Christine Christmas

Environmental Project Specialist


Christine is an Environmental Project Specialist supporting G&K environmental and real estate attorneys.  She is a geologist and environmental scientist with over 25 years of broad-based scientific and management experience in industry and technical consulting, representing corporate, private, government, and tribal entities with high-level participation in complicated technical and legal issues.  She formerly owned Earthwise Industrial, a business manufacturing soil stabilization products.  She is an integral part of the G&K legal team for issues including regulatory permits, remediation, audits, property disputes, due diligence, and legacy sites, for clients that include global manufacturing and mining companies, and real estate developers.  Prior to her career as a scientist, Christine had a successful 10-year career in real estate loan origination, servicing, and underwriting at a major financial institution, and has also held an Arizona real estate license.  Her unique background is a valuable asset, providing for professional management and understanding of business concerns.

Representative Experience

  • Over ten years experience as senior geologist and project manager for three environmental consulting firms.
  • Ten years experience as environmental operations/site remediation manager for Union Pacific Railroad for Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Nevada, and Wyoming.
  • Assessment and remediation at numerous sites in multiple states involving soil/water contamination and contaminated building materials associated with industrial manufacturing, maintenance, metal plating shops, fueling operations, bulk storage tanks, transit fuel pipelines, paint operations, machine shops, incinerators, wood treatment, and other operational features. Site remediation activities were often associated with area-wide groundwater contamination issues and multiple PRPs, involving intense regulatory and public scrutiny, and complicated legal actions.
  • First responder and incident command at train derailments involving hazardous and other regulated materials, including management of the response in terms of approach, organization of response contractors and railroad personnel, oversight and approval of technical response, coordination with federal/state/local/police/fire departments, interfacing with regulators and the public, and follow up reporting and legal response.
  • Operational issues for airports, railroads, mining companies, and manufacturing, including regulatory permits (air/water/waste/stormwater), management of wastewater treatment plants, noise issues, California locomotive exhaust issues, tenant issues, adjacent landowner disputes, and litigation cases.
  • Development of public water supplies in Keene, California and Parks, Arizona, analyzing regional hydrology and geology, water budget analyses, flood frequency/magnitude, aquifer recharge, water well installation, water quality analysis, and regulatory/public reporting.
  • System-wide environmental audits supporting legal review for potential liabilities of manufacturing companies, mining companies, and railroads.
  • Qualified environmental professional under ASTM and AAI guidance, conducting numerous site assessments in multiple states to establish CERCLA legal defense for innocent purchasers. Conducted peer review of outside assessments for First Interstate Bank.
  • Development of tribal regulations and compliance protocols for surface and groundwater quality for the Havasupai and Salt River Pima-Maricopa tribal nations, including development of criteria and standards, presentations to the tribal councils and communities, installation of wells and monitoring points, and compliance monitoring.
  • Technical consultant and program manager for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental analyses for aggregate mining sites for State transportation projects, including all NEPA technical reviews and on-site tribal consultations with tribal elders.
  • Physical scientist for U. S. Geological Survey, conducting paleomagnetic studies to determine origin of geologic formations and further development of platetectonic theories.

Education

40-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Training and 8-Hour Refreshers, Current

40-Hour Tank Car Specialist – Advanced (TCS-A)
Security and Emergency Response Training Center, Pueblo, Colorado, 1999

40-Hour RCRA Training and 8-Hour Refreshers
McCoy & Associates

Northern Arizona University
BS, Geology/Environmental Science, 1988

Associations & Memberships

  • California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, Advisory Committee, Past Member
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District, Advisory Committee, Past Member
  • University of California, San Diego, Adjunct Lecturer, Graduate Level Environmental Courses
  • Women’s Council of Realtors East Valley Chapter, Former Board Member

Community & Philanthropy

  • The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Past Volunteer Excavator
  • United Way, Member and Former Loaned Executive from First Federal Savings & Loan
  • CASA, Former Board Member and Volunteer

Speaking Engagements

Christine has participated in numerous public presentations, including educational and training events, for professional and community purposes.