J. Chris Herin is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist practitioner in the field of environmental risk management and minimization based in Florida with more than 25 years of experience focused on the mitigation of environmentally impaired properties, environmental compliance, due diligence (All Appropriate Inquiry), and cost-to-cure estimates. He also specializes in groundwater studies, contaminant fate and transport evaluations, and waste management. He is often tapped to serve as a technical expert in litigation on these issues.
With years of environmental consulting experience, Chris's expertise lies in environmental support of transactional and operational issues related to property development and environmental compliance, contaminated property portfolio management, and beneficial re-use of impaired properties. He has authored or provided senior-level review of more than 500 reports addressing site remediation activities, environmental due diligence, and/or regulatory compliance.
Chris's clients include chemical, fertilizer, pesticide, automotive, aerospace and other manufacturing companies; agricultural operators; mining operators; national retailers; electric and water utilities; railroad, marine, and air transportation operators; and businesses involved in petroleum distribution, cleaning operations, waste management (recycling, hazardous and non-hazardous waste), and property development/management. He has consulted on projects regulated under a variety of federal programs, e.g., CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, CWA, CAA, FIFRA, Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. His projects have dealt with hazardous substances such as solvents (and associated additives), petroleum products, dioxins, PCBs, pesticides and herbicides, radioactive materials and a variety of other inorganic chemicals.
To advance the state of the practice, Chris has provided technical input during the development of environmental regulations by the State of Florida. He has also provided technical guidance and consulted on policy options for professional associations and the private sector interests covering management/minimization of environmental risk, collection of quality data, environmental compliance, and AAI. He has been an invited speaker on environmental issues for the Florida Bar, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Environmental Permitting School, Florida Atlantic University's Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment and Department of Geosciences. He is actively involved with the Environmental Land Use & Law Section of the Florida Bar and the National Association of EHS Managers.