Michael Berman is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Washington, D.C. with 25 years of experience focused on evaluating the nature and extent of environmental contamination or developing models for estimating environmental liabilities to support his clients' business decisions.
Corporate managers, financial analysts, and industry counsel know that environmental conditions and their regulatory consequences can significantly impact their business decisions and ongoing operations. To define and ultimately limit this exposure requires that such potential liabilities be translated into monetary terms, allowing decision makers to factor potential environmental costs into their financial calculations. Mike is sought out as a trusted consultant for such complex environmental liability valuation (ELV) services.
Among Mike's key strengths are his broad experience in environmental cost estimating and the management of investigations and corrective actions for contaminants such as chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, and inorganic compounds. He has notable experience in the management of challenging contaminants such as methyl tertiary butyl ether and other fuel oxygenates, 1,4-dioxane, and perchlorate and has addressed these at sites regulated under various RCRA, CERCLA, state-lead, and voluntary cleanup programs. Through his experience in these activities for clients, Mike has established a robust practice focused on ELV services. He frequently provides his industry insight to support industrial litigation efforts, insurance negotiations and cost recovery projects, various types of financial reporting, and corporate due diligence during mergers and acquisitions.
Mike has conducted ELV analyses for thousands of sites across the United States and in Canada, Latin America, and Europe. His broad range of clients includes petroleum and petrochemical producers, mine and railroad operators, electric utilities, industrial and consumer product manufacturers, pulp and paper companies, and commercial municipal waste disposal companies. He develops customized costing models and specialized presentations for attorneys and industrial clients on best practices common to ELV services.
To advance the state of the practice, Mike has co-authored U.S. EPA and other guidance documents on the topics of remediation costing; groundwater remediation technologies, chlorinated solvent bioremediation, in situ thermal treatment, permeable reactive barriers, and technologies for fuel oxygenates.