About

About Duane

  • 27 Years Experience in the Mining Industry
  • Nine Years Experience in State Government
  • BS in Chemistry, University of Northern Colorado
  • MS in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver
  • Lifelong Republican, Husband to Pam and Father of two
  • 27 Years Experience in the Mining Industry
  • Nine Years Experience in State Government
  • BS in Chemistry, University of Northern Colorado
  • MS in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver
  • Lifelong Republican, Husband to Pam and Father of two

Duane began his mining career in 1980 in Denver, Colorado after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Duane first started in production, which focused on high purity metals, some of which were used in the defense and analytical industries. Through hard work Duane was promoted to Operations Manager in 1991 where he was responsible for production goals, employee and company relations, health and safety, and environmental compliance for the entire facility. Duane received a Masters degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver in 1992 and transferred to Arizona in 1994.

After moving to Arizona Duane became the Environmental Engineering Manager for Copper Operations for a major copper mining company. This required working with three operating mining properties, two copper smelters, and one copper refinery, as well as numerous mining and milling operations in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Working with the all the units, Duane developed and implemented corporate policies and procedures related to safety, production, and environmental regulations. When the company reorganized its operation into two divisions, Duane was promoted to Division Environmental Manager for Copper Operations, and then to Director of Environmental Services for Copper Operations. In this role Duane was required to develop and implement health and safety plans for the reclamation and remediation of the company’s closed properties under his purview.

In 2002 Duane left the private sector and accepted a position at the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. Duane began his public career as the Air and Fuel Quality Program Manager, which was responsible for implementing and managing the Cleaner Burning Gasoline and the Stage II Vapor Recovery Programs.  This role included ensuring that the refineries that provided fuels to Arizona complied with Arizona environmental regulations.  Duane implemented numerous safety related programs while working for the state and also developed budgets and monitored costs for state programs. During fuel shortages, Duane worked directly with the Director and the Governor to address the shortages.  Duane was promoted to Director of Transportation Fuels and Air Quality in 2007.

After nearly a decade in state government, Duane returned to the private sector and accepted a position as the Environmental Manager and Corporate Manager of Permitting for a large copper mining company. In this role Duane was responsible for permitting and environmental compliance at one of Arizona’s largest and oldest copper mines. Duane was responsible for ensuring compliance with corporate safety protocols, health policies and procedures, as well as federal MSHA (Mine Safety Health Administration) requirements.

Duane retired from the private sector in 2020. Duane has been resident of Peoria for 16 years and enjoys spending time with his wife Pam and traveling to visit his children Christina and Nicole.

Duane began his mining career in 1980 in Denver, Colorado after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Duane first started in production, which focused on high purity metals, some of which were used in the defense and analytical industries. Through hard work Duane was promoted to Operations Manager in 1991 where he was responsible for production goals, employee and company relations, health and safety, and environmental compliance for the entire facility. Duane received a Masters degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver in 1992 and transferred to Arizona in 1994.

After moving to Arizona Duane became the Environmental Engineering Manager for Copper Operations for a major copper mining company. This required working with three operating mining properties, two copper smelters, and one copper refinery, as well as numerous mining and milling operations in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Working with the all the units, Duane developed and implemented corporate policies and procedures related to safety, production, and environmental regulations. When the company reorganized its operation into two divisions, Duane was promoted to Division Environmental Manager for Copper Operations, and then to Director of Environmental Services for Copper Operations. In this role Duane was required to develop and implement health and safety plans for the reclamation and remediation of the company’s closed properties under his purview.

In 2002 Duane left the private sector and accepted a position at the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. Duane began his public career as the Air and Fuel Quality Program Manager, which was responsible for implementing and managing the Cleaner Burning Gasoline and the Stage II Vapor Recovery Programs.  This role included ensuring that the refineries that provided fuels to Arizona complied with Arizona environmental regulations.  Duane implemented numerous safety related programs while working for the state and also developed budgets and monitored costs for state programs. During fuel shortages, Duane worked directly with the Director and the Governor to address the shortages.  Duane was promoted to Director of Transportation Fuels and Air Quality in 2007.

After nearly a decade in state government, Duane returned to the private sector and accepted a position as the Environmental Manager and Corporate Manager of Permitting for a large copper mining company. In this role Duane was responsible for permitting and environmental compliance at one of Arizona’s largest and oldest copper mines. Duane was responsible for ensuring compliance with corporate safety protocols, health policies and procedures, as well as federal MSHA (Mine Safety Health Administration) requirements.

Duane retired from the private sector in 2020. Duane has been resident of Peoria for 16 years and enjoys spending time with his wife Pam and traveling to visit his children Christina and Nicole.

Technical Positions

CORPORATE MANAGER PERMITTING AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER

Phoenix, Arizona
(January 2011 – December 2013)

CORPORATE MANAGER STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATORY AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER

Phoenix, Arizona
(December 2013 – September 2017)

DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION FUELS AND AIR QUALITY PROGRAMS

Arizona Department of Weights and Measures

Phoenix, Arizona
(October 2007 –January 2011)

AIR AND FUEL QUALITY PROGRAM MANAGER

Arizona Department of Weights and Measures

Phoenix, Arizona
(November 2002 – October 2007)

COPPER OPERATIONS DIRECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Tucson, Arizona
(October 2001 – November 2002)

COPPER OPERATIONS DIVISIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER

Tucson, Arizona
(June 1996 – October 2001)

COPPER OPERATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING MANAGER

Tucson, Arizona
(September 1994 – June 1996)

OPERATIONS MANAGER/CHIEF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMIST

Denver, Colorado
(April 1991 – September 1994)

CHIEF CHEMIST/ENVIRONMENTALIST

Denver, Colorado
(December 1988 – April 1991)

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMIST

Denver, Colorado
(April 1986 – December 1988)

ANALYTICAL CHEMIST

Denver, Colorado
(October 1980 – April 1986)

Paid for by Duane for AZ Mine Inspector. Authorized by Duane Yantorno.

Paid for by Duane for AZ Mine Inspector. Authorized by Duane Yantorno.