George Malvaney

 

George Malvaney has built his career, impressive track record and unparalleled reputation to a point where he is well-known as the go-to man for protection and cleanup before, during and after man-made and natural environmental disasters. Malvaney & Associates has the experience  and the determination to move mountains of red tape, while successfully navigating the labyrinth of bureaucracy to make the impossible– possible.

Malvaney may be best known for his work following the 2010 BP oil spill. As millions of gallons of oil churned towards Mississippi threatening our way of life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, George Malvaney took the helm of coordinating the largest ever response amassed to date. With judicious coordination and organizational brilliance Malvaney brought all resources, responsible parties, agencies, and communities to the table to expedite the response of the worst man-made disaster in our history.

Malvaney brings more than 26 years of experience to every challenge and has the proven leadership to solve problems and forge clear paths for solutions.

Malvaney spent more than 14 years with United States Environmental Services overseeing sales, marketing and field operations. As Chief Operating Officer, Malvaney managed an operating budget of more than $50 million dollars while leading environmental field operations for the multi-million dollar corporation.

The Mississippi native began his career as an Environmental Scientist at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.For more than 9 years, Malvaney specialized in the Emergency Services division of the agency leading the state’s response to environmental cleanup.

Malvaney is experienced in transportation incidents involving rail, truck, marine and aircraft scenarios, directing waste site investigations for drum, tank, water, soil and air sampling.  He possess a strong regulatory background with knowledge of federal environmental programs including RCRA, CERCLA, TSCA, Clean Water Act and OPA 90.

 

Operational Liaison/Senior Project Manager – Served in a leading role in the response efforts during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He served as an operational liaison on the Mississippi Coast for the client with the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Marine Resources, the Governor’s Office and numerous local governmental entities.  In this role, Mr. Malvaney managed over 3,000 workers in Mississippi and worked very closely with the directors of DEQ and DMR as well as Governor Barbour and his staff.

remediation 1Project Manager – Served in a key, multi-functional management role for an 8,000 barrel oil spill near Collins, Mississippi impacting approximately 20 miles of an inland river.  Was a primary negotiator and liaison for federal EPA and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.  Designed and implemented a subsurface oil recovery system consisting of interceptor trenches constructed near the point of release.  Negotiated regulatory approval, designed and implemented the in-situ biological treatment of approximately 3.3 acres of surface area and 1.5 miles of dry streambed that was heavily oiled to a depth of 1-3 feet.  Served as Senior Project Manager for the final six months of response operations.

Project Manager – Managed the cleanup of an abandoned refinery in Cushing, Oklahoma including an alkylation unit using anhydrous hydrofluoric acid and two tetraethyl lead plants.  Served as Response Manager during remedial operations involving workers dressed in Level A PPE with daily exposure to leaking hydrofluoric vapor and liquid.  Designed and managed the transfer operations of approximately 6,000 gallons of anhydrous hydrofluoric acid and the demolition and neutralization of the entire unit.  Designed and managed the removal of tetraethyl lead and associated pyrophoric tank scale as well as the chemical treatment and decontamination of residual tetraethyl lead.  Served as the site Health and Safety officer for all operations.

Project Manager – Managed the cleanup of a site containing cylinders of potentially explosive and extremely poisonous ethylene oxide were buried near Millington, Tennessee.  Duties involved the planning and implementing of exploratory excavation, cylinder recovery and overpacking.  The operations involved the use of a tracked-excavator to probe for and locate the cylinders scattered over a three-acre area, including manual recovery and overpacking.  The two-month project resulted in the safe recovery of 128 cylinders without any injuries or mishaps.

State On-Scene Coordinator – Coordinated response operations with the USEPA at one of the nation’s largest-ever biological/medical waste dump sites near McComb, Mississippi.  Waste materials included experimental biological laboratory waste including drug resistant tuberculosis cultures, HIV contaminated media, animal parts infected with rabies, cholera cultures, hepatitis B contaminated media and other experimental diseases and blood-borne pathogens.

State On-Scene Coordinator – Coordinated all off-site air monitoring/sampling and responding to reports from residents claiming related chemical exposure after a train derailment near Flora, Mississippi which involved two tank cars containing chloroprene.  The tank cars were detonated in a “vent and burn” operation, which resulted in the evacuation of several thousand residents from a nearby town.

Education and Training
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 1987
  • Environmental Sampling at Emergency Response Sites, Environmental Protection Agency/MDEQ
  • Handling of Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response, Association of American Railroads
  • Environmental Inspectors Workshop, Southern Environmental Enforcement Network
  • Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher, Association of American Railroads, Transportation Technology Center
  • Tank Truck Specialist, Association of American Railroads, Transportation Technology Center
  • Tank-Car Specialist, Association of American Railroads, Transportation Technology Center
  • Hazardous Materials Technician, Association of American Railroads, Transportation Technology Center
  • Environmental Regulators Workshop, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Air Pollution Inspection Procedures, Environmental Protection Agency
Professional Affiliations, Certifications and Professional Presentations

 

  • Certified Explosives Technician, State of Louisiana
  • Member, Hydrogen Fluoride Industry Practices Institute and Chemical Manufacturers Association – HF Panel, PPE Task Group
  • Mississippi Manufacturers Association; Environmental Affairs and Industrial Training Committees
  • Certified EPA Senior and Specialized Response Manager for Region VI
  • Delivered presentations concerning hydrofluoric acid response to the following entities:

AlliedSignal, Inc. Safety Seminar for HF Refinery Alkylation Units; Williamsburg, VA

Hydrogen Fluoride Industry Practices Institute Safety Seminar; Tampa, FL

American Petroleum Institute National Refinery Meeting; New Orleans, LA

Phillips Petroleum Company International HF Symposium; Las Vegas, NV