Who We Are
Equipoise’s business relationships are built on honesty, quality, integrity, professionalism, and trust. Equipoise’s seasoned and licensed Principals are externally focused on our Client’s needs while remaining internally focused on mentoring our growing staff of bright geologists, civil engineers, and environmental scientists From our Senior Principals to our talented professional staff and engineering technicians, all of Equipoise’s people are committed to complementing our Clients’ core business, and dedicated to finding and implementing innovative and proven project approaches that:
- Accelerate our Clients’ projects towards regulatory closure;
- Minimize impact to our Clients’ core business;
- Assure compliance with all applicable regulations;
- Eliminate un-necessary project spending;
- Ultimately lower annual and life-cycle costs;
- Eliminate or reduce environmental risk and liability; and
- Maintain our Clients’ reputation as a solid corporate citizen and steward for human health and the environment.
Equipoise’s closure-focused approach includes successful completion of projects at U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, aerospace and electronic manufacturing facilities, research and development (R&D) facilities, automotive facilities, terminals, refineries, airports, landfills and recycling facilities, oil fields, Brownfield sites, and a wide range of commercial properties. While based in California, our personnel have permitted, designed, investigated, monitored and provided technical expertise at sites throughout the United States, including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington; and internationally, including Asia, Australia, Brazil, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
Equipoise Corporation dedicates itself toward exceeding our Clients’ business objectives by providing technically sound, high quality, value added, and Expert services. Equipoise believes in client advocacy through balanced relationships built on honesty, integrity, fair play, professionalism, earned respect and trust.
Commitment to our Clients
Our Professionals understand and respect Client confidentiality and—through our work experience—have a thorough understanding of health and safety issues and an understanding of Client-confidentiality project management protocol. Equipoise personnel and partners always maintain the highest degree of professionalism, confidentiality, and integrity. We encourage our Clients and prospective Clients to discuss their program / project needs, objectives, and concerns with us. During these discussions Equipoise will always seek to identify strategies that meet our Clients’ objectives and their business interests. Our Clients’ best interest will always be our focus.
Equipoise’s organizational structure is specifically designed for expert-level evaluation and consulting projects. The firm was formed to offer our Clients well-seasoned and technically experienced professionals while maintaining a simplified organizational structure for project management and cost control. Following this key strategy, Equipoise is built around principal-level experts providing our Clients with effective, efficient, personalized, and trustworthy service aligned with our Clients’ technical, administrative, regulatory compliance, and business objectives. A brief description of key personnel is provided below. Full qualifications are available upon request.
Richard W. Blackmer, PE
Senior Principal Engineer
Mr. Blackmer has over 30 years of professional experience managing and conducting technical studies in remediation engineering at contaminated sites and at brownfield redevelopment projects. Mr. Blackmer is an expert in conceptual site model development using geologic, hydrogeologic, geophysical, geochemical, and biological methodologies. He is also an expert on in-situ and ex-situ physical, chemical, thermal, and biological remediation technologies. Mr. Blackmer applies these combined skills to develop technically sound and cost-effective remedial strategies to remediate environmental contamination. Mr. Blackmer has performed feasibility analysis, design, and implementation of remediation approaches for soil, soil vapor, and groundwater impacted with a variety of chemicals of concern, including chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, perchlorate, NDMA, 1,4-dioxane, and several other compounds included on emergent chemicals lists. Mr. Blackmer has practical experience in the enhancement of traditional remediation approaches through innovative methods of distribution of remedial amendments using environmental fracturing, hydraulic fracturing, and multi-screened horizontal wells. Mr. Blackmer is also an expert regarding the operation, maintenance, and performance optimization of remediation systems. He has designed and implemented pilot testing programs for state-of-the-art groundwater treatment devices, including MTBE and 1,4-dioxane treatment using a modified In-Well Air Stripping methodology, MTBE remediation using a super critical fluid extraction with membrane structures and liquid carbon dioxide and perchlorate and nitrate treatment using a biological approach with an anoxic fluidized bed carbon canister. With his broad base of experience, Mr. Blackmer possesses the unique ability to troubleshoot existing remediation systems that are either not performing up to expectations or not accomplishing the remedial objectives, recommend modifications to the remediation system design or operational approach, and implement recommendations in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Klaus P. Rohwer, PG, LG, LHg
Senior Principal Geologist
Mr. Rohwer has over 30 years of experience as an expert in planning, managing, and implementing projects to characterize and remediate environmental contamination in many geologic and hydrogeologic settings. As a Client advocate, Mr. Rohwer has proactively conferred and negotiated with local, State, and Federal regulators to establish concise project strategies based on project-specific objectives, including: the assessment of media and chemicals of concern; development of conceptual site models; identification of sensitive receptors and exposure pathways; quantification of human health and ecological risks; evaluation of corrective measures; and the selection and implementation of corrective measures. Mr. Rohwer has exercised these expertise to characterize and remediate chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, hydrazine, and emergent chemicals in alluvial, fluvial, lacustrine, coastal, glacial, and bedrock systems. Mr. Rohwer also provides expert-level technical consultation to support realized or potential legal action, including: discovery document review, analysis, and cataloging; technical position development, interpretation and opinion; exhibit preparation; third party review; and management and technical support to multi-party mitigation and arbitration. He works both as a technical consultant as well as an outsourced project manager.
Eric H. Wiebe, PG, CEG
Senior Principal Hydrogeologist
Mr. Wiebe’s primary focus for our Clients is in strategic planning and expert-level technical review and analysis on water resource development, protection, and environmental cleanup to closure programs throughout the U.S. and four other continents. Mr. Wiebe is a second-generation hydrogeologist in California, and has 37 years of experience in the applications of hydrogeology, geochemistry, engineering geology, and environmental remediation engineering. Mr. Wiebe provides technical direction on water resource and environmental projects, both nationally and internationally, including the development and protection of new groundwater resources, design-support and analysis of municipal and hazardous waste landfills, remediation of industrial, commercial, and former military manufacturing facilities impacted by anthropomorphic organic chemicals, petroleum hydrocarbons, explosives and accelerants, and metals in both soil and groundwater, and provides hydrogeologic and geochemical expertise to several water supply agencies. He has utilized both standard and innovated methods for groundwater assessment, extraction, and treatment. Mr. Wiebe has worked both as a technical consultant to Clients as well as an outsourced project manager for his Clients, routinely provides expertise for environmental engineering Red Team design reviews for projects throughout the globe, and has developed numerous life-cycle cost estimates for large multi-project environmental portfolios, Superfund Sites, and water-resource protection projects.
Christopher B. Stoker
Principal Risk Assessor
With over 28 years of experience, Mr. Stoker is responsible for designing, developing, and overseeing all aspects of the company’s human and ecological risk assessments. This includes indoor air assessment, receptor and exposure scenario development, toxicity assessment and selection of constituents of concern, contaminant fate and transport analysis (vapor intrusion modeling, air dispersion modeling, groundwater modeling, cross media transport), data evaluation and management, statistical analysis, and risk characterization. He is the technical lead during negotiations with regulatory agencies over the development of vapor intrusion assessment programs, multi-media cleanup goals, and potential land use covenant conditions. Mr. Stoker works closely with our Clients to identify project-specific goals and strategies, optimize the Client’s position with regulatory agencies, and minimize future liabilities. He frequently manages the development of site remedial strategies incorporating the evaluation of remedial alternatives and technologies designed to enhance site closure. As a senior Project Manager, Mr. Stoker is the primary point of contact for day-to-day communication with the Client and regulatory agencies (DTSC-HERD, OEHHA, RWQCB, U.S. EPA, etc.). The commercial industries that Mr. Stoker has served include aerospace, chemical, utility, municipal, hazardous waste incineration, petrochemical, mining, insurance, legal, and property development/management. Mr. Stoker has provided management on U.S. DOD and commercial contracts as well as providing technical lead on numerous U.S. DOE, Federal, State and local agency projects.