Shawn Seaman has a diverse background in environmental compliance, investigation and remediation. After earning a degree in Environmental Science and Geology from Kutztown University in 1996, Shawn began his professional career in Phoenix, Arizona working in a soils testing lab and conducting Phase I and Phase II investigations. He later managed the closure and testing of three county-owned Subtitle D municipal landfills before co-founding a commercial real estate development company, where he served as environmental partner. In 1999, Shawn accepted a position as a Senior Hydrogeologist and moved to Maryland. In this position, he administered a complex groundwater monitoring program, designed groundwater remediation and vapor recovery systems and worked with the appropriate regulatory agencies to remediate oil-contaminated properties in the Mid-Atlantic region for a major oil company. Next, he accepted a position as the Subsurface Investigation and Remediation Division Manager with an engineering and environmental consulting firm. In this role, Shawn supervised a diverse group of scientists and specialized in the remediation of brownfield and superfund sites, where he provided regulatory guidance to his clients during the investigation of contaminated properties, identified and evaluated their potential for risk and developed remediation strategies for regulatory approval.
Mr. Seaman left the private sector in 2007 to become a Program Manager in Maryland’s Power Plant Research Program (PPRP), which is housed in the Department of Natural Resources. His area of expertise within PPRP is hydroelectric generation and tidal energy projects, but he also works on issues associated with groundwater use and impacts, the management and reuse of coal combustion by-products and cooling water intakes and discharge. Shawn has also acted as a project manager on several power plant licensing cases brought before the Maryland Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which include a comprehensive review of environmental and socioeconomic impacts, expert witness testimony and the development of recommended licensing conditions on behalf of Maryland’s executive branch agencies.
Shawn serves on the Controlled Hazardous Substance Advisory Council as a Governor’s appointee, the Susquehanna River’s Fish Passage Technical Advisory Committee and the Susquehanna River’s Eel Passage Advisory Group. He also conducts research on coal combustion by-product reuse, American Shad passage and American Eel issues.
Shawn resides in the historic maritime community of Annapolis, Maryland where he enjoys sailing, kayaking, snowboarding and most of all, racing sailboats in the Chesapeake Bay and offshore.