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.


Erin Hostetler
Erin HostetlerProgram Coordinator
Erin is committed to a “common sense” approach to environmental issues. Practical and safe solutions to complex issues regarding the many aspects of coal ash management are her focus. Erin has held positions leading high touch, sensitive, confidential programs where communication, organization and overall project management have been imperative. She also has 12+ years of experience offering trainings and educational workshops to a wide range of audiences. Erin holds a Master of Arts from King’s College London and a Bachelor of Arts from Appalachian State University.

Contact Erin for information about the CALM Initiative General Meetings and Ash Basin Safety Awareness trainings.


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.   A partial listing of the CALM Initiative Industry Partner Advisory Board members is provided below. Membership on the CALM Initiative Industry Partner Advisory Board is on a volunteer basis only.

Steve Lamb, PE is a Vice President at SCS Engineers

Steve is a Vice President with SCS Engineers located in the Charlotte, North Carolina office.  Steve is a professional engineer in several states and has over 30 years of experience in solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering, civil engineering, hydrology and hydraulics, landfill engineering, remedial design, and regulatory compliance. He has managed over 400 landfill and waste management projects for design, permitting, and construction quality assurance (CQA) activities.

Paul Schmall, PhD, PE is a Senior Vice President of Moretrench and its Chief Engineer.

Paul has extensive experience in dewatering and groundwater control, grouting, and ground freezing, and is regarded as an industry expert in the forensic investigation and remediation of geotechnical “failures” related to groundwater.   Dr. Schmall is proactive in advancing the state of the practice by sharing his expertise through frequent seminar and conference presentations, the publication of technical papers, instruction of several short courses, and by serving on industry committees.

Kevin Harshberger, PE, MSCE, Vice President at R.B. Jergens Construction

Since completing a Master’s degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering, Mr. Harshberger has worked exclusively in the waste management and waste construction industries. He has been responsible for bidding and directly managing more than 100 environmental/waste construction projects over the last 20+ years. Kevin is involved in all aspects of his projects – from project development, to estimating, to scheduling, to executing the work. Kevin has managed the first major wet fly ash pond closure in the country, beginning in 2013 and completing in 2017, more than 6 months ahead of schedule. He was one of the inaugural members of the Coal Ash Liquid Management Office (CALM) and has invested considerable time and energy supporting industry initiatives related to wet ash impoundment closures. Under his guidance, R.B. Jergens’ construction group has become a regional leader in the management of coal combustion byproducts (CCB’s) for the electric generating industry.

Greg Hebeler, PhD, PE, Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Principal Golder Associates

Greg Hebeler, PhD, PE is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Principal with Golder that among other things serves as Golder’s Subject Matter Expert for Surface Impoundments on Golder’s internal CCR action team.  Greg is a globally recognized expert in land and marine geotechnical explorations, specifically Cone Penetration Test (CPT) evaluations and has led and provided input on dozens of CCR site investigations and closure designs with a focus on design for safety during construction and post-closure.  Greg is a past president of the Georgia Geo-Institute Chapter of ASCE (2013-2015) and has previously been honored with state and regional accolades, such as being named the Young Engineer of the Year and Young Civil Engineer of the Year in Georgia earlier in his career.

Pat King, Senior Vice President, Beaver Excavating

Pat King brings over 35 years of construction experience with a large variety of projects at different levels of management.    Ash related project experience includes beneficial use, disposal, pond cleaning and impoundment closure work in a wide range of differing conditions.  Pat is passionate about collaborating with CALM members regarding safety and innovative approaches to challenging concerns.

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

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