Eastman Chemical Company
Coordinator in Environmental/Organic Chemistry
"Everything I do revolves
around keeping our site in compliance with federal, state and local
environmental regulations, says Dennis Marshall, technician associate and
environmental coordinator at Eastman Chemical Company. Marshall spent many
years as a process and development technician and a member of the
technical staff in a manufacturing area. When a job opened in the
environmental area, he took the opportunity. He says, "I knew the
processes and the equipment. I knew where waste was being generated and
how to work towards minimizing the waste."
One of my jobs is to monitor the total organic carbon that goes from the
production areas and into the waste water treatment system. Every twenty
four hours, samples are taken and GC analysis is done to look at
individual organic constituents. Then, we look for new ways to get the
organic constituents out.
Another area of my job is to come up with the material balances for the
permits which govern the operation of our facilities. Being in compliance
with federal, state, and local regulations is of utmost importance. I
study new environmental equipment for use in our facilities, write and
implement inspection procedures, and meet with inspection officials from
the EPA. My job essentially enables the company to work in a full
compliance situation. The job can be stressful and working on weekends is
not uncommon as our site operates 24 hours a day."