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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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.

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.

John Upton, P.E. is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida. He has worked as a Company Radiation Safety Officer for more than 15 years handling radiation compliance for multiple facilities across Florida and Louisiana. This work involved company management interaction for project budgeting, employee training support and license compliance success. During this period the company added multiple radiation source types, closed uranium recovery units, closed TENORM areas and disposed of older gauge units as needed. Directly involved with multiple company license renewals, modifications and decommissioning activities. John has extensive environmental compliance background as well working with water discharge permit renewals, air compliance testing, hazardous waste regulations and various environmental emission reporting requirements. 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.