Meet
Our Team


Principal
Laura H. Belanger


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.
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Background


Education

  • M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis, Boston University
  • B.S. in Biology and Recreation Management, Appalachian State University

Professional Affiliations

  • American MENSA
  • Society of Wetland Scientists

Misc.

  • 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
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President
Richard Bates


Richard Bates founded Environmental Permitting Consultants Inc (EPC) in 1995. His vision and leadership have guided EPC for over 25 years. 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.

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Background


Education

  • MSPH in Environmental Science, University of South Carolina
  • B.S. in Public Health, University of South Carolina

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

Misc.

  • 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

Mitigation Senior Manager
Neil Collins


Neil Collins joined EPC in 2000, fresh out of college. In his 20+ years at EPC he has developed a level of expertise in every aspect of the services we offer. He is responsible for mentoring wetland delineation field scientists, overseeing protected species habitat assessments, and directing all mitigation and restoration activities, including mitigation banks. Neil’s skill and patience, along with his deeply rooted understanding of our history, make him an invaluable asset to EPC.

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Background


Education

  • B.S. in Biology Lander University

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society of Arboriculture - Certified Arborist
    Registration Number SO-6150A
  • Co-host of the San Souci Community Garden Concert Series

Areas of Specialization

  • Stream Assessment
  • Restoration Design and Implementation
  • Endangered Species
  • Wetland Delineations

Misc.

  • 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

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Wetland Delineation Senior Manager
Travis Scott


Travis Scott joined EPC in 2014, and currently oversees all aspects of our field delineation teams. He is responsible for all stages of delineation projects, from initial proposal submittal to final documentation. Prior to joining EPC, Travis served as a Sergeant in the United States Army, including deployments to Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Travis’s laser focus on precision and efficiency keeps our field work moving!

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Background


Education

  • M.S. in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies, Coastal Carolina University
  • B.S. in Biology, Coastal Carolina University

Areas of Specialization

  • Wetland Delineations
  • 404 / 401 Nationwide Permitting

Misc.

  • Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation and Management Training
  • Rosgen Level I - Applied Fluvial Geomorphology
  • US Army Veteran
  • Peace Corps Volunteer

Project Manager
Michelle Evans


Michelle Evans joined EPC in 2016 and is a project manager specializing in wetland delineation and restoration monitoring. She is responsible for field data collection and report submittals for wetland delineations and yearly stream monitoring projects. Michelle goes above and beyond to provide information, guidance and service to our clients and is beloved by all who come in contact with her.

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Background


Education

  • B.S. in Biology with Marine Biology Emphasis, San Diego State University
  • Graduate-level courses in Coastal and Marine Wetland Studies, Coastal Carolina University

Areas of Specialization

  • Wetland Delineations
  • Restoration Monitoring

Misc.

  • Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation and Management Training
  • South Carolina Native Plant Certificate Courses, Clemson Extension
  • Rosgen Level I - Applied Fluvial Geomorphology
  • NELAP certification in marine benthic and microbiology laboratory techniques
  • Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer
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Project Manager
Rachelle Toth


Rachelle Toth is a project manager at Environmental Permitting Consultants, Inc. Her responsibilities include field data collection on wetland delineations, monitoring, and protected species habitat assessment. Rachelle has experience in wetland delineation, monitoring, mitigation, projected species habitat assessments, and permitting. Prior to joining EPC Rachelle was a wilderness-based trip leader for both young adults and corporate groups. A self-described life-long learner, Rachelle has been an excellent addition to our team.

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Background


Education

  • B.S. in Biology, University of South Carolina Beaufort

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Wetland Scientists

Areas of Specialization

  • Wetland Delineations
  • Endangered Species

Misc.

  • Lowcountry Master Naturalist

Best Office Dog
Sam-Bear


Sam-Bear is the heart and soul of EPC. Sam-Bear serves as office mascot, morale booster and comedic relief. When he’s not in the office ferreting out snacks and cleaning up left-overs, he’s at the home he graciously shares with Neil.

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