D ENESE D. BALLEW
Talented Project Manager with a strong background in managing safety and environmental
p rograms. Creative professional with extensive project experience from concept to
development. Talents include managing hazardous materials and wastes, solid waste and
recycling, emergency management, industrial hygiene, construction management, and
technical wri ting. Environmental Manager with more than 20 years of experience planning,
developing and implementing safety and environmental programs such as landfill gas
u tilization, landfill management, RCRA, CWA, CAA, SPCC, SWPPP,NPDES, sampling and
monitoring programs, data interpretation and reporting. Experienced safety and
environmental professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills.
Member of The North Carolina Chapter of The Solid Waste Association of North
A merica (SWANA) and Recycling Commit tee member.
Certified Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO # 42420), Bioreactor Landfill
Operations and Landfill Gas System Operations
Member of the National SWANA’s Bioreactor Committee and Bioreactor Monitoring
Appointed member of the US EPA’s Bioreactor Consortium
Member of Buncombe County’s Environmental Affairs Board, Local Emergency
P lanning Commit tee, Terrorism Task Force.
Member of the Regional Brownfields Advisory Group and Consultant Evaluation
Developed Stain Protector for BASF Corporation that was later purchased through
court settlement for 22 million dollars.
Published in Public Works Magazine, October 1999, Title: Solid Waste Program
Benefits Community in More Ways than One.
Recipient of The National Environmental Awards Council’s Environmental
Achievement Award for Sustainability and the Hazardous Waste Program in
Excellence in Public Service Award in 1997, 1998, and 2004.
North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Outstanding County Program
National Association of Developmental Organizations Innovation Award in 2001
The Carolina’s Recycling Associations Carol Bond Household Hazardous Waste
P rogram Award in 2001.
Commendation from Buncombe County Commissioners in June, 2000 and
Land O Sky Regional Council’s Award for Outstanding Cont ribution to the Regional
B rownfields Ini tiative 2005.
Certificate of Appreciation from NC-SWANA for contribution to Training Program
Commendation from NC OSHA 2004 for Training.
Commendation from Buncombe County Emergency Management for Environmental
d uring the Floods in Fall 2004.
2009 to Present
Project Manager – Ballew Environmental Training & Consulting
Responsible for client assistance on issues related to solid and hazardous waste
management including groundwater monitoring, waste profiling, recycling,
t ransportation and disposal. Provide quotes for services such as emergency response,
site assessments, Brownfield’s, industrial hygiene, and landfill gas management.
P rovide solid waste permit ting services, air permit renewals, emissions inventories,
s torm water pollution prevention plans, spill prevention control and countermeasure
p lans, safety and environmental compliance audits, demolition related
environmental services, monitoring and compliance assistance. Performed safety
t rainings for government and industrial clients. Perform facility environmental
compliance audits, health and safety monitoring for industrial clients and provide
Emergency Management – planning including hazard mitigation plans, f lood plans,
energy assurance plans and tabletop exercises.
2010 to November 2013
Regional Planner- Land of Sky Regional Council
E nergy Assurance - planning including inventorying regional fuel storage capacity
and fuel use rates including alternative fuel capacity and fuel sources. Reports on
current fuel use, capacity and sources. Conducts municipal workshops to assist in
t he development of energy plans, emergency assurance and preparedness plans and
t he regionally coordinated plans. Establish a networking and communication
p latform/website for regional partners and the public. Conduct outreach for local
government and the public. Establish a regional long range fuel plan. Coordinate a
Tabletop Energy Emergency Exercise with the regional Emergency Management
Agency’s. Member of the State Emergency Response Team for ESF-12 or Energy
Emergency Management – planning including hazard mitigation plans, tabletop
exercises, and coordination of Rockslide Conference.
Solid and Hazardous Waste – planning including solid waste management plan
u pdates for local government, solid waste program studies, household hazardous
waste (HHW)program t raining including 40 Hour HAZWOPER, contingency and
operations plans, event coordination and technical assistance. Creation of program
best management practices for various program elements, facilitation of quarterly
Regional Solid Waste Directors meetings, and regional program coordination (i.e.
Secured grant funding for creation of the Region’s Recycling Education Vehicle
(REV). This replaced the Mobile Environmental Learning Center (MELC). The REV
is used to promote Recycling Education in the regions schools and at public events. I t
is a van with interactive touch screens, DVD player, Televisions and the necessary
components for computer integration. This is modeled after the Coca Cola
2009 to 2010
Environmental Programs Manager – Haywood County Solid Waste
Responsible for managing all aspects of environmental compliance, including air,
g roundwater, surface water, reporting, and permitting. Solid and Hazardous Waste
M anagement, Household Hazardous Waste, Electronics Recycling, and Recycling
P rograms. Grant wri ting, HAZWOPER Training and Project Management.
Performed workplace safety t raining and incorporated a safety culture in daily
Managed daily Landfill operations increasing daily compaction by 131 pounds/cubic
yard saving the County $438,000.00 annually, closed the Construction and
Demolition Debris Landfill utilizing in house staff saving the County $450.000.00,
constructed a compost pad with in house staff, supervised the 5 million dollar new
l andfill cell construction project and acquired a 1 million dollar grant for the Frances
Farm Landfill gas to energy project.
2007 to 2009
Project Manager – Mountain Environmental Group
Responsible for oversight of solid and hazardous waste management including
g roundwater monitoring, waste profiling, recycling, t ransportation and disposal.
P rovide quotes for services such as emergency response, site assessments,
B rownfield’s, industrial hygiene, and landfill gas management. Provide solid waste
permit ting services, air permit renewals, emissions inventories, sustainabili ty
services, storm water pollution prevention plans, spill prevention control and
countermeasure plans, safety and environmental compliance audits, demolition
related environmental services, monitoring and compliance assistance. Performed
safety t rainings for industrial clients. Performed health and safety monitoring for
i ndustrial clients and provided associated reports.
1999 to 2007
Solid Waste Environmental Manager - Buncombe County General Services
Responsible for managing all aspects of environmental compliance, including air,
g roundwater, surface water, leak detection system monitoring, reporting, and
permit ting. Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Landfill Bioreactor Project,
Household Hazardous Waste, Electronics Recycling, and Recycling Programs. Grant
w r it ing, HAZWOPER Training, Haz-Mat Emergency Response, Coordination of
responses and clean-ups with NCDENR and US EPA. Project Management.
M anaged Ti tle V Air Permitting requirements and compliance and analyzed the
Department’s carbon footprint and offsets from the landfill gas utilization project.
A lternative Fuel Vehicles Program. Managed the Public Outreach Program which
consisted of utilizing the ME LC in the schools and events and wri ting the Quarterly
Newsletter which was in the local newspaper.
Retained responsibilities of Hazardous Waste Inspector after promotion.
1994 to 2007
Hazardous Waste Inspector – Buncombe County Emergency Management
Responsible for Haz-Mat Emergency Response, Hazardous Waste L icense, Permits
and Inspections for regulated businesses, provide technical assistance to Industry on
Chemical Handling, Storage, Waste M inimization and Disposal. Household
H azardous Waste Program, education in schools, coordinated t raining exercises for
community emergency response personnel (including police, fire, EMS, hospital…).
Several speaking engagements to community groups, and at professional
conferences. Investigate illegal disposal of hazardous waste and coordinate those
i nvestigations with SBI’s Environmental Crimes Unit and US EPA’s Criminal
I nvestigative Division when necessary.
1993 to 1994
E nvironmental Project Engineer- B ASF Fibers Division
Responsible for t roubleshooting and overseeing the operation of the Grade IV
Wastewater Treatment Plant (4MGD), Hazardous Waste Management and
M inimization for a Part B Permit ted Facility, Analytical tests and interpretation on
wastewater to advise on operations. Assisted Environmental Engineer in managing
environmental controls on Power Plant and Landfill. A member of the Emergency
1991 to 1994
Level I I Research Chemist- BASF Fibers Division
Research and Develop Products, test product performance and develop appropriate
applications methods for those products, perform customer complaint evaluations.
Used various analytical instruments (GC, spectrophotometer…) to evaluate product
NC SWANA Chapter Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee
28 Certifications available upon request