Managing Shareholder, The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, P.A
Michael R. Goldstein, Managing Shareholder of The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, P.A., and a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent and Chambers and Partners rated attorney, practices exclusively in the areas of environmental law and environmental redevelopment for a broad range of clients, including retail, residential, and industrial developers, public and private companies, real estate funds, lenders, and local governments. A major aspect of Mr. Goldstein’s environmental legal practice involves support of real estate and business transactions, including managing pre-acquisition and pre-leasing due diligence investigations; structuring, negotiating, and drafting environmental provisions in purchase, lease, and development agreements; and assisting lenders evaluate and limit the risk of exposure to environmental liability in connection with new loans and potential foreclosures. In addition, he works closely and extensively with real estate development principals and engineering, planning, and design professionals to help coordinate federal, state and local regulatory approvals for complex retail, industrial, residential, mixed use, and marina related projects throughout the State of Florida.
Mr. Goldstein’s practice has a heavy emphasis on the remediation, financing, and beneficial reuse of contaminated sites and involves a broad array of Brownfields related transactional, administrative, regulatory, legal, legislative, and policy work for clients in both the private and public sectors. He has developed a national reputation as one of the leading and most innovative Brownfields practitioners in Florida, working on important and precedent establishing projects as well as heading up or participating in numerous local, regional, state, and federal environmental restoration initiatives. On a statewide level, Mr. Goldstein was the founding Chairman of the Florida Brownfields Association and served as its Chairman and/or President for the first five years of the organization’s existence. Mr. Goldstein’s tenure as Chairman and President was distinguished by his commitment to elevating environmental justice and public health as critical areas of emphasis for business, community, regulatory agency, and local government stakeholders. In 1996, the Miami-Dade County Commission appointed him Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Brownfields Task Force, a post that he held until the committee’s business was completed in 2004. In January 2006, Mr. Goldstein was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of the Bureau of National Affair’s highly respected Environmental Due Diligence Guide, which serves as a national reporting, editorial, and opinion forum for environmental transactions and related Brownfields and policy matters. In 2008, he founded and funded the Goldstein Brownfields Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering economically and health disadvantaged individuals and communities with scholarships, programming, and resources to restore polluted land, revitalize neighborhoods, and protect public health. The Goldstein Brownfields Foundation also focuses on increasing the ethnic and gender diversity of lawyers working in the environmental arena through academic scholarships, educational and career programming, and professional mentoring. In 2009, Mr. Goldstein was appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Brownfields Coalition, an affiliation of private and public sector stakeholders working in the U.S. Congress to advocate for improvements in environmental redevelopment policy and legislation.
PFAS Program Leader, Montrose Environmental Group
Martha Maier is the PFAS Program Leader and subject matter expert for Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. She is the former president and owner of Vista Analytical Laboratory in El Dorado Hills, CA, and has over 35 years of experience in environmental testing, primarily involving high resolution mass spectrometry for the analysis of chemicals such as dioxins, PCBs and chlorinated pesticides. Martha led the PFAS program at Vista from the development of their in-house LC-MS/MS method for serum in 2007 to become one of the most respected analytical PFAS service providers in North America. She earned her BS in chemistry and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the ITRC PFAS Sampling and Analysis Subcommittee.
Shareholder, Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P. A.
Frank L. Hearne is a shareholder in the firm of Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A., in Tampa, Florida where he practices exclusively environmental law. In addition to his legal credentials, Mr. Hearne holds an undergraduate degree in engineering focused on water resources and a master’s degree in zoology focused on aquatic and estuarine ecology. Mr. Hearne’s engineering and scientific training enables him to better comprehend the many technical aspects of his work such as geohydrology, assessment and remediation strategies, complex organic chemistry and other topics. A substantial portion of his legal practice of almost 40 years has been to advise public and private clients involving contaminated sites including cleanup programs in Florida and other states, federal Superfund sites, Brownfield designation and financial benefits, Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements, site assessment, remedial action, risk assessment and monitoring, Site Rehabilitation Completion Orders, restrictive covenants implementing institutional and engineering controls, negotiation of environmental insurance coverage and assertion and collection of environmental insurance claims.
His experience also includes many types of properties such as former and permitted landfill sites, golf courses, industrial facilities, petroleum production and refining facilities, mines, dry cleaning and underground tank sites, automobile dealerships, rental car sites, wood treating sites, waste and wastewater treatment plants and many others which can be discussed in detail upon request. Representative recent sites include redevelopment of a large ground transportation site on a permitted landfill in Pinellas County, a manufactured gas plant and adjacent property in Tampa, the Delaney Creek Brownfield Redevelopment Area at a former battery recycling site, the “Pink Palace” Hotel in Bradenton, the Jacksonville Raceway site, the Former Wellcraft Boat Manufacturing Facility in Sarasota, the Tampa IKEA Store and the Avion Project consisting of several hotels and office buildings near the Tampa airport. He has extensive experience in all the major federal and state environmental regulatory programs including rule making, permitting and enforcement defense.
Over many years, he has been repeatedly named to several independent lists of outstanding environmental lawyers in the state and nation including, The Best Lawyers in America and Florida “Super Lawyers.” Mr. Hearne is a member of the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Section, the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Brownfields Association. Personal and professional references are available upon request.
Principal, Cameron Cole
Institute of Science & Public Affairs, Florida State University
Dr. Teaf is a Board-certified toxicologist and risk assessor with over 40 years of environmental and public health experience specializing in soil, water and air quality, toxicology, risk assessment, and environmental health issues for solvents, petroleum, pesticides, polyfluorinated compounds (PFAs), metals, radionuclides, particulates, and bacteria/molds. Chris is Director Emeritus of the Center for Biomedical & Toxicological Research at Florida State University, and Director of Toxicology for Hazardous Substance & Waste Management Research in Tallahassee. He has experience with industrial facilities, waste management sites, power facilities, agricultural sites, mining operations, educational institutions, and products in general commerce. He has directed research and taught environmental toxicology and risk assessment at the University level, for USEPA, the World Health Organization, NATO, ATSDR, many state/local agencies, and the private sector. He serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Soil and Sediment Contamination and sits on editorial boards or as peer reviewer for a variety of scientific journals. Chris has testified in many state and federal courts, as well as state administrative hearings.
Southeast District Manager, REGENESIS
Mr. Northington is a professional engineer with over twenty years of experience in the environmental field in the areas of site investigation, remediation system engineering and construction, project management and technical assistance. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University. Mr. Northington currently serves as the Southeast District Manager with Regenesis. In this capacity, he provides technical support for application of soil and groundwater remediation solutions. Mr. Northington works directly with environmental consulting, construction, and engineering firms to develop turnkey remedial approaches for in situ-applied strategies across a broad spectrum of technology classes.
Joe Applegate is a Sr. Principal Hydrogeologist in the Tallahassee, FL office and has 35 years of experience and has managed multiple USEPA CERCLA, RCRA, and FDEP environmental contracts and programs and has managed federal, state, and industrial sites including petroleum, dry-cleaning facilities, chemical manufacturers, fire training facilities, landfills, former MGPs, and pesticide manufacturers and applicators.
Joe is a recognized regulatory expert with extensive knowledge of federal and state environmental rules, regulations, and permitting processes allow him to meet the clients and regulatory community needs quickly and efficiently. Joe has managed numerous State of Florida Superfund, State Hazardous, Drycleaning Solvent, State Owned Lands and Site Investigation, Brownfields, Petroleum, and Former Manufactured Gas Plants. He has managed multiple conditional closure projects and developed RC packages for private client projects as well as for the FDEP. He has also managed projects with emerging contaminates, including 1,4 Dioxane and PFAS. He has presented at multiple conferences in Florida on industrial uses of these compounds, physicochemical properties, fate and transport of PFAS in soil and groundwater, as well as general assessment and remedial approaches.
Restoration Program Manager, NASA Headquarters, Environmental Management Division
Mike has 38 years of professional geological experience and recently joined NASA Headquarters Environmental Management Division, where he became the agency’s Restoration Program Manager. He is overseeing the investigation and cleanup efforts at all NASA Centers and Component Facilities, following 21 plus years at Kennedy Space Center as the Technical Lead and a Remediation Project Manager. Prior to that, he was a Remedial Project Manager with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and an Exploration Geologist in the oil and gas industry. Mike resides in Merritt Island with his wife and two golden retrievers and is the proud father of two Florida State Seminoles.