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This article published in Contractor discusses brownfield construction and water contamination and how technologies and sound planning can mitigate risks from chemical contamination—including PFAS.

Article highlights:

  • Conducting a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to practice due diligence and understand the property's history
  • Safe, economical, and effective means to address vapor intrusion risk
  • If PFAS impacts on groundwater is confirmed act quickly

New construction at vacant, former industrial properties, referred to as brownfields, has increased dramatically over the past decade. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth of e-commerce was driving a revolution in the new construction of industrial warehouses and last-mile distribution centers, which has only accelerated. Mixed-use residential/commercial redevelopment of brownfields also continues steadily in many areas. Due to the continued need for affordable land in areas accessible to highly populated areas, and fueled by tax incentives, many of these future buildings will be constructed on or near brownfields where chemical releases have occurred. This article provides key tips for developers to mitigate risk of chemical releases, including releases from PFAS.

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About the Authors:

REGENESIS Remediation Solutions Ryan Moore
PFAS Program Manager, REGENESIS
Ryan Moore has 20 years of experience as an environmental project manager and laboratory account executive relating to multimedia contamination sites throughout the U.S. His experience focused on site investigations of soil and groundwater contamination, corrective action evaluations, operation & maintenance of remediation systems, large soil removal remedial projects, in situ groundwater and soil treatment, vapor intrusion assessments, environmental laboratory operations such as QA/QC evaluations, data interpretations, and business development. Ryan holds a B.S. of Environmental Studies from Manchester College, North Manchester, IN.

REGENESIS Remediation Solutions Ryan Miller
East Region Manager, Land Science
As the East Region Manager of the Land Science® division of REGENESIS, Inc., Miller’s role includes providing technical support in the design and installation of TerraShield, Nitra-Seal, MonoShield and Retro-Coat vapor mitigation systems, and educating the environmental community on the advancements in vapor intrusion barrier technology, implementation, and quality control. He has extensive experience in the environmental consulting industry, focusing his career on brownfield redevelopment projects and specializing in vapor intrusion mitigation.