Staff

Richard Bates - PRESIDENT
Richard@enviropermit.com

Education:
MSPH in Environmental Science, University of South Carolina
B.S. in Public Health, University of South Carolina
OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Training
Cumulative Impact Assessment in Southeastern Wetland Systems
US Army Corps of Engineers 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual Training
Pesticide and Industrial Chemical Risk Analysis and Hazard Assessment

Professional Affiliations:
Professional Wetland Scientist, Registration Number 000286
Society of Wetland Scientists
Association of State Wetland Managers
American Water Resources Association
Carolina Ecosystem Alliance - Board Member

Richard Bates is the president/owner of Environmental Permitting Consultants Inc (EPC). Richard is responsible for the day-to-day activities at EPC including management and marketing, financial matters and review of technical documents sent to clients and regulators. Richard’s primary areas of expertise include field ecology and regulatory analyses. However, Richard also has marketing experience with private sector consultants, regulatory and natural resource agencies and academic institutions.
Laura H. Belanger- PRINCIPAL
Laura@enviropermit.com

Education:
M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis, Boston University
B.S. in Biology and Recreation Management, Appalachian State University
Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation and Management Training
OSHA 40 - hour Hazardous Waste Site Operations
NCSU River Course Level I - Stream Classification and Assessment
NCSU River Course Level II - Stream Restoration Design Principles
NCSU River Course Level III - Advanced Stream Restoration Design Principles
Stream Mechanics – Natural Channel Design

Professional Affiliations:
American MENSA
Society of Wetland Scientists

Laura Belanger is a principal at EPC and manages the Greenville Office and Grove Creek Mitigation Bank. Laura has extensive experience in regulatory processes and issues throughout the Southeast. As the manager of the Greenville office Laura oversees all stages of EPC projects in the upstate, from proposal submittal to final documentation. Laura has worked throughout the Southeast and on Cape Cod, MA conducting wetland delineations, stream assessments and restoration, water quality sampling, protected species assessments and relocations, permitting, and other regulatory analyses.
Neil Collins- PROJECT MANAGER
Neil@enviropermit.com

Education:
B.S. in Biology Lander University
Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation and Management Training
NCSU River Course Level I - Stream Classification and Assessment
NCSU River Course Level II - Stream Restoration Design Principles
NCSU River Course Level III - Advanced Stream Restoration Design Principles
NCSU - Stream Restoration Construction Training
Rosgen Level I - Applied Fluvial Geomorphology
Rosgen Level II - River Morphology and Applications

Professional Affiliations:
International Society of Arboriculture- Certified Arborist
Registration Number SO-6150A

Areas of Specialization:
Stream Assessment
Restoration Design and Implementation
Tree Protection Plans
Endagered Species
Wetland Delineations

Neil Collins is a project scientist at Environmental Permitting Consultants, Inc. He is responsible for field data collection on wetland delineations, stream assessments, and protected species habitat assessments. He also responsible for the development of compensatory stream and wetland mitigation plans for Section 404 permitting submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Clark Fortner- WETLAND CONSULTANT
Clark@enviropermit.com

Education:
B.S. in Civil Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
Natural Channel Design Training

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Civil Engineers

Areas of Specialization:
404 and 401 Permitting
Wetland Delineations
Mitigation Plans
Stream Assessment

Clark Fortner works directly with clients in the Columbia area to ensure they obtain wetland permits required by the Corps in a timely fashion. Clark also is involved in wetland delineation data collection and reports compilation. Clark is EPC’s newest employee, but has already developed a strong relationship with the Corps and other regulatory agencies involved in the permitting process.