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Field Foods Comes to Lafayette Square

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Field Foods Comes to Lafayette Square

Currently under construction, a new local foods store will open in early 2014 next to the Walgreens on Lafayette as part of the redevelopment of the former City Hospital site.
Stocking food from local farmers/producers as well as popular brands, the store will also feature a wine and beer bar and an executive chef.

Chris Goodson, developer, and Stacy Hastie of EOI, investor, are excited about bringing a long-awaited, full-service grocery to the Lafayette Square/Soulard area.

For more information: http://www.stlouisfoodhub.com/fields.html

 

JON TRUESDALE RECEIVES PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGIST LICENSES

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

JON TRUESDALE OF ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATIONS, INC. RECEIVES PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGIST LICENSES

Please join EOI in congratulating Jon Truesdale on becoming a Licensed Professional Geologist and Registered Geologist in the States of Illinois and Missouri, respectively.  Requiring at least three years of experience and extensive testing, these registrations allow Mr. Truesdale to engage in the practice of professional geology in each state.

With more than eight years of environmental experience, Mr. Truesdale has been with EOI since 2008 as Project Geologist. He manages field operations of a variety of environmental projects, including soil and groundwater sampling, tank decommissioning, and air vapor and particulate sampling.

Mr. Truesdale resides in Jefferson County, Mo. with his wife and daughter.

Changes Coming to the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standards

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The current Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard was last revised in 2005 and is currently referenced as ASTM E 1527-05.  The current Phase I ESA standard’s 8-year shelf life is coming to an end and ASTM has drafted multiple revisions. Once the revisions have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  to ensure that the ASTM standard still meets the minimum requirements of the EPA All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) Rule, the new ASTM E 1527-(13) standard will be released; tentatively in the summer/fall of 2013.

Many of the coming changes involve simple clarifications to definitions and addition of new terms to help simplify the overall Phase I process.  Some changes, however, will add new requirements and additional considerations during the Phase I process.  These include the following:

  • Clarification of the definition of Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs), revisions to the definition of Historical Recognized Environmental Conditions (HRECs), and the addition of a new classification, Controlled Recognized Environmental Conditions  (CRECs), to accommodate many states moving to Risk-Based Corrective Action cleanup standards for different future site uses (residential vs. commercial/industrial)
  • If subject properties or any adjoining property are identified in the regulatory records searches then, pertinent regulatory files and/or records associated with the listing should be reviewed.”  A summary of the information obtained from the file review shall be included in the Phase I report.  If in the EP’s opinion a file review is not warranted, the EP must provide justification in the Phase I report.
  • Inclusion of the evaluation of vapor migration into the Phase I ESA standard.  Previous ambiguities relating to Indoor Air Quality and confusing definitions of “migration” and “release” in the standard have been revised to eliminate any doubt that the question of potential for Vapor Encroachment must be considered as part of the Phase I ESA.

ASTM has submitted the revised standard to the EPA for their review.  The EPA will review the revisions to ensure that the standard is still consistent with the AAI Rule.  If the EPA determines that the revisions are acceptable for AAI compliance and approves the revised standard, ASTM will publish the standard.

For additional information on these coming changes and how they will affect the environmental due diligence that EOI conducts for you or your clients, please contact A.J. Adams, Program Manager of Property Assessment Services at 314.241.0900 or aj@environmentalops.com for additional information.

 

EOI presents for RCGA’s Green Business Challenge

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Members of the EOI Green Team, Dee Stenger Allison and Julie Gibbs-Alley, made a presentation at the May Green Business Challenge meeting. Topic: No-Waste Events.

Planned with the help of EOI’s Green Team, EOI’s 2012 Company Picnic at Queeny Park generated no waste–all food scraps, napkins, plates, etc. were composted with the help of Blue Skies Recycling and the remainder (e.g.: cups, water bottles, beverage cans, etc.) was recycled with the help of Waste Management. Eco products, such as compostable plates and flatware were chosen for the event. The caterer, Villa Farotto, and the party attendees worked willingly with the Green team to make sure the recyclables did not end up in the compost containers and vice versa, or anywhere else!

The party was a great success – and so was EOI’s first effort at no-waste events. For more information, follow the link below to the PowerPoint presentation.

Environmental Operations Zero Waste Party May 8

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

June 5, 2012

EOI & SHIVELY NOW UNIFIED UNDER ONE NAME:

ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATIONS, INC.

In 2009, EOI expanded its capabilities significantly with the acquisition of Shively Geotechnical Inc., which included Shively’s offices in Fairview Heights and Peoria, Ill. EOI decided to keep the Shively name for a time, due to their strong brand identity and highly respected presence in the Illinois market.

Shively provided EOI with a wealth of geotechnical engineering, construction observation, and materials testing experience, including work on some very large projects in the region, such as the expansion of the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus and the extension of MetroLink light rail transportation system into St.
Clair County, Illinois.

The combination of Shively and EOI services has gone very smoothly over the past few years. This gives EOI unmatched capabilities for providing environmental and geotechnical solutions, and has been part of the continued growth of our company, even in these difficult economic conditions. Even more important, it gives us the ability to solve our clients’ often complex challenges like never before.

During this time as the two companies have become one, EOI’s success has continued to grow. I’m pleased to announce that we are now taking the next step together as a unified company and retiring the Shively name. From this date, all geotechnical engineering, construction observation, and materials testing services will be fully integrated under the EOI brand.

As EOI continues to evolve and grow, we are becoming a stronger organization in service to our customers. Our ability to incorporate operational, technical, risk management, legal, financial, and real estate specialists and other partners with stateof-the-art project delivery systems allows EOI to offer a level of experience unmatched in this region.

MARY JUAN, P.E., CHMM JOINS ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATIONS, INC.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

February 13, 2012

MARY JUAN, P.E., CHMM

JOINS ENVIRONMENTAL

OPERATIONS, INC.

EOI is pleased to welcome Mary Juan to our professional consulting staff.. A Professional Engineer and a Certified Hazardous Material Manager, Ms. Juan joins EOI’s environmental compliance group as Environmental Engineer.

Possessing solid experience with the Clean Water Act, storm water management, and NPDES permitting, Ms Juan has a strong background in environmental engineering gained through more than 14 years of professional experience in industry, consulting, regulatory, and overseas workplaces.

Environmental Operations, Inc. Named First Place Specialty Contractor

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Environmental Operations, Inc, was named First Place Specialty Contractor in the Environmental Remediation & Demolition discipline at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis 2011 Construction Industry Awards gala. The general contractor members of the AGC chose the Specialty Contractors based on timeliness in regard to completion of project(s), ability to stay within budget, and their overall experience with the specialty contractor.

Environmental Operations, Inc. & St. Louis County Port Authority Win Phoenix Award

Monday, May 16th, 2011

The partnership of Environmental Operations, Inc. and the St. Louis County Port Authority has been awarded the Phoenix Award for EPA Region 7 for the Lemay Riverfront Redevelopment project in Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri.

The Phoenix Awards recognize outstanding national Brownfield revitalization projects based on five criteria: magnitude of the project, innovative techniques, solutions to regulatory/social issues, and community impact.

The Lemay Riverfront Redevelopment project, known locally as River City Casino, remediated and redeveloped 120 abandoned acres along the Mississippi River formerly occupied by National Lead Industries and the National Image & Mapping Agency, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs to the region and $375 million in local investment in the first Phase alone.

Involved in the initial site transfer stages of the project,  EOI provided invaluable assistance in negotiations with the U.S. Air Force, the General Services Administration, Missouri Federal Facilities program, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Voluntary Cleanup program. EOI provided environmental consulting and remediation services and site work and generated the successful application to the Missouri Department of Economic Development for the Brownfield Remediation Tax Credit program, bringing state tax credits in the amount of $15,904,465 to the project. Additionally, EOI assumed environmental liability for cleanup costs and third-party claims through the placement of customized environmental insurance policies.

EOI Supports Graybar’s Lead On A New Jersey Sustainable Project

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Environmental Operations, Inc., of St. Louis has completed an environmental consulting project for Graybar Electric Company, Inc., allowing Graybar to take the lead in leasing a new, sustainable, 136,000-square-foot service center in Carteret, N.J. It will serve as a full-service logistics center and as the primary shipping location for Graybar in the New York and New Jersey area. The service center will provide customers with fast access to extensive local inventory, supported by state-of-the-art warehouse management technology and responsive delivery service.

About Graybar
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, serving as the vital link to hundreds of thousands of customers. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR

Redeveloping Brownfields in St. Louis: Making redevelopment possible in St. Louis

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

November/December 2009 Midwest Real Estate News

Large parcels of perfectly located but abandoned Brownfields sites are finally being re-developed after long-time industrial uses, thanks to forward-thinking and careful financial arrangements available to property owners throughout the Midwest.

One example of this trend involves three sites situated close to each other along the Mississippi River at St. Louis where nearly 170 acres of prime property ideally situated near interstate highways are being brought back to life because of the transfer of all environmental risks.

The three sites are the National Lead site of 80 acres, Carondelet Coke site of 54 acres and the Monsanto/Solutia Queeny chemical plant site of 33 acres.

As our society better understands the importance of safeguarding our total sustainable environment, and with property owners and developers being squeezed in a tight economy, the concept of environmental risk transfer is becoming increasingly important, according to Stacy Hastie, chairman and chief executive officer of Environmental Operations, Inc., based in St. Louis and with offices in Illinois and Indiana.

Owner, developer and community benefit. “Environmental risk transfer means that a separate, third party accepts legal and contractual liability, normally at a guaranteed cost, and normally to include a requirement that all surprises are handled, even if that should be years in the future,” Hastie says.

“The benefit is that the polluted site regains economic vitality, becoming both marketable and transferable,” Hastie adds, “and everyone benefits when the property goes back on the tax rolls. Remediation and development programs can be integrated with each other in the re-development planning process,” Hastie says. “We do it every day, with large and small properties.” Many investors, property owners and bankers are surprised at how the environmental remediation industry has become a mature industry, Hastie says.

The industry now offers many workable and predictable techniques and systems or processes to resolve pollution problems than were available just a few years ago.

Explore the new options. “Owners and investors who explore the options available today rather than ignoring opportunities involving polluted properties normally have a pleasant surprise,” Hastie said.

“We tell investors not to run from Brownfields or polluted sites,” Hastie said, “because of the rewards that can come with location, location, location.” Among examples of properties being re-developed in St. Louis is the prime Carondelet Coke site next to the River Des Peres at the Mississippi River. The site had been used by several different companies for many different businesses and processes. The Carondelet Coke site was developed for industry a century ago, long before anyone understood the importance of safeguarding our environment.

Depending on the specific industrial process, even the best and the most caring owners and managers in the early 1900s weren’t as concerned about pollution as are people today, according to Hastie.

For property owners and developers, the most critical challenge in an environmental remediation project is to predict accurately the various types, location, depth and quantity of the various pollutants or chemicals before beginning the work; then to accurately budget the cost and the timeline for each detail of the remediation.

Typically, once clean-up work begins, the work must continue until all the pollution is treated or removed from the property and the re-development can begin. Today’s technology allows straightforward cleanup of most polluted sites, Hastie says.

The real challenge. “The challenge isn’t what we know, but rather what we don’t know, and that is why environmental risk transfer is important,” Hastie adds.

Environmental Operations has a range of tools and techniques that, when used together, allow the property owner or developer to eliminate guesswork and risk, and move both to a third party, safeguarding themselves against multi-million dollar surprises.

The benefits of environmental risk transfer include guaranteed fixed-cost solutions backed by financial assets, mitigation of the risk of all possible future costs, corporate indemnification, direct assumption of compliance requirements from all regulatory agencies and total transfer of long-term environmental liabilities with an immediate and corresponding positive impact on the balance sheet.

The transformation of abandoned, contaminated properties also benefits the community by attracting new investment, creating new jobs, strengthening the tax base and providing a cleaner, healthier environment.

Specific examples Hastie cites includes the National Lead site near the Mississippi River in Lemay, Mo., which, because of environmental risk transfer now is being redeveloped into a large employment center estimated to have a total value of more than $400 million.

And, in Alton, Ill., across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, a 153-acre glass manufacturing plant has been remediated, modern infrastructure added and jobs are moving back onto the property. Estimated value of the redevelopment upon completion is in the range of $100 million.

Hastie’s largest project in terms of geography is a 550-acre site near St. Louis Lambert International Airport where St. Louis County challenged him to transfer environmental risk to private sources and to assure a clean site for the new NorthPark commerce and industrial center. Portions of the large site had served, over the last two centuries, as residential, as industrial and as commercial areas — and some of the site had been used in all three ways.

Estimated total value of the redeveloped NorthPark area, when completed, is to exceed $380 million.

Hastie is convinced, as are many observers, that environmental risk transfer will become increasingly important to Midwest property owners and developers as communities become increasingly concerned about their environment.