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J. David Thomas

Princeton, NJ, USA

David Thomas has over 30 years of experience developing and implementing global CSR and sustainable development programs, building and directing global EHS management and compliance programs, leading due diligence and post transaction operations/facilities integration, overseeing site evaluation and remediation and redevelopment of industrial properties and providing litigation support.

  • Directed corporate EHS compliance programs at three multi-national corporations with operations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Directed preparation and negotiation of environmental permits for air (Title V and PSD), water, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste facilities and underground injection. Oversaw design, construction and start up of a five-million-gallon/day wastewater treatment system.
  • Developed and implemented environmental management programs with over 50 successful ISO 14001/EMAS certifications.
  • Introduced a “Safety Passport” system at a major entertainment company.
  • Lead post-transaction integration of EHS systems for multi-billion dollar businesses in the entertainment and film production, telecommunications, CD/DVD manufacturing and distribution and food and beverage manufacturing industries.
  • Directed the largest privately funded brownfield project in the Southeastern US, earning a national award from USEPA for “innovative remediation.”
  • Negotiated clean-up standards with the governments of Japan and the city of Osaka in connection with remediation and redevelopment of an industrial site.
  • Directed site investigation, remediation and redevelopment of both a former steel mill and platting facility in New York.
  • Directed site investigation and remediation of a paint and pigments manufacturing site in Ohio.
  • Provided litigation support and served as an expert witness in cost-recovery litigation involving remediation of a landfill used for foundry waste.
  • Provided litigation support and served as an expert witness in litigation regarding the environmental impacts of proposed airport expansions in Ohio and Texas.
  • Provided litigation support and served as an expert witness in litigation regarding remediation actions at a redevelopment site for a former aerospace manufacturing site.
  • Held numerous leadership positions in state and national trade associations, including serving as chairman of the Chemical Manufacturers Association RCRA Task Group during the 1984 reauthorization process, and as an original member of the Department of Defense's Defense and the Environment Initiative Advisory Panel and USEPA Region IV Hazardous Waste Roundtable.

  • MS, Environmental Engineering, Cornell University (summa cum laude)
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech (with distinction)

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