Stephen J. Kovatch is the President of Compliance Technologies, Inc. (CTI) and Manager of its Technical Services Division. He received his Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from Bowling Green State University in 1973, and he is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (No. 6126) through the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management in Rockville, MD.
Mr. Kovatch focuses on assisting clients in establishing corporate regulatory compliance programs in the areas of air, water, and waste management. He has advised hundreds of clients in the development of their programs by employing broad-scope methods such as facility audits, raw material use and process assessments, evaluation of written management plans, and appraisal of employee training programs. Mr. Kovatch also provides direction to industrial facility owners who are active in the transaction of contaminated property by defining objectives, coordinating soil and water sampling protocols, risk assessment, and remedial / cleanup activities. He frequently represents clients in property sales negotiations and regulatory agency and insurance proceedings.
Prior to partnering the founding of Compliance Technologies, Inc. (CTI) in 1990, Mr. Kovatch was the General Operations Manager, and before that, the Compliance Officer for the Erieway, Inc. hazardous waste treatment facility in Bedford, Ohio for three years. During his tenure at Erieway, he established corporate RCRA compliance programs as well as assist in the successful negotiation with Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA for the facility’s final Part B operating permit.
Earlier in his environmental career, Mr. Kovatch served for seven years as Project Director for the OEPA Cleveland Local Air Pollution Office, where he managed the ambient-air monitoring network in Cleveland and surrounding Cuyahoga county. During this time, Mr. Kovatch managed the changeover from wet-chemical to real-time, automated sampling and measurement techniques. He also directed regional studies in the collection of 10-micron sized particulate matter (PM-10) and ozone transport, providing data for eventual changes in national clean air standards for these pollutants.
Mr. Kovatch stresses the importance of training to his clients, and he strives to remain current in his own environmental background. A representative listing follows: Innovative Remedial Technologies for Contaminated Properties, Cleveland Engineering Society, 2002; Integrated Contingency Plans, Air and Waste Management Association, 2001; Wetlands Protection Conference, sponsored by USEPA, OEPA, NEORSD, and NOACA, 2000; Ohio EPA Regulations Update, 1998; Risk-Based Corrective Action Applied at Petroleum Release Sites, American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), 1997; Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate, ASTM, 1996; Advanced Hazardous Materials Management, Lakeland Community College, 1995; Hazardous Waste Health and Safety Operations, University of Pittsburgh, 1988.