Dean Ritts, PE, CEM, LEED AP O+M

Dean Ritts, PE, CEM, LEED AP O+M, Compliance and Sustainability Engineer


Dean has a MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from San Jose State University and a BS in Biology from Duke University.  With 30 years of environmental engineering experience, Dean has developed an extensive array of skills and experiences ranging from leading hazardous waste incinerator trial burns at refineries to teaching Naval Architects about sustainable ship design to preparing integrated water/wastewater strategies for refineries, power plants, pharmaceutical plants and yogurt manufacturers.

Dean has a demonstrated track record of building and maintaining high value relationships by providing creative solutions to difficult business and environmental sustainability and regulatory compliance problems. He has a broad span of expertise and experience across air quality, risk management, regulatory compliance, wastewater, pollution prevention, sustainability, and hazardous waste.  This experience has included developing and managing project teams to manage clients’ EHS-S needs, including developing environmental monitoring programs, emergency response programs, waste management programs, and sustainability programs.  Much of his work in sustainability programs has been focused on wastewater/water re-use and recycling in many industries, supporting pharmaceutical, food & beverage, O&G, and power generation.

Recently on a project for the Orlando Utility Commission (OUC) his task was to bring the Stanton Power Plant to its goal of zero liquid discharge.  Beginning with client workshops and on-site evaluations, he developed a sustainable engineering program and led the facility through a series of engineering, operational, and process changes to improve the water use and re-use.  The program is being implemented with expected savings of 450,000 gallons of water per day, 1MW of energy per day, and $5M in annual costs.  Along with the Senior OUC Plant Engineer he has co-presented as an invited speaker the details of this project as a case study at two Pollution Control Users Group conferences for power plant operators.  The listing below captures some key aspects of those showcase projects where the results of Dean’s work were the most valuable.

Work Performed Since JBE Was Founded:

Confidential Oil Refinery, Ohio – Developed Water9 model for refinery wastewater treatment system – Developing Water9 Model to calculate emissions of hazardous air pollutant emission rates from the new wastewater treatment plant at this large refinery in Ohio.  Prepared accurate representation of model in format that can be easily incorporated into daily risk assessment routines for permit compliance and EHS evaluation.

Confidential Oil Refinery, Ohio – Developing Water Footprint for process units to support development of GREET Model Water bolt-on module and for use in company’s overall water sustainability strategy.

Artesion, Inc.  – Providing water re-use and recycling expertise for industrial applications for start-up OEM with licensing rights for forward osmosis – switchable polar solvents (FO-SPS) technology.

Previous Work Experience:

Swift, SME, and Faskem Oil & Gas – Collaborative Produced Water and Flowback Water Treatment System; Developed financial and engineering package to assess possibility of developing a centralized treatment system to manage produced and flowback water from Eagleford play along Rio Grande

Technical Director for Municipal Wastewater re-use project for Valero Refinery  – Project involved developing and overseeing the process engineering and distribution system design to utilize tertiary treated wastewater provided by LADWP in the cooling towers operated by the Valero Refinery located at the LA Harbor.

Orlando Utilities Commission – Zero Liquid Discharge System Improvement Alternatives Study Technical Director and Lead engineer – Developed a comprehensive alternative evaluation study to identify recycling and re-use options for process wastewater streams, FGD scrubber blowdowns, stormwater, and coal pile run-off and other flows.  Process changes at the Power Plant have led to conditions that threaten the Power Plant’s zero discharge certification and their compliance with SEEGs.  Alternative evaluation workshops with the client led to a number of solutions that the client chose to implement to increase recycling of process waters and to reduce flows discharging to on-site surface impoundments.  Tools developed include an equilibrium water chemistry dynamic power plant model, power plant water balance model, and a power plant hydrology model to assess the impact of solutions and storm events on success of maintaining a zero discharge certification.

AEP Turk Wastewater Treatment System Evaluation and Upgrade Recommendations – Lead Project Engineer for evaluation project to identify solutions to manage coal pile runoff pond water that was over flowing and into facility make-up water pond.  This impaired plant ZLD system.

Santee Cooper – Developed the integrated water management strategy for Cross Generating Station.  Developed the sampling and analysis plan for multiple locations at the facility and coordinated site survey to identify water re-use and conservation opportunities.  Identified numerous alternatives for water re-use and reduction significantly reducing plant water consumption and discharge volumes (>1 MGD) which will greatly lower capital cost for new ELG compliance.

NRG –  Portland Station & Bangor Ash Landfill – Lead engineer and Technical Director.  Prepared comprehensive treatability study and leachate treatment alternatives study of Bangor Leachate.  NPDES permit compliance for Boron is of concern and the treatability studies and types of treatment options available were investigated and summarized with focus of impact of pending CCRs and ELGs on the design of a complaint approach.  Some wastewater management solutions include transport of the leachate to the existing IWTP at the Portland Station.  That system was evaluated to make sure its engineering design and discharge permit would allow for the extra loading from the Bangor Ash Landfill Leachate

Design of Refinery Wastewater Treatment Plant, Ecuador – Technical Director for Project Management Consultancy (PMC) review of design of refinery wastewater treatment plant being built on green field site in Ecuador.  Design includes activated sludge system, membrane bioreactors, and consideration of SBR and MBBR systems.

Conceptual Design of Refinery Landfill and Supporting Infrastructure –  Technical Director for conceptual design of landfill to handle refinery solid wastes including spent catalysts, combustion residuals, and water treatment plant sludge.

Technical Director for Environmental Gap Analysis for Greenfield for Project for 300,000 bbl/day refinery planned for coast of Ecuador.  Project includes, refinery, tanker unloading/loading terminals, and bulk fuel storage.

Project Manager for Alaska Pipeline Project Gas Treatment Plant Environmental Design Review – Review of dredging plan, hydrology studies, waste generation, and the development of the GTP Waste Management Plan.  Focused on developing water re-use systems and techniques for the project.  Developed drain design philosophy document for GTP facility and provided pre-FEED drain design optimization engineering.

EPRI Water Research Center Detailed Design of Pilot – Scale Systems.  Lead Project Engineer for physical/ chemical systems to feed the MVC, RO, and DI pilot-scale systems.  Lead Project Engineer for Pilot-Scale Anaerobic Biological System for treating metals in FGD wastewater and coal combustion residual waters.

Technical Director for design of wastewater treatment systems for pilot-scale units –  Physical/chemical and biological treatment of power plant wastewaters.  Treatment systems designed included anaerobic/aerobic suspended growth systems, metals removal units and denitrification systems.

Technical Director for evaluating air toxics impact of wastewater treatment system. Flowback and produced wastewater from UCOG operation in the Eagle Ford Play.

Prepared water conservation plans for three pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and identified projects that were implemented.  Projects saved over 2 million gallons a year and had payback periods of less than 2 years.

Prepared Six Sigma management strategy for corporate wastewater compliance for pharmaceutical manufacturing company.

Developed HVAC alternatives for pharmaceutical facility that would reduce water and power consumption for manufacturing facility.

Technical Director for Odor Control and Air Toxics study and system design – ORPIC Refinery wastewater treatment plant in Oman.

Reviewed company wide power consumption for international radiopharmaceutical and imaging solution manufacturer.

Provided design and build services of a chemical storage facility for a wastewater neutralization system for a large food manufacturing facility.  Additionally, the clean-in-place (CIP) system created wide swings in pH that put the facility into NOVs with the local municipal utility authority.  Evaluated the process wastewater collection system and treatment system to prepare alternative operating scenarios that would provide better control of pH swings in the wastewater due to CIP operations.

Developed Pollution Prevention Plans for numerous industries including: steel mills, pharmaceutical manufacturers, biomedical device manufacturers, pulp and paper mills, refineries, and chemical manufacturing facilities.  The pollution prevention plans included cost/benefit analysis and market advantage assessment for identified alternatives.