Dawn Brown Guests on “It’s Baton Rouge: Out to Lunch” Podcast

February 2024

Baton Rouge, Louisiana — Dawn Brown, Waste Services Director at Matrix New World Engineering (Matrix), was a recent guest on ‘Its Baton Rouge: Out to Lunch’ show. As a skilled environmental professional specializing in project management and development, Brown focuses on waste permitting and landfills. In conversation with Host Stephanie Riegel, Brown discussed the important topic of ‘Waste Not – Want Not.’

Dawn spoke about Matrix’s presence in Louisiana, tracing back to their involvement in the Rapid Response Environmental Site Support Team (RRESST) program for the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon 252 (MC252) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, the Louisiana team has expanded, addressing environmental challenges.

She addressed recycling issues in Louisiana, the need for better understanding of the process, and emphasized the necessity for increased funding to make recycling more convenient. Additionally, Brown highlighted the environmental hazards of plastics accumulating in landfills and emphasized the urgency for more expedient recycling practices.

She stated, “It is really difficult; there’s got to be more funding to make it more accessible.”

Another critical issue Brown mentioned was the protection of groundwater, emerging as a top priority in Louisiana. With 61% of the state’s 4.4 million residents relying on groundwater for drinking water, Matrix plays a crucial role in testing water samples to ensure its safety.

With an eye to the future, Brown outlined Matrix’s commitment to achieving sustainable solutions in the state, with a specific focus on wind energy, solar energy, and carbon capture. She underscored Louisiana’s potential as an ideal ground for these initiatives, stating, “Louisiana is the perfect ground for these; we have so much to offer for them with our space.”

According to Jayne Warne, PE, President, “Dawn is a wonderful spokesperson for the solutions currently underway in Louisiana.  Matrix is well positioned to offer positive outcomes to the residents and businesses in this state and region.”

To listen to the interview, please click here. 

About Dawn Brown

Dawn Brown’s experience includes solid waste permits, renewals, modifications (minor and major), developing environmental assessment statements, operational plans, closure plans, closure/post-closure cost estimates, hazardous waste operating permit renewals, post-closure permit renewals, Class 1, 2, and 3 permit modifications, pre-permit meetings for hazardous waste permit renewals for chemical plants, refineries, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) landfills, tanks assessment certification packages, contingency plans, waste minimization plans, annual solid waste certification of compliance, comprehensive waste management plans, waste permitting and regulatory compliance, waste audits, beneficial use/reuse permits for both municipal and industrial landfills. Brown serves as waste services director for leading initial waste permits of landfills and surface impoundments, existing permit renewals, expansions of facilities laterally and vertically, major and minor permit modifications and all other related permitting issues.

About Matrix New World Engineering

Matrix New World Engineering is a company of engineering and science experts who focus on some of the nation’s most pressing long-term challenges, including climate change, resiliency, ecological restoration, contamination studies, water supply, disaster response, and urban revitalization. Matrix believes solving environmental challenges through careful planning and engineering is an indispensable measure of success.

Matrix has offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, Louisiana and California, coupled with project experience throughout the United States and the Caribbean.