Dr. John R. Moeller

Dr. John R. Moeller


Dr. Moeller’s 35 year career in private consulting, state government, and the university setting provides a broad perspective into planning, permitting, design, implementation, public outreach, and compliance. His strong understanding of and practical approach to rules, regulations, and organizational structures routinely leads clients to call upon him to negotiate permits and compliance issues with agencies.

He is a Principal of Forsgren Associates, a civil and environmental engineering firm, with offices across the western U.S. He is the company’s Vice President of Environmental Services and a member of its board of directors.

Dr. Moeller has taken the lead in representing CuMoCo before state, local, and federal agency officials and the public about the CuMo Project’s exploration. He was the point person to track, expedite and respond to the project’s highly visible and contentious environmental assessment. His team has identified nearly 100 permits, approvals, exemptions and consultations that may be required before a mine could go into production.

Dr. Moeller managed water quality and hazardous materials programs during a nine year tenure at Idaho DEQ and has maintained and grown extensive relationships across a wide spectrum of state and federal agency staff and managers. Early in his career, he co founded a state and federal interagency task force to permit a $400 million open pit molybdenum mine in the headwaters of Idaho’s Salmon River. That unique regulatory concept shaved months off the permitting process and saved an estimated $30- 50 million in development costs. He chaired a governor appointed task force to develop regulations for utilizing cyanide to leach precious metals from ores. That negotiated rule making was supported by a wide array of shareholders and approved by the legislature.

Dr. Moeller earned his PhD in Water Quality/Limnology from Idaho State University, his Master of Science in Zoology/Water Quality from the University of Kentucky, and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, also from the University of Kentucky. For the past ten years, he has been an adjunct graduate faculty member at Boise State University, teaching water quality management.

He was awarded an EPA Bronze Medal for his efforts associated with hazardous waste capacity assurance and development of pollution prevention programs. He served on the board of directors for the Idaho Conservation league.

The addition of Dr. Moeller to the Board would bring extensive hands-on permitting experience and knowledge of state and federal agencies and procedures.