Frank Breen, PG – TBLS Environmental Advisory Services Hydrogeologist – Mr. Breen, Lead Hydrogeologist for the TBLS Environmental Advisory Services, has a wide range of experience in the energy, chemical, mining, and manufacturing industries within RCRA, CERCLA, State Voluntary Action and Canadian Provincial Brownfield Programs. Mr. Breen is a licensed professional geoscientist in Indiana, Texas, and a Certified Groundwater Professional in Iowa. He is also a license geoscientist in the Canadian Provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Mr. Breen has conducted a number of federal and state investigation and remediation projects under State Regulatory Programs in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as CERCLA and RCRA sites in Region 5 and Region 3. Since beginning private practice in 1999, Mr. Breen has conducted hydrogeologic assessments, remedial designs, and groundwater flow and transport models for remediation, water supply, and risk assessments for a number of clients including: BP Oil, Chevron, Exxon Mobile, Koch Industries, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Nitrogen, CNH America, and Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.
From 1992 – 1999 Mr. Breen was a senior consultant / hydrogeologist for a number of large consulting firms including Woodward-Clyde Consultants; later URS, and Environmental Resources Management Inc. in Chicago and Houston. During this time, Mr. Breen developed remedial solutions for numerous chemical plants and manufacturing facilities throughout the central and eastern United States for Dow Chemical, BP Oil, Exxon Mobile, Cooper Tire, General Motors Corporation, DuPont, Olin Chemical, Rohm and Haas (now Dow Chemical), Bridgestone / Firestone, and US Steel.
While in private practice, Mr. Breen developed a groundwater bioremediation remedy for a former pharmaceutical plant incorporating source removal coupled with risk based groundwater transport modeling. Source remediation was effective in reducing 1, 2-DCA concentration from 400 ug/L to less than the regulatory levels within 4 months with a $500K reduction in overall remediation costs.
Mr. Breen has also been involved with natural resource litigations and insurance claim cases for AIG and Zurich America related to up stream oil and gas production in the US southeastern gulf region as well as additional cases related pipeline releases for a major pipeline company. Mr. Breen has also conducted natural resource damage assessment for Zurich America in the north central US related to a large refining complex as well as for a 500 acre refining complex in western Texas for Chevron. As a remediation and risk expert, Mr. Breen has become accomplished in allocations, evaluating and quantifying environmental risk and evaluating potential environmental liabilities and post closure reserves.
As a subject matter expert, Mr. Breen has conducted over 200 third party reviews of environmental remediation systems and liabilities and has assisted clients in developing adequate reserves for addressing future environmental risks.
Additional highlights of Mr. Breen's career include the following:
- Provided litigation support for upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities, reducing settlement costs by over 50%
- Developed innovative groundwater remediation systems utilizing bioremediation and phytoremediation resulting in a reduced remediation cost of over $100M further resulting in redevelopment of the site to industrial use
- Assessed the capture zone and radionuclide production for a deep tunnel project at a national laboratory
- Developed a remedial approach for a superfund site in Texas which reduced remediation costs by $150M and allowed site redevelopment.
Mr. Breen holds a BSc. In Geology from Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. and a MSc. in Contaminant Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario, Canada.