Melissa Kleven
Melissa Kleven, P.E.
Principal Engineer
Environmental & Earth Sciences
  • Seattle

Ms. Kleven has more than 19 years of experience, and has managed a variety of projects in the areas of due diligence; environmental permitting; regulatory compliance; site characterization, remediation, and closure; and post-closure operation, monitoring, and maintenance. She has served as project manager and provided technical support for projects conducted under RCRA, CERCLA, MTCA, and other state programs. Ms. Kleven’s areas of expertise include design and implementation of investigations and monitoring programs, risk-based assessment and closure, historical site research, site strategy development, public communications, and litigation support. She has worked on sites impacted with petroleum hydrocarbons, cement kiln dust, aluminum reduction waste, solvents, metals, and minerals/nutrients.

Ms. Kleven has supported clients with environmental challenges in many industries, including oil and gas, mining, chemical and materials manufacturing, and research. Litigation support work has focused on groundwater contamination and assisting in the determination of the nature and extent of the impact and the timing of release.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 1992

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Washington, #36171

Licensed Professional Engineer, Oregon, #80309

Licensed Professional Engineer, Montana, #19838

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, 40-Hour Certification

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, 8-Hour Supervisor Training

Prior Experience

Principal Engineer, ARCADIS, 2000−2009

Designated Engineer in Responsible Charge, ARCADIS, 2005−2009

Engineer, Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation, 1998−2000

Scientist, ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, 1993−1998

Project Experience

Litigation Support

Ms. Kleven has provided project management and technical support for a variety of matters, including the cases described below.

Duane & Carol Ankney, et al. v. PPL Montana LLC, et al., Montana 16th Judicial District Court, Rosebud County. Case involved alleged groundwater contamination from coal-fired power plant operations.

Sotero Carrillo, et al, v. Reichhold, Inc. et al., District Court of Travis County Texas, 98th Judicial District. Case involved evaluation of environmental due diligence and adequacy of same.

Harbor Square Associates, LLC v. Port of Edmonds v. Union Oil Company of California, Superior Court of the State of Washington, Snohomish County. Case involved remediation of petroleum-contaminated soils underlying a commercial establishment.

State of California v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s London and other London Market Insurers, et al., Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Riverside. Case involved timing and nature of property damage resulting from waste disposal on the Stringfellow site in southern California.

Proctor v. Lockheed, California Superior Court, Santa Clara County. Case involved cost recovery litigation on a large manufacturing plant in southern California. Principal constituents of concern were PCE and TCE.

Investigation/Remediation

Currently serving as project manager for a processing and distribution facility located in Oregon. An RI/FS was completed to investigate potential impacts from past railyard activities, including a Pintsch Gas Plant that formerly operated on the site. The RI/FS project was conducted under an agreement with the Oregon DEQ and included a site-specific risk assessment to evaluate current and potential redeveloped uses.

Served as project manager for state-lead (MTCA) RI/FS activities for a bulk fuels terminal located on a river within a CERCLA site in Washington. Constituents of concern included petroleum hydrocarbons and metals. Soil, groundwater, and sediment investigations were designed and completed, including “hot spot” soils characterization and treatability studies for soils. A product recovery system was installed, operated, and maintained, including soil vapor extraction, air sparging, and free product recovery with groundwater treatment. The approved RI/FS incorporated MTCA risk assessment technologies for evaluating petroleum hydrocarbons.

Served as project manager for remedial post-closure activities to mitigate leachate outbreaks from cement kiln dust landfills at a mining site in Washington. This project included leachate and groundwater investigations and monitoring, subsurface investigations, hydrogeologic characteri¬zation, agency negotiations, environmental permitting, and remediation alternatives analysis.

Served as project manager for ongoing sediment characterization/remediation activities for a site located within a CERCLA site in the western United States. Impacts to sediments included metals and PAHs. Sediment quality was evaluated in several investigations by other firms. Assisted in developing remediation strategies that focused on risk management. Managed ongoing uplands activities to address chlorinated solvent impacts to site soil and groundwater.

Served as project manager for environmental engineering support services related to historical impacts at a brewery in the western United States. Activities completed under the state’s Voluntary Cleanup Program included: evaluation of historical data, site investigation and characterization, monitoring, agency negotiations, site closure activities, and placement of a deed restriction on the property.

Risk/Environmental Assessments

Prepared human health and environmental risk assessments for sites throughout the United States contaminated with hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, metals, PCBs, radionuclides, and minerals. The scope of these assessments included the preparation of exposure assessments, constituent characterizations, assisting in the development of toxicity assessments (for both carcinogenic and noncarcinogenic effects), and the derivation of risks, hazards, and/or health-based remediation goals for soil and groundwater. Select projects also included public involvement and litigation support. Successfully negotiated risk management solutions with regulatory agencies.

Conducted an endangerment assessment at an industrial research facility in Oregon for drainfield soils contaminated with depleted uranium. This endangerment assessment was completed for DEQ under the state’s Voluntary Cleanup Program. The scope of the endangerment assessment was negotiated with the agencies involved, DEQ and the Oregon State Health Division. Designed and implemented a field investigation, which included preparation of a complex SAP. The field investigation included radiation monitoring and the collection of over 500 soil, sludge, and wipe samples at the site for radionuclide analyses (e.g., gross alpha, gross beta, total uranium, isotopic uranium). The investigation and assessment resulted in a determination of no current or future significant risk to human health or the environment. Following completion of the endangerment assessment, DEQ issued a letter providing a “no further action” ruling for the site.

Due Diligence


Managed due diligence projects in Washington and Oregon for national clients seeking acquisitions or divestitures. These projects typically involved several businesses/properties and were completed on a fast-track schedule. Clients include insurance companies, real estate developers, chemical distributors, manufacturers, and others.

Managed a variety of due diligence projects for a client with multiple facilities in the western United States area. Performed Phase I/II ESAs and property screening. Projects were conducted to meet environmental due diligence requirements associated with the acquisition, leasing, and disposal of real property, and also site development activities. Typical project elements included soils, groundwater, asbestos, lead, radon, and sensitive species/ environments.

Permitting

Managed post-closure requirements for RCRA and CERCLA landfills at an aluminum reduction facility in the western United States. The project included agency negotiations, site evaluations (e.g., hydrogeologic), RCRA and CERCLA agency inspections, operation, maintenance, and monitoring. Biotreatment of landfill leachate was pilot tested and implemented full-scale to reduce long-term operation and maintenance costs.

Managed preparation of key components of a RCRA Part B permit application for surface impoundments and container storage areas at a mixed-waste facility in Richland, Washington. Developed monitoring plans, and completed groundwater monitoring and statistical evaluation to meet RCRA requirements.

Managed RCRA closure and permitting activities for six interim status treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities in western Washington and Oregon, including: preparation of site characterization work plans, closure plans, and closure and post-closure plans for inclusion in a RCRA Part B permit application; operation and maintenance of remediation systems (including compliance with NPDES permits); management of quarterly groundwater monitoring activities; and agency interaction/negotiations.

Managed environmental permitting for a large roadway construction project in Washington. The site is situated on a river and adjacent to a salmon stream. Prepared and coordinated permitting and approvals from several agencies including: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries, and various local (city and county) agencies. Because of the presence of endangered salmon in the vicinity of the site, a biological assessment was prepared in accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

Drinking Water Supply


Managed a fast-track project for a TSD facility in the western United States for spent solvent impacts to a drinking water supply. This project included provisions for an alternate drinking water supply to tenants, a risk assessment to determine the magnitude of risk posed by the impacts, assistance in agency and public notification, implementation of a field investigation, installation of a carbon treatment system, operation and maintenance of the carbon treatment system (including development of sampling requirements), and quarterly reporting to the state regulatory agency.


Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 1992

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Washington, #36171

Licensed Professional Engineer, Oregon, #80309

Licensed Professional Engineer, Montana, #19838

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, 40-Hour Certification

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, 8-Hour Supervisor Training