September 24, 2018, Detroit, MI: ASTI President, and founder, Tom Wackerman has been selected as one of D Business Magazine’s Top 500 most powerful business leaders in Metro Detroit, the only environmental consultant to be honored. With 40 years in the business, Mr. Wackerman established, and has guided ASTI since it’s inception (1985), and he also doubles as the firm’s Director of Incentives. With offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Brighton (HQ), ASTI specializes in mitigating risk and expense associated with environmental testing/cleanup, wetlands, and brownfield redevelopment and we have now completed more than 12,000 projects.


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September 20, 2018, Brighton, MI: Just call ASTI's eighteen-year veteran Hydrogeologist Brian Earl "Mr. VAP" now. Under the authority of Ohio revised code section 3764.04 (B)(5) and Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3745-300-05, Mr. Earl is now a Certified Professional under the Ohio EPAs Voluntary Action Program (VAP) No. CP 387. Clients can now engage Mr. Earl to investigate potential environmental contamination due to hazardous substances, cleanup the property, and receive a Covenant-Not-to-Sue (CNS) from the State of Ohio promising that no more cleanup is needed. The VAP program was designed to maximize resources and expertise in the private sector by using qualified, experienced professionals certified by OEPA.


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August 31, 2018, Grand Rapids, MI:  ASTI President & Founder Tom Wackerman has been selected to address Real Estate Development and Reuse with more than 50 Economic Developers from around the State of Michigan on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 12:30pm – 2:20pm at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West in Lansing, MI.  Co-hosted by the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) and International Economic Development Council (IEDC), this Economic Development Basic Course is the first step towards audience members receiving their professional certification (CeCD).  As both a certified real estate instructor and environmental trainer, Mr. Wackerman’s remarks will center on the land development process, tools available at the local level (TIF, bonds, grant, loans), eminent domain and land assembly.

A word about "PFAS"

If you live in Michigan, you may have recently been hearing the term PFAS, but it has been an environmental issue for almost 20 years, and is actively being investigated in numerous sites around the country. It is pervasive in products from fire-fighting foam to fast food wrappers to carpet and pizza boxes, and is estimated to have already impacted the majority of Americans either through using products or from the environment.

This group of compounds known as Polyflouroalkyl Substances (PFAS), includes over 2,000 individual compounds, of which only a few have been studied, and for which there is conflicting data. Expect more studies on the impacts to human health and environment from these compounds, but on a more practical and immediate basis, expect Federal and State regulations to address environmental impacts (Current EPA Advisory level is 70 ppt), and to include these compounds in environmental due diligence for high-risk properties. For additional information on the impacts and remediation options for PFAS, please speak with ASTI's Rick Welsh at 810-599-6296 or rwelsh@asti-env.com

Welcome, Rick Welsh!

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Not-So-New Face Around ASTI: Welcome, Richard Welsh!

Rick came to ASTI all the way from Magnolia, Texas to lead our Property Services Group. Rick started in January to provide some overlap, and by now most of you have met him. Rick is an Environmental Professional, a Certified Project Manager, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology with over 25 years of experiences in assessment and remediation. Although we hope he never encounters the situation, Rick is also trained in Helicopter Underwater Egress! (Not sure what that is? Click Here)

With his cross-country move, he looks forward to rediscovering all of the beauty that Michigan has to offer, because he actually grew up in Michigan and is planning on many trips to his family home in Traverse City. Join us as we welcome Rick to ASTI, and welcome back another native son! 

Onto The Next Chapter: George Kandler Retires

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For over 33 years, ASTI has provided environmental assessment and redevelopment services to business and governments across the country and overseas. For most of those years, George Kandler has been a big part of ASTI's commitment to deliver the highest quality product in the industry. But, after 43 years in the environmental business, George retired at the end of May. He will continue to work with ASTI on special projects, but he will undoubtedly be devoting more time to carpentry, fishing, and rebuilding his boat. While we're sad that he won't be around the office as much, we're happy for his transition to family time and the opportunity to officially unplug (a rare and fine thing these days)...

To continue to provide the same great service and creative solutions you have come to expect, Rick Welsh (810-599-6296, rwelsh@asti-env.com) joined us last January to transition into George's position. Of course, Cary Kratz (810-599-5476, ckratz@asti-env.com) and Brian Kuberski (810-599-8426, bkuberski@asti-env.com) our Team Leaders for the past few years for Phase I ESAs and Phase II Investigations, respectively, will continue to be project managers. If they have been your primary contact, that will not change.



February 2, 2018: ASTI Environmental just turned 33 years old thanks to our 3,500 clients and boosters and our 35 associates with 400+ years of technical expertise.  Headquartered in Brighton, MI, ASTI has also maintained an office in Grand Rapids the past 25 years, and 2018 marks the second anniversary of our Detroit office located in Grand Circus Park.

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ASTI’s Client, the City of Allegan, has just been awarded a Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant for nearly $4 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Grant will help fund an extensive project along the Kalamazoo River to stabilize an eroding streambank and prevent further erosion. Without intervention, continued river-related erosion may pose future concerns for Perrigo Company plc’s North American Headquarters, which sits atop a bluff along the River. The grant is the second largest award for hazard assistance ever granted in Michigan.

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Achieving and maintaining compliance with local, state and federal regulations can be an arduous process.  It’s important for facility managers to remember that parking lot runoff, parts cleaning processes, outdoor storage of raw materials, manufacturing scrap and  rejects, painting/printing/adhesive processes, chemicals used in manufacturing, vent hoods and booths, secondary containment and spill prevention systems are all subject to regulation.

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