Practitioner Spotlight--Peter Masson

Practitioner Spotlight--Peter Masson

May 1st, 2019

Peter MassonName:

Peter Masson


Oakland, CA

Practice Area:

EHS Auditing and Compliance

Area(s) of expertise:

Environmental Impact Analysis

About Me in 140 Characters:

I'm originally from the Midwest but came to California via Alaska and Seattle. I never want to scrape a windshield again.

Favorite thing about being an EHS auditing and compliance practitioner:

I like the variety of compliance issues. They keep me mentally intrigued at all times.

What insights do you have on the future of EHS auditing and compliance?

I think this practice area is only going to continue growing. Every one of our clients, regardless of their industry, have some aspect of EHS compliance in a part of what they do, even if they work in an office. We have nowhere to go but up. Now...if we can just cross-sell to all of our clients!

What is the most interesting project you’ve ever worked on?

A big environmental impact statement that I worked on when the Canadian National Railway purchased EJ&E, a Chicago-based railway, in 2007. It was interesting because we had to do it in 12 months and it was a HUGE project. I was in charge of responding to all of the public comments on the document. We had about 60,000 public comments that I had to respond to within 30 days. I got a group of 60 folks across the country and we created a database to manage all of the responses. We hunkered down for 30 days and we successfully responded to every single one of those comments.

What area(s) of EHS auditing and compliance are you most interested in? Why?

I started my career doing remediation and emergency response. It became a lot of very similar things over and over again. I like Environmental Impact Statements because they involve so many different areas—it’s not just natural resources, it’s social justice, transportation, air quality, and sometimes seismic and geological issues. I find it very interesting to see how all of these things can be impacted by a project.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I really like working with younger folks and mentoring them and helping them to expand their horizons and learn new things. Recently, I’ve been working with folks and introducing them to different aspects of stormwater and industrial hygiene (IH) sampling. I also teach some classes on behalf of Antea Group. I just like teaching people new things.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I’d always dreamed of being a field biologist. When I was young, I read Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat and pictured myself up in the tundra studying wolves. Then I grew up and got a real job. 

Is there something unique that people might not know about you? (hobbies, hidden talents, etc.)

I have published three works of fiction.

What is your most treasured possession?

I have a 50-foot sailboat built in Taiwan back in 1981, which is both my most treasured possession and constant project.

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