April 2020 Land Science Newsletter

A Guide to 6 Key Advantages and Tax Incentives for Opportunity Zone Properties and Investment Funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) are designed to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities throughout the country by providing tax benefits to investors who invest eligible capital into these communities. This ebook provides a high-level overview of the Opportunity Zone program, a guide to six of some of the most meaningful changes for land redevelopment included in the final regulations, and information on where to turn for quick and cost-effective assistance when it comes to environmental remediation. To learn about some of the key advantages to recent Opportunity Zones regulatory changes, download the eBook.

Pre-emptive Vapor Mitigation Protects Students from Potential Exposure at California Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This case study reviews a high school that has been a fixture in its Southern California community since it was built in the 1930’s. Due to onsite pesticide use, a vapor intrusion mitigation system was necessary to protect students and staff. The environmental team responsible for treating the potential vapor intrusion identified the historical use of pesticides on site and voluntarily sought a remedial solution to protect the site’s future occupants. In efforts to protect students and staff against potentially harmful vapor intrusion as a result of historic releases, a vapor intrusion barrier system was proposed as the most appropriate remedial approach.


New eBook Providing 10 Reasons to Consider Retro-Coat to Protect Your Property Investment

Vapor intrusion occurs when there is migration of vapor-forming chemicals from any subsurface contaminant source into an overlying building. When vapor intrusion is detected, it becomes necessary to design a solution to mitigate the problem. Retro-Coat™, a chemically resistant coating designed to resist aggressive chemical vapors, is a cost-effective technology with many advantages over alternative options for existing structures and has been gaining popularity and acceptance as an effective vapor intrusion mitigation strategy. To learn more about the benefits of Retro-Coat, download the eBook.


Vapor Intrusion Coating System for Existing Structures

The Retro-Coat Vapor Intrusion Coating System is a complete product line that consists of chemically resistant materials to properly protect existing structures from the threat of vapor intrusion without the need for additional concrete protection. Developed by the Research and Development team at Land Science, the Retro-Coat system has been subjected to rigorous testing procedures to prove its ability to combat the most aggressive chemical vapors. To learn more about how Retro-Coat works, download the brochure.


Land Science Continues to Work Safely to Ensure Protection Against Contaminant Vapor Intrusion

While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing many companies to implement “stay at home” directives, Land Science is continuing to actively implement vapor intrusion mitigation programs. Vapor mitigation is considered critical to ensure the safety of building occupants by preventing exposure to contaminants in indoor air. While our vapor barrier products are still being installed, we are taking additional steps to ensure the safety of our applicators, employees and clients. All personnel in the field are maintaining social distancing, taking additional steps to ensure hygiene, and wearing appropriate protective masks to protect themselves and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For the most current information on COVID-19, we recommend you rely on the CDC website here.


Working Remotely? Visit Our Vapor Intrusion Training Library To Earn Certificates of Attendance

At Land Science, we know that many environmental firms have staff working remotely as we respond to COVID-19. Many companies are using this time to focus on staff training and getting abreast of new technologies and regulations. So we wanted to bring your attention to our library of pre-recorded vapor intrusion webinars that we provide on our website at no charge. We’ll provide certificates of attendance for any webinar viewed upon request by emailing marketing@regenesis.com.


7 Reasons to Hire a Land Science Certified Applicator

The effectiveness of a vapor intrusion mitigation (VIM) system depends on the quality of its installation. Improper installation can lead to vapors entering occupied spaces, potentially harming human health, and exposing the owners to legal liability. In order to minimize the possibility of system failure, it is highly advisable to hire an applicator who has undergone a rigorous certification process demonstrating they can meet strict manufacturer installation standards. Watch the video to learn more.

 

 

 

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To recieve a custom vapor intrusion solution, please call 949.481.8118 or visit landsciencetech.com/contact-us. One of our Technical Solutions Managers will review your project details and provide you with a customized vapor intrusion solution designed to achieve your site goals.

Denise Sullivan

Client Spotlight: Denise Sullivan, Principal and Owner of Urban Green Environmental, LLC

Ask Denise Sullivan, Principal and Owner of Urban Green Environmental, LLC, an environmental consulting and engineering firm and valued Land Science® client, about how she chose a career in environmental remediation and you’re likely to get the response, “Well, my career chose me.” That’s because Sullivan, upon graduation from Tufts University, where she earned her BS in Civil Engineering, found that most of the jobs readily available were in the environmental market, predominantly investigating and remediating properties for environmental impacts and contamination. She shares, “I needed a job, and at the time I never would have guessed that I would find my passion for my career in that first job. My first position was at a company, Ensol, Inc. in Billerica, Massachusetts. It was a small firm, much like Urban Green Environmental, which I started in 2007, and I have modeled much of our internal culture at Urban Green Environmental based on my early experiences at Ensol.” Becoming an entrepreneur and starting her own business targeting the environmental sciences had always been a dream for Sullivan as a way to own and grow her own company while also giving back to the environment. She says her success is based upon nurturing a strong entrepreneurial spirit and choosing a field that she is passionate about. She continues, “I have dedicated my career to the environmental field and have worked hard to carve out a niche where my firm can successfully balance environmental goals with economic development. My proudest accomplishment as a business owner is the team of committed individuals that comprise Urban Green. In 2007, despite the challenging economic climate, I felt the time was right to invest in myself, my adopted hometown of Baltimore, and establish a niche firm focused on environmental investigations of Brownfields and urban in-fill properties. When I started, I was a one-person company and operated out of my home. Today, Urban Green has six employees, an expanding office in Locust Point, and a clear mission and vision.”

When asked about working with Land Science®, Sullivan feels the range of products offer important solutions towards successful project completion for their clients. “We have several projects in Baltimore City that employ the use of Land Science® vapor barriers,” she says. “Specifically, Geo-Seal® and Retro-Coat™. It is rare to have a project in our Maryland Department of the Environment Voluntary Cleanup Program, particularly in an urban environment such as Baltimore City, where we do not spec a vapor barrier with proven resistance to volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs. Retro-Coat™ has been a critical product for many of our projects, and we have used it with great success on some of our current projects.” As one would expect, staying current in an ever-changing industry can have its challenges, so Sullivan regularly attends the National Brownfields conference as well as local Brownfield conferences to stay abreast of the latest trends and technology. When asked about the future goals of Urban Green Environmental, she emphasizes the company’s need to remain focused on providing current solutions for successful outcomes. She shares, “Our mission is to investigate properties for environmental liabilities and provide solutions to those liabilities for private and public organizations and institutions. We have a wide array of clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors and are excited about the future of the company.”

Recently married for the first time and residing in Baltimore, MD, Sullivan’s husband also plays a key role in Urban Green Environmental’s success. She continues, “I’m married to a wonderful Frenchman, Sylvain Masset, who is also an engineer with a focus in the air testing equipment industry (ATI). His expertise has been invaluable over the past few years as Urban Green has developed diagnostic testing protocols for our vapor mitigation systems.” Outside of work, they enjoy hiking on weekends, and she hopes to one day build a new home with her “talented husband.” She also finds time to serve as a member of the Advisory Board for The Baltimore Center for Sustainable Careers (BCSC), a project of Civic Works, Baltimore’s non-profit service corp. In addition, she volunteers as an instructor for the B’more Green Brownfields Training Program, a workforce development program. “Since 2004, I have provided classroom instruction for future environmental field technicians, and I’ve also hired two graduates from this training program.” When asked about the most challenging aspect of her work, Sullivan points to the need to work effectively with people, yet stresses this can also be rewarding as well. She continues, “For me, working with people in general is the most challenging and the most rewarding. I believe our best efforts come from a team, and I find myself awed and so very lucky at the team that has been attracted to Urban Green. They work so hard and are extremely dedicated.”

As the environmental remediation industry continues to evolve, Sullivan sees potential for continued growth and development, particularly in soil and demolition materials, as well as vapor intrusion and mitigation. She shares, “Other than the investigation and remediation of PFOAs, which it seems most in our industry are tracking closely, I think we’ll continue to see progress in densely developed urban areas and on brownfields, along with emerging trends for the re-use of soil and demolition materials (concrete, brick, etc.) and vapor intrusion/mitigation.” And what advice would she give to others who might be considering a career in environment remediation? She concludes, “That’s an interesting question and one that is difficult for me to answer. I would encourage folks who are curious about Brownfields or contaminated properties who want to make an impact on the future of our environment to get involved early on and nurture their curiosity by exploring the various career paths that are out there.”

Land Science® is proud to have Denise Sullivan, Principal and Owner of Urban Green Environmental, LLC as a valued client and partner in vapor intrusion mitigation, and appreciates her diverse experience and knowledge base in providing successful remediation outcomes for Land Science® and its clients.

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January 2020 Land Science Newsletter

Client Spotlight: Prem Neupane, Apex

As an experienced Program Manager with Apex Companies, LLC, Prem Neupane has an ongoing appreciation for seeing firsthand how his efforts can make a difference in site cleanup. “When I compare the before and after activities at the remediation site,” he says, “Especially those in the State Voluntary Cleanup Program, Brownfield program and sites located in urban areas, our project work continues to provide me with great satisfaction.” With 18 years of experience at Apex, Neupane has been involved in a diverse range of remediation projects. In his current role, he manages several clients, participates in business development, and manages all aspects of his project work. Learn more in our client spotlight.

 

Client Spotlight: Prem Neupane, Apex

Brownfield Sites Can Save 40% in Installation Time with a New Single Sheet, Spray-Applied Vapor Barrier System

 MonoShield can be installed 30-40% faster than alternate plastic sheeting or HDPE systems. This saves money by reducing contractor costs and shortening the redevelopment timeline. Additionally, based on its superior durability and chemical resistance, its ability to effectively seal penetrations and seams, and a quality-tested and professional installation, MonoShield can improve indoor air quality, protect building occupants from exposure, and significantly reduce future liability, leading to immeasurable long-term cost savings. To learn more about our other Opportunity Zones tips, download the eBook.

Brownfield Sites Can Save 40% in Installation Time with a New Single Sheet, Spray-Applied Vapor Barrier System

 


A Cost-Effective Barrier with Superior Constructability

MonoShield is a chemically resistant and easy-to-apply barrier specifically designed as a preemptive solution for vapor intrusion at brownfield redevelopment sites. It is backed by unparalleled design support and a network of certified applicators who can ensure quality installtion. As with any construction project, but especially with regards to a voluntary preemptive action, cost is often a critical factor; MonoShield was designed with this in mind. One of the most significant advantages is reduced installation time. MonoShield can be installed 30-40% faster than alternate plastic sheeting or HDPE systems. This saves money by reducing contractor costs and shortening the


Geo-Seal Speeds Redevelopment of Former Textile Mill

Geo-Seal Speeds Redevelopment of Former Textile Mill
This case study reviews a former textile mill that was built in 1925 and was the first plush fabric mill in the state of South Carolina. The redevelopment of the former textile mill consisted of remediation, historic preservation, and the creation of a pocket park for the city. This redevelopment will bring new jobs and businesses to the area while preserving the site’s important cultural and historical features.
Geo-Seal Speeds Redevelopment of Former Textile Mill

 


Upcoming Vapor Intrusion Webinar with Dr. Blayne Hartman and Dr. Mark Kram

The Vapor Intrusion Risk Pathway

Land Science is pleased to present a webinar with vapor intrusion expert Dr. Blayne Hartman of Hartman Environmental Geoscience. During this webinar presentation, Dr. Hartman will discuss updates regarding vapor intrusion pathway issues, including regulatory updates. He will be joined by Dr. Mark Kram of Groundswell Technologies, who will discuss the use of vapor intrusion continuous monitoring technology. This webinar begins Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 11am pacific/2pm eastern.
The Vapor Intrusion Risk Pathway

About the Presenters:


Blayne Hartman, PhD
President, Hartman Environmental Geoscience

Dr. Hartman is a nationally recognized expert on soil vapor sampling, soil vapor analysis, and vapor intrusion. He has provided training on soil gas methods and vapor intrusion to state regulatory agencies in over 30 states. His organization, Hartman Environmental Geoscience, provides vapor intrusion, soil gas and analytical expertise.

Mark Kram, PhD
Founder and CTO, Groundswell Technologies

Dr. Mark Kram is the Founder and CTO for Groundswell Technologies, Inc., a group specializing in automated cloud based monitoring and modeling of environmental sensor and analytical instrumentation networks. Dr. Kram has over 30 years of experience using innovative environmental assessment techniques, has authored articles, national standards and book chapters on the subject.


Upcoming Events

A&WMA 2020 Annual Seminar

1/23/2020, Buffalfo, NY
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SAME Small Business Day

2/6/2020, Waltham, MA
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Alaska Forum on the Environment

2/10 – 2/14/2020, Alaska, AK
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Emerging Contaminants Summit

3/10 – 3/11/2020, Westminster, CO
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30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Water, Energy, and Air

3/16 – 3/19/2020, San Diego, CA
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Questions?

REGENESIS has remediation experts based worldwide to assist you in your brownfield site cleanup. As the technology leader in advanced bioremediation solutions, we can help ensure success on your next remediation project. Use the map on our website to find your regional REGENESIS contact today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prem Neupane

Client Spotlight: Prem Neupane, Program Manager with Apex Companies, LLC

Prem NeupaneAs an experienced Program Manager with Apex Companies, LLC, a leading environmental services firm and valued Land Science® client, Prem Neupane has an ongoing appreciation for seeing firsthand how his efforts and those of Apex can make a difference in site cleanup. “When I compare the before and after activities at the remediation site,” he says, “Especially those in the State Voluntary Cleanup Program, Brownfield program and sites located in urban areas, our project work continues to provide me with great satisfaction.” With 18 years of experience at Apex, first as an Environmental Scientist, then as a Project Manager and now as a Program Manager, Neupane has been involved in a diverse range of remediation projects. In his current role, he manages several clients, participates in business development, and manages all aspects of his project work-  from initiation to close-out.  He shares, “I like interacting with clients, our trusted vendors and suppliers/lab, and fellow Apexians, and ultimately finding the optimum solutions for environmental remediation problems.” Prior to joining Apex, Neupane performed a year-long internship with the USGS in Dover, DE working on the Air Force Base projects. To prepare for a career in environmental science he earned a BS in Environmental Science from Troy University, followed by a MS in Science and Water Resources at Miami University in Ohio. He continues, “I became interested in the environmental field during high school.  After completing my undergrad studies at Troy University, I went straight to graduate school to further enhance my knowledge on environmental issues.  While working on my Master of Science at Miami University, I was able to take a few advance level courses in contamination, and shifted my focus toward environmental characterization and remediation. Aside from seeing projects through to fruition, it’s the interdisciplinary nature of this field that interests me the most.”

With nearly 20 years of experience in the environmental industry, Neupane takes great pride in his work, while continuing to focus on the company’s long-term goals, which include the practice of utilizing sustainable remediation technologies. He continues, “At Apex, our plans are to strategically grow the company by harnessing the power of innovation, especially in the use of green remediation. We continually invest in leading-edge, sustainable remediation technologies and in remediation experts who can develop and deploy them. Beyond our use of evaporative desorption technology (EDT),  ex-situ on-site bioremediation, cryogenic vapor treatment technology (CVTT), and remote station soil vapor extraction (SVE) – which are just a few ways we help our clients move to more effective results –we plan to adopt and deliver more efficient, practical, and sensible remedial strategies that continue to benefit our clients and communities.” When it comes to working with Land Science®, he continues to be impressed with their client service, responsiveness, and their ability to provide assistance with product recommendations that fit a variety of challenges and situations. He points out that on a recent project, and on short notice, Land Science® met the Apex team at the job site to discuss solutions for an existing issue. As for which Land Science® products Apex uses, two come to mind. He shares, “Geo-Seal® and Retro-Coat™ vapor intrusion coating are those we have used the most. However, we are open to the new products Land Science® has rolled out recently. Geo-Seal® is a composite vapor intrusion barrier system that consists of chemical resistance high density polyethylene (HDPE) and spray applied asphalt latex.  It is ideal for installation on new construction. Retro-Coat™ consists of chemically resistant material that is applied to existing structures to prevent potential vapor intrusion risks.  I like them both because they are relatively easy to apply, are compatible and effective with VOCs from petroleum as well as chlorinated solvents sources, and they are very popular and well liked by regulators.”

When asked about the future of environmental remediation, including trends on the horizon, Neupane points to advancements in technology that enable more accurate targeting of contamination in subsurface and faster analysis. He also expects to see more cost-effective solutions, greener cleanups and green remediation to minimize the environmental “footprint” of remediation activities, emerging contaminants, and vapor intrusion solutions. He notes that the EPA describes green remediation as “The practice of considering all environmental effects of remedy implementation and incorporating options to maximize net environmental benefit of cleanup actions.”  He continues, “Some local and state regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) in Washington, DC, are encouraging responsible parties to consider and report green remediation strategies for remediation sites.  Green remediation allows us to reduce the environmental footprint of a cleanup project.” To stay abreast of emerging technologies and trends, Neupane regularly attends seminars and training modules, and participates in webinars offered by remediation industries and coalitions, such as those offered by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC). He shares a recent example of a training seminar he attended in May of last year, “I attended Vapor Intrusion (VI) & Soil Gas Training provided by Dr. Blayne Hartman of Hartman Environmental Geoscience, at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.  The training was very informational and covered the latest in regulatory, assessment, sampling, analysis and mitigation, as well as legal considerations.” When prompted about the most challenging aspect of his work, he feels accounting for project uncertainties and including contingencies to complete the remediation work on budget and on time can be difficult. “Weather can also be a challenge sometimes,” he says, “Especially with large scale water related projects during winter months.”

Currently residing in Chicago, with his wife and daughter, Neupane works out of Apex’s downtown Chicago office, and frequently travels to the company’s Washington, D.C. region for project work and meetings. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, and visiting new places with his family. He shares, “Having grown up in Nepal, I was always drawn to the beauty of the Himalayas.  I visit Nepal and try to hit the hiking trails there whenever possible.  I was in Nepal just this past October with the family and did some hiking near Mt. Annapurna (10th tallest mountain). Whenever I travel to a new place I seek out nearby hiking/biking trails.” And how would he encourage others to join his field of study? He concludes by emphasizing the potential long-term contributions that his profession makes possible.  “Remind those who may be interested that they can make a positive impact on human health and the environment. Look at the bigger picture and think of your contribution to future generations.”

Land Science® is proud to have Prem Neupane, Project Manager for Apex Companies, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his expert knowledge and experience in providing successful remediation outcomes for Land Science® and its clients.

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December 2019 Land Science Newsletter

Blayne Hartman PhD, President of Hartman Environmental Geoscience

As a nationally recognized expert on soil vapor sampling, soil vapor analysis, and vapor intrusion, Blayne Hartman, PhD, President of Hartman Environmental Geoscience continues to leverage his 40 years of experience to provide solution leadership on soil gas methods and vapor intrusion to regulatory agencies in over 35 states, and counting. Although he has amassed diverse experience in a specialized field, he is currently focusing his efforts on indoor air testing. He shares, “I currently do indoor air testing around the country using high-resolution, real-time analyzers. Over the years I’ve developed expertise in the testing of vapors for a suite of volatile compounds that the EPA has strict regulations on.” Learn more in our client spotlight.

 

Blayne Hartman PhD, President of Hartman Environmental Geoscience

Webinar on Continuous Monitoring Data

The Vapor Intrusion Risk Pathway

Land Science is pleased to present a webinar with vapor intrusion experts, Dr. Blayne Hartman of Hartman Environmental and Dr. Mark Kram of Groundswell Technologies. During this webinar presentation, Dr.s Hartman and Kram discuss updates regarding vapor intrusion pathway issues, as well as the use of continuous monitoring data. Vapor intrusion continues to be a hot topic among environmental practitioners and represents an opportunity in the industry for firms to expand in providing informed and proper VI guidance and best practices for their clients’ sites. The recording of this free webinar is now available.

The Vapor Intrusion Risk Pathway

About the Presenters:


Blayne Hartman, PhD
President, Hartman Environmental Geoscience

Dr. Hartman is a nationally recognized expert on soil vapor sampling, soil vapor analysis, and vapor intrusion. He has provided training on soil gas methods and vapor intrusion to state regulatory agencies in over 30 states. His organization, Hartman Environmental Geoscience, provides vapor intrusion, soil gas and analytical expertise.

Mark Kram, PhD
Founder and CTO, Groundswell Technologies

Dr. Mark Kram is the Founder and CTO for Groundswell Technologies, Inc., a group specializing in automated cloud based monitoring and modeling of environmental sensor and analytical instrumentation networks. Dr. Kram has over 30 years of experience using innovative environmental assessment techniques, has authored articles, national standards and book chapters on the subject.

 

 


FAQ: The Vapor Intrusion Pathway

 FAQ: The Vapor Intrusion Pathway
The questions summarized in this FAQ as part of the Land Science “Distinguished Speaker” webinar series, were provided by our guest presenters, Blayne Hartman, PhD and Mark Kram, PhD in response to questions fielded throughout the webinar presentation. REGENESIS and Land Science are grateful to both Dr. Hartman and Dr. Kram for sharing their expertise. Land Science is dedicated to providing relevant, industry-leading content in support of client partners globally.

 FAQ: The Vapor Intrusion Pathway


Effective Use of Vapor Mitigation Systems Speeds Up Approvals and Creates a Safe Indoor Environment
In situations where groundwater contaminants at brownfield properties are either too difficult or expensive to remove, it is necessary to mitigate the human health risks posed by vapors entering overlying structures. An effective vapor barrier system can reduce those risks while lowering the cost of site remediation and expediting construction. Opportunity Zones, many of which are environmentally impacted properties, can be an excellent vehicle for investment and allow developers to generate value for both themselves and local communities. To learn more about our other Opportunity Zones tips, download the eBook.
Effective Use of Vapor Mitigation Systems Speeds Up Approvals and Creates a Safe Indoor Environment

 

Innovative Vapor Barrier Systems

A New Vapor Barrier with Unparalleled Chemical Resistance

The Land Science research and development team of scientists have invested years in developing the TerraShield vapor barrier system. The innovative use of two separate layers of aluminum combined within flexible polyethylene results in the TerraBase layer having >100X greater chemical resistance compared to HDPE (10mil)TerraShield was designed specifically to eliminate risk of exposure by employing innovative technologies to provide best-in-class chemical resistance and durability. Backed by a robust warranty and installed by Land Science-certified applicators, each TerraShield installation is rigorously tested to ensure the quality of every seal and ultimately the complete vapor barrier system installed. Learn more about TerraShield using the link below.
Innovative Vapor Barrier Systems

A New Advanced Nitrile Composite Barrier System

Nitra-Seal employs a chemically resistant nitrile latex. Nitrile is recognized throughout the environmental engineering industry as being chemically resistant and is often used in personal protective equipment when working on hazardous waste sites (e.g. nitrile gloves). Laboratory testing has shown up to 10X higher chemical resistance when compared to any other vapor barrier material on the market. Nitra-Seal has been lab-tested and proven to be highly effective against VOCs like chlorinated solvents and petroleum contaminants, and methane. Learn more about Nitra-Seal using the below.

A Cost-Effective Barrier with Superior Constructability

MonoShield is a chemically resistant and easy-to-apply barrier specifically designed as a preemptive solution for vapor intrusion at brownfield redevelopment sites. It is backed by unparalleled design support and a network of certified applicators who can ensure quality installtion. As with any construction project, but especially with regards to a voluntary preemptive action, cost is often a critical factor; MonoShield was designed with this in mind. One of the most significant advantages is reduced installation time. MonoShield can be installed 30-40% faster than alternate plastic sheeting or HDPE systems. This saves money by reducing contractor costs and shortening the development timeline. Learn more about MonoShield using the link below.

The Original Composite Barrier System Adapted from Waterproofing Materials

Geo-Seal is a sub-slab composite barrier system designed for waterproofing and adapted for use in blocking low concentrations of chemical vapors on brownfield sites. Geo-Seal is placed between the building foundation and the soil pad to minimize water vapors and minor concentrations of chemical vapors from permeating through the slab. Geo-Seal is rapidly applied and a broad certified applicator network is available. Learn more about Geo-Seal using the link below.

As risk standards and other compliance issues associated with contaminant vapor intrusion continually evolve, engineered controls like those offered by Land Science provide a practical, cost effective solution to eliminate risks. Recent advances in contaminant vapor intrusion mitigation developed by Land Science have assisted developers, engineering firms, regulators, and land owners by providing technically sound solutions effectively mitigating these issues. Download the brochure to learn more about vapor intrusion solutions.


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NGWA Groundwater Week

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A&WMA 2020 Annual Seminar

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SAME Small Business Day

2/6/2020, Waltham, MA
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Alaska Forum on the Environment

2/10 – 2/14/2020, Alaska, AK
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30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Water, Energy, and Air

3/16 – 3/19/2020, San Diego, CA
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Questions?

REGENESIS has remediation experts based worldwide to assist you in your brownfield site cleanup. As the technology leader in advanced bioremediation solutions, we can help ensure success on your next remediation project. Use the map on our website to find your regional REGENESIS contact today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 2019 Land Science Newsletter

Managing Principal for ATON Langan Discusses Environmental Strategies for Protecting Assets

For Ron Carroll, owner and Managing Principal of ATON LLC, choosing a career in environmental remediation was both a personal and professional choice. That’s because when he was younger, Mr. Carroll lived near and had friends who were impacted by the Times Beach dioxin cleanup project in the St. Louis area. As a result of toxic chemicals being mixed with oil and applied to roads for dust control, a massive cleanup was initiated in St. Louis County. Consequently, the EPA ended up buying many of the homes within the town to facilitate an effective cleanup in the area. Understandably, this environmental hazard and subsequent remediation project left an indelible impression on Mr. Carroll. Learn more in our client spotlight.

 

Managing Principal for ATON Langan Discusses Environmental Strategies for Protecting Assets

7 Reasons to Hire a Land Science Certified Applicator

7 Reasons to Hire a Land Science Certified Applicator

The effectiveness of a vapor intrusion mitigation (VIM) system depends on the quality of its installation. Improper installation can lead to vapors entering occupied spaces, potentially harming human health, and exposing the owners to legal liability. In order to minimize the possibility of system failure, it is highly advisable to hire an applicator who has undergone a rigorous certification process demonstrating they can meet strict manufacturer installation standards. Hiring an applicator who has not been certified can lead to substandard installation, system failure, and increased risk to human health. Download the ebook to learn more.

 

7 Reasons to Hire a Land Science Certified Applicator

 


5 Reasons to Consider a Preemptive Vapor Barrier to Protect Your Property Investment

5 Reasons to Consider a Preemptive Vapor Barrier to Protect Your Property Investment
Historically, easily-punctured thin-mil plastic sheets or inflexible and difficult-to-seal High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Barriers were the only option for vapor mitigation at large warehouses or sites where regulatory requirements were not a driving risk factor. These solutions offered either chemical resistance or constructability, but not both. Composed of an innovative, metallized-film, MonoShield sets the standard for preventing diffusion and permeation of chemical vapors. Its nitrile-based asphalt latex ensures a seal far more effective and easier to apply than tape-based or heat-welded systems. Download the ebook to learn more.

5 Reasons to Consider a Preemptive Vapor Barrier to Protect Your Property Investment

 


MonoShield Vapor Barrier Installed at Former Hazel Park Raceway Speeds Up Redevelopment

 MonoShield Vapor Barrier Installed at Former Hazel Park Raceway Speeds Up Redevelopment

The former Hazel Park Raceway was located in a designated Opportunity Zone, which was established by the US Federal Treasury to encourage businesses to invest in blighted properties by providing tax incentives. Hazel Park welcomed the economic development and the promise of future jobs coming to the community through this key redevelopment project. With MonoShield offering a more reliable, cost-effective solution, the project was assured of meeting milestones and staying on time and on budget.

 MonoShield Vapor Barrier Installed at Former Hazel Park Raceway Speeds Up Redevelopment

 


Download Brochure: MonoShield Reinforced Aluminum Vapor Barrier

 Download Brochure: MonoShield Reinforced Aluminum Vapor Barrier
 MonoShield is a chemically resistant and easy-to-apply barrier specifically designed as a preemptive solution for vapor intrusion at brownfield redevelopment sites. It is backed by unparalleled design support, robust warranty options, and a network of certified applicators who can ensure quality installation. Download the brochure to learn more about MonoShield.
 Download Brochure: MonoShield Reinforced Aluminum Vapor Barrier

 

Tip 9 To Maximize Your Investment With Opportunity Zones
Retro-Coat can be used in situations where structures cannot be torn down. This chemically resistant coating can allow property owners to protect their tenants and investment with little down time. Applying Retro-Coat can provide a building owner with long-term assurance that the vapor intrusion risk has been successfully mitigated, while at the same time, reducing the overall mitigation cost and avoiding the need to alter the building’s foundation. To learn more about our other Opportunity Zones tips, download the eBook.
Tip 9 To Maximize Your Investment With Opportunity Zones

Upcoming Events

NGWA Groundwater Week

12/3 – 12/5/2019, Las Vegas, NV
Visit conference website

A&WMA 2020 Annual Seminar

1/23/2020, Buffalfo, NY
Visit conference website

SAME Small Business Day

2/6/2020, Waltham, MA
Visit conference website

Alaska Forum on the Environment

2/10 – 2/14/2020, Alaska, AK
Visit conference website

Emerging Contaminants Summit

3/10 – 3/11/2020, Westminster, CO
Visit conference website

30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Water, Energy, and Air

3/16 – 3/19/2020, San Diego, CA
Visit conference website

Questions?

REGENESIS has remediation experts based worldwide to assist you in your brownfield site cleanup. As the technology leader in advanced bioremediation solutions, we can help ensure success on your next remediation project. Use the map on our website to find your regional REGENESIS contact today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Client Spotlight: Ron Carroll, Owner and Managing Principal of ATON LLC

Ron CarrollFor Ron Carroll, owner and Managing Principal of ATON LLC, an environmental consulting and engineering firm and valued Land Science® client, choosing a career in environmental remediation was both a personal and professional choice. That’s because when he was younger, Mr. Carroll lived near and had friends who were impacted by the Times Beach dioxin cleanup project in the St. Louis area. As a result of toxic chemicals being mixed with oil and applied to roads for dust control, a massive cleanup was initiated in a small town in St. Louis County. Consequently, the EPA ended up buying many of the homes within the town to facilitate an effective cleanup in the area. Understandably, this environmental hazard and subsequent remediation project left an indelible impression on Mr. Carroll, and he eventually pursued and earned a B.S. in Environmental and Hazardous Materials Management, and a B.A. in Biology, from the University of Findlay. In addition to his university degrees, he also became a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Certified Industrial Hygienist. His university studies and professional work experience that followed would eventually culminate in forming ATON, where he oversees the firm’s business activities. He shares, “I’m responsible for managing our environmental, health and safety consulting work, and all administrative operations.  I also conduct and oversee site inspections, multi-media sampling, coordination and negotiation with regulatory agencies, facility decommissioning, demolition, and regulatory reporting.” Prior to forming ATON eight years ago, Mr. Carroll held management positions with a national due diligence and real estate assessment company performing environmental, building sciences, and valuation services; and a national environmental engineering consulting firm that provided site investigation, industrial hygiene, remediation, and regulatory compliance services.

When asked what he likes most about his work, Mr. Carroll points to the benefits that result from consistent teamwork. He continues, “I enjoy interacting on a daily basis with our employees and clients to find sound technical solutions to challenging problems. I also take satisfaction as a mentor to technical staff and as a trusted advisor to our clients in the commercial and industrial sectors.” And the most challenging aspect of his work? “Keeping track of ever-changing regulations and how those regulations affect our business and our clients’ business. While it can be challenging, we feel we’re well-equipped. We’re looking to continue our growth organically by adding key technical staff and expanding geographically. We also see the redevelopment of brownfields as a significant growth area for the company.” When it comes to working with Land Science, Mr. Carroll appreciates the combination of innovative solutions and service ATON receives on a consistent basis. He continues, “Land Science continues to provide a quality product with seamless technical expertise, and this helps in the design and implementation phases of our remedial work. We were recently involved in the relocation and development of a large scale, commercial laundry operation in the St. Louis region that involved the construction of a building over a former chemical plant that is highly regulated by the EPA. The success of the redevelopment using Land Science products led to the continued development of industrial warehouse space near the former plant. In essence, the Land Science solutions form a complete package that typically exceeds our design specifications.”

Residing in St. Louis, with his wife and two children, Mr. Carroll likes to spend his free time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and attending various sporting events. “We have a great baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals,” he says, “and the Stanley Cup hockey champs, the St. Louis Blues.” He also finds time to give back to his community as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. To stay abreast of emerging trends and new technologies, ATON offers all its employees continuing education and technical training for environmental, health & safety (EHS) consulting and remediation work. When asked how he he’s seen the industry change, his focus turns to the advancements made possible through innovation. He continues, “We’ve seen technical innovation working its way into what historically has been a labor-intensive industry. In the past we’ve relied on field sample collection and off-site analysis for environmental contaminants. More recently, we’re able to use smaller and lighter field instruments to detect and analyze contaminant concentrations without having to send samples to a laboratory. In addition, innovations in data collection and management have allowed us to compile data and issue reports much quicker, which in turn allows our clients to make more informed and faster decisions on tight timeframes.” Asked what he sees the future holds for environmental remediation, he feels the consulting side of the business will continue to grow. He shares, “We see the traditional EHS consulting field continuing with strong growth. The environmental remediation industry also continues to grow through local, state, and national brownfield development initiatives.” And how would he encourage others to join his field of study? He concludes, “Education and training in STEM are keys to our success and growth. I would encourage others interested in science and the environmental field to become STEM practitioners and supporters as a way to enter this industry.”

Land Science is proud to have Ron Carroll, Managing Principal of ATON, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his vast experience and knowledge base in providing successful remediation outcomes for Land Science and its clients.

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October 2019 Land Science Newsletter

Matt Ambrusch: Environmental Project Manager for Langan

When it comes to playing a part in cleaning up the environment, Matt Ambrusch, Environmental Project Manager for Langan, realizes he has a responsibility to help ensure healthy and safe communities. Throughout his career, Ambrusch has made significant contributions to the success of his clients and their projects, particularly in the field of pneumatic technologies. He states, “My personal focus has been on pneumatic solutions that include air sparging, soil vapor extraction, multi-phase extraction, vapor mitigation, and even methane mitigation and collection. I also help lead the charge to develop and grow our two-dimensional and three-dimensional pneumatic modeling practice,” Learn more in our client spotlight.

 

Matt Ambrusch: Environmental Project Manager for Langan

6 Reasons to Specify a Vapor Barrier Offering the Highest Level of Chemical Resistance

6 Reasons to Specify a Vapor Barrier Offering the Highest Level of Chemical Resistance

For properties where there is underlying contamination that cannot be removed and represents a serious risk to human health, it is important to have a solution that can effectively mitigate that risk and provide both building occupants and owners assurances that they are shielded from physical and financial harm. TerraShield offers a higher level of protection compared to any vapor barrier system available today. With industry- leading standards for installation along with robust warranty options, there is simply no better option on the market for industrial, commercial, or residential vapor intrusion mitigation.

6 Reasons to Specify a Vapor Barrier Offering the Highest Level of Chemical Resistance

 

 


Download Brochure: TerraShield Aluminum Nitrile Vapor Barrier

Download Brochure: TerraShield Aluminum Nitrile Vapor Barrier
TerraShield is a significant step forward for vapor intrusion barriers. Employing an innovative dual-metalized film technology, TerraShield provides superior chemical resistance over any existing vapor barrier currently on the market. Download the brochure to learn more about TerraShield.

Download Brochure: TerraShield Aluminum Nitrile Vapor Barrier

 

 


 

Tip 7 To Maximize Your Investment With Opportunity Zones

When considering an investment in Opportunity Zones, it is important to choose a vapor barrier system offering the highest chemical resistance. Nitra-Core is lab-tested to be up to 10x more effective than typical spray-applied SBR asphalt material. To learn more about our other Opportunity Zones tips, download the eBook.

Tip 7 To Maximize Your Investment With Opportunity Zones

 


Webinar Recording Now Available

 

Incorporating CSIA in Vapor Intrusion Investigations

 

Land Science presented a webinar with Dora Taggart, President of Microbial Insights, Inc., and Sam Rosolina, PhD, Analytical Chemist and Manager of the Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) Laboratory at Microbial Insights. In this webinar, Dora and Sam discussed incorporating CSIA in vapor intrusion investigations. They were joined by Tom Szocinski, CEP, Director of Vapor Intrusion at Land Science, who discussed innovative new vapor barrier technologies that are more protective and more cost-effective. The recording of this free webinar is now available.
Incorporating CSIA in Vapor Intrusion Investigations

 

About the Presenters:


Dora Taggart
President, Microbial Insights, Inc.

Dora Taggart is the President of Microbial Insights, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received a Biomedical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and has focused on the optimization and implementation of molecular tools for environmental remediation, microbiologically-influenced corrosion and microbial source tracking. Since joining Microbial Insights in 2001, she has developed and commercialized over 60 different nucleic acid-based analyses. Under her direction, Microbial Insights has become a worldwide provider of molecular tools for leading consulting firms, government agencies and academia. Ms. Taggart runs national and international workshops on these tools. She has more than 20 peer reviewed co-authored publications and is often invited to speak at conferences around the world.

 

Sam Rosolina, PhD
CSIA Lab Director, Microbial Insights, Inc.

Sam Rosolina is Director of the Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) Laboratory at Microbial Insights. Dr. Rosolina received his B.A. in Chemistry from Berea College in Kentucky and went on to complete a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Sam is constantly working to broaden the scope of remediation analysis through the implementation of cutting edge methods and instrumentation, and is focused on making these analytical methods more accessible overall.

 

Tom Szocinski, CEP
Director of Vapor Intrusion, Land Science

Tom Szocinski is the Director of Vapor Intrusion of the Land Science division of REGENESIS, Inc. In his role, Tom provides executive leadership, market strategy and sales support, while further strengthening relationships with state and federal regulators, applicators and environmental consultants. Tom is a nationally recognized vapor intrusion expert with over 14 years’ experience as an environmental scientist, focusing on vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation, remediation, site assessment, and Brownfield site management. He has served on both state and federal regulatory vapor intrusion review boards, assisting with development of vapor intrusion and mitigation guidance, regulations, and exposure criteria

Upcoming Events

Northwest Remediation Conference
10/3/2019, Tacoma, WA
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Remediation Technologies Symposium 2019
10/16 – 10/18/2019, Banff, AB
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35th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
10/21 – 10/24/2019, Amherst, MA
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Railroad Environmental Conference
10/22 – 10/23/2019, Urbana, IL
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12/3 – 12/5/2019, Las Vegas, NV
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Questions?

REGENESIS has remediation experts based worldwide to assist you in your brownfield site cleanup. As the technology leader in advanced bioremediation solutions, we can help ensure success on your next remediation project. Use the map on our website to find your regional REGENESIS contact today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Facts You Should Know About Vapor Intrusion

Vapor intrusion is the migration of vapor-phase contaminant chemicals from a subsurface source in an overlaying building or structure. The objective of many vapor intrusion investigation professionals is to be able to detect possible pathways for contaminant vapors and their location within the building or structure. Understanding the potential pathways helps to identify risks. A solid understanding of potential pathways informs the client selling the building to potential tenants, who need to be able to live and function within the building without exposure to health risks. Here are four key things to know about vapor intrusion.

It’s A Process

Number one, vapor intrusion investigation and mitigation is a process. Vapor intrusion science requires in-depth investigation. It is not a field which requires only one test to say whether a building does or does not have vapor intrusion. In-depth investigation includes options based on the site and its environment. The in-depth investigation must determine what type of gases are emitting through the cracks, where the origin and the major intrusion pathway are  located. Additionally, the consultant’s next step is contacting the local government environmental representative to confirm the state’s regulatory guidelines and to receive approvals for developing the site. Even after all the preparation work and investigations, the environmental consultant will have to develop a design to cover the exact needs of the site. There is no quick way to handle vapor intrusion. Each site must be evaluated thoroughly to move onto the next step to mitigate the effects of the vapor intrusion.

Recognize Outside Factors

Though thorough investigation is necessary to get an accurate reading of the site, the results may not be complete. At times investigations or screenings of a site will pick up additional vapors from the testing area or concentrated in one single area to indicate contaminants present. These readings could be caused by a number of factors, even common household appliances on site. For example, if an industrial adhesive product like E6000 glue is located anywhere in the screening area, there will be a significant increase in TCE indicated in the testing, which would easily skew the readings. So, Before any screening can be performed on site, investigators should go through the site with a close eye looking for indoor VOC sources, like paints, cleaning supplies, or insecticides. For more information, visit the EPA’s website regarding the specific materials to look for in a site, along with other information to address VOC concerns is a great resource: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality.

In a webinar with Land Science, and the Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) Lab Director of Microbial Insights provides some tools to help distinguish whether the source of vapor-contaminated indoor air originates from the buildings subsurface or an indoor source.

There are other uncontrolled factors that could contribute to excessive readings, including spatial and temporal variability. Some examples of spatial variability factors to consider are soil types like gravel or sand, bedrock fractures, oxygen distribution in the soil, subsurface building structures and even surface features like pavement or water features. Each of these examples either provide a clear path for VOCs to reach the site or the groundwater or affect how quickly VOCs could reach the site. Examples of temporal variability include: wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, temperature inside or outside, precipitation, and ambient contaminants. These variables can affect how the screenings read the concentrations of VOCs at the site.

Solutions Are Site Dependent

Vapor mitigation professionals are also tasked with developing a solution based on the site’s conditions along with the state/federal regulations. Each site is different, so vapor mitigation often cannot be based on a plan used at a former site with similar conditions. The investigations unveil all the aspects of a site that determine what the remediation plan will be, including: soil types, weather patterns, gas distributions, subsurface conditions, as well as site goals and budget. Each one of these factors can impact the design of a vapor mitigation system, and each factor can yield different results.

Land Science is comprised of a team of vapor intrusion mitigation professionals who have the technical expertise and industry experience to make the most effective recommendations for our clients. Couple that with a range of innovative technologies that address a variety of site types, and the result is industry-leading vapor intrusion solutions that help public safety.

It’s a Growing and an Evolving Science

The final key idea behind vapor intrusion science that everyone should know, it is a growing and an evolving science. The reason vapor intrusion science came into existence was because of the avid use of VOCs—volatile organic compounds–as root zone fumigants and other applications in the 1950s. Surveys of landfill gas and radon exposure in the 1960s lead to the discovery of vapor intrusion in the late 1970s and was found to affect indoor air quality at heavily contaminated sites, which brought the full scope of regulatory attention.

However, at this point, scientists and regulators dismissed the concerns to homeowners due to the processes of dilution and attenuation as well as the ambiguous exposure standards and the fact that most vapor intrusion was found at major former industrial sites. Consequently, scientists began finding vapor intrusion inside residential homes and decided to facilitate public education by going door-to-door and providing information on the issue of vapor intrusion.

The increase in public awareness resulted in a rise of attention and studies regarding vapor intrusion through the 1990s to the 2000s, pushing states to start developing vapor intrusion protocols and ultimately causing the EPA to publish “Guidance for Evaluating the Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air Pathway from Groundwater & Soils.” Today 42 states have developed their own regulation system for vapor intrusion and the other 8 follow the EPA’s regulation system or deal with vapor intrusion on a case-by-case basis. The history of vapor intrusion has expanded over decades; from the introduction of VOCs in the 50s to the development of a national regulation standards in the 2000s, vapor intrusion science has gone through many changes and continues to develop. Those who work in the field of vapor intrusion must expect continuous changes, whether it be through regulation,  techniques, or emerging science on its effects.

This evolution has caused remediation companies notice and respond to the demand and serves to further develop the technology. For instance, Land Science, a division of REGENESIS® and a global leader of advanced vapor intrusion mitigation technologies, recently introduced TerraShield – a cutting-edge remediation technology which provides superior chemical resistance over any vapor barrier on the market today. Land Science also offers a full-suite of vapor intrusion barrier systems including Nitra-Seal, a proven vapor barrier system now improved with nitrile; and MonoShield, a chemically resistant and easy-to-apply barrier specifically designed as a preemptive solution for vapor intrusion at brownfield redevelopment sites and Retro-Coat, a chemically resistant vapor barrier coating system to properly protect existing structures from the threat of contaminant vapor intrusion . With solutions like TerraShield, Nitra-Seal, MonoShield and Retro-Coat being made available to vapor intrusion mitigation industry, this field is now poised to address the needs created by an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape.

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Client Spotlight: Matt Ambrusch, Environmental Project Manager for Langan Engineering and Environmental Services

Matt Ambrusch LanganWhen it comes to playing a part in cleaning up the environment, Matt Ambrusch, Environmental Project Manager for Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., a valued Land Science® client, realizes he has a responsibility to help ensure healthy and safe communities. Focused on designing, implementing, operating, and optimizing remediation systems, Ambrusch feels he is doing his part to help provide sustainable remedies to address today’s contaminated environments. He shares, “No site is ever the same and every day brings a new and interesting challenge.”  During his seven years at Langan, he has progressed from Staff Environmental Engineer, to Senior Staff Environmental Engineer, and now his current position, as Project Manager. Throughout his career, Ambrusch has made significant contributions to the success of his clients and their projects, particularly in the field of pneumatic technologies. He continues, “My personal focus has been on pneumatic solutions that include air sparging, soil vapor extraction, multi-phase extraction, vapor mitigation, and even methane mitigation and collection. I also help lead the charge to develop and grow our two-dimensional and three-dimensional pneumatic modeling practice. These models allow us the ability to better predict system performance under both existing and future site conditions, and ultimately design a more effective and efficient pneumatic-based remedial system.”

Like many of his peers who work and thrive in the environmental remediation industry, Ambrusch’s interest in the environment began early in life. He continues, “What started out as a desire to always be outside as a kid, grew into a passion for environmental science after taking an environmental studies course during my senior year of high school. I also had an aptitude for math, and recognized that with the applicable college major, a career in environmental engineering just made sense.”  His university studies culminated with a BS in Bioenvironmental Engineering from Rutgers University and later an MBA in Strategy and Leadership from Rutgers Business School. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the State of New Jersey. When he joined Langan early in his career, it did not take long for Ambrusch to develop an appreciation for the firm’s high level of expertise and client service, and the goals that Langan has set for itself. He shares, “Langan has always been focused on technical excellence, practical experience, and client responsiveness. Whatever we do as a company, these values continue to be paramount to our success.  As national and state regulations become more stringent, and new contaminants of concern come into focus, we look to position ourselves effectively so that we can continue to provide our clients innovative, proven, and cost-efficient solutions.  This includes continuing to expand our landfill redevelopment practice. As a team, we are also working on expanding our in-house treatability study and pilot test capabilities.”

When it comes to working with Land Science®, Ambrusch appreciates the industry-leading solutions and rapid response he receives on a consistent basis. “Simply put,” he says, “Land Science® provides cutting- edge technologies and is extremely responsive.” Ambrusch continues, “I work on a lot of redevelopment projects requiring vapor mitigation – these projects are fast paced and require effective cost-competitive solutions.  Land Science® understand the needs required with these types of projects and continues to innovate in an effort to make vapor mitigation products more effective and cost efficient.”  He also appreciates the level of service and customization offered by Land Science®. He adds, “I am heavily involved in the design and implementation of vapor mitigation systems for redevelopment projects.  As such, we often look to Land Science® for innovative vapor barrier materials or application methods that fit the site-specific needs of the project.”

Asked what he thinks the future holds for environmental remediation, Ambrusch feels a focus on sustainable remedies is where the industry is heading. He shares, “Other than emerging contaminants, which everyone is talking about, I see a push for more sustainable remedies.” Ambrusch goes on to say, “The intent of effective remediation is to improve human health and the environment, and we need to be aware of the potential negative impacts the remedial activities we are implementing on one site may have on another. We also need to consider the economical and societal pros and cons of a proposed remedial strategy, both on and offsite.”

Residing in Rockaway, New Jersey with his wife Riley, over the years Ambrusch has worked out of Langan’s Lawrenceville and Elmwood Park (now Parsippany NJ) offices. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid golfer and snowboarder. He also finds time to provide his expertise to assist the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) and serves as the current President. When asked what he enjoys most about his work, he points to the difference he can make for both our planet and those of us who inhabit it. He shares, “I get a great deal of satisfaction designing and implementing a remedial or mitigation system and see it positively impact the environment.”

Land Science® is proud to have Matt Ambrusch, Environmental Project Manager for Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates his expertise and ongoing efforts in providing successful remediation outcomes for Land Science® and its clients.