Monday, March 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Michigan UST Cleanup Fund - Deductible Buy-Down Option

By: Joseph W. Berlin

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 12:00 AM

National Tanks Conference

By: Joseph Berlin, PE, CP, EP

Joseph Berlin, PE, EP, CP, FE, BLDI’s President, was a presenter at the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission's National Tanks Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona on September 15, 2015 where he shared experience gained during his 20 plus years as an environmental forensic investigator. 

Mr. Berlin provided a discussion on forensic engineering and environmental forensics (FE/EF) focused on their application at underground storage tank (UST) sites. The purpose of his session was to present a more inclusive understanding of the development of Conceptual Site Models (CSMs) at UST sites and how the Component Failure Analysis (CFA) integrates into the overall site CSM.

A recent case was presented involving the use of FE/EF methods to demonstrate the CSM, CFA and environmental due diligence (EDD) considerations. This case utilized CFA in development of the CSM, specific analytical methods (Ratio, PIANO, Isotopic) to characterize field sampling data, and other data analysis techniques in addressing environmental risk, supporting insurance coverage, and identifying transactional due diligence issues, including Environmental Baselining to demonstrate Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP). Current Environmental Baselining practices and one Baselining program in development (Arizona) were discussed.   

A copy of the slide presentation is available at

The BLDI Forensic Group can be contacted at our Grand Rapids, MI office (phone: 616-459-3737 or 

Friday, November 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Michigan UST Cleanup Fund - Latest Banking Update

By: Joseph Berlin, PE, CP, EP & Rich Spehar, PE, EP

As details of the new Michigan Underground Storage Tank Fund (Fund) are released owners, operators, lenders and their advisors will be able to make decisions regarding the Fund. It is clear that the underlying Fund structure and program are hitting milestones established by the Fund Authority. In a recent presentation to the Michigan Bankers Association-Environmental Affairs Committee BLDI principal Rich Spehar presented some of the latest Fund details and market conditions.  

The slides in the following PDF present some of the latest information discussed at the meeting. Please feel free to contact Joe Berlin, PE, CP, EP, QC, Rich Spehar, PE, EP or Marty Janowiak at BLDI's main office in Grand Rapids, Michigan at 616-459-3737.
Slides from the
Michigan Bankers Association
Environmental Affairs Committee


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