Michael Berman is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Washington, D.C. with more than 25 years of experience focused on assessing, modeling, and quantifying the nature, extent, and cost of environmental liabilities to support his clients' business decisions.
Corporate managers and their outside counsel know that environmental conditions and their regulatory consequences can significantly impact their business decisions and ongoing operations. These potential liabilities must be appropriately defined or translated into monetary terms to allow decision makers to understand and manage them appropriately. 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 chlorinated solvents; per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); 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.