Dr. Shane Latimer, CSE, is an environmental planner, ecologist, and toxicologist with three decades of experience in environmental assessment, planning, permitting, and implementation. His specialty is developing projects that challenge the interface between the built and natural environment, such as solid waste facilities, oil and gas infrastructure, mines, sewage treatment facilities, and similar developments. These projects often require careful assessments of alternatives, impacts, and opportunities to successfully navigate the applicable public regulatory processes (e.g., NEPA, local land use, etc.) and ensure environmental integrity. Dr. Latimer has a thorough understanding of engineering concepts and practices and is adept at working collaboratively with engineers and other professionals to ensure an optimum balance between environmental and engineering constraints.
Dr. Latimer’s work during the last 25 years focuses on planning, permitting, and environmental compliance for solid waste facilities in Oregon and Washington. These include five regional landfill expansions, and work on 14 active landfills, 9 closed landfills, and 32 transfer stations. As such, Dr. Latimer is familiar with most elements of solid waste facility planning, development, operation, closure, and post-closure.
Areas of expertise include site evaluation and constraints analysis; state and local land use permitting; floodplain assessment and permitting; stormwater planning and permitting; wetland and
water quality assessment and permitting; wetland and riparian restoration; ecological risk assessment; compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species
Act, and other federal acts.
Other areas of management and technical expertise include cultural resources assessment (historic and pre-historic), floodplain management (floodplain permitting and FEMA Conditional/Letters of Map Revision), Environmental Site Assessment, chemical fate and transport, water rights, wildlife and wildlife hazard management (e.g., airport conflicts, nuisance wildlife, etc.), and forest management.