a1 Applied Environmental Sciences, Inc., Arvada, Colorado
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process includes the evaluation of several alternatives prior to the selection of a preferred alternative. This can pose a problem if the project is a county-wide project. Normally, a preliminary review of the anticipated issues is conducted for each alternative. The identification of hazardous waste and hazardous substance sites can be accomplished within a modest budget. However, once the data are collected, the evaluation can involve a considerable amount of time for the environmental professional to assess the potential impact of each site along the proposed alternatives.
(Online publication March 17 2011)
Tom Martella is a professional geologist, Registered Environmental Assessor (California), and Registered Hazardous Substance Professional with over 35 years of experience. He began conducting environmental site assessments (ESAs) in 1985, one year prior to the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) that established ESAs as a standard environmental practice for real estate transactions. As part of his work in the transportation industry, Tom developed a cost-effective, regulatory compliant, and environmentally defensible procedure for identifying and evaluating properties for adverse impacts along linear alignments. These procedures have been adopted by numerous transportation agencies, including the California Department of Transportation, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Utah Department of Transportation, and the Cities of Santa Barbara, California, and Denver, Colorado. These procedures have also been translated into Korean. He currently works in Colorado for Applied Environmental Sciences, Inc., on various environmental remediation and groundwater resource projects.