Ocean County Board of Realtors, Past-President
of the Ocean County Business Association and President of Congregation
B’nai Israel, Toms River, New Jersey. He is also a member of
the National Groundwater Association, NJ Society of Women Environmental
Professionals, NJ Chamber of Commerce, Commerce & Industry Association
of NJ/Environmental Business Council and NJ Business & Industry
Richard T. Dewling, Ph.D.,
Dr. Richard T. Dewling, P.E., is the founder and
CEO of Dewling Associates, Inc. (DAi), which is located in Union,
New Jersey. Established in 1993, and staffed by environmental engineers
and scientists, the firm provides a range of engineering, technical,
and regulatory services associated with CERCLA, RCRA, SARA, CWA,
ISRA, and Clean Air Act. Specialized experience includes air
pollution control technologies, industrial waste treatment, arbitration,
and serving as a court appointed special master and/or expert for
hazardous waste site remediation activities, water supply, wastewater,
and solid wastes.
Prior to establishing DAi, Dr. Dewling was CEO
of Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., a world-wide environmental engineering
public company which provided a range of services from treatment
process design of water supply, solid wastes, and wastewater facilities,
and on-site and off-site remediation of solid and hazardous wastes
sites in New Jersey and throughout the United States.
Dr. Dewling served as Commissioner and, prior to
this, as First Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection during the period 1983-1988. He also
served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its predecessor
Agencies in a number of positions including Regional Administrator,
Deputy Regional Administrator, Director, Surveillance and Analysis
Division (Region II-New York and New Jersey), and on a national
basis where he was Director of R&D, which included responsibility
for responding to and remediating spills of oil and hazardous materials
into the environment. His experience in this area includes
special assignments in Korea, Nigeria, and Brazil as a consultant
in industrial and hazardous wastes treatment/remediation.
Dr. Dewling is a registered professional engineer
in New Jersey, a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator in
New York, and a Diplomate in the American Academy of Environmental
Engineers. He received a B.C.E. from Manhattan College, M.C.E.
from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from
Lawra Dodge, P.G., LSRP
Lawra J. Dodge, PG, LSRP is founder and President
of Excel Environmental Resources, Inc. (EXCEL), a full-service environmental
engineering and consulting firm located in North Brunswick, NJ.
She is a graduate of Rutgers University, a licensed Professional
Geologist, and a NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professional with
30 years experience as an environmental geologist and environmental
Ms. Dodge is a recognized expert in Brownfield and
contaminated property investigation, remediation, and redevelopment
specializing in effective trouble shooting and project turn around
to enable redevelopment of contaminated property to proceed. Ms.
Dodge specializes in the design and implementation of innovative
investigative and remedial action approaches for soil and groundwater,
including the use of cutting-edge in-situ treatment technologies,
and strategic planning for cost-efficient regulatory compliance
with both state and federal regulations.
Ms. Dodge has provided expert consultation to clients
to resolve environmental issues associated with environmental insurance
coverage, negotiations for tax relief, incorporation of remedial
action into redevelopment plans, and reimbursement of investigation
and cleanup costs through the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation
Fund (HDSRF), Brownfield Redevelopment Agreements, and the Economic
Recovery and Growth (ERG) Grant Program. She serves on the Steering
Committee of six Brownfield Development Areas (BDAs) in New Jersey
and is a member of the redevelopment team in multiple municipalities
across the state.
Joann Held is self-employed as an Air Toxics Analyst
after 26 years of service with the Air Quality Program in the New
Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She currently works
with the Camden Waterfront South Environmental Network, is a member
of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the
Alliance of New Jersey Environmental Educators, and is also involved
in local sustainability issues. Ms. Held received a BS in Meteorology
from St. Louis University and an MS in Air Pollution Control from
Harvard School of Public Health. During her time with NJDEP she
established the Air Toxics Steering Committee and pioneered the
development of air toxic evaluation tools. She was also a founding
member of the North East States for Coordinated Air Use Management
(NESCAUM) and National Association for Air Quality Administrators
(NAAQA) Air Toxic Committees. She has taught short courses for state
agency staff on Risk Assessment for Air Toxics, Health Effects of
Air Pollution, and Implementation of some of the Maximum Achievable
Control Technology (MACT) standards.
Christopher J. Motta, P.G.,
Christopher Motta is a Vice President and project
manager and in the Mahwah, New Jersey office of ARCADIS US, an international
environmental consulting and engineering firm. Mr. Motta has twenty-seven
years of experience managing the investigation and remediation of
waste sites on behalf of ARCADIS' industrial clients in New Jersey
and New York. His experience includes extensive fieldwork, technical
report writing, remedial investigations and feasibility studies,
remedial design and remedial action, and regulatory compliance.
He manages full-spectrum environmental remediation projects under
governmental programs including New Jersey's Industrial Site Recovery
Act (ISRA) and the federal Superfund program. Mr. Motta has conducted
sedimentation and contamination studies of rivers and estuaries
including the Raritan River and Passaic River.
A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Mr. Motta holds
a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in geology
from Rutgers University. He is certified by the American Institute
of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and licensed to practice geology
in the State of Pennsylvania.
Karl W. Muessig, Ph.D.,
Karl Muessig is the State Geologist and Director
of the New Jersey Geological Survey. Dr. Muessig provides geologic
expertise and management support for a broad range of Land Use Management
programs within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
including water quality and quantity, environmental science, and
natural resources such as offshore sand for beach replenishment.
He coordinates geoscience input to the State Police Office of Emergency
Management for its Multihazard Mitigation Plan on earthquakes, landslides,
sinkholes, droughts, and abandoned mines, and has served the Governor's
Office on offshore energy exploration issues through the US Outer
Continent Shelf Policy Committee. Dr. Muessig has served as New
Jersey's representative on the National Water Quality Monitoring
Council. Past responsibilities include management of the Geological
Survey's Water Resources Bureau from 1993 to 1999 and program supervision
for the Bureau of Geology from 1986 to 1992 on evaluations of radionuclides
in soils, rocks, and water, and disposal of radioactive waste for
the New Jersey Low Level Radioactive Waste Siting Board.
As the State Geologist since 2000, Dr. Muessig serves
as the point of contact for geoscience related to the environmental
and economic interests of New Jersey. His knowledge of the State's
geology started with his doctorate studies at Princeton University.
In addition, he has worked extensively in the United States and
around the world prior to joining the Geological Survey. He represents
New Jersey's interests to other states and nations through the Association
of American State Geologists and coordinates New Jersey's water
monitoring networks under the Cooperative Water Program with the
US Geological Survey.
Mike Pisaur0, Esq.
Mike is a licensed attorney and the owner of Law
Office of Michael L. Pisauro, Jr. LLC in Pennington, New Jersey.
He was admitted to the Bar in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania in
1995. Since founding his firm in 2003 he has focused his practice
on representing the interests of businesses and environmental organizations.
Mike's environmental practice involves representation of environmental
organizations and local groups before land use boards, in court
and before state agencies. Since 2004 he has been the registered
governmental affairs agent for the New Jersey Environmental Lobby
Mike is a member of the American Bar Association
and its sections on Environment, Energy and Resources and Business
Law. He is also a member of the Environmental Law Institute and
publishes two blogs" "GreenPages NJ" which discusses
environmental issues important to NJ and "NJ Business Wise"
which discusses legal issues affecting small and mid-sized business
owners in NJ. His article "Renewable Energy and Land Use Law"
was published in the Summer 2008 issue of the American Bar Association's
Natural Resources and Environment Journal.
Constantine Tsentas, P.G.,
Constantine Tsentas is a Senior Associate with PARS
Environmental Inc., an integrated consulting firm located in Robbinsville,
New Jersey, and offering services in multi-disciplinary environmental
consulting, health & safety, industrial hygiene, waste management,
wetlands and cultural resources, geotechnical engineering and environmental
Mr. Tsentas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth
Sciences (Geology) from Kean University (Union, NJ) and a Master
of Science degree in Geology from Duke University (Durham, NC).
He is a Licensed Subsurface Evaluator in New Jersey and a Licensed
Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Tsentas has more than 30 years of experience
in environmental project/program management and has managed multi-disciplinary
environmental projects in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware,
Connecticut and several other states. His technical areas of expertise
include hydrogeology; remedial investigations; evaluation of remedial
technologies; design and implementation of remedial measures; underground
storage tank (UST) evaluation/closure; brownfields remediation/redevelopment;
due diligence (Phase I and Phase II) site assessments; environmental
litigation support; and regulatory negotiations. His work was conducted
for public and private sector clients at chemical, petrochemical,
pharmaceutical, manufacturing, military, transportation, commercial,
retail, and other sites.
Ira L. Whitman, Ph.d.,
Dr. Whitman is co-founder and Principal of Whitman,
an East Brunswick, New Jersey firm dedicated to a multi-disciplinary
approach to environmental management. Since 1985, Whitman has performed
remediation and investigation at thousands of private, municipal,
and Brownfield sites in New Jersey. He is called on for expert reports
and testimony on cases pertaining to environmental engineering,
regulatory compliance, and professional practice.
Dr. Whitman is a licensed Professional Engineer
in six states, including New Jersey. He is Board Certified by the
American Academy of Environmental Engineers in the specialties of
Hazardous Waste Management and General Environmental Engineering.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Cooper Union and a Ph.D. in
Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Whitman has received the Water Environment Federation's
national and New Jersey awards for Professional Advancement of Hazardous
Waste Management. He was appointed in 1972 by the Governor of Ohio
as the first Director of the State's Environmental Protection Agency
and chaired the Ohio Power Siting Commission. He serves on Trenton's
Brownfields advisory BEST group and the Board of the Municipal Land
Use Center at the College of New Jersey.