"A State and Federally Certified,
Small, Woman-Owned Business"
are examples of the types of Florida projects that we have
performed over the past 10 years showing the diversity of our
capabilities. VES has also established relationships with
professionals in complementary fields of science such as
remediation, construction, ecology, endangered species, wetlands,
water resources, marine engineering, and asbestos should the need
arise. I will always directly
oversee your project and use my experience to provide you with the
options you need to resolve your issues or complete your
- Melinda Hamsher, PG - President/Owner
Estate - ASTM 1527 Phase I & Phase II ESAs
have been performing ASTM 1527 Phase I ESA's since 1995 for a
diversity of clients including the Resolution Trust Corporation
(RTC), The Nature Conservancy, Amerada Hess, airports, banks,
investors, developers, buyers and sellers. I am a Florida
Certified Environmental Site Assessor and "Qualified
Environmental Professional" per ASTM 1527. I will always
perform your Phase I myself. I do not delegate this important
inspection to Junior staff members.
We assisted the Nature Conservancy and Sarasota County with the
acquisition of 1500 acres of property along the Little Myakka
River that had been used for cattle grazing and hunting leases.
This incredibly beautiful property contained piney uplands and
pristine wetlands, deer, hogs, quail, fresh and salt springs.
However, the property had also been adversely impacted by a
target practice range that had been contaminated by lead bullets
and a leaking portable diesel tank. In addition to the Phase I
property inspection, VES coordinated the removal of the bullets,
lead and petroleum-impacted soils from the area.
We assisted the Nature Conservancy and Sarasota County with the
acquisition of 50 acres of property along the Myakka River that
had been used for illicit dumping. Although most of the dumping
consisted of non-hazardous solid waste, VES discovered an area
of buried tar containers and liquid tar. In addition to the
Phase I property inspection, VES coordinated the removal of the
wastes, asphalt, and petroleum-impacted soils. Illicit
dumping is the primary concern when acquiring unsecured
properties. VES will identify problems and help you to quickly
clean up them up.
VES has years of experience performing inspections of citrus and
other agricultural properties. We know how to locate potential
contamination areas such as pump houses, maintenance areas, and
burn piles. VES will help you quickly remove the impacts. With
so many agricultural properties being converted to residential
developments, it is important to find all of the potential
contamination sources so families can move onto clean, safe
Station Properties: VES
has been performing environmental services for gas stations for
nearly 20 years. If you are interested in purchasing a gas
station property, VES offers a FREE site screening to inform you
of the status of a station in regard to outstanding compliance
issues and cleanup program eligibility. This quick review
can facilitate your decision to perform further investigation
into the property.
extensive experience with petroleum and hazardous waste makes us
uniquely qualified to evaluate industrial properties. Industrial
properties inherently may be associated with environmental
issues. VES will identify those risks and provide you with
options to address and quantify the issues within your tolerance
Krabbe, PW and I have over 20 years of experience with petroleum
facilities and gas stations. We have performed compliance,
assessment, remediation, and tank upgrades at a wide variety of
petroleum facilities, including military bases, bulk fueling
facilities, fueling terminals, gas stations, and marinas. VES is
a Florida Petroleum Pre approval Contractor and can perform
state-funding environmental activities on your eligible gas
Assessments and Drilling:
Our extensive assessment experience combined with trusted,
experienced contractors, enables VES to perform site assessments
under adverse field conditions with minimal disruption to your
site operations. VES has performed 100's of site assessments at
Florida gas station properties.
VES endeavors to find non-intrusive alternatives to achieving
site cleanup within your tolerance for risk. These options
include Natural Attenuation Monitoring and Restrictive
Covenants. However, when the need arises for active remediation,
VES and our qualified contractors have 20 years of experience
with a variety of remedial technologies; including: Air sparge/soil
vapor extraction (AS/SVE), soil excavation, vacuum recovery, and
Closures / Upgrades:
VES has performed numerous environmental "closures"
associated with the upgrade of fuel tanks, spill buckets,
dispensers, and piping (above ground and underground). This
process includes obtaining the requisite NPDES discharge permits
and state-funded Soil Source Removal Funding, soil and
groundwater testing; and, if required, removal and disposal of
contaminated soils. We strive to minimize the expense of
cleanup by pursuing soil excavation and post monitoring programs
in lieu of costly full scale remediation efforts. Additionally,
VES can refer you to our network of qualified storage tank
contractors for your upgrade or repair needs.
VES has been assisting clients resolve outstanding compliance
issues for over 10 years. VES will quickly identify the issues,
connect you to the contractors or actions required to achieve
closure, and most importantly, represent you with the regulatory
authorities to close issues and negotiate lower penalties. VES
recently assisted a property owner who had been pushed into
enforcement when the gas station tenant abandoned the property
literally in the middle of the night, leaving the owner with
outstanding environmental compliance violations.
Fuel Facilities: John
and Melinda have performed multifaceted support at bulk fuel
facilities such as MacDill AFB, Defense Fuels terminal, Jet Age
Fuels, and others. Services included emergency responses,
pipeline closures, bulk tank assessments, tightness testing, and
is still the most cost effective means to eliminate the greatest
source of petroleum contamination at a property. VES has
performed numerous soil excavations related to fuel spills,
including Charlotte County airport, vacant properties for the
Nature Conservancy, numerous gas stations, arsenic-impacted
rural properties, and industrial properties.
Krabbe. PE has a degree in Chemical Engineering and 30 years of
chemical experience. Melinda Hamsher, PG has performed multiple
facility inspections and site assessments for hazardous wastes.
Our combined experience assures you that we will quickly and
efficiently address your hazardous waste issues. Facility
experience includes, automotive facilities, auto repair shops,
dry cleaners, chemical storage plants, and manufacturing
repair and maintenance facilities handles volumes of used oil,
transmission fluids and solvents. VES has performed facility
inspections to assist in the implementation of Best Management
Practices (BMPs), use of earth friendly cleaners, removal of
wastes, and implementation of "cradle-to-grave"
recordkeeping. When necessary, VES can assist in the closure of
outstanding compiance violations.
has performed site assessments at automotive facilities and
industrial properties such as a former Tannery and a
former chemical company. Each site posed unique challenges in
regard to the chemicals of concern, the types of the releases,
and the movement in the subsurface. The toxic nature of
chemicals also frequently requires special health & safety
considerations that VES is qualified to handle. Safety is always
our first concern on a hazardous waste site.
& Water Quality Studies
waterfront development growth of the past few years included the
construction and enlargement of marina and docking facilities.
The FDEP has specific permit requirements regarding the
evaluation of potential water quality and sediment impacts
arising from the property. VES has performed these tests for
multiple projects in west Florida. We use specially qualified
analytical laboratories that are familiar with the unique
requirements of seawater analyses so that we can provide legally
defensible data for your project.
For example, VES assisted the City of Gulfport, Isla del Sol,
Royal Yacht Club, Mirabel Point, and Port Hudson Marina perform
requisite water quality sampling in support of their mooring
field or dock expansion projects. VES is qualified to perform
any type of soil, sediment, groundwater, surface water, or
marine water quality testing required by Florida permits. These
tests can include 24 hour dissolved oxygen studies, 30 day
coliform studies, metals in seawater, nutrients, petroleum
products, temp, conductivity, salinity, and turbidity.
has performed sediment and elutriate studies in support of
dredge permits for Largo Intercoastal Marine, Gulf Landings, and
Cornerstone Development for example. Sediment studies are a
critical part of obtaining a dredge permits and dock
construction permits to demonstrate that the proposed
construction activities will not have a negative impact on water
quality. VES will collect and characterize sediment samples and
prepare geological reports in support of your permit.
Additionally, VES will perform sediment elutriate studies to
support the metals reports.
are required for construction within a water basin. VES has
assembled a team of scientists with the specialized Doppler
Radar equipment required to obtain accurate measurements of
tidal velocities within the basin during tidal change. Such
studies were recently performed at Imperial Yacht in support of
the new marina facilities.
a licensed Florida Professional Geologist, Melinda Hamsher, PG
is qualified and experienced to design, coordinate and oversee
well installation, document subsurface lithology, and
provide geological reports. She has performed drilling in every
area of Florida and is familiar with the unique challenges of
each type of subsurface formation. VES has established
relationships with highly experienced drilling contractors who
are familiar with all types of well drilling: monitoring,
remediation, permanent, temporary, piezometers,
multiple-casings, geotechnical, injection, irrigation, potable,
Over the past 20 years, Melinda Hamsher, PG has designed and
overseen the installation of 1000's of monitoring wells in
association with petroleum and hazardous waste site assessments.
VES routinely installs single and double-cased wells, but has
also designed and installed triple and quadruple cased wells for
the assessment of deep aquifer sites in the north Florida area.
VES has experience with rock drilling and the unique challenges
of karst formations.
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