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Please join NEFAEP, its members, and guests as we come together for our August luncheon event.

 NEFAEP is pleased to announce our speakers for the August luncheon!

Diane Pickett, P.G.

Program Administrator

Petroleum Restoration Program

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Currently the Program Administrator, Diane has been involved with Florida’s Petroleum Cleanup Program since 1987 from both sides of the fence, the regulatory and engineering consultant sides.  Diane has developed cost-effective and efficient assessment and workflow policies and procedures for both the state and the private sector and constantly strives for consistency from all the players in the Program.  Diane has a BS in Geology from Michigan State and a Masters in Geology from Florida State.

John F. Wright, P.E.

Chief Engineer

Petroleum Restoration Program

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

 Environmental Engineer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Petroleum Restoration Program. John has been with DEP for over 29 years, has worked with Florida’s Petroleum Cleanup Program for the past twenty years, and is the Chief Engineer for the program. Other experience with DEP includes industrial wastewater permitting, compliance and rule development. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida in 1983. Duties with the PRP include overseeing remediation projects, reviewing performance based cleanup proposal in the Advanced Cleanup Program, developing risk based closure strategies, acting as a liaison with DOT on contamination issues, and assisting with remediation policy development.


Thursday August 25, 2016

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM


Ed Ball Building

1st Floor Training Room (Near the Adams Street entrance)

214 North Hogan Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Lunch will be provided

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SAVE THE DATE for NEFAEP’s June Networking Event

Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 11:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Mitzi Vergenz

Topic: How to do a Tank Inspection

Location: Havana-Jax, 2578 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL

Mitzi Vergenz has broad experience in the environmental regulatory, compliance, and remediation industry.  She has managed projects for private companies as well as environmental compliance at military bases. 

As a consultant, Vergenz has been involved in projects associated with wastewater discharge and permitting, industrial pre-treatment, remedial system design and installation, spill control plans, and environmental site assessments.  

As a regulator, she has overseen remedial projects for the Florida Petroleum Pre-approval Program and monitored customer compliance with Industrial Pre-treatment regulations for a municipal utility.  

Additionally, Vergenz was the laboratory manager for a used oil and industrial wastewater processing facility.

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