Steve’s Blog

Phase I ESAs are not a Commodity

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments are not a commodity, although many hiring decisions are based solely on price.  Consulting is critical to the due diligence process.  An innocent land owner defense based on a thorough Phase I ESA is necessary for defending liability for the borrower/investor, and when issues arise, expert consulting is often required… 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...

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...

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...

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… Read More...

Environmental Risk Management | Soil & Ground Water Sampling

Site Characterization Florida’s geology is diverse and dynamic. Karst lithology with springs and sinkholes is flanked by panhandle clay and the Biscayne aquifer. Check out more information on Florida’s geology here. When contaminants are discharged to the environment, the potential impact must be assessed to determine the best remedial solution. A Site Assessment Report is… Read More...

Environmental Risk Management | Environmental Remediation

What is Environmental Remediation? Remediation is considered a course of action through which all risks start with a comprehensive and reliable assessment. ERMI has the expertise to develop an appropriate Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for contaminated sites. A Remedial Action Plan is beneficial to identify and evaluate areas of concern. ERMI will take into consideration… Read More...