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 can be monitored to gauge whether natural processes are sufficient for that site’s recovery.

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 limit to their funding.  Some project managers do not know or consider the cap.  Planning the best strategy for 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 had a teleconference with agency term contractors and presented the latest information regarding work distribution, change orders and other technical developments within the… 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 shorelines. The Plan must be reviewed at least once every five years from the date of the initial review to… 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 requirements of the NPDES Permit. The SWPP Plan evaluates how and where pollutants may be mobilized by storm water, establishes… 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 the other FDEP Announcements.

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 on technical performance and look forwarding to cleaning up sites throughout Florida as an FDEP Agency Term Contractor. Bidding subsurface… 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 approximately 50% of the nation’s overall population and 99 percent of the population in rural areas. The Florida Department of… Read More

Environmental Risk Management | Environmental Forensics

Environmental forensics is a rapidly expanding segment of Environmental Risk Management’s suite of consulting services.  The field is one that utilizes a wide-ranging armamentarium of tools to identify and characterize complex adverse environmental events.  Some of the scientific disciplines involved in forensics include analytical chemistry, hydrology, lithology, geology, history, and statistics. Environmental Forensics: What is Analytical Chemistry? According to the EPA, analytical chemistry is an important tier of environmental protection and has been linked to… Read More