Background

Applied Environmental Consulting, Inc. (AEC) was founded in 1992 by Bernhardt (Ben) C. Warren to provide health physics consulting services to the nuclear industry. These services include:

  • providing general health physics consulting,
  • negotiating concerns with regulatory agencies,
  • providing dosimetry advise and dose assessments,
  • making ALARA determinations,
  • creating procedures and applications for radioactive materials licensing activities,
  • performing audits and assessment of licensed activities,
  • exploring lost source concerns and potential doses to the public,
  • packaging and transportation of radioactive and hazardous materials; and
  • functioning as radiological consultant for decommissioning sites.

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Personnel

AEC Team has on its team a former state regulator, two Ph.D.s and field trained and degreed technicians.

Ben Warren is the president of AEC and has successfully managed projects of various sizes throughout the U.S.  Ben has managed diverse and challenging projects as Vice President of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. and formerly, Quadrex Environmental Company.  Ben is a Certified Hazard Control Manager, master level (1985) and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, master level (1985).  He was also manager of the Licensing Section of the Office of Radiation Control of the Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services for nine years. This combination of management experience and practical health physics experience makes him an ideal choice for management of your project.

Brian Birky, Ph.D. is a Senior Health Physicist with Applied Environmental Consulting, Inc. and Research Director for Public and Environmental Health at the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research.  He holds a doctorate from the University of Florida (UF) with expertise in the health effects of radiation, a Master of Science degree from UF in Health Physics, and a Bachelor of Science degree from UF in Zoology.  Brian has also provided consulting services for the nuclear power industry, kaolin and mineral sands industries, medical physics industry, and others over the last dozen years.  Prior to his work in radiation protection, Brian worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service studying the genetics of malaria vectors.  Of specific relevance to the EPA project, Brian taught Radiation Dosimetry at the graduate level at the University of Florida for two years, and guest lectured in Health Physics Measurements and Radiation Biology.  He is co-author/editor of the Handbook of Health Physics and Radiological Health – Third Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, publishers).  His research activities include external and internal dose assessments of workers in the phosphate industry, uncertainty analysis, emergency planning and public evacuation time estimates for the nuclear power industry, and dose reconstructions using interviews, reenactments, and source-receptor geometry evaluations.

George Harder, Ph.D, P.E. is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and holds a doctorate engineering from the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from UF in Electrical Engineering.  He has worked on decommissioning projects that include two optical facilities using thorium coatings and tritium compounds for luminescence, several uranium recovery and “caking” facilities, other industrial facilities with TENORM contamination and scaling, stabilizing and decontaminating technicium-99 contaminated nitric acid, a beryllium-10 material decontamination and carbon-14 clean-up.  George was Project Manager for a Florida Institute of Phosphate Research study that characterized TENORM-contaminated objects in the phosphate industry including mass by radionuclide for waste and salvage streams and changes in activity concentrations for natural uranium and radium-226.  He was also Project Manager for decontamination of mixed waste at a large government facility while working as RSO for Perma-Fix of Florida.  George excels in coordination of resources and personnel in field situations, and development of specialized software and electronics.

AEC also has access to technicians with a knowledge in chemistry and strong fundamental understanding of radiation.

This is the team you want when you need the best.