Emergency and Crisis Management

Dealing with a major event that threatens to harm your company, its stakeholders, or the general public is something no one wants to experience. When crisis situations like oil spills, hazardous material incidents or environmental emergencies do occur, George Malvaney, and Malvaney & Associates are the ones to call. Malvaney & Associates is uniquely qualified to serve as a knowledgeable liaison between your company and government agencies helping you navigate the crisis resolution process. As witnessed during the BP Deep water Horizon Oil Spill and many other environmental emergencies, George Malvaney is the master at working with a crisis mindset, always thinking of the worst-case scenario while at the same time suggesting numerous solutions. With his proven experience there is no doubt you want him on your team.

Proven Experience

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.

Hazmat 2Project 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.