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Cristina Graver and David Latham to Present A Case Study on Optimizing Brownfields Redevelopment at Florida Brownfields Association 2023 Conference

Cristina Graver, PE, and David Latham, PG (Florida), will present “The Tale of Two BSRAs: A Case Study on Optimizing Brownfields Redevelopment at a Former South Florida Landfill” at 2023 Florida Brownfields Conference at the Avanti Palms Resort in Orlando, at 1:30 p.m. EDT on June 20, 2023. The conference is hosted by the Florida Brownfields Association (FBA).

Their co-presenter is F. Joseph Ullo of Carlton Fields.

Cristina is a Senior Environmental Engineer with more than 10 years of experience focused on assessment and remediation of contaminated soil, sediments, and groundwater, as well as on air quality permitting and compliance and solid waste services.

David is a Senior Hydrogeologist with 30 years of experience focused on a wide range of projects, including those involving hydrogeologic assessments, Phase I and II environmental site assessments, brownfields redevelopment, and secondary use studies.

The Florida Brownfields Conference is the annual conference and signature event of the FBA. The FBA is a nonprofit service organization that addresses cleanup and redevelopment while advancing environmental justice in Florida. Working in cooperation with a wide range of governmental and nongovernmental organizations and citizen groups, the group provides communities and the public with information, assistance, and redevelopment strategies related to brownfields.

The Town of Palm Beach Landfill operated as a landfill, transfer station, and incinerator from the early 1940s through the late 1950s. It reportedly closed in the 1950s and then reopened sometime thereafter for the disposal of vegetative waste through approximately 2015; it is currently inactive. In 2019, a private developer started the process of redeveloping the landfill for mixed uses, including a workforce housing component. The proposed redevelopment includes both the permitted portion of the inactive landfill and surrounding areas at the site. During environmental due diligence and site assessment, buried waste, landfill gas, and impacted soil and groundwater were discovered outside the limits of the permitted landfill area. The developer decided to enter into a Brownfields Site Rehabilitation Agreement (BSRA) for the groundwater impacts associated with the landfill; however, since additional cleanup is required under brownfields in the unpermitted area, a second BSRA was negotiated with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to address that portion. The three presenters will discuss the benefits of the two agreements (one for the sitewide groundwater impacts and one for the unpermitted landfill area) from the legal, engineering, and redevelopment perspectives within the challenging framework of a mixed-use redevelopment at a former landfill.

More Information

About the event: 2023 Annual Brownfields Conference (floridabrownfields.com)
About the FBA: About FBA
For consultation regarding brownfields, contact Cristina Graver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or David Latham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Cristina Graver: Cristina Graver, P.E. | LinkedIn
Learn more about David Latham: Dave Latham | LinkedIn