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Environmental Consulting Fundamentals
Investigation, Remediation, and Brownfields Redevelopment, Second Edition

ISBN 9781138613201
Published June 24, 2019 by CRC Press
440 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is a primer for those interested in a career in this dynamic, multidisciplinary field as well as a handy reference for practicing consultants. Combining theory and practice advice into a concise, readable format, the book is an accessible introduction to the types of projects you will encounter as an environmental consultant and lays the groundwork for what you’ll need to know in this challenging and rewarding profession. Also available with this book, under the Additional Resources tab, are PowerPoint lectures that correspond with each chapter.

New in the Second Edition

  • Covers the latest environmental issues, including emerging contaminants, and the latest technological advances in environmental investigation and remediation
  • New chapters dedicated to vapor intrusion investigation and mitigation and to Brownfields redevelopment and project financing.
  • An expanded chapter describing the staffing, budgeting, and execution of environmental projects.
  • Descriptions of the remediation processes under RCRA and Superfund
  • Descriptions on how each chapter’s subject matter applies to the job of the environmental consultant.
  • Dozens of new figures, photographs, and tables designed to enhance the reader’s understanding of the subject matter.
  • Problems and questions to be used for homework assignments or classroom discussions.

Table of Contents

Section I Environmental Consulting: A Perspective

1. What Is Environmental Consulting?

2. Environmental Projects: The Technical Side and the Business Side

3. Framework of Environmental Regulations

4. Environmental Chemistry

5. Fate and Transport in the Subsurface

6. Environmental Due Diligence

7. Site Investigations

Section II Site Investigations and Remediations

8. Remedial Investigations and Remedial Design

9. Remedial Actions

10. Vapor Intrusion Investigation and Mitigation

Section III Land Development and Redevelopment

11. Brownfields

12. Ecological Investigation, Protection, and Restoration

13. Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation

14. Drinking Water Testing and Mitigation

Section IV Indoor Environmental Concerns

15. Asbestos Identification and Abatement

16. Lead-Based Paint Surveying and Abatement

17. Indoor Air Quality Investigation and Mitigation

18. Radon Investigation and Mitigation

19. Mold Investigation and Mitigation

Appendix A: List of Abbreviations

Appendix B: State Environmental Departments

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Benjamin Alter has been an environmental consultant for over 30 years. He is a Principal and Senior Vice President with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. in its Fairfield, New Jersey office. Prior to becoming a consultant, Alter was a geophysicist in the oil industry, tasked with exploring for oil and natural gas along the Gulf Coast. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and mathematics from SUNY/Albany, a Master of Science degree in geophysics from Cornell University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and management from Columbia University.

As an environmental consultant, he has designed and managed multiple remedial investigations and remediations and has conducted hundreds of site assessments throughout the United States. Alter has provided litigation services for numerous hazardous waste cases and has been a key contributor in the development of New Jersey’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the LSRP Association and co-chairs its College Outreach Committee. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the LSRPA Foundation, which he founded. The LSRPAF provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in becoming environmental consultants in the State of New Jersey.

Alter was an adjunct professor at the Hunter College School of Health Sciences in New York City from 2000 to 2009, which was the initial source of inspiration for this book. He has published numerous articles and given numerous presentations on environmental investigations and remediations and currently teaches a continuing education course entitled, "Environmental Due Diligence in New Jersey".


"This book is a must read for anyone entering the environmental consultant profession, as well as a useful reference for the seasoned environmental consultant.  It is comprehensive, covering the wide spectrum of problems that environmental consultants solve on a daily basis."

--Jorge Berkowitz, Ph.D., LSRP

Partner at Continuing Education Professional Services, LLC

Rosemont, New Jersey, USA

"This book presents information in a way that is easy to understand and apply.  I wish this book was available when I was in graduate school!"

--Kim Kramer

Senior Vice President, AIG

Morristown, New Jersey, USA

"The second edition of Environmental Consulting Fundamentals takes a good concept and makes it better!  Besides containing updated material, it adds features that enhance its value in both the classroom and the office.  Students, beginning environmental scientists, and seasoned professionals alike will find something useful in this new edition. 

--Monica Tischler

Professor, Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois, USA

"…This second edition is a notable enhancement of the first edition. The overall production quality is high, the conceptual figures are intuitive and helpful, and there are many photographs from field sites that help the reader develop a practical appreciation for the topic discussed. The tables are generally easy to read and contain relevant information. …Overall, this new edition provides an excellent introduction for someone considering an environmental consulting profession or as a reference for early career professional, and in this regard, it continues to be a truly unique resource."

Craig E. Divine, The Groundwater Magazine, January 2020