Troubled Waters: Understanding Lake O

Lake Okeechobee has garnered a great deal of attention lately in the news, in social media, and even through on-site protests along its shores. Much of the current tumult intensified when more than a foot of rain fell on the area in January of 2016. That torrential rain drove Lake O dangerously past the 16-foot… Read More...

Steve Hilfiker to Speak at Brownfields Conference

One of Steve’s upcoming appearances will be at the annual Florida Brownfields Association Conference, coming up September 30th through October 3 in Daytona Beach. Steve will be discussing growth management — and the environmental implications of preparing for the millions of new residents projected to relocate to Florida in near future....

ERMI Team Members Attend Permitting Event

This month, a group of ERMI personnel attended the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 32nd Annual “Environmental Permitting Summer School” held on Marco Island. This multi-day session helped to keep ERMI up-to-date on Florida environmental policy matters, including a broad spectrum of land and water resource management issues. Events such as these equip ERMI to advise your… Read More...

Hilfiker Appointed to FGWA Board

In another significant development for the company, ERMI’s President, Steve Hilfiker, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Ground Water Association on May 12. “I’m excited to be able to build on 27 years of experience leading industry associations to protect the quality and quantity of groundwater in Florida,” says Hilfiker. “With substantial population growth projected… Read More...

ERMI Announces New Tampa Office

Fort Myers, FL – In May, Environmental Risk Management Inc. (ERMI) opened a new Tampa office, at 5810 Breckenridge Parkway (Suite D). Professional Engineer Tim Terwilliger manages the office, which is staffed by project managers and field technicians and supported by administrative personnel at ERMI’s headquarters in Fort Myers. Mr. Terwilliger’s 20+ years of risk management and remediation… Read More...

ERMI Plays a Part in South Florida Brownfields Symposium

Earlier this month, ERMI’s Steve Hilfiker participated in the 6th annual South Florida Brownfields Symposium in Sebring. The conference focused on growth management planning for the State of Florida over the next 25 years, particularly as it relates to the redevelopment of “brownfields” (former industrial/commercial sites). Hilfiker was the moderator and a speaker on a “Transaction Risk Management” panel,… Read More...

New Redevelopment Funding Bill Effective July 1, 2017

July 1st marks the beginning of the new Fiscal Year for the State of Florida.  The refresh button will be hit over the weekend, resetting $115,000,000 in State funding allotted for the Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP).  Funding for the PRP includes $15,000,000 for the Low-Scored Site Initiative (LSSI) and $30,000,000 for Advanced Cleanups on low-scored… Read More...

Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 5 of 5: PCPP provides yet another option for cleaning up petroleum-contaminated properties.

This last entry in my five-part series on new environmental laws spotlights Florida’s Petroleum Cleanup Participation Program (PCPP), a cost-sharing program in which the state provides 75% of cleanup funds for an authorized property. Under this year’s legislation, the former statutory application deadline of December 31, 1998 has been removed.  This opens up the possibility… Read More...