Chris Hardin, P.E.
Chris Hardin, P.E. Managing Director of the CALM Initiative
Mr. Hardin’s has over 30 years of professional experience has been focused on responsible waste management practices, sediment remediation, coal ash management and containment system design. His project experience includes the engineering design and construction of lined landfills, slope stability monitoring systems and wet ash basin closure projects in the Mid-Atlantic,

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Southeast and Midwest. He was previously the technical advisory consultant to the North Carolina Coal Ash Management Commission, and is consulted by local and regional environmental and sustainable farming organizations, and ASTM International. While serving as a working member of the E50 committee he was responsible for writing several sections of ASTM E2277, the Standard Guide for Design and Construction of Coal Ash Structural Fills. In addition, he has written or co-authored numerous technical papers and presentations including the Dagu Canal Sediment Remediation Landfill, Tianjin, China 2004. Best Management Practices for Coal Ash Storage Facilities, 2009, Practical Considerations for Wet Coal Ash Pond Systems, 2011, Evaluation of the Settlement Behavior of Flyash for Ash Basin Closure Projects, 2013, Stability Evaluation and Monitoring During Staged Construction of Fly Ash Closure Projects, 2017, Geotechnical Characteristics and Safety Considerations for Wet Ash Basin Closure, 2017, and Integrated Approach to Dewatering and Stabilization of Ash Basins for Closure, 2017.

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Ric Traver, P.E.
Ric Traver, P.E.Senior Technical Coordinator of the CALM Initiative
Mr. Traver has 40 years of diversified experience in design, fabrication and field operation of complex environmental remediation projects involving large scale contaminated sediment dredging/dewatering, soil/sediment remediation and difficult bulk materials processing challenges. From 2007 - 2014, he served as CH2M HILL’s in-house principal technologist for sediment management &

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remediation which includes beneficial sediment reuse applications, in-situ sediment mixing/treatment, and subaqueous reactive barriers/mats.

Ric’s hands-on experience has involved soils washing, in-situ soils flushing, solidification/ stabilization, thermal carbon regeneration, high temperature incineration and contaminated underwater response operations. Over the past 3 years Ric has supported environmental remedial projects as a Sr. Project Engineer, Subject Matter Expert or Engineer of Record for Honeywell, Dow, Pfizer, Schlumberger, NASA, USACE and NAVFAC. The early part of Ric’s career, he served fourteen years with the USEPA Office of R&D (Edison, NJ) as the agency's Program Manager for Soil & Sediment Remediation along with the Storm & Combined Sewer Overflow remediation program.

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Jeffie Hardin
Jeffie HardinChief Operations Officer
Jeffie Hardin is the Chief Operations Officer for the Coal Ash Liquid Management Initiative. Jeffie has an extensive experience with business management and financial operations of small businesses. Over the past 25 years, Jeffie has worked closely with Chris to successfully start, operate and manage multiple consulting firms and sustainable farming businesses. Jeffie helps to keep the CALM Initiative "grounded" and believes in a "practical and tactical" approach to energy and environmental projects. In addition to the operations of CALM, she is a highly respected and well-known environmental and STEM educator in the community.

Contact Jeffie for membership and financial matters related to the CALM Initiative.

CALM Initiative Industry Partner Advisory Board

The CALM Initiative is guided by industry professionals and companies that are actively engaged in coal ash impoundment closure construction, electric power production, energy wastewater treatment and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals (CCRs).   These industry professionals serve the CALM Initiative and its member companies by providing guidelines for demonstration projects and assisting with funding for applied research and field implementation.

For more information on the CALM Initiative Industry Partner Advisory Board members, please contact Chris Hardin at

Providing additional innovation and technical advisory services for CALM Initiative members.

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