For more than fifteen years, Lone Star Hazmat Response has excelled at providing industry-leading emergency spill response as well as safe and effective environmental remediation services. Over the years, we’ve added to our capabilities and now maintain four strategically located rapid response centers in the eastern half of Texas, which allows us to deploy rapidly whenever an emergency requires our services.
Richard Lenius started his career in the fire service serving as a firefighter and EMT. In 1989 he went to work for Laidlaw Environmental where he was the health and safety officer in charge of compliance and training. In mid-1990 he was transferred to the remediation division and was sent to Fort Smith, Arkansas to project manage EPA Superfund site, Industrial Waste Control. Under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, along with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, the goal of the site was to permanently and significantly reduce the toxicity, mobility or volume of hazardous waste present at the site.
Later Richard was sent to project manage the Superfund Site; Dutchtown Treatment Plant located in Ascension Parish Louisiana. The facility received waste oil and other waste materials (solvents and petrochemical wastes) from off-site sources and processed and redistributed them. Site activities and waste disposal practices contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. The final Superfund Site that Richard was sent to, located in Mercer County Pennsylvania at the Sharon Steel Corp Site, the site was contaminated with radioactive plutonium 232.
Richard went back into the fire service after leaving Laidlaw and quickly moved up the ranks to become Fire Chief for the City of Katy. In 2004 Richard stepped down to pursue a position with DLS Environmental Services as the Senior Project Manager for the Lufkin TxDOT District. This position was 24/7 emergency response to spills on TxDOT right of ways. During this time Richard was asked by Angelina College to come and teach the hazmat technician classes to the fire academy each quarter. During this time Richard was asked to be the contributing editor for the Brady publication, Hazardous Materials Technician. Richard has been involved with many level 1 and level 2 incidents during this time. He has become an industry leader in the field of hazardous materials response, product handling, product transfer, and site remediation. In 2016 Richard and Michael Romines collaborated on bringing Lone Star Hazmat Response to life and took a different approach to emergency response to focus on maximizing timely and efficient response while minimizing cost.
Dana Taylor began her career at the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas as a part-time mentor. In 2004, Dana graduated from The University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing. In 2005, Dana was chosen to attend the prestigious Boys & Girls Club Advanced Leadership Certificate Program at Clemson University. The next year, Dana was charged with overseeing all nine of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas’ Afterschool Programs on Tyler Independent School District campuses.
In May of 2006, Dana accepted a position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County in Brenham, Texas. While serving in Brenham, Dana put together a team and programming that improved the Club’s impact on the community and increased membership. In 2008, Dana and her team opened a new Club in Burton, Texas under the umbrella of the Washington County Club. Dana also served as a Certified Trainer for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and traveled throughout the United States training staff members of local Boys & Girls Clubs.
In 2010, Dana returned to Tyler with one goal: to venture into new fields of business using the skills she learned in the non-profit world. Dana began working for Acme Oilfield Services as the Office Manager and quickly caught on to the fast-paced world of the oil industry. In 2017, Dana moved into the hazmat industry with the newly-acquired, Lone Star HazMat Response. Within the last two years, Dana has moved into the position of Assistant General Manager and is quickly learning the hazmat industry’s best practices, both in the field and in day-to-day management. Dana’s unique experience in the non-profit sector, which fostered her expertise in the areas of leadership, growth, and organization, makes her a valued asset to Lone Star HazMat and we are happy to have her on board.