Eric de Zeeuw

Eric de Zeeuw

Working with GT since 2001 as project manager, co-owner since 2007.

In 1985, after working abroad for a year, I started as consultant with a contractor in The Netherlands specializing in in situ soil remediation. In those days, we were truly  pioneers. The techniques did work, but only partially and slowly. We continuously developed new technologies, such as In-situ Air Sparging an d Soil Vapour Extraction. By 1992, I was in charge of a department of over 50 staff. In 1993, I decided that I wanted to work more direct with people and accepted a post as senior policy officer at the Noord Holland provincial government. It took me 6 months to implement a policy of ‘functional remediation’(that is: derive remediation goals based on risk associated with actual or planned site use). The Soil Protection Act was enacted, making the Province the competent authority. I was put in charge of managing and coordinating the section ‘Owner Initiated Remediation’. Subsequently, I restarted the Provincial Soil Remediation program, working with my colleagues from the Provincial Soil Remediation Program.

 

Private Business kept its appeal though. I had only just informed my manager that I intended to move on to another job when Yvo called to discuss a position as Project Manager. In January 2001, a few weeks later, I started with GT.

 

The nature of the job back to the roots of in situ remediation, appealed to me most. And to start pioneering again ! So much was developed over the past 20 years! We are currently involved in developing and fine-tuning thermal, biological and chemical in situ soil remediation techniques. And we are expanding the use of our expertise into new markets, such as stabilizing soils.