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Lydia M. Work

Lydia M. Work, LRS

Associate Principal Chemist

Lydia Work has over 25 years of analytical quality assurance experience as well as extensive applied geoscience experience in the area of remediation. She has provided environmental consulting services to the energy industry, including both coal and oil/natural gas. Her services include compliance, chemistry quality assurance, site assessment, and remediation.

Lydia M Work

Professional Experience

Lydia Work has provided a full scope of environmental quality assurance project management services to private industry, manufacturers, developers, as well as state and federal regulators across various programs including Voluntary Remediation and Brownfields, ASTM Environmental Site Assessments, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and Superfund. 

As Associate Principal Chemist, Lydia performs analytical data verification and validation of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and, Voluntary Remediation and Brownfield Sites. She has also performed commercial laboratory compliance audits to ascertain a laboratory’s ability to meet client and project requirements and audit their quality management systems.

As a Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS), Lydia Work has been successful in achieving Certificates of Completion for her clients across a diverse segment of properties from former industrial sites, rail lines, mining/quarrying properties, and fueling stations to orchard land. Recent projects of Lydia’s were awarded the Environmental Impact Award at the 2016 and 2017 West Virginia Brownfields Conference.

In 2017, Lydia was nominated and received a state sponsored Environmental Stewardship Award. The nomination read, “Experienced LRS, Qualified Chemist, Project Manager, Risk Assessor, and Data Validator. Also a community and international volunteer, and educator. Committed to the profession, with an emphasis on quality, consistency, and building relationships. Works diligently to achieve a balance between economic development and environmental protection. Well aware of WVDEP protocols and is willing to think outside the box for solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Enjoys the outdoors and often participates in site sampling. Discusses objectives of her clients in advance with DEP project managers and Toxicologists in a spirit of collaboration. Prepares very systematic reports. Has completed several VRP projects as an LRS, resulting in the redevelopment of underutilized properties.”


Licensed Remediation Specialist (WV)
OSHA 8 Hour
Hazardous Ranking Score Training
OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Workers
Mine Safety & Health Administration
Environmental Sampling Field Course


Society of Women Environmental Professionals
Marcellus Shale Coalition, Water Resources Committee
New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association
Chemistry Council of New Jersey
Society of Cosmetic Chemists, New York Chapter

Board Positions

Air & Waste Management Association, Program Chair, West Virginia Chapter
Women’s Energy Network, President, Greater Philadelphia Chapter


Lydia Work received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Chemistry, with honors, from West Virginia Wesleyan College (West Virginia, 1989).