ERMI President Addresses STEM teachers at FGCU

ERMI’s Steve Hilfiker was a featured speaker at the Center for Excellence in Education’s “Bite of Science” event on March 2nd, hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education. Steve spoke to middle and high school teachers from throughout the region who serve as instructors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) about the… Read More

Florida Engineering Society Conference: NAM Presentation

Natural Attentuation Monitoring (NAM) was the subject of a presentation to members of FES by Steve Hilfiker, president of ERMI. NAM, sometimes called “passive remediation” is an option available for some former petroleum storage sites under the state’s Petroleum Cleanup Program. In locations where underground storage tanks once leaked minor amounts of fuel, the soil… Read More

The Value of Consulting

DEP Agency-Term Contractors (ATCs) should maintain their role as consultants with site owners and responsible parties even though their contract is with the DEP.  This is most significantly highlighted on sites with funding caps. Many owners are not aware of the amount remaining in their cap, and some do not even know there is a… Read More

Florida Engineering Society Conference: RBCA Presentation

Steve Hilfiker, ERMI President helped attendees at the FES conference get up to speed about changes to Florida’s Risk-Based Corrective Action program (RBCA). The program, which has undergone some streamlining by the Legislature, is a primary frame of reference for engineering personnel involved in the remediation of contamination resulting from pollutant/hazardous substances discharges.

Turning Point

The mood of the Petroleum Restoration Program presentation at the Florida Remediation Conference this year was much more positive than it was one year ago. Contractors seem to have much less frustration and much more hope. The FDEP developments, ability to encumber more projects and streamline some of the procedures appears to be working. On October 20, 2015, the Department… Read More

Environmental Risk Management | Spill Prevention Plans

Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure Plan The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires commercial facilities that maintain petroleum storage systems to maintain a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. A SPCC Plan is designed to protect public health, public welfare, and the environment from potential harmful effects of oil/petroleum discharges to navigable waters and adjoining… Read More

Environmental Risk Management | Storm Water Services

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) require certain industrial facilities and construction sites to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage for their storm water discharges. These facilities must develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan to satisfy the… Read More

ERMI submits one of 12 successful applications to the FDEP during the recent ‘Advanced Cleanup Application Period’

The award secured approximately $75,895.47 in funding for the ERMI client and it enables them to pursue remediation outside of the priority funding order. Please refer to the State of Florida website for the latest FDEP Announcements, including the PAC Awards. Contact ERMI for more information regarding the FDEP Advanced Cleanup Program or any of… Read More

Remedial Bidding Conditions

The following is a commentary on the recent changes to the FDEP Petroleum Restoration Program, which is becoming more price-driven.  Best-value certainly includes a cost-component, but the key to subsurface remediation is diligence and data. ERMI supports the FDEP and believes the changes will ultimately lead to a more successful program.  We applaud the emphasis… Read More

Environmental Risk Management | Tank Closure

The Importance of Tank Closure Did you know there are approximately 575,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) nationwide that store petroleum or hazardous substances? The greatest potential threat from a leaking UST is contamination of groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans. The EPA reported that groundwater supplies drinking water to… Read More