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Environmental, Health & Safety Management

Austin, Texas, 78739, United States
June 18, 2012
Contact Info:

Gregory Klaus

**** ******** ****** *****

Austin, Texas 78739

(512) ***-****


****-******* **.*. ************* Geography, Texas State University

Currently enrolled in a part-time Ph.D. program- (all but dissertation)

1997-1999 M.A.G. Resource & Environmental Studies, Texas State University

Thesis: “Developing a Predictive Model for Determining the Potential of Industrial Facilities in Texas to use Tire-Derived Fuel”

1992-1996 B.S. Resource & Environmental Studies, Texas State University

Minors: Biology & Geology- Magna cum Laude with a 3.7 GPA

Employment History

August 2008- April 2012: Corporate Health, Safety & Environmental Manager

E.ON Climate & Renewables- Austin Texas

Based in Dusseldorf Germany, E.ON is one of the world’s largest investor owned electricity companies comprising 70,000 MWs of installed capacity. The Climate & Renewables Division is one of the leading green developers, owners and operators of wind farms in the United States today. One project in West Texas (Roscoe) is the world’s largest wind farm comprising 629 wind turbines. The Roscoe project is one of 15 wind farms that E.ON Climate & Renewables operate in the US, 11 of which are in Texas with a combined capacity of 2,200 MWs.

Responsibilities include:

Develop and implement a suite of HSE Policies, Plans and Procedures.

Conduct Site Visits to perform Audits and Inspections for Construction & Operations.

Serve as HSE Training Coordinator for all personnel (145 in total).

Develop and implement a Health, Safety, Security & Environmental Management System which included Administration, Development, Construction, and Operations activities.

Work with Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) to obtain and maintain ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 Certification of the HSSE Management System.

Provide HSE support for the Wind Farm Construction group and serve on site as needed.

Implement DuPont- Safety Training Observation Program (STOP) for the Construction group, and O&M “Take Care” program, to establish a Behavioral-Based Safety culture.

Develop an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Hurricane Preparedness Plan and train Senior Management personnel using Annual Exercises.

Conduct HSE Assessments with Project Development for Investment Proposal Papers.

Served 3 months is Seville Spain to develop an HSE Program for a newly constructed Concentrated Solar Project (CSP) and train site personnel how to implement the system.

Served 3 months in Milan Italy developing an HSSE Management System for the Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) division for ISO/OHSAS Certification.

Served as a member of an International Audit Team to inspect other regions to identify HSSE MS Non-conformance, Opportunities for Improvement, and Best Practice.

Conduct HSE Due Diligence Evaluations for Development Sites and Assets for purchase.

June 2006- July 2008: Corporate Health, Safety & Environmental Manager

International Power- Marlborough, Massachusetts

International Power- GDF Suez is a leading electricity generating company based in London with over 88,000 MWs in operation worldwide. During my tenure the American assets comprised ten wholly-owned plants located in Massachusetts, Texas and PJM; and three joint-venture facilities in Texas, Georgia, and Puerto Rico comprising 5,800 MWs. The primary function of this position was to ensure that IPA power plants minimized potential impacts to employee Health, Safety and the Environment; and to provide direction and guidance to the Plant Management and Staff to ensure site HSE Programs comply with regulatory obligations.

Responsibilities include:

Fleet-wide development and implementation of initiative for ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001 Safety Management System Certifications.

Conduct ISO 14001 Environmental Aspects & Impacts survey for EMS at each asset.

Conduct OHSAS 18001 Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, and Risk Control (HIRARC) survey for SMS at each asset.

Perform ISO/OHSAS Annual Compliance Audits & Internal System Audits at each asset.

Implement, direct and train each asset to establish a Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) Program. Serve as Program Coordinator and conduct Validation Audits at all assets.

Support IPA Acquisition and Development activities by evaluating HS&E risks, perform due-diligence review of facility permits and compliance history, and conduct site visits to make acquisition recommendations.

Assist Development with obtaining required licenses and permits. Attend local government meetings to help address neighbor concerns.

Conduct site internal HS&E Audits, NSR reviews for modifications, and ongoing legislative reviews for changing regulations at federal, state and local levels.

July 2000-May 2006: Environmental, Health & Safety Coordinator

International Power- Hays Energy, San Marcos, Texas

Responsible for regulatory compliance and safety for a newly constructed $800 million, 1100-Megawatt Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant with a Zero-Discharge Wastewater Facility. The primary function of this position was to ensure the Operations Company complies with all EPA, TCEQ, OSHA, and City of San Marcos rules governing plant operations.

Responsibilities include:

Registered with the EPA as the facility’s Designated Representative.

Serve as the facility’s EHS Training Coordinator for approximately 40 personnel.

Member of the facility’s Community Relations Team.

Administer the facility’s four Air Permits including Permit-By-Rule, TCEQ PSD, EPA Acid Rain, and Title V Federal Operating Permit.

Generate and submit Quarterly CEMS Electronic Data Reports (EDRs) and Excess Emissions Reports (EERs) to State and Federal agencies.

Responsible for the facility’s Wastewater Permit sampling and reporting, Effluent Use Permit, Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan, Storm Water TPDES Permit, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

Solid Waste Notice of Registration (NOR) for disposal/manifestation of waste.

Maintain 40-hour HAZWOPER and Incident Commander Certifications for Emergency Planning & Response; conduct Annual Exercises to train site personnel.

Update and submit annual Tier II Report to TDH & LEPC.

Administer all site Safety Programs including: Employee/Contractor Site Safety Orientation, OSHA 300 Accident & Injury Reporting, Lockout/Tagout Clearance Procedures, Confined Space Procedures, Hot Work Permitting, Hazardous Communication MSDS program, and Plant Signage/Labeling/Color Coding.

Conduct Environmental & Safety Incident Investigations and Plant Audits.

August 1992- June 2000: Control Room Operator, Texas State University Cogeneration Power Plant, San Marcos, TX

While attending the University as a full-time student, I also worked full-time on the night shift at their Cogeneration Power Plant as a Control Room Operator. Responsibilities included operation and adjustment of a computerized industrial control system as it pertains to a six megawatt cogeneration plant with 4,500 tons of chilling capacity and a 150,000-lb/hr boiler plant. Conduct facility process water sampling, analysis, and chemical treatment. I also served as the Safety Training Coordinator for approximately 25 employees.

January 1988- July 1992: Air Conditioning & Boiler Operator IV, Texas Dept. of Health, Austin, TX

The primary function of this position was the Operations and Maintenance of facility campus complex boiler and chiller plant. Received specialized training and served as Plant Chemist maintaining cooling tower, chilled water, and boiler water chemistry balance, conductivity, and pH.

November 1983- November 1987: Boiler Technician, United States Navy

Performed Operations and Maintenance on a guided-missile destroyer’s 1,200-psi boiler room and associated auxiliary equipment. Served two years as ship’s Firefighting Team Leader. Was Awarded Combat Medals: Armed Forces Expeditionary, and Naval Expeditionary, for participation in the 1986 invasion of Libya.

Specialized Training/Certifications

DNV- Modern Safety Management, 8/15-16/2011

DNV- Incident Investigation Analysis, 8/17-19-2011

LRQA- ISO/OHSAS Internal Auditor Training, 9/8-10/2009

AVO Training Institute- Electrical Safety for Utilities, 3/24-27/2009

Tech Serve- High Voltage Substation Switching and Basic Relaying, 3/2-7/2009

ICU- OSHA 10-hour Construction & General Industry, 11/19-20/2008

DuPont- Safety Training Observation Program, Supervisory Level, 11/17-18/2008

Gravitec- Emergency Descent Rescue Training (3-day course), 9/10-12/2008

Marsh- Business Continuity Planning, 4/14-15/2008

British Standards Institution (BSI) ISO/OHSA Internal Auditor Training, 8/14-16/2007

AMEC- ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 Management System Training, 3/19-20/2007

Marsh- Behavioral Based Safety- Observer Super-Trainer Workshop, 1/8-12/2007

TCEQ- Advanced Air Permitting Seminar, 9/26-28/2006

CISCO- Monitor Data Checking & Breeze 75 Emissions Data Reporting, 8/15-18/2006

Crane Tech- Rigging Gear & Sling Inspector, 24-hour Level 2 Training, 6/28-30/2006

Marsh- Behavioral Based Safety Program Workshop, Manchester England, 6/19-23/2006

BST Behavioral Science Technology- Behavior Based Safety 2-day Seminar, 3/30-31/2006

National Technology- NFPA 70E- Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 1/24/2006

TapRoot® System- Root Cause Analysis: Incident Investigation Seminar, 10/13/2005

Miller/Troll 16-hour Fall Prevention & Protection Competent Person Training, 5/25-26/2005

OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Certification and Refresher Training, 9/16/2005, 8/13/2004, 8/15/2003, 7/19/2002, 7/17/2001

TCEQ- TPDES Multi-Sector Storm Water Permit Training Seminar, 6/7/2003

OSHA- Recordkeeping/Reporting Training, 4/23/2002

CISCO- Continuous Emissions Monitoring System Operation & Maintenance Training, 2/1/2002

CISCO- Emissions Data Report (EDR) Training, 10/24-25/2002

OSHA- Incident Commander Certification, 9/27/2001

TNRCC Visible Emissions Evaluator Training and Certification, 3/23/2001

Alstom Power Combined-Cycle Power Plant Operator Training/Certification, 9/18/00-12/15/00

ABS Government Institutes- Environmental Compliance Boot Camp, 10/27-29/2000

U.S. Naval Firefighting Academy, Virginia Beach, VA, 9/1/1985-11/30/1985

Computer Software Skills

STEERS- State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System

EPA SecuRemote

EPA ETS-FTP Emissions Tracking System-File Transfer Protocol

EPA OATS- On-line Allowance Tracking System

Maximo, SAP, and Mainsaver- Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

Professional Associations

Awarded membership into The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Former member of the City of San Marcos Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Former member of the Central Texas I-35 Corridor Industrial Safety Management Group.

Implemented and administered an Internship Program between International Power-Hays Energy and Texas State University’s Dept. of Geography to teach Industrial Environmental Compliance to Resource & Environmental Studies students.


TCEQ/Governor of Texas- 2010 Environmental Excellence Award (Finalist)

TCEQ/Governor of Texas- 2009 Environmental Excellence Award (Finalist)

Texas State University- 2006 Outstanding Support from the Business Community Award

(for establishing/maintaining an environmental internship program)

TCEQ/Governor of Texas- 2004 Environmental Excellence Award (Winner)

Texas League of Women Voters- 2004 Excellence in Environmental Awareness Award

City of San Marcos- 2003 Water Efficiency Achievement Award

TCEQ/Governor of Texas- 2003 Environmental Excellence Award (Finalist)

Public Speaking

I have been invited to give lectures/presentations to the following organizations:

Rotary Club of Central Texas

Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA)

Sunrise Club of San Marcos

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission- Special Waste Section

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality- Teaching Environmental Science Program

Texas State University

San Marcos High School

Central Texas I-35 Corridor Industrial Safety Management Group


Denise Blanchard-Boehm, Elaine Hanford, Greg Klaus, and Shing-Tzong Lin. 2003. Environmental Resource Development. The James and Marilyn Center for Environmental Geography Hazards Research.