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Trained and experienced specialists ensure successful environmental projects

Coranco Great Plains, Inc.’s success is due to the depth and
breadth of experience of its people. Click on the name of one of our experts below for more information:

  • Matthew L. Benson
  • Daniel F. Blankenau
  • Steve A. Buchanan
  • Troy Eurek
  • Brian Fettin
  • Richard L. Hahler
  • Matthew Kralik
  • Timothy J. Malousek

Contact us to see how we can put our expertise to work
on your environmental contracting and consulting project.

Call 800.450.4340 or 402.443.4340, or email Matt Kralik
at mkralik@corancogreatplains.com.

CGP is located at 141 West 10th Street, P.O. Box 23,
Wahoo, Nebraska 68066

KEY PERSONNEL:
Matthew L. Benson

MATTHEW L. BENSON | Construction Superintendent, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Mr. Benson is Construction Superintendent for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. He has supervised all phases of remedial system installation and startup including, material ordering, subcontractor coordination, and personnel supervision. He has installed or performed major renovations to at more than 30 remediation systems including soil vapor extraction, air sparging, pump and treat, high vacuum extraction and LNAPL skimming. Mr. Benson is familiar with plumbing, electrical, excavation, compaction, concrete and mechanical systems. Mr. Benson is also proficient at operation of construction equipment. In addition to performing construction superintendent duties, Mr. Benson is responsible for all major maintenance at existing remedial facilities.

Education: High School Diploma – East Peoria Community High School

Certifications: 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations; Special Engineer License, State of Minnesota (Expired); Plumber Registration, City of Lincoln, NE (Expired)

Experience–Construction and Maintenance: Mr. Benson has worked in construction and maintenance for over twenty years and has installed remediation systems for six years for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. In addition to environmental remediation system installation, he has worked as a concrete finisher, a maintenance supervisor for a 168 unit apartment complex, as a maintenance manager for a hotel/hospitality company, and as a commercial construction plumber.

Daniel F. Blankenau

Daniel F. Blankenau, P.G. | Senior Geologist/Principal, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Education: A.S. McCook Community College, McCook, Nebraska; 1984; B.S. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; Geology; 1987; M.S. Candidate University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; Geology; 1988-present

Certifications:40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations; 8-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Supervisor; Kansas Risk Based Corrective Action (KRBCA) Certified

Registration: Geologist, 2000. Kansas #199; Professional Geologist, 2000, Nebraska #G-0089; Water Well Contractor, Kansas #594; Water Well Contractor, 1992 Nebraska #19153

Experience–Hydrogeologic Investigations: Mr. Blankenau has participated in the Big Sioux Aquifer Non-point Source Study; East River South Dakota. He was responsible for the drill crew supervision, core description, electronic logging and well design. Mr. Blankenau served as project geologist and project manager on over 24 detailed site assessments which included field supervision, technical supervision and report preparation. His primary tasks include supervision of remediation system design, site assessments and remediation systems operation and maintenance.

Experienc Geologic Investigations: Participated in the South Dakota Manganese Study; East River South Dakota. He was involved in field supervision of coring rig, core description and electronic logging. He also worked on Glacial Till Research for the South Dakota Geologic Survey. He was involved in the operation of Drill Rig and Lithologic description.

Professional Affiliations: Geologic Society of America; American Association of Petroleum Geologists; Nebraska Geologic Society- Past President

Steve A. Buchanan

Steve A. Buchanan | Construction Manager/Principal, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Mr. Buchanan is a Principal at Coranco Great Plains, Inc. He currently serves as Senior Construction Manager. He provides technical expertise and oversight on all remedial construction projects. His vast experience with all aspects of the varied situations remedial project pose is vital in the overall success of the project. He is intimately familiar with electrical, plumbing, well construction, dirt work, finishing work, and heavy construction and can therefore direct construction superintendents and crews as well as design staff. In addition to his supervisory role he conducts technical review of many designs and associated construction documents. His unique abilities and comprehensive knowledge of the mechanical aspects of the remediation systems coupled with a thorough understanding of the goals of the remediation project makes him a valuable asset in the oversight and support role he performs in operation and maintenance activities.

Education: B.S.: 1985-University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Construction Management

Certifications: 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations with a Refresher Course each year; 8-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Supervisor; Licensed Well Drilling/Pump Installation Contractor, State of Nebraska, License No. 39374

Experience/Remediation Construction: Has over fifteen years experience in the environmental consulting and contracting field, and six additional years experience in management of construction projects. Mr. Buchanan has performed as project manager, senior technical reviewer, construction design reviewer and construction manager on more than 100 remedial construction projects in Nebraska and Kansas. He has extensive experience in cost estimating, purchasing, personnel and equipment management

Experience/Site Characterizations: Performed field and management services on seventy NDEQ regulated initial and detailed site characterization projects. Responsible for client contact, safety and health, quality assurance and quality control as well as project cost estimations, regulatory compliance and personnel, equipment and material scheduling.

Experience/Remediation Workplans: Performed preliminary construction feasibility review for proposed implementation of remediation designs on more than 25 remediation systems in Nebraska and Kansas. Performs senior review on all remediation designs developed by Coranco Great Plains and acts as project administrator for remedial system installations.

Experience/UST Closures: Performed as the Certified Closure Coordinator on numerous UST closures throughout the Midwest. Responsible for the scheduling of personnel, equipment and material. Completed the regulatory reports required by state and local officials.

Experience/Construction: Management of construction projects for M. E. Collins Contracting Co., Inc. for five years. Involved in all phases of construction contracting, including developing cost estimates, contract compliance, scheduling of equipment, materials and personnel, development of pay estimates and directing field activities.

Professional Affiliations: National Groundwater Association

Troy Eurek

Troy Eurek | Project Manager/Technician, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Mr. Eurek currently acts as a technician for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. Although he is currently acting as a technician he has extensive project management experience and will likely manage several projects for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. in the future. Mr. Eurek has seventeen years of environmental experience including; ground water studies, surface water studies, Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments, underground storage tank removal, drill rig supervision, remedial system installation, and remedial system operation.

Education: University of Nebraska – Lincoln, BS Natural Resources, 1995

Certifications: 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations; Water Well Monitoring Supervisor; Certified Underground Storage Tank Individual

Experience:Coranco Great Plains, Inc. April 2010 to Present, Technician. Mr. Eurek has performed technician duties for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. including water well sampling and remedial system operation and maintenance at sites throughout Nebraska and Kansas.

Olson Associates Inc., March 2000 to March 2010, Project Scientist. Mr. Eurek led and supervised the environmental team in the Holdredge, Nebraska office for Olson Associates. During this time he directed hydorgeologic, geologic, and environmental investigations throughout Nebraska and Kansas. Mr. Eurek was responsible for coordinating and conducting field activities including; borehole logging, groundwater monitoring, well installation, remedial system installation and remedial system operation. Mr. Eurek was also responsible for the compilation of reports based on field data collected.

Miller and Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. July 1998 to March 2000, Associate Scientist. Mr. Eurek performed hydrogeologic, geologic, and environmental investigations with an emphasis in Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. He was responsible for field work including; borehole logging and groundwater sampling. Mr. Eurek was responsible for submittal of reports to private clients and regulatory agencies.

Lower Platte North Natural Resources District, May 1993 to July 1998, Water Quality Specialist. Mr. Eurek was responsible for; conducting surface and groundwater studies, compiling data for a groundwater management plan, studying surface water quality for sediment infiltration, conducting chemigation inspections, and supervising seasonal staff. He also led educational meetings on groundwater quality plans and an abandoned well program

Brian Fettin

Brian Fettin | Project Manager/Staff Geologist, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Mr. Fettin is a Project Manager and Staff Geologist for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. Mr. Fettin is responsible for the preparation of work plans, reports, and field supervision. Mr. Fettin is also responsible for preparation of investigation reports and quarterly monitoring reports.

Education: B.S. University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska; Environmental Science, 1999 Certifications: 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations

Experience: Project Geologist/Project Manager, Coranco Great Plains, Inc., Sept. 2007-Present: Mr. Fettin is a Staff Geologist/Project Manager responsible for the supervision of drill crews, preparation of reports, and management of investigation and remedial projects. His fieldwork duties include documenting site specific information including; lithological information, contaminant information, and receptor identification. Mr. Fettin is responsible for any modifications which must be made during field activities due to unforeseen site specific conditions. Mr. Fettin has prepared numerous Limited Site Assessment reports for KDHE-BER-STS including Risk Based Corrective Action analysis and monthly remediation site reports. He also prepares quarterly monitoring reports, and Tier 1/Tier 2 RBCA reports for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, as well as Phase I Site Assessments.

Owner/Operator, Precision Decks, 2005-2007: Mr. Fettin was responsible for the sales and marketing of deck construction, maintenance, and repair work activities. Daily activities included marketing, field work, management and supervision of field crews, project estimating, product purchasing, and invoicing.

Project Manager, Geotechnical Services, Inc., 1998-2004: Mr. Fettin was a Project Manager responsible for the marketing, management, and completion of environmental projects. Projects included Tier I and Tier II Assessments, Site Monitoring Reports, Phase I ESAs, Corrective Action Design Reports, Tank Pull Reports, and Wetland Delineation reports. Duties included management of field crews, field work including sampling activities and supervision of monitoring well installation, report and invoice preparation.

Professional Affiliations: Nebraska Geological Society National Groundwater Association

Richard L. Hahler

Richard L. Hahler, P.G. | Project Manager/Project Geologist, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Mr. Hahler is a Project Manager and Project Geologist for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. Mr. Hahler is responsible for the on going maintenance of remedial systems. He is also responsible for preparation of work plans, reports, and field supervision. Mr. Hahler is also responsible for preparation of investigation reports and quarterly monitoring.

Education: B.S. Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO; Land Use/Geology, 2000; A.S. Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO; Electrical Industrial/Commercial, 1992

Certifications: Licensed to Practice Geology in Nebraska License # G-0313; Licensed to Practice Geology in Kansas License # 695; 0-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations; Kansas Risk Based Corrective Action (KRBCA), 2002; Iowa Well Contractor ID # 7587

Registration: KDHE-BER, STS Approved Field Geologist

Experience/Field Supervision: Mr. Hahler has supervised drilling crews for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. for seven years. His responsibilities include documenting site specific information including; lithological information, contaminant information, and receptor identification. Mr. Hahler is responsible for any modifications which must be made during field activities due to unforeseen site specific conditions.

Experience/Report Preparation: Mr. Hahler has prepared numerous Limited Site Assessment reports for KDHE-BER-STS including Risk Based Corrective Action analysis and monthly remediation site reports. He also prepares quarterly monitoring reports, and Tier 1/Tier 2 RBCA reports for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

Other Technical Experience: Mr. Hahler worked for Lucent Technologies installing DC power plants and battery systems for telecommunication networks. Prior to this he worked for Atlantic Richfield Coal Company maintaining phone switch, e-mail systems, computer networks, and video –conferencing systems for Denver based offices.

Professional Affiliations: Nebraska Geological Society; Western Interior Paleontology Society

Matthew M. Kralik

Matthew M. Kralik, P.E. | Operations Manager/Principal, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Mr. Kralik is a Principal of Coranco Great Plains, Inc. and currently serves as Operations Manager. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Civil) in Nebraska and Kansas. As operations manager he provides direct oversight of project managers, geologists, and engineers. Also as part of his managerial responsibilities he provides daily direction for drilling, construction, and technician crews along with office support staff. In addition to personnel management, Kralik performs final technical reviews for all remedial design plans, pilot test reports, as-built reports, hydrogeologic investigations, operation and maintenance reports, and monitoring reports.

Education: B.S. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; Civil Engineering, 1998 Certifications: 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations, Kansas Risk Based Corrective Action (KRBCA) Certified

Registration: Professional Engineer, 2003, Kansas #17333, Professional Civil Engineer, 2002, Nebraska #E-10658; KDHE Approved Project Geologist, Nebraska Grade IV Water System Operator

Experience: Operations Manager, Coranco Great Plains, Inc., 2001 – Present:As Operations Manager, Kralik provides oversight of all field and office activities within Coranco Great Plains, Inc. In addition to his managerial duties, he is responsible for senior review of all investigative, remedial, and monitoring reports. He is responsible for preparing proposals and estimates on all phases of work within Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Project Manager, Coranco Great Plains, Inc., 2000-2001:Prior to serving as Operations Manager, Kralik was a Project Manager at Coranco Great Plains, Inc. His primary responsibilities included the preparation of soil and groundwater remediation plans along with remedial system installation coordination and monitoring. He has been involved in the design, installation, and/or maintenance of at least 50 remedial systems which include soil vapor extraction, air sparging, LNAPL skimming, pump and treat, and granular activated carbon public water treatment systems. Mr. Kralik was also responsible for preparing monthly and quarterly operation, maintenance, and monitoring reports for operational remedial systems as required by state agencies.

Staff Engineer, Coranco Great Plains, Inc., 1998-2000:Prior to becoming a Project Manager at Coranco Great Plains, Inc., Kralik served as Staff Engineer. During this time his primary responsibility was field supervision. Mr. Kralik supervised the installation of several remediation systems and supervised drill crews on many sites. Mr. Kralik was also responsible for the preparation of all monitoring, investigation, and remedial reports during this time frame.

Drafter / Project Technician, Coranco Great Plains, Inc., 1991-1998Prior to graduation with his Civil Engineering degree, Kralik performed technician duties and drafting duties for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. These duties included sampling of monitoring wells, preparation of monitoring and assessment reports, assisting on drill rigs, and assisting on remediation system installation.

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Civil Engineers, National Groundwater Association

Timothy J. Malousek

Timothy J. Malousek | Project Manager/Drilling Superintendent, Coranco Great Plains, Inc.

Mr. Malousek is Project Manager/Drilling Superintendent for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. He prepares investigative reports and quarterly monitoring reports. He is responsible for coordination of remedial system operation, maintenance, and monitoring. He has supervised investigation sites in Nebraska. Mr. Malousek is experienced at lithological logging of soil samples during drilling activities and is proficient with all field equipment. Mr. Malousek has nearly ten years experience of hollow stem auger drilling in all lithological settings encountered in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa. Mr. Malousek is experienced with a wide array of sampling techniques including split spoons, continuous sampling, “California” samplers, and Shelby tubes. Mr. Malousek is also familiar with all aspects of monitoring well sampling and is proficient at standard maintenance and construction of remediation systems.

Education: High School Diploma – Wahoo High School, Wahoo, NE

Certifications: 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Operations; IA Drillers license –#7507

Experience: Coranco Great Plains, Inc. 1999–Present, Project Management.Mr. Malousek has acted as project manager for monitoring and remedial sites since 2006. As project manager he is responsible for work order and report preparation. In addition to monitoring and remedial sites, he prepares Tier 1/Tier 2 RBCA reports for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and supervises drilling operations.

Drilling EXPERIENCE: Mr. Malousek has been a driller for Coranco Great Plains, Inc. since 1999. Mr. Malousek has installed hundreds of monitoring, recovery, soil vapor extraction and air sparge wells throughout Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. Mr. Malousek is experienced with auger diameters up to 10.25 inches. He is experienced with all types of soil collection equipment utilized during hollow stem auger drilling. Mr. Malousek has also drilled in many circumstances where the collection of discrete samples is difficult due to such lithological considerations as heaving saturated fine sand. Mr. Malousek has the knowledge to be able to obtain samples from these difficult situations.

Monitoring EXPERIENCE: Although Mr. Malousek’s current primary responsibility for Coranco Great Plains is project management with a secondary responsibility of drilling, he is very experienced at sampling of monitoring wells and collection of field data to evaluate the performance of remedial systems. Mr. Malousek has sampled monitoring wells since 1999 and is aware of the QA/QC procedures necessary to assure representative samples from LUST sites. Mr. Malousek has also assisted in the installation of more than ten soil and groundwater remediation systems at LUST sites and is proficient with most heavy equipment.