Roberta Crowell Barbalace

Environmental Consultant / Educator

Roberta Barbalace is, a college professor, writer, editor and environmental consultant, providing self-assessment, audit services, DOT and HM and OSHA training and expert witness service to offices across the United States and Puerto Rico. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, a member of Environmental and Energy Technology (E2Tech). She was elected to Who's Who in Professional Management, and is a past member of Gamma Sigma Delta (Agricultural Honor Society) and the Society for Animal Science and the Society for Range Management.

Roberta holds a BA from Rutgers University, an MS degree from Miami University (Ohio) and an MS from Colorado State University and has had additional graduate work at Black Hills State College, University of Colorado and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has 12 years of college teaching experience in environmental science, environmental technology, chemistry, biology, and agriculture. She is s a writer and editor. Her publications include a book and numerous articles appearing in national publications and international publications.

Roberta began her environmental career in 1978 when she became Coordinator of Agricultural Occupations and Director of the Natural Resource Center at a tribal college on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She has been in the environmental industry, predominantly in the field of compliance since 1989. She has considerable experience maintaining compliance, providing employee training and researching regulations. She has developed integrated DOT, EPA and OSHA training plans, emergency response plans, emergency action plans and contingency plans. Roberta has prepared EPCRA reports and generator hazardous waste notification reports. She has also conducted EPA, DOT and OSHA audits using locally generated audit programs, Waste Management programs and the DAKOTA system. Environmental teaching at the college level includes courses in Natural Resources (Oglala Lakota College, SD), Solid Waste Management and Hazardous Waste Management (Rio Hondo College, CA), Fundamentals of Environmental Science, Pollution Control, Hazardous Waste Management, 40-Hour OSHA, and Environmental Law and Compliance (Southern Maine Community College, ME), and Environmental Research (Friends World College, NY).

Articles by Roberta



Transportation Compliance

Roberta's Resume


  • College Professor environmental and agricultural chemistry and biology, natural resources
  • Environmental Technologies education at industrial level
  • Director of Native American College Natural Resource center
  • Grant proposal writing.
  • Department of Transportation HM compliance
  • Environmental Health and Safety Compliance (OSHA)
  • Environmental and Transportation Auditing
  • Program development and implementation


Environmental / Transportation Freelance Consultant 1998-present

  • Provided basic RCRA / DOT / EPA / OSHA training, train-the-trainer, audits, technical assistance, expert witness and adjunct college teaching.

Southern Maine Community College: 9/2001- Present

  • Teach Environmental Law and Compliance, Pollution Control, Hazardous Waste Management, Fundamentals of Environmental Science, Chemistry

URS Corporation (Augusta Maine): 1/2001 - 7/2001

  • Site Safety Officer Dow Texas Ethylbenzene Facility, Freeport, TX during maintenance shutdown. Provided site safety management 12 hrs/day 7-days/week for approximately twenty Dow employees and a dozen contractors (thirty to forty contract workers). Site safety involved monitoring elevated work, fall protection, half-face and full air respiratory protection, air monitoring, forklift safety, confined space entry, hydroblasting, sand blasting, purging of tanks and lines, lock-out/tag-out, pancaking, inspection of equipment and PPE, inspecting qualification of workers, permits and other documentation, conducting nightly contractor meetings, and preparing reports.
  • Project Manager for Maine Army National Guard hazardous waste program. Provide training, prepare reports, provide technical expertise in management of hazardous materials and hazardous waste.
  • Completed Tier II EPCRA Report for Merrimack College, North Andover, MA.
  • Conducted EPA, OSHA, DOT audit for Millinocket School District. This involved auditing of classrooms, laboratories, teaching and maintenance shops, art rooms, closets, nurse's office, gymnasium, cafeteria and other facilities.
  • Conducted EPA, OSHA, DOT audit for science buildings at Wesleyan University. Developed Emergency Response Plan and Emergency Action Plan.
  • Helped develop MSDS for client.

CWM / WMI/ AETS / Onyx Environmental Services (Vivendi) - (Mergers, etc.)

1999-2000: Western Region Transportation Compliance Manager, Azusa, CA 1992-1999:Transportation Compliance Manager, Azusa, CA 1991-1992: Disposal Coordinator, Azusa, CA 1990-1991: Field Analyst, Azusa, CA 1989-1990: Transportation / Maintenance Coordinator, Groveport, OH
  • Provided training in all aspects of commercial driving and HM /HW management including training required by 172.704, 49 CFR (Hazardous Materials Transportation) to seventy drivers throughout California and Arizona.
  • Developed comprehensive DOT training program. Responsible for keeping the field personnel current with EPA, OSHA, RCRA, CERCLA and TSCA regulations and proposed changes.
  • Provided technical and RCRA compliance expertise to Western Region terminals.
  • Functioned as liaison between regulators, law enforcement and Onyx Environmental Services.
  • Under Ms Barbalace's management AETS / Onyx fleets received achievement awards from California Highway Patrol and passed DOT audits with 100% compliance.
  • Provided training and technical assistance to clients.
  • Was editor of Toxic Times, a newsletter for WM, CWM and AETS Western Region.
  • Conducted audits and pre-audit inspections of other facilities in the USA and Puerto Rico (both Onyx Environmental Services and potential disposal / recycle facilities).
  • Managed transportation budget.
  • Involved with international development, initiating the research into HW facilities development in India. Provided information for sales proposals, and initial contacts for potential clients.
  • Responsible for running jobs, supervising multiple field teams, and managing hazardous waste safely and in compliance through all phases of lab packing, sampling and removal of waste from project site.

Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA, 1998-2000: Part time professor

  • Classes in environmental technologies, OSHA, RCRA and solid waste management; Short courses / seminars RCRA and DOT topics.
  • Member of two advisory councils.
  • Involved in international development (a cooperative project between Rio Hondo College and Onyx Environmental Services.

Friends World College, Huntington, NY, 1985-1986: Faculty Advisor

  • Advised and instructed students conducting environmental research in USA and the Caribbean.
  • Taught chemistry, botany, and environmental science.
  • Liaison between the college and industry and the college and local government in developing research and documenting pollution studies related to motor boating on Lloyd Harbor on Long Island.

Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA, 1980-1985: Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology

  • Taught biology (genetics, animal breeding, nutrition, botany) and chemistry (general and organic),
  • Researcher in agriculture and environmental projects.
  • Director of Native American Program and Research Director for Beef Breeding Project for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
  • Wrote two grant proposals that were successfully funded.
  • Was involved in the accreditation process.

Oglala Lakota College, Piaya Wiconi, SD, 1978-1980: Coordinator of Agricultural Occupations / Director of the Natural Resources Center

  • Taught and developed programs, curriculum and facilities.
  • Involved with alternative fuels and recycling of reservation waste,
  • Worked with tribal officials in matters concerning environmentally related health problems.
  • Wrote four grant proposals that were subsequently funded.

Academic Background

  • M.S. Degree, Animal Science, Colorado State University (Animal Breeding and Genetics) (1976)
  • M.S. Degree, Botany, Miami University (Plant Physiology and Genetics) (1970)
  • B.A. Natural Sciences, Rutgers University (Natural Sciences) (1967)

Professional Affiliations

  • Who's Who In Professional Management - Member (since 1998)
  • Advisory Council, Rio Hondo College - Member of Committee for establishing a 4 -Year ES Major Transfer Program. (1997 -2000)
  • California Waste Association - Active member (1997 - 2000)
  • California Trucking Association - Environmental Affairs Committee (1999-2000)
  • Brownfield Advisory Board - Los Angeles Alameda Corridor - Member (1998 -1999)
  • Western Partnership For Environmental Technologies Education (Served as instructor at 1999 training conference) - Member (1998 -2000)

Professional Papers

Note: these papers are in storage, as such, information provided is not complete or exact.
  • Heritability of bone lengths and angles in equine limbs - American Association for Animal Science / International Meetings Fort Collins, Colorado. (1976), Barbalace, Roberta C. et al.
  • Affect of hoof angle on concussion - Colorado State Research Days. Spring (1975), Barbalace, Roberta C. et al.
  • Other equine papers - co-authored with Larry Slade, Rowen Frandson and Thomas Sutherland of Colorado State University (1975 -1976).
  • Beef Breeding Program for the Oglala Sioux Tribe - Society for Range Management / International Meetings. Rapid City, SD. (1984).

Public Hearings


  • Chemical Induction of Herbicidal Resistant Mutants of Mimulus Cardinalis - Miami University Department of Botany (1970).
  • Lengths of Bones and Angles of Articulation in Equine Limbs (The heritabilities of and Correlations between Lengths of bones and angles of articulation in Equine limbs) - Colorado State University Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture (1976).


  • An Introduction to Light Horse Management. Caballus Publishers (1974); Republished by Burgess Publishing (1977).

Trade Publications

  • Poisoning by Food Spoilage - Western Horseman, Pages 35 ff. (June, 1974)
  • Chemical Poisoning in Horses - Western Horseman. (1974)
  • Plant Poisoning in Horses - Western Horseman. (1974)
  • Quality Feed - Arabian Horse News. Pages 62, 68-71. (1974)
  • Feeds Good and Bad - Arabian Horse News. Pages 27-28, 36. (Nov. 1974).
  • Feeds and Feeding - (Reprinted from Introduction to Light Horse Management) Horseman's Digest (1974).
  • Poisoning by Food Spoilage - Rapidan Press (1975).
  • Christian Stewardship in a polluted world - United Methodist Publishing House (1981).
  • The Christian and Biomedical Ethics - Adult Leader, (United Methodist Publishing House (Dec- Feb1980-81).
  • The Christian and Biomedical Ethics - Ferrum Review. Number 5 (Fall 1982).
  • Little Horse, Big Pride - Western Horseman (1976).
  • East Meets West - Dressage (1978).

Affiliations / Memberships

  • International Who's Who of Professional Management
  • American Chemical Society
  • Union of Concerned Sciences
  • Environmental and Energy Technology (E2Tech)

Past Memberships

  • Advisory Council, Rio Hondo College - Member of Committee for establishing a 4 Year ES Major Transfer Program.
  • California Waste Association - Attend meetings on behalf of AETS/ONYX, prepare booths for Job Fairs to Present AETS/ONYX to prospective employees.
  • California Trucking Association -HM Board
  • Brownfield MWTP Advisory Board -Member
  • Western PETE - Served as instructor at 1999 training conference; was also on discussion panel
  • HW Consortium for LA County - Represented West Hollywood.
  • Gamma Sigma Delta (Agriculture Honor Society) - Member
  • Association for Range Management - Member (Presented paper at international meetings 1985)
  • American Association of Animal Science - Member (presented paper at international meetings 1975)

Special Certificates / Training

  • 40- Hazardous Waste Operations, 29 CFR 1910.120/1210.1200
  • Gasohol Production (DOE)
  • Lion Technology Training; TSDF (HW); Transportation
  • Supervisor Training in Safety (OSHA)
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Smith System Defensive Driving
  • Fork Lift Training / Fork Lift Instructor Training
  • Supervisors Workplace Injuries and Illness Prevention Workshop
  • Computer Skills: BASIC Programming, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Word Perfect, Lotus 123, AS-400, CFA, J. J. Keller Logchecker and DQ Files, MileMaker
  • Language Training: German, Spanish, Swahili, Mandarin Chinese
  • Arctic Survival
  • 10-Hour DOT / Title 13/HM181/126F Training (49CFR)
  • Train the trainer HM-181 training (WMX Corporate Training)
  • J.J. Keller Train The Trainer Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors and Employee Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training
  • J.J. Keller Fuels Tax and Permitting Training
  • Class A Driver / Tanker / HM Endorsements

Continuing Education - Personal Acheivement

As an educator Roberta believes in maintaining an ongoing personal acheivement study program. This list includes recent undertakings.
  • Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives & Deadlines, Skillspath Seminars
  • Conflict Management Skills for Women, Skillspath Seminars
  • How to Think Outside the Box , Skillspath Seminars
  • How to Build Self-Esteem, Jack Canfield -Training Library
  • How to Deal With Difficult People - Barbara Braunstein -Training Library
  • Making your Mark (a personal marketing plan)- Deborah Shouse-Training Library
  • The Psychology of Winning - Denis Waitley -Training Library

[Last updated: 2007-05-03]