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CELS Alumna helps clean up the environment one site at a time

Janelle Bonn has had an interest in everything outdoors from a young age. As a child, she aspired to be a paleontologist, loving the natural world and the history that goes with it. Now, she is an environmental scientist for the consulting firm Woodard & Curran, where she conducts hazardous waste site assessments and investigations, as well as assisting companies and municipalities with stormwater compliance and permitting related issues. Many of the projects Bonn works on are designed to bring sites into compliance with various environmental regulations, whether they relate to cleaning up contaminated properties or managing stormwater to minimize pollution to nearby waterbodies.

“With respect to most of the hazardous waste investigation projects I work on, we are rectifying mistakes of the past,” said Bonn. “Some of the things I have seen are horrendous. I have worked on sites where drums of hazardous waste were buried next to beautiful wildlife habitat. Older vacant industrial mill complexes were often located next to rivers, and the soil, groundwater, and river sediment are still impacted with the chemicals that were used to make whatever products they manufactured decades ago.”.. [Read More]

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