Robert Veenstra is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in Missouri with more than 30 years of experience focused on developing and managing complex soil, groundwater and sediment investigation and remediation programs associated with large petroleum facilities (refineries, terminals, tank farms, E&P properties, etc.) and chemical manufacturing facilities and former manufactured gas plants under the requirements of RCRA Corrective Action, CERCLA, and numerous state-lead programs.
His experience includes management of multimedia site characterizations, risk assessments, feasibility studies, remedial designs, and remedial implementations at facilities across the U.S.
Bob's investigation and remediation experience has been applied to projects involving diverse, multimedia contaminant issues involving soil, groundwater, subsurface vapor, sediment, and surface water. In addition to determining the nature and extent of contamination at these sites, he has also developed and managed the implementation of groundwater, soil, and sediment treatment systems such as a large-scale groundwater extraction and reinjection system to enhance free product recovery adjacent to Santa Monica Bay in the Los Angeles basin, as well as the dredging and materials handling required to incinerate 600,000 cubic yards of dioxin-contaminated sediment. He also performed the pre-design investigation, design, construction quality assurance, and long-term O&M of a 140-foot deep, 3,000-foot long slurry wall adjacent to the Mississippi River, and the construction and operation of a large-scale subsurface vapor extraction system to address free product beneath 180 homes in a residential neighborhood. Many of these projects were technically challenging and required the use of innovative investigation techniques and remedial solutions. In addition to technical expertise, Bob has provided strategic planning and support for diverse groups of multi-party client groups on these projects.
To advance the state of the practice, Bob continues his involvement with technical advocacy and training programs. In Missouri, Bob served as a stakeholder on the committee charged with developing the current Missouri Risk Based Corrective Action (MRBCA) program. Bob has been a featured instructor for several statewide training programs associated with the RBCA program, as well as a guest lecturer in the Environmental Engineering program at St. Louis University.