History of H2A Environmental, Ltd.
H2A Environmental, Ltd. (H2A), was founded in 2000 with a dedication to the premise that innovation and experience combined with sound technical knowledge would yield exceptional success for our many clients. Throughout our history, H2A has repeatedly shown both the desire and the ability to develop cutting edge tools and knowledge in critical skills such as detailed site characterization, risk assessment, and remediation.
H2A’s founders continue to lead the company with a dedication to these goals, and our technically adept staff has accepted the challenge to continually innovate on behalf of our clients to find better, faster, more cost-effective solutions to their environmental liabilities.
H2A has grown to conduct operations throughout the Mid-Continent US without a recordable incident since 2000. We now operate a fleet of mobile remediation systems designed to provide leading edge mobile remediation, pilot testing, and technical impracticability demonstrations throughout our operational area. In addition H2A’s remediation engineers and geologists have designed, specified, procured, installed and operated numerous fixed-base remediation systems. Our goal is to continually raise the performance bar for ourselves as well as our competitors – to continually innovate and grow in knowledge, expertise, and proprietary systems (both hardware and software).
H2A is a certified woman-owned and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (WBE/DBE/HUB) based in Texas with additional offices in New Mexico and Illinois. Kay Hawthorne, H2A’s founder and Chief Executive, has implemented technologically advanced environmental solutions for government and private industry clients since 1986, including multiple Superfund and major military projects at both the federal and state level. Under her leadership, H2A has become an Industry Leader in Risk-based remediation, High Vacuum Remediation, Risk Assessment Services and Software, and Data Management IT Solutions.
H2A’s Principle Leadership
M. Kay Hawthorne, MSPH, P.G., REM
- General Partner, CEO and Co-Founder
- Multidisciplinary Environmental Scientist since 1986
- Master of Science in Public Health (Env Mgmt & Protection)
- Manager of Business and Technical Operations
- Contract Administrator
- Personnel Manager
- Quality Assurance / Quality Control
As the managing partner’s chief executive officer for H2A Environmental Ltd., Kay Hawthorne manages multi-disciplinary environmental and hazardous waste projects for both industrial clients and government agencies.
Hawthorne launched her career as an environmental scientist with Augeas Corp., where she implemented environmental compliance programs for petroleum industry clients.
Hawthorne then moved to Ebasco Environmental (now Foster Wheeler Environmental), where she served as manager of environmental services. In this job, Hawthorne developed her project management and staff supervision skills while overseeing large-scale environmental and hazardous waste projects.
Next, Hawthorne took a position as a senior scientist and risk assessor for KEI Consultants Ltd., where she conducted risk assessments on sites contaminated by crude oil and refined fuels.
In 2000, Hawthorne formed H2A with the goal of applying superior technology and service to the environmental remediation industry.
At H2A, she oversees the firm’s financial management, personnel, technical operations and marketing. Hawthorne earned a bachelor’s degree in earth science from Baylor University, where she graduated summa cum laude and gained membership to Phi Beta Kappa.
She then obtained a master’s degree in environmental management and protection from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned the Environmental Science Achievement Award. Hawthorne has been designated a registered environmental manager.
She has undergone extensive technical training on environmental auditing, human health risk assessment, industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety, hazardous materials handling, and site sampling and analysis.
J. Michael Hawthorne, MS, P.G., REM
- Environmental Geologist & Manager since 1988
- Master of Science in Geology, Post Grad in Hydrogeology
- Marketing Manager
Michael Hawthorne serves as principal geologist and co-founder for H2A Environmental Ltd., where he oversees high vacuum and conventional remediation services. Hawthorne began his career as a geologist and project manager for Groundwater Technology Inc., where he conducted site assessment and remediation projects. He then spent six years with Texaco Refining & Marketing Inc., as an environmental specialist. At Texaco, Hawthorne directed the assessment and remediation of more than 225 sites in Texas and Louisiana. He co-founded the Texas Mid-continent Oil & Gas Association’s environmental subcommittee for petroleum distribution facilities and worked as an industry advisor for the development of state and federal regulations.
Hawthorne then took a position as regional manager for KEI Consultants Ltd. There he had sole management responsibility for the Dallas-Fort Worth regional office and oversaw comprehensive environmental cleanup and compliance programs.
In 2000, Hawthorne co-founded H2A with the goal of applying superior technology and service to the environmental remediation industry. At H2A, Hawthorne specializes in high-vacuum remediation, conventional remediation, multimedia compliance issues, litigation support, enforcement defense and management at facilities including refineries, pipelines, airports and industrial firms.
Hawthorne earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from Baylor University. He then performed post-graduate work in groundwater hydrology at Wright State University. Hawthorne is a registered environmental manager and a licensed professional geologist.
He has undergone extensive training on environmental laws and regulations, air quality regulations and permitting, crude oil pipeline release response and statistical analysis of site sampling programs. Hawthorne also teaches training seminars on high vacuum remediation to regional and national companies and organizations interested in this leading-edge remediation technology.
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- Registered Professional Engineering Firm
- Registered Professional Geoscience Firm
- Registered Corrective Action Specialist Firm (PDF)
- New Mexico Licensed Remediation Firm
- Texas Certified HUB (PDF)
- NCTRCA DBE (PDF)