Bob Lanning

Senior Scientist / Geologist

Mr. Lanning has 29 years of experience in the environmental field including geology / hydrogeology, mineral exploration and mining.  He has conducted and managed large-scale RCRA and Superfund environmental assessment, groundwater characterization, remediation, and regulatory compliance projects.  He has generated waste management permits for several large-scale metallic mining waste disposal sites, implemented heavy metals impact sampling of streams downgradient from lead-zinc mining and smelting wastes, managed industrial site drilling and sampling projects, supervised multi-site, and underground tank removals with hydrogeologic evaluations.  As a former underground mining geologist, he performed extensive sampling of cores to evaluate metals content.  In addition, Mr. Lanning has performed environmental liability and regulatory compliance / management audits at over 100 properties in six states.  Mr. Lanning has also served in the U.S. Navy and Army National Guard for over 30 years, as a fixed wing and helicopter pilot.


Project manager of a hydrogeologic and chemical groundwater evaluation project for a metals mining company in Missouri, related to former tailings area wastes and revisions of a Metallic Minerals Waste Management Area permit application. Involved installation of monitoring wells and an automatic hydrologic data collection system, and groundwater and stream sampling. A unique aspect involved mass balance studies to determine dewatering rates of the waste area, and level of metals impact on local and regional groundwater and surface water systems from tailings and smelting operations.

Coordinated efforts of multiple consultants and contractors to perform RCRA Facility Investigation, Corrective Measures Study (CMS), and CM implementation for an industrial client involving chlorinated solvent dissolved and free phase (DNAPL) contaminants, including 2,3,7,8-dioxin, in karst terrane. Primary author of RFI and CMS Reports and key presenter and technical negotiator with EPA and Missouri state regulators.

Directed ongoing Remedial Action (RA) phase activities at a Superfund site involving pump-and-treat of VOC-impacted groundwater in a fractured karst hydrogeologic setting. Supervised installation, construction, and pilot testing of innovative technologies including a horizontal well for 
re-injection of treated groundwater to the fracture system.

Managed major soils investigation at former munitions plant, involving 469 soil borings and collection of 595 samples for explosives and metals analyses, and included XRF metals screening and adherence to strict SOP and safety protocols.


  • Graduate Studies in Subsurface Geology, Organic Fuels, Mineral Deposits, University of Colorado
  • M.S., Geology, Pennsylvania State
  • University – 1972
  • B.S., Geological Sciences, Pennsylvania State University – 1970
  • Registered Professional Geologist: Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Alabama, Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Well / Test Hole Driller / Pump Installer (unrestricted): Missouri
  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER and update training (current)
  • FAA Commercial, Multi-Engine, Instrument-rated Aircraft Pilot (Fixed and Rotary Wing) License


  • Site Investigation / Remediation
  • Karst and Groundwater Evaluations
  • RCRA Compliance and Corrective Action
  • Mining Operations, Closure, and Metals
 Impact Studies
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Environmental Site Assessments
  • UST Removal
  • Waste Management