Mital Desai is a Senior Professional based in California with more than 15 years of experience focused on environmental investigation; remediation system design, operation, monitoring, maintenance, and optimization; site closure; brownfield redevelopment; due diligence; and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) support.
Throughout her career, Mital has successfully led multi-discipline, multi-year complex projects for a variety of clients and stakeholders including municipalities, private corporations, and has worked at the direction of in-house and outside legal counsel. For site remediation, she has experience in technologies such as low permeability slurry walls; soil vapor extraction; air sparge and biosparge; dual phase extraction; in situ treatments; excavation and confirmation sampling; vapor intrusion mitigation systems and light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) recovery. Mital has successfully negotiated closure strategy and obtained closure for multiple sites based on sound technical rationale that included evaluation of human health risk and sensitive receptors in the vicinity; vadose zone and groundwater modeling; demonstration of monitored natural attenuation; source zone removal during redevelopment; use of concrete caps; and recordation of land use covenants and deed restrictions. Her experience also includes working on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) investigations and fate and transport in environmental media.
Mital works with stakeholders to achieve common goals and serves as a liaison with the regulators on her projects. She has assisted clients with their projects under the regulatory oversight of the Los Angeles and Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the United States EPA, counties, and other local agencies. Mital’s leadership of a broad spectrum of environmental projects gives her clients access to a broad understanding of applicable regulations, jurisdiction of various regulatory agencies, end points, and potential hurdles.