Environmental Consulting Fundamentals: Investigation, Remediation, and Brownfields Redevelopment, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Environmental Consulting Fundamentals

Investigation, Remediation, and Brownfields Redevelopment, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Benjamin Alter

CRC Press

416 pages | 182 B/W Illus.

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Written by an environmental consultant with more than 20 years of experience and based on a course he taught for 10 years, Environmental Consulting Fundamentals: Investigation, Remediation, and Brownfields Redevelopment, Second Edition introduces the basic building blocks of environmental consulting. It emphasizes the thought processes that go into designing an environmental study, interpreting the data, and selecting the next step – be it further investigation or remediation.

This new edition is revised and updated with regard to recent technological advances and regulatory changes. It covers the latest environmental issues, including emerging contaminants, includes an expanded discussion on ecological investigations and on vapor intrusion investigation and remediation, and adds a new chapter on brownfields redevelopment. It also includes problems and questions to be used for homework assignments or classroom discussions, and provides guidelines that useful for both students and practicing professionals.

A primer for those interested in a career in this dynamic, multidisciplinary field, this is also a handy reference for practicing consultants. Combining theory and practical advice, it provides an accessible introduction to the type of projects you may encounter as an environmental consultant.

Table of Contents

Environmental Consulting: A Perspective. What Is Environmental Consulting? Framework of Environmental Regulations. Site Investigations and Remediation. Chemicals of Concern and Their Properties. Fate and Transport in the Subsurface. Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Site Investigations. Remedial Investigations and Setting Remediation Goals. Remedial Actions. Brownfields Redevelopment. Land Usage and Land Use Studies. Wetlands, Surface Waters, and Endangered Species. Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation. Indoor Environmental Concerns. Asbestos Surveying and Management. Asbestos Abatement. Lead-Based Paint Surveying and Abatement. Drinking Water Testing and Mitigation. Mold Surveying and Remediation. Radon Surveying and Remediation. Indoor Air Quality. The Environmental Project.

About the Author

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".

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply