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.

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Petroleum Cleanup Program Bill is now Law

By Steve Hilfiker Petroleum Cleanup Program After unanimous approval through both houses last spring, a veto in the summer, and an override in the fall, House Bill 1385 has made it to law. The Florida Legislature voted to override the Governor’s veto of the bill in a Special Session on November 16, 2010. The law amends Florida Statute (FS) section 376.3071 subsection (5)(c), which allows Long Term Natural Attenuation Monitoring (LTNAM) strategies as outlined below,… Read More

Lender Defenses, Tenant Operations, and Transfers to Third Parties

Florida Statutes (FS) Section 376.308 pertains to the liabilities and defenses of facilities at contaminated sites. This article emphasizes lender defenses as outlined in paragraph 3 of the statute. The language in 376.308(3) is similar to the federal language in the 1996 Asset Conservation, Lender Liability, and Deposit Insurance Protection Act and is designed to clarify lender liability protections and make federal law consistent with State law. While this letter focuses on Florida Statutes, the… Read More

Steve Hilfiker Named Chairperson of the ASTM Subcommittee to Help Design ASTM Standards

Steve Hilfiker was elected chairperson of the newly formed ASTM subcommittee for Forensic Environmental Investigations.  The committee is designated E50.06 and was organized to define the ASTM standards for forensic environmental investigations.  Anyone with an interest in contributing to this process is encouraged to contact Steve via email at steve@ermi.net. Title: Subcommittee on Forensic Environmental Investigations E50.06 1.0 Scope and Structure of Activity 1.1 The scope of the activity shall be the development of standards… Read More

New Subcommittee on Forensic Environmental Investigations

The origin of recently established ASTM Subcommittee E50.06 on Forensic Environmental Investigations, part of Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action, is based in Daubert challenges, in which attorneys challenge their opponent’s expert witnesses. In many cases, experts are competent and their scientific methods credible, but due to the lack of professional standards in the emerging field of environmental forensics, a skilled opposing attorney can use this weakness to have the expert… Read More

Forensic Tools Featuring Deconvolution Of Complicated Mass Spectra

Co-Authors: Stephen Hilfiker, MS, CFEA, REPA and Albert Robbat, PhD, MBA Effective Forensic Tools Effective forensic project management should include an evaluation of multiple forensic tools based on site-specific circumstances.  The process of evaluation and the ultimate selection of the forensic tool are critical to a successful outcome.  When project budgets allow, combining forensic methods for corroborative evidence can substantially strengthen your client’s position in an effort to prevent or support litigation.  The effective forensic… Read More

Environmental Business Opportunities

Prepared By: Stephen F. Hilfiker, President Environmental Risk Management, Inc. Trends in recent environmental regulation, public perception of contamination, and local government interest in redevelopment provide favorable market conditions for redevelopment of contaminated property. There are approximately 30,000 properties in Florida that have reported contamination to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). An additional, larger group of properties is potentially contaminated. There is no shortage of supply (high risk sites) for the environmental business… Read More