The one place even conservative banks sometimes gamble dangerously.

In 1990, a major Florida bank was held liable for environmental issues discovered on a property they had financed—and for years to follow, the threat of lender liability hung over commercial real estate transactions throughout the state. Finally, in 1996, the legislature passed the Asset Conservation Act, which protected lenders from environmental liability with a… Read More...

ERMI Celebrates 20 Years of Assessment & Remediation in Florida

Cue the music: May 21, 2019, marks the 20th anniversary of ERMI’s founding. Back in 1999, our founder, Steve Hilfiker, started the company in a construction trailer in his back yard.  Steve had graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Florida, then worked nearly 10 years on the staff of… Read More...

Environmental Risk Management, Inc. (ERMI) celebrates first year of Tampa branch operations.

One year ago this week, we established our Tampa office to more effectively serve central Florida with locally-based engineering and technical personnel. The new Tampa site builds on ERMI’s two-decade-long history of helping Florida developers, lenders, property owners, and government agencies with assessment, testing, documentation and remediation services. “We’ve had a really good year with… Read More...

ERMI Secures State Licensure for Asbestos-Related Services

ERMI has been awarded an Asbestos License from Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This license equips ERMI to expertly ensure that safe procedures are followed in situations involving asbestos, especially in renovation or demolition projects. Asbestos fibers in building materials such as roofing, ceiling tiles, and insulation pose severe health risks, yet is still commonly found in… Read More...

ERMI Personnel Address Brownfields Association Conference

Steve Hilfiker (ERMI President), and Tim Terwilliger (ERMI Principal Engineer) both addressed audiences at the 2018 Florida Brownfields Association Conference that concluded on October 3rd in Daytona Beach. In addition to moderating one of the sessions, Hilfiker delivered a presentation on Growth Management, highlighting the importance of brownfield redevelopment in contending with Florida’s massive population… Read More...

Steve Hilfiker Profiled in American Driller Magazine

ERMI’s Steve Hilfiker appears in the latest issue of the Florida Groundwater Association’s American Driller magazine. The full-page Member Spotlight provided Steve with the opportunity to introduce himself as a new member of the FGWA Board of Directors, and to reflect upon his nearly 30 years in the water quality field. As Steve notes in… Read More...

ERMI Selected by Lee County for 
Environmental Services Contract

ERMI is pleased to have received a letter of intent from Lee County, announcing the firm’s successful selection via a public “Request for Proposal” process. We will be joining a short list of other leading firms in this contractual relationship with the County, performing a variety of environmental investigations, surveys and assessments, including: Phase I… Read More...

James Lawson Joins ERMI, Bringing New Emphasis on Indoor Air Quality

Environmental Risk Management, Inc. (ERMI) has added a new team member whose experience and credentials will allow the company to more fully assess the environment in and around commercial buildings. James Lawson is an environmental scientist with a range of designations that include Certified Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Contractor Supervisor, and State of Florida Licensed Mold… Read More...

Troubled Waters: Understanding Lake O

Lake Okeechobee has garnered a great deal of attention lately in the news, in social media, and even through on-site protests along its shores. Much of the current tumult intensified when more than a foot of rain fell on the area in January of 2016. That torrential rain drove Lake O dangerously past the 16-foot… Read More...