One of the EPA’s first engineers on hazardous sites dies

Russel Halvor Wyer, an industrial engineer who worked on hazardous site projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on water control projects for Bechtel Corporation, has died.


Raised “off the grid” on a ranch in the mountains above California’s Napa Valley, Wyer’s appreciation for the unbuilt environment served as a foundation for his career. There he and his brother logged fir and redwood trees, helped their father operate a small sawmill for ranch use, and learned land surveying.

Wyer, P.E., M.ASCE, was a life member of ASCE. On graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in

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