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Presenter: John Heer and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Middleburg Heights, OH

Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport
7230 Engle Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Phone: 440-243-4040

This seminar is closed or full.


Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, this seminar has been rescheduled. The new date for this program will be July 16, 2020.
Please follow this link to reach the new seminar listing: https://www.halfmoonseminars.org/seminars/133445/brownfields-regulation-remediation-and-redevelopment-seminar/middleburg-heights-oh

Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm

Defining and Identifying Brownfields

   Legal definition of a brownfield
   Common types of brownfield sites:
      • Railroads 
      • Gas stations
      • Refineries 
      • Dry cleaners
      • Chemical manufacturers/storage facilities
      • Heavy industrial facilities
   Common liabilities associated with brownfields

Federal and State Regulation of Brownfield Sites

   Comprehensive Environmental Response,
      Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
      • CERCLA liability scheme 
      • CERCLA trust fund
      • National Priorities List
   Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
      • RCRA scope 
      • RCRA requirements
   State and local regulations and incentives
   Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program (VAP)

Assessing Sites and Identifying Risks

   Retaining an environmental consultant
   Due diligence and performing a Phase 1 site assessment
   Data quality objectives
   Scope of subsurface investigation
   Risk-based decisions
   Projecting remediation costs and working with regulators

Implementing Remediation Technologies and Processes

   Engineering and institutional controls
   Biological treatments 
   Physico-chemical treatments
   Thermal treatments 
   Other options

Planning and Implementing Site Remediation 
and Redevelopment Strategies

   Working with regulators
   Working with consultants and technicians
   Regulatory enforcement options
   Exploring options for redevelopment
   Redevelopment financing

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Certified Financial Planners
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

Certified Planners – AICP
     CM | 7

Landscape Architects
     7.0 HSW Contact Hours
     LA CES Pending

     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

Ohio Attorneys
     CLE Approval Pending

Construction Contractors
     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This live lecture presentation is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 HSW contact hours to landscape architects in most states, including Ohio. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

This course is approved by the American Planner Association AICP for CM | 7 for Certified Planners.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). HalfMoon Education has applied to the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for course approval, which is pending. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA CES.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the Ohio Commission on CLE for attorney CLE credit, which is pending.

Updates on the status of pending continuing education credits can be viewed at www.halfmoonseminars.org under this event listing.

This course offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


John Heer

Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services

Mr. Heer has almost 30 years of experience practicing litigation, transactional, regulatory and environmental law, including experience with traditional environmental issues relating to the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, the Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), brownfields, wetlands and stormwater. He also has experience across North America with sustainability and chemical management. He is also a certified ISO 14001:2004 EHS auditor. Mr. Heer earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he earned the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Excellence in Advocacy Award on the National Mock Trial team. He received a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Indiana University.

Michael P. Kurinsky

TRC Companies, Inc., Project Manager, Environmental Due Diligence

Mr. Kurinsky has over 13 years of experience in managing and providing technical support for diverse projects for identifying, investigating and remediating environmental impacts, including projects performed through the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP) that require the completion of a No Further Action (NFA) letter package and obtaining a Covenant Not to Sue (CNS). His experience includes ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), ASTM Phase II Investigations, remedial investigations, environmental compliance evaluations, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reporting, spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) plans, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting and associated stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs). He also has experience in wastewater permitting, Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) closures, Ohio Cessation of Regulated Operations (CRO) Program, transactional due diligence support, environmental liability risk summaries and desktop reviews. Mr. Kurinsky regularly provides advisory and assurance-related services to clients on environmental liabilities, corporate governance, environmental health and safety management and social responsibility strategies.

Kathleen Teuscher

TRC Companies, Inc., Senior Project Manager/Human Health Risk Assessor

Ms. Teuscher has over 30 years of diversified experience in the chemical and environmental industry and has provided project management and key technical support for a variety of projects. In addition to managing TRC’s Cleveland office, she has performed numerous human health risk assessments in accordance with various state and federal guidelines. Her areas of expertise include remedial investigation, risk assessment, vapor intrusion, brownfield redevelopment, RCRA closures, numerous phase I/phase II environmental assessments, feasibility studies, statistical analyses, and analytical chemistry. Ms. Teuscher has performed human health risk assessments and provided technical support for a variety of projects under such programs as CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, individual state and USEPA brownfield programs. She has had successful experience in identifying reasonable and protective alternatives for risk- based solutions to environmental concerns. Ms. Teuscher’s experience also includes performing lab audits, data validation, implementation of QA/QC procedures, and preparing quality assurance project plans. Prior to consulting, she was QA/QC director for a large environmental laboratory.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.