Appendix F
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

Peter B. Lederman, Chair, recently retired as executive director, Hazardous Substance Management Research Center, and executive director, Office of Intellectual Property, New Jersey Institute of Technology. He continues to teach environmental management, policy, and site remediation. He is active as a consultant and is the principal of Peter Lederman & Associates. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Lederman has over 50 years of broad experience in all facets of environmental management, control, and policy development; considerable experience in hazardous substance treatment and management as well as process design and development in the petrochemical industry; and over 18 years of experience as an educator. He has industrial experience as a process designer and managed the development of new processes through full-scale plant demonstrations. He is well known for his work as a professor in chemical process design. He led his company’s safety program in the early 1980s. Dr. Lederman is a registered professional engineer, registered professional planner, certified hazardous material manager, and a diplomate in environmental engineering. He has also worked at the federal (EPA) and state levels with particular emphasis on environmental policy. He is a national associate of the National Academies.


Otis A. Shelton, Vice Chair, is associate director for safety and environmental services compliance and operational assessments for Praxair, Inc., a position he has held since 1992. In this position, Mr. Shelton is responsible for managing Praxair’s assessment program, which focuses on environmental, operational safety, personnel safety, industrial hygiene, emergency planning, distribution, and medical gases programs. Previously, Mr. Shelton managed Union Carbide Corporation’s regional corporate health, safety, and environmental protection audit program. This program reviewed UCC’s health, safety, and environmental compliance in all UCC’s operations, worldwide. He holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Houston. He is a fellow of and has served on the board of directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers’ National Advisory Board. He was recently elected as secretary of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Charles Barton is currently a senior scientist at Xoma (U.S.) LLC, Berkeley, California. In this capacity he oversees preclinical and clinical studies to determine toxicity/safety of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. Dr. Barton was previously the Iowa state toxicologist at the Iowa Department of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Louisiana. In addition to being a certified toxicologist, he is certified in conducting public health assessments, health education activities, and risk assessments; in emergency response to terrorism and emergency response incident command; and in hazardous waste operations and emergency response. In his position as the state toxicologist, Dr. Barton served as the statewide public health resource, providing health consultations and advice to other environment- and health-related agencies, to health-care providers, and to business and industry representatives.


Gary S. Groenewold is a staff scientist who has conducted research in surface chemistry, gas-phase chemistry, and secondary ion mass spectrometry at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) since 1991. His research has focused on determining the speciation of absorbed radioactive and toxic metals (U, Np, Pu, Am, Hg, Al, and Cu) and organic compounds (e.g., VX, G agents, HD, organophosphates, amines, and sulfides). Before that, Dr. Groenewold served 3 years in line management at the INL and as the technical leader of an environmental organic analysis group. Before joining the INL, Dr. Groenewold worked in anticancer drug discovery for Bristol-Myers, using mass spectrometry as an identification tool. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Nebraska, where he studied ion-molecule condensation and elimination reactions in the gas phase. He has authored 85 scientific publications on these subjects.



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appendix F Biographical sketches of committee members Peter B. Lederman, Chair, recently retired as executive di- Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a member of the Na- tional Society of Black Engineers’ National Advisory Board. rector, Hazardous Substance Management Research Center, He was recently elected as secretary of the American Institute and executive director, Office of Intellectual Property, New of Chemical Engineers. Jersey Institute of Technology. He continues to teach envi- ronmental management, policy, and site remediation. He is Charles Barton is currently a senior scientist at Xoma active as a consultant and is the principal of Peter Lederman (U.S.) LLC, Berkeley, California. In this capacity he oversees & Associates. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from preclinical and clinical studies to determine toxicity/safety the University of Michigan. Dr. Lederman has over 50 years of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. Dr. Barton was previ- of broad experience in all facets of environmental manage- ously the Iowa state toxicologist at the Iowa Department ment, control, and policy development; considerable experi- of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in toxicology from ence in hazardous substance treatment and management as the University of Louisiana. In addition to being a certified well as process design and development in the petrochemical toxicologist, he is certified in conducting public health as- industry; and over 18 years of experience as an educator. He sessments, health education activities, and risk assessments; has industrial experience as a process designer and managed in emergency response to terrorism and emergency response the development of new processes through full-scale plant incident command; and in hazardous waste operations and demonstrations. He is well known for his work as a profes- emergency response. In his position as the state toxicologist, sor in chemical process design. He led his company’s safety Dr. Barton served as the statewide public health resource, program in the early 1980s. Dr. Lederman is a registered pro- providing health consultations and advice to other environ- fessional engineer, registered professional planner, certified ment- and health-related agencies, to health-care providers, hazardous material manager, and a diplomate in environmen- and to business and industry representatives. tal engineering. He has also worked at the federal (EPA) and state levels with particular emphasis on environmental policy. Gary S. Groenewold is a staff scientist who has conducted He is a national associate of the National Academies. research in surface chemistry, gas-phase chemistry, and Otis A. Shelton, Vice Chair, is associate director for safety secondary ion mass spectrometry at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) since 1991. His research has focused on and environmental services compliance and operational as- determining the speciation of absorbed radioactive and toxic sessments for Praxair, Inc., a position he has held since 1992. metals (U, Np, Pu, Am, Hg, Al, and Cu) and organic com- In this position, Mr. Shelton is responsible for managing pounds (e.g., VX, G agents, HD, organophosphates, amines, Praxair’s assessment program, which focuses on environ- and sulfides). Before that, Dr. Groenewold served 3 years in mental, operational safety, personnel safety, industrial hy- line management at the INL and as the technical leader of giene, emergency planning, distribution, and medical gases an environmental organic analysis group. Before joining the programs. Previously, Mr. Shelton managed Union Carbide INL, Dr. Groenewold worked in anticancer drug discovery Corporation’s regional corporate health, safety, and envi- for Bristol-Myers, using mass spectrometry as an identifica- ronmental protection audit program. This program reviewed tion tool. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University UCC’s health, safety, and environmental compliance in all of Nebraska, where he studied ion-molecule condensation UCC’s operations, worldwide. He holds an M.S. in chemical and elimination reactions in the gas phase. He has authored engineering from the University of Houston. He is a fellow 85 scientific publications on these subjects. of and has served on the board of directors of the American 

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 APPeNdiX f Rebecca A. Haffenden is an attorney and currently a tech- Leonard M. Siegel is director of the Mountain View, nical staff member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. California-based Center for Public Environmental Oversight Prior to joining Los Alamos, she served as a program at- (CPEO), a project of the Pacific Studies Center that facili- torney with the Argonne National Laboratory. Her recent tates public participation in the oversight of military environ- professional work has included serving as project manager mental programs, federal facilities cleanup, and brownfield for the Air Force Material Command (AFMC) Headquarters revitalization. He is one of the environmental movement’s Environmental Compliance Assessment and Management leading experts on military facility contamination, commu- Program (ECAMP); evaluating legislation and regulations nity oversight of cleanup, and the vapor intrusion pathway. associated with security vulnerabilities for the U.S. Depart- For his organization he runs three Internet newsgroups: the ment of Homeland Security; and providing legal expertise military environmental forum, the brownfields Internet fo- to programs involving federal facility site remediation and rum, and the installation reuse forum. Mr. Siegel also serves hazardous waste compliance and corrective actions (RCRA). on numerous advisory committees and is currently co-chair She also coauthored a working paper on the application of of California’s Brownfields Revitalization Advisory Group. federal and state hazardous waste regulatory programs to He is a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory waste chemical agents, in addition to being a coauthor of the Council’s work team on perchlorate, the Department of Toxic Environmental Impact Statement for the Assembled Chemi- Substances Control (California) External Advisory Group, cal Weapons Alternatives program. Ms. Haffenden received a and the Moffett Field (formerly Moffett Naval Air Station) B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois and a J.D. Restoration Advisory Board. from Suffolk Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Walter J. Weber, Jr. (NAE) has been the Gordon M. Fair William R. Rhyne is a retired risk and safety analysis con- and Earnest Boyce Distinguished University Professor of sultant to the nuclear, chemical, and transportation industries. Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan He has over 30 years’ experience associated with nuclear and since 1994. He is also founding director of ConsenSus, the chemical processing facilities and with the transportation of College of Engineering’s academic program Concentrations hazardous materials. From 1984 to 1987, he was the project in environmental Sustainability (2001 to present); founding manager and principal investigator for a probabilistic analy- director, The Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Center for Haz- sis of transporting obsolete chemical munitions. From 1997 ardous Substance Research (1988-2002); founding director, to 2002, he was a member of the NRC Committee for the Institute for Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Tech- Review and Evaluation of Alternative Technologies for De- nology (1997-2001); and founding director, National Center militarization of Assembled Chemical Weapons I and II. Dr. for Integrated Bioremediation Research and Development Rhyne has authored or coauthored numerous publications in (1993-1999). Dr. Weber has been recognized by the Inter- the nuclear and chemical safety and risk analysis areas and national Science Index as one of the most highly cited and is the author of the book hazardous materials Transporta- quoted scientists in the world. He has served on the National Academies Engineering Review Panel as well as its Board on tion risk Analysis: quantitative Approaches for Truck and Train. He is a current member of the NRC Transportation Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He received an Sc.B. Research Board Hazardous Materials Committee and a for- in chemical engineering from Brown University, an M.S.E. in mer member of the Society for Risk Analysis, the American civil engineering from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in wa- Nuclear Society, and the American Institute of Chemical ter resources engineering from Harvard University. He was Engineers. He received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1985. the University of Tennessee and M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia.

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