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...

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...

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...

Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 3 of 5: New opportunities to clean up properties burdened by abandoned petroleum tanks.

Thanks to this year’s Florida Legislative Session, a door that’s been closed for 20 years has been reopened. The statutory application deadline for the Abandoned Tank Restoration Program (ATRP)—previously frozen at June 30, 1996—has been removed. This means the ATRP eligibility program (which provides 100% state funding with no cap, and has a $500 deductible… Read More...

Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 2 of 5: Advancements in the Advanced Cleanup Program

This is the second installment in my five-part series summarizing environmental highlights from the 2016 Florida Legislative Session. This session saw a significant expansion to Florida’s Advanced Cleanup Program (ACP), which is designed to provide remedial funding to address petroleum contamination in advance of priority order. It is an excellent option for pending real estate… Read More...

Low-Scored Site Initiative Scores Some Big Improvements: Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 1 of 5

The 2016 Florida Legislative Session brought about some significant changes in the area of environmental legislation. This is the first in a series of five quick recaps I’ll give you, focusing mainly on amendments to Florida Statute 376—particularly as those amendments impact the Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP). One of the biggest developments is that this… Read More...