To protect the public regarding geologic issues that affect citizens, natural resources, and the environment, New York State became the 32nd state to require that professional geologists be licensed. This month, two of Environmental Standards’ Principal Geologists; Gerry Kirkpatrick and Dan Claycomb, received certification from the State of New York. With their recent accomplishments, our geosciences team now has PG licenses to help our clients in many states (AZ, DE, FL, IN, NC, NH, NY, TN, PA and VA).
Environmental Standards has appropriate certifications to provide environmental services in West Virginia, Ohio, and other states as well. We have several geologists certified at the national level and even an elected Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
On Thursday, October 12th, a crowd of 150 gathered at the Phoenixville Foundry to celebrate Environmental Standards’ 30th year in business. Guests included colleagues, clients, friends and family. The theme of the night was a Venetian Carnival Masquerade and guests donned masks that ranged from traditional Venetian style to those inspired by Phantom of the Opera and the steampunk genre. The evening began with an aerial bartender pouring champagne to the sounds of a talented string quartet from CAPA, The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. DJ, Aaron DeAngelo kept the dance floor alive while other guests engaged in friendly competition up in the mezzanine around craps, blackjack and roulette tables. A great time was had by all!
Thank you to all for attending! Cheers to the next 30 years!
Due to the vision, risk taking, and perseverance of Mr. Jim Joseph, over 400 acres of former Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation (WPSC) property has been remediated, generating a large positive environmental impact for the Ohio River Valley. Trimodal Terminal, LLP and 6twelve Properties, LLP purchased acreage in Follansbee, WV from the WPSC bankruptcy. The land was subject to a Consent Order under the RCRA Corrective Action Program. Soils and groundwater were impacted by historical disposal of industrial slag, steel filings, and tar decanter sludge, as well as impacts from historical steel manufacturing activities. The property lay unused for over fifteen years, creating a potential risk to human health and the environment. After acquisition by Mr. Joseph, the properties were entered into the WV Voluntary Remediation Program under an AOC with US EPA. A partnership with Mr. Joseph, US EPA Region 3, the WVDEP, and Lydia Work, LRS, Environmental Standards, was developed, resulting in collaboration and successful remediation of the properties. Engineering controls, such as soil caps, have been installed. Institutional controls that restrict land use to non-residential, restrict soil excavation, restrict the use of groundwater, and the construction of occupied buildings in defined areas, have been implemented. No further action and COCs have been issued, allowing the properties to be safely redeveloped and marketed as Trimodal Terminal and the Eastridge Commerce Park.
Gerry Kirkpatrick will be providing his redevelopment insight during the Intro Brownfields Finance Course at the Council for Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Summer School on August 8-9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CDFA Summer School is a weeklong series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. The courses qualify for the CDFA Training Institute’s Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Participants may register for one, two, or three courses during CDFA Summer School. Complete three courses, and you will have fulfilled half of the requirements for the DFCP Program.
One of the most important steps in a successful brownfields redevelopment is knowing your remediation and financing strategies, and how the two inform each other. In fact, these strategies often work in tandem to see a project to completion. During his session, CDFA panelists will consider the necessary components of an effective redevelopment strategy. Topics covered include the players involved, identifying partners and finding developers, land control, public buy-in, and addressing the needs of the community.
Environmental Standards today is announcing three well deserved promotions. We are excited that these three professionals will be joining our executive team and we look forward to supporting their efforts as we continue to develop our business lines, and expand our corporate footprint.
Environmental Standards is pleased to announce the promotion of Shaun Gilday to Senior Scientist/HSE Advisor and Associate Principal. Shaun joined Environmental Standards in 2004 and has advanced through progressively more responsible positions in both the Geoscience Department and as a leader in our expanding compliance auditing practice. Shaun has played a key role in helping us land and deliver on several large client projects in our developing HSE consulting/auditing practice.
A 2004 graduate of the University of Delaware, Shaun is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and a certified Project Management Professional. In his new role, he will continue to advance our capabilities in the geosciences and the environmental compliance market on both a national, and international basis.
Environmental Standards is pleased to announce the promotion of Erin Rodgers to Associate Principal Chemist and Associate Principal. Erin has been with Environmental Standards for more than 12 years and has worked in our Consulting Chemistry Department here at Valley Forge since joining the firm. Erin earned her degree from West Chester University and came to us shortly after graduation.
During her tenure here, Erin has implemented and improved processes which have increased efficiency in the Chemistry Department and has quickly excelled in the company’s forensic practice. Overall, Erin has consistently been recognized by management, peers and the firm’s clients for her outstanding achievements in her technical work, developing new clients/market sectors and as a highly organized multi-tasking project manager.
Environmental Standards is pleased to announce the promotion of Lydia Work to Associate Principal Chemist and Associate Principal. Joining the firm with an impressive tenure of more than 25 years in both chemistry and geoscience, Lydia has been with Environmental Standards for over 3 years. Lydia is successfully managing some of our best client relationships and has been identifying and developing new clients in the chemistry and geoscience market proving herself to be a committed company advocate.
Lydia came to Environmental Standards from another environmental consulting firm and brought with her energy and enthusiasm. She has continued to these attributes while helping the firm to improve our sales and reputation in the Mid-Atlantic marketplace. Her background in environmental consulting gives her an in-depth understanding of the need to excel in customer satisfaction, and then leverage this understanding to improve the satisfaction of our clients. Lydia is a Licensed Remediation Specialist in West Virginia and will be focusing on the firm’s business expansion in the Northeast, with immediate focus on New Jersey and New York.