Eric Kovich is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Florida with more than 20 years of professional experience focused in the areas of Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) regulatory compliance, contaminated site assessment and remediation, environmental planning and permitting, and mergers and acquisitions.
Examples of Eric's practice experience include leading HSSE-related efforts for over $7 billion in M&A activity within U.S. and international locations including detailed due diligence, environmental liability valuation, OPEX/MCAP/RCAP budget development, transactional support, and transition/integration planning & execution. He also led HSSE support of a maintenance and growth capital project portfolio ($600 million annual spend) for permitting, process safety, project safety, waste management, and project commissioning. Led a multi-year Safety Culture transformation process to establish individual accountability for Safety excellence and a focus on leading indicators. His work resulted in a 53% reduction in OSHA TRIR and a 50% reduction in API motor vehicle incident rate. He led the development and implementation of an HSSE Information Management System to standardize HSSE incident and compliance management processes company-wide. He leveraged the system to develop a KPI Dashboard used by executive-level staff to measure performance. The result was greater organizational awareness of performance and 21% reduction in number of noncompliance events. While serving as Environmental Unit Leader for multiple large-scale environmental emergency response efforts, Eric was responsible for establishing environmental objectives and directing cross-functional resources to successfully implement identified tactics to minimize impact to environment and ensure public safety.
Eric has managed a remediation project portfolio of over 140 projects throughout 20 states and the Caribbean, including site assessment and remediation implementation services, interactions and negotiations with regulatory agencies, insurance carrier claims management, and development of environmental reserve in support of company's financial audit process.
For both the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Liquids Terminal Association (ILTA), Eric has served on HSSE-related committees. In 2016, he was recognized for his leadership as the Chair of API's Environmental Health & Safety Group for the midstream oil and gas business. Eric is also active in the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and NAEM.