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Senior Environmental Specialist II (Acrylics Clear Lake Plant) Job


Clear Lake, TX, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  261211
Posting Date:  Sep 27, 2021

Senior Environmental Specialist II

Situation in organization:

The Senior Environmental Specialist II reports directly to the Clear Lake HES Manager and provides day-to-day environmental and safety support for plant operations. The position requires direct interaction with other company and contract employees to exchange information and ideas directly related to the success of the plant and Acrylics business unit.  The Senior Environmental Specialist I is the designated backup for this role in the organization.

Job dimensions:

The Senior Environmental Specialist II provides day-to-day support to all plant personnel to ensure the safe, compliant, efficient and reliable operations of the Clear Lake Plant.  The Clear Lake Plant operates continuously (24/7). Finished products are Glacial Acrylic Acid, Butyl Acrylate and Methyl Acrylate.

Key Activities and responsibilities:

The following are the key activities and responsibilities of the Senior Environmental Specialist II role:


  • Manage CISWI permitting and compliance activities for the site, including coordinating stack testing to ensure timely and accurate collection of this information.
  • Generate timely and accurate agency reports on the plant’s Annual Emission Inventory (AEI), Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) benzene waste operations emissions.
  • Oversee the Title V permits for the Clear Lake site.  Ensure the plant stays in compliance with the permit requirements, and facilitate needed changes to the permits as needed.
  • Facilitate REED reporting improvements, and coordinate quarterly REED report data reviews with plant management.  Work in tandem with the Senior Environmental Specialist I to ensure REED data is accurately and appropriately into REED database, and serve as a backup for final date entry into the REED tool.
  • Fulfill the role of on call Environmental Contact, and ensure timely NRC and TCEQ reporting and follow up in the event of an incident that could or does result in a reportable quantity exceedance.  Assist in providing timely & appropriate responses to regulatory inquiries from state and other government agencies.
  • Provide support for other environmental reporting and permitting activities, including managing the NSR HRVOC, HWC MACT and RCRA permits, managing NOx permitting and compliance activities, coordinating STEERS online TCEQ accounting system activities, interacting with Gulf Coast Authority (local waste water treatment facility), and providing environmental reports to the local community advisory panel (BAYCAP).
  • Accountable for communicating regulatory and permit requirements to plant personnel with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the following:
    • State of Texas air regulations and permit conditions and reporting requirements.
    • Harris County and Houston regional regulations and reporting requirements
    • Knowledge of DOT, OSHA, EPA, state and local codes and requirements.
  • Serve as a focal point for agency and corporate environmental audits.
  • Facilitate implementation of corporate driven environmental improvement initiatives.
  • Provide information and training to plant management and plant personnel with the goal of providing the tools and knowledge needed by plant personnel to meet their environmentally related job responsibilities.
  • Assist in ensuring environmental compliance in the plant.  Audit environmental data and records periodically, and provide timely feedback on any deficient conditions so they are promptly addressed.
  • Develop and maintain a productive working relationship with the appropriate regulatory agencies with the goal of developing trust and ensuring effective problem solving with the group when needed.
  • Participate in the Texas Chemical Council (TCC), EHCMA and other forums to stay abreast of regulatory trends and activities that could affect the Clear Lake plant.
  • Assist in developing the site’s environmental improvement strategy.  Track data, understand cause(s), and make recommendation to systematically reduce the frequency and significance of environmental events.  Evaluate waste disposal costs and identify waste reduction/recycling opportunities.  Develop projects to achieve waste and cost reduction.

SAFETY – 20%

  • Audit SWP's weekly and provide field support to ensure alignment with plant policies.  Highlight any consistent gaps or trends in adhering to the policies, and work with supervision to address them.
  • Assist in development of hazard analysis for Line & Equipment Opening (LEO), and in determining effective mitigations when needed (LEO Escalation).
  • Provide safety oversight and issue resolution for major projects and turnarounds.
  • Participate in Pre-Startup Safety Reviews (PSSR's) as a Health & Safety SME and highlight actions needed to comply with plant policies.
  • Assist in setting the housekeeping standard for the plant.  Audit work areas weekly, and provide timely feedback on any deficient conditions so they are promptly addressed.
  • Provide RCI support for Health & Safety incidents by helping gather evidence, leading or participating in investigations, and completing follow up actions in a timely manner.
  • Provide input to the site’s Health and Safety Management Systems, including determining any changes to the site’s PPE inventory, managing associated costs and ensuring availability to employees.
  • Provide input to the site’s Emergency Response Plans, and assist with execution, including assisting with pre-storm planning and communication during severe weather (hurricane, flooding and freezing) events.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • In the Senior Environmental Specialist I’s absence, the Senior Environmental Specialist II will serve as backup. Specific duties include:
    • Follow up on any agency incident reports.
    • Respond to regulatory inquiries from compliance agencies.
    • Work with contractors to coordinate required environmental activities, including stack testing.
    • Ensure environmental reports are submitted in a timely fashion.

Context and environment:

The Senior Environmental Specialist II:

  • Has minimal (<5%) travel obligations – both domestic and international.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements.
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.).
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents.

-      Understands and supports the Clear Lake Facility Acrylic Monomers HSE2Q Commitment.

Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Safety or Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 Years of plant operations experience with understanding of safety processes and hands-on experience in safety compliance activities. 

-      Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively interface  with and manage contract service providers. Must be comfortable and proficient with computers and computer systems.

Demonstrated Competencies:

  • Proven leadership of teams, projects, etc.
  • Good verbal and written communications skills to communicate effectively with the hourly workforce, the plant day staff, contract employees, and other plant and company leaders.
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Solid judgment and problem analysis skills are required.
  • Experience with developing or implementing health and safety systems & policies.
  • Highly motivated team player able to work at a fast pace.


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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