ERMI president Steve Hilfiker is in high demand as a speaker at conferences and conventions. As a 25-plus-year veteran of the environmental field, the author of dozens of articles, and a frequent advisor to Florida legislators, Steve brings a perspective to his presentations that is multidimensional and authoritative.

If your group, agency, or organization is involved in engineering, real estate, construction/development, education, or financial services, contact ERMI today.

Steve is ready to deliver a presentation to your group that will be relevant, timely, and informative.

ERMI named as an FDEP Agency Term Contractor

On January 15th, 2014, ERMI was selected as an FDEP Agency Term Contractor (ATC) pursuant to its Solicitation No. 2014004C, entitled “Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the Petroleum Contamination Site Response Action Services.” ERMI is honored to have been selected as an ATC, and looks forward to helping property owners achieve regulatory file closure for their petroleum contaminated sites. Remediation restores property value and eases property sales and refinancing.

Low Scored Site Initiative (LSSI) Benefits Property Owners – For You Today!

FDEP Low Scored Site Initiative (LSSI)   LSSI grants up to $30,000 to cleanup program sites scored 5 to 29. Deductibles and copayments are waived for LSSI work. There is no cost to you. The purpose is to identify sites that qualify for No Further Action. Regulatory file closure is possible even if the site is impacted.   Low Scored Site Initiative (LSSI) This program has been available since March 2011. The Florida Legislature wants… Read More

Assessment Funding available through LSSI

The Low-Scored Site Initiative (LSSI) provides up to $30,000 of assessment funding to assess low scored sites that are eligible for the petroleum cleanup program. The purpose is to sample sites that have not had State-funded work in many years to determine if the contamination file can be closed. Most low scored sites have not had any funding since at least 1995. Petroleum impacts naturally attenuate, and many of these sites are clean. The LSSI… 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 of participation for all applicants who can demonstrate that they meet the statutory requirements. While the program’s funding cap of… Read More

Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 4 of 5: “Case Closed” — or is it?

What happens when the matter of contamination on a given property has officially been declared closed… but then additional contamination is discovered on that same property? The answer to that question has not been completely clear. A new clause added with 2016 legislation adds some clarity by stating that a property may still be eligible for cleanup assistance — even after the issuance of a Site Rehabilitation Completion Order (SRCO) or a No Further Action… 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 for petroleum site remediation) is once again open to all applicants who can demonstrate: that they meet the established statutory… 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 transactions or for owners who want to close the regulatory file on individual or multiple sites. Senate Bill 100, effective… 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 year’s new legislation ushers in a whole series of expansions to the Low-Scored Site Initiative (LSSI). LSSI, originally established for… Read More

ERMI gets a visual update

Our company turns 17 this month. As technology and legislation have evolved over the years, we’ve changed our methods and our organizational structure. However, one thing that hasn’t really changed along the way has been our visual branding: it’s been bypassed as all the other advances were taking place around it. So after 17 years with the existing designs, we felt it was time to freshen up our logo and corporate identity a little. We haven’t made a drastic… Read More

Real Estate and Risk Management – PowerPoint

When Steve delivers this 35-slide presentation, Realtors, developers, investors, and property owners will better understand principles of environmental regulations and risk management (including Steve’s “10 C’s of Environmental Risk Management”). Real Estate and Risk Management

FES MNA Presentation – PowerPoint

Steve covers Monitored Natural Attenuation in depth through this presentation, providing an historical perspective, as well as an overview of the legislative foundation and economic impacts of this remedial strategy. FES MNA Presentation PPT