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

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

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 designed to characterize hydrogeologic conditions and to determine the horizontal and vertical extent of contamination. It is important to confirm… 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 the funding source and budget for the cleanup, cleanup time-frames, and all governing regulations for the cleanup. ERMI’s professional engineering… Read More

Southwest Florida Commercial Real Estate On The Rise

Commercial Real Estate in Southwest Florida Environmental Risk Management, Inc. of Southwest Florida has observed a rise in the Southwest Florida commercial real estate trend. The entire region of Southwest Florida is involved in the steady real estate movement; the business climate here is exceedingly attractive. According to Florida Weekly, Commercial real estate prices overall are higher than they were, and the demand as fiscal year 2014 begins is more pressing than it has been… Read More

Environmental Risk Management | Environmental Site Assessment

What is Environmental due diligence? Environmental due diligence on a property requires particular levels of assessments to determine the current and historical use of the subject property. The property may have been used previously as a gas station, fertilizer plant, or a landfill. Determining how the property has been used and the assessment of potential contamination is the starting point of the due diligence process. Prior to the purchase or occupancy of a property, the… Read More

Environmental Risk Management | For Property Owners

 What is Environmental Risk Management? Managing environmental risk involves diligent research to identify, maintain and restore property value and provide economic benefits to property owners, small businesses, international corporations and state governments. A talented staff of scientists, geologists and engineers seek to determine what environmental risks exist onsite and then determine how to manage, reduce or eliminate those risks. With real estate comes real challenges; buildings, condos, homes, and apartment complexes can harbor unsuspected environmental… Read More