IAEP Presents

Illinois Advanced Site Remediation Seminar

Advanced Strategies for Addressing Contaminated Properties in Illinois and

Achieving Closure from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)


In the last three decades, thousands of environmentally distressed properties have been regarded as unusable by real estate developers and lenders.  Ironically, the strong enforcement tools made available to promote cleanup of these sites caused the most capable purchasers and users to avoid them for fear of incurring virtually unlimited liability.  More recent legislative amendments to environmental laws to provide safe harbors and liability protections only go so far to address the risk presented by dealing with contaminated parcels; thus, the most effective protection against future liability remains using state voluntary cleanup programs to address issues and obtain closure. 

We are fortunate in Illinois to have a robust voluntary Site Remediation Program (SRP); yet, ever-evolving issues such as vapor intrusion, complex regulations and site-specific challenges present traps to the unwary.  Attend our Advanced Site Remediation Seminar and hear our experienced panel (including an IEPA regulator, experienced remediation consultant and a veteran environmental attorney) share their experiences and best practices for addressing common and advanced challenges in navigating the Illinois SRP and achieving closure for your most challenging sites.

Date:        Thursday, October 19, 2017

8:00 am – 8:30 am - Check In and Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:45 am - IAEP Annual Meeting

8:45 am – 10:15 am - Seminar and Q&A

Location:  Café la Cave Banquets, 2777 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Cost:         IAEP Members: $35; non-members: $60 (includes hot buffet breakfast)

Pre-Payment is required.  No refunds.   Exchanges are allowed for Corporate Members only.

 IAEP will provide a certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours to attendees.

Speakers:  Greg Dunn, PG (IEPA); Joel Zirkle, PG (Fehr-Graham); and Lawrence Falbe, Esq. (Miller Canfield)  



 Gregory W. Dunn, P.G.

 Greg Dunn serves as Manager of the Remedial Project Management Section at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  Mr. Dunn has more than 30 years of environmental experience with the Illinois EPA, the last two years as Manager of the Remedial Project Management Section which includes the Leaking Underground Storage Tank program, Voluntary Site Remediation program, State Sites Unit and the Brownfields program.  Mr. Dunn graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Earth Science.  He is an Illinois Licensed Professional Geologist and has provided testimony to the Illinois Pollution Control Board during the rule-making process for the Site Remediation Program and Tiered Approach to Corrective Action Objectives (TACO) regulations.  


  Joel P. Zirkle, P.G.

 Joel Zirkle, principal and branch manager at Fehr Graham, has 26 years of diverse experience in the environmental consulting industry. Fehr Graham, a regional engineering and environmental firm, has been improving communities for public, private and municipal clients since 1973.   Zirkle has been with Fehr Graham since 2003, and a principal owner since 2011. He has managed projects for more than two decades in a variety of environmental disciplines, most notably his work in site assessment and remediation with an emphasis on Brownfields remediation.  Zirkle’s extensive experience in projects includes site selection, prioritization, assessment and remediation.  He has worked with various state regulatory programs in Illinois and Iowa and extensively with Region 5 United States Environmental Protection Agency for grant-funded projects.


Lawrence W. Falbe, J.D.

 Lawrence “Larry Falbe is a Chicago-based environmental attorney and a Principal at the international law firm of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC.  Larry focuses on environmental transactional support of real estate and corporate deals, environmental defense and litigation, Brownfields issues, environmental regulatory compliance and energy development/facility siting.  Larry has more than 22 years of experience reviewing and analyzing Phase I and Phase II assessments to satisfy due diligence requirements, obtaining No Further Remediation Letters, evaluating the cost/benefit of transactions, and advising clients on potential liability and remediation issues.  He also has substantial litigation and regulatory experience involving environmental issues, including CERCLA (Superfund), FIFRA, EPCRA, RCRA (hazardous waste), toxic torts, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, underground storage tanks, and nuclear fuel processing. He has represented clients involved in enforcement actions by federal, state, and local authorities, and negotiated numerous compliance programs, consent decrees, and settlements.




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