Ken Yass is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in Wisconsin with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental compliance services for a wide range of industrial clients.
Ken's focus is on understanding and ultimately helping to own his client's environmental compliance challenges and providing cost-effective solutions that fit within the client's business objectives. He has worked with manufacturers of friction materials, agricultural tractors, valves, electrical transformers, chemicals, industrial rolling equipment, ink, bathroom partitions, truck dock systems and iron, steel and aluminum castings. He has also worked with several hospitals, municipal entities, airline maintenance hangars, logistics companies, beer malting facilities and metal sintering operations. Ken is a subject matter expert in Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) compliance and reporting, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Planning, industrial storm water and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) compliance. He also has substantial experience with air permitting / emissions / compliance, hazardous waste and industrial wastewater management. Ken has performed environmental services in over 20 states. Ken as over 23 years of environmental consulting experience and three years as the Technical Regulatory Services Manager for a nation-wide chemical manufacturer and distributor, responsible for ECPRA and CFATS compliance for all 12 facilities.
Ken has led responses to Notices and Findings of Violations (NOVs, FOVs) on behalf of chemical manufacturing facilities, working both with internal and external legal counsels, and negotiating settlement agreements with both the state and federal environmental agencies. He can take the complex and make it concisely understandable, including the updating of an SPCC Plan for an animal fat processing facility with over 100 storage tanks and over 3,500,000 gallons of oil storage capacity. Ken has often significantly streamlined the environmental management practices of several different types of facilities and entities. He has provided litigation support for several law firms on several environmental compliance topics.
To advance the state of the practice, Ken focuses on listening to the client's needs and challenges, understanding how these put strain on the company, and creatively identifies solutions that both fit within the facility's current practices and that are cost-effective. He speaks periodically, for example, to groups of environmental practitioners that are seeking CHMM certification at a 3-day review and preparation course. Ken's clients find him organized, efficient, available and easy to work with.