Management – CA Rich Consultants, Inc.
Charles Rich, PG, CPG, CSBA, President
Mr. Charles Rich, the original active Founder of CA RICH Consultants, Inc., brings over 40 years of progressive professional experience in the concept, initiation, planning, design, execution, management, and defense of numerous environmental projects. His technical expertise stems from a progressive project background emphasizing Fortune 500 corporate issues relative to hazardous waste management, dispute resolution, strategic thinking, and construction-related real estate development and redevelopment issues. As President of CA RICH Consultants, Inc., Mr. Rich directs the Firm’s professional staff, aligns business goals, and ongoing public and private business development activities.
Mr. Rich has testified as an Expert Witness in both Federal and State Courts in the United States and is viewed as an industry leader in understanding and assisting the Firm’s Clientele to solve problems on Federal and State-regulated Superfund Sites, inactive Hazardous Waste Sites, active RCRA Sites, as well as Brownfield transactional issues and non-regulated real property redevelopment sites. For example, he has been a Court-appointed Expert, a Special Master, a Principal Investigator at Love Canal for the NY State Attorney General, and the requested groundwater Expert on behalf of the United States of America for the US Justice Department. In the latter instance, his called-upon involvement representing the United States in a civil contamination case against a leading international oil company resulted in one of the largest, if not the largest, ‘RCRA’ hazardous waste settlements of the day. Over the years, he has developed in-depth expertise solving problems relative to risk-based cleanups, soil and groundwater-related contaminant distribution, plume configuration, migration and mitigation, preferred remedial methods to enhance contaminant removal deficiencies, and regulatory compliance negotiations with Agencies at all levels. On the clean water side, Mr. Rich has evaluated, tested, and managed construction, permitting, and expansions of numerous groundwater exploration & development projects that have and continue to provide sustainable potable water supplies and proven reserves to satisfy drinking water demands domestically and abroad.
He is a published, peer-reviewed author. For example, Mr. Rich actively contributed to the development of ASTM’s National Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Due Diligence (e.g. currently ASTM E1527-13) intended to minimize environmental liabilities for commercial real property transfers throughout the United States. He was a co-author of the Long Island, NY Areawide ‘208’ Waste Management Plan where he first introduced the concept of delineated aquifer recharge areas and ‘hydro-geologic zones’ on Long Island. Mr. Rich routinely publishes a variety of called-upon technical articles, opinion pieces, and professional editorials; and he is invited to speak on these subjects, or participate in expert panels at trade association meetings, conferences, or at local County or State Bar Association forums. Some of Mr. Rich’s voluntary pro bono activities include having served as President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists for the Northeastern United States, Vice-President of the NYS Council of Professional Geologists, and recently Chair of the Real Estate Practitioners Institute. He is listed in current volumes of Marquis’ Who’s Who in Science & Engineering, Who’s Who in the United States, and Who’s Who in the World
Mr. Rich is a NY State Licensed Professional Geologist (License No. 077), Certified Professional Geologist (Cert. No. 4433); a Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Supervisor; a Certified Sustainable Building Adviser, an adjunct professor teaching environmental due diligence at SUNY Stony Brook University’s College of Business. He has served as Director on several Boards and is, or has been, affiliated with numerous professional industry trade organizations.
Richard J. Izzo, PG, CPG, Vice President
Mr. Izzo joined CA RICH in 1985, and during his tenure has helped shape the Firm’s professional service capabilities and has contributed to its stellar reputation for excellence. During the 1980s, Richard worked closely with the City of New York to develop an environmental testing protocol which became the basis for subsequent testing and remediation requirements under the New York City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). In addition, Mr. Izzo developed one of the first “Phase-I” environmental due diligence assessment protocols (pre ASTM) for property transfer and worked with several lenders to assist them in developing their internal due diligence standards.
Over the past three decades, Mr. Izzo has designed, implemented and managed countless environmental testing and remediation programs involving soil, groundwater, and soil vapor impacts for private clientele, municipalities and regulatory agencies throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and the surrounding Tri-State area. He has successfully guided Clientele through numerous regulatory compliance programs such as CEQR, the New York State Voluntary Cleanup Program (NYSVCP), the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (NYSBCP), the New York State Environmental Restoration Program (NYSERP), and the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program (NYCVCP). In addition, Richard has helped clients satisfy or close out Orders on Consent, Petroleum and Chemical Spill Cases, and Stipulation Agreements.
Mr. Izzo has been called upon as an expert witness in several matters involving the transfer of environmentally impacted real property, and remediation of chemical and petroleum releases. In addition to environmental projects, Richard heads up the Firm’s water resource exploration, development and management capabilities including watershed hydrologic budgets, groundwater investigations, aquifer mapping, safe yield determination, and water allocation permitting.
As Vice President at CA RICH, Mr. Izzo provides management, organizational continuity and technical direction that supports the Firm’s valued Clientele. Richard holds credentials as a New York State Licensed Professional Geologist (License No. 501), AIPG Certified Professional Geologist (Cert. No. 9644), OSHA Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Supervisor, and holds a 30-hour OSHA Certification for Health and Safety Operations on Construction Sites.
Michael Yager, Project Manager/Environmental Scientist
Mr. Yager, a CA RICH Project Manager, has managed a broad range of environmental projects throughout the northeast for more than 30 years. Certified in Asbestos Inspections, air sampling, and Hazardous Waste Operations, he performed asbestos inspections for numerous industrial, commercial and residential properties. Mr. Yager has also conducted hundreds of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments of industrial, commercial and multi-tenant residential properties, and follow-on Phase II Site Investigations and Phase III Remediations, including the preparation and implementation of Work Plans for Federal, State and County approvals. In addition, Mr. Yager is a certified Mold Assessor and has conducted air quality and mold inspections, sampling and assessments in response to indoor air quality complaints and/or water damage issues.
Mr. Yager is certified in OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, Health and Safety Operations at Hazardous Sites, and 30-hour Certification for Health and Safety Operations on Construction Sites.
Jason T. Cooper, NYS PG 000152, Vice President
Jason Cooper is a New York State Licensed Professional Geologist (No. 000152) and a Vice President with CA Rich Consultants, Inc. Jason received his Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York in 1999. He has completed OSHA training in Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response, OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety, as well as the CPR course given by the American Red Cross.
Jason has over 19 years of experience in the environmental industry and specifically over 15 years of experience conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and Phase II Investigations. He has inspected, written and reviewed hundreds of Phase I ESAs on various types of properties including commercial, industrial and residential properties throughout the greater NY/NJ metropolitan area and the five boroughs of New York City. His Phase I ESA’s have been used by financial institutions, City and State regulatory agencies, and private companies in order to facilitate potential property transactions. When the Phase I ESA’s identified Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs), he followed up with the subsequent responsive Phase II Investigations. Typical responsibilities for the Phase I ESAs and Phase II Investigations include coordinating historical and regulatory database searches, conducting property inspections, collecting soil, groundwater, soil vapor and/or sediment samples, working with Federal, State and Local authorities, and reviewing and authoring final reports.
Jason has been the lead manager on numerous New York State Brownfield and New York City Voluntary Cleanup program sites. He has worked on these projects from inception beginning with the application phase through to completion to obtain a Certificate of Completion (COC) from NYSDEC or a Notice of Satisfaction (NOS) from NYC OER. Working on these projects has included the coordination with the client, general contractor, soil disposal facilities and State, City, and local agencies. Jason has characterized soils from Brownfield sites and received acceptance into the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation Clean Soil Bank. The placement of the soils into the Clean Soil Bank has saved the client hundreds of thousands of dollars in disposal costs.
Working alongside engineers, Jason has helped to design, install, and operate sub-slab depressurization systems (SSDSs) and soil vapor extraction (SVE) systems. In addition, he has maintained and operated groundwater pump and treat systems.
Jason is proficient in sampling all kind of media including groundwater (low-flow or three volumes), soil sampling and characterization, and air sampling (sub-slab soil vapor, indoor air, outdoor).
Jessica Proscia, Project Manager/Environmental Scientist
Ms. Proscia brings to CA RICH vast knowledge of Environmental Health issues. As a Project Manager and Environmental Scientist at CA RICH, Ms. Proscia routinely conducts Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA); monitoring well installation and sampling; in-situ chemical oxidation injections; soil vapor and indoor air testing; air and dust monitoring; sediment sampling; construction oversight; analytical interpretation; and underground storage tank removals. Additionally, Ms. Proscia is a specialist in the assessment and remediation of groundwater, soil, and soil vapor, and has worked with local, State and Federal government entities as well as private industry.
Ms. Proscia has managed several different types of programs including Brownfield Cleanup Program investigations, Superfund Site investigations, Voluntary Cleanup Program investigations, and groundwater quality monitoring programs. In addition, Ms. Proscia has helped clients satisfy or close out Orders on Consent, Petroleum and Chemical Spill Cases, and Stipulation Agreements.
Ms. Proscia is certified in OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, Health and Safety Operations at Hazardous Sites, and 30-hour Certification for Health and Safety Operations on Construction Sites.
Tom Brown, Project Geologist
As a Project Geologist at CA RICH, Mr. Brown is responsible for conducting Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs). Environmental investigation and remediation work conducted by Mr. Brown includes, but is not limited to, soil, soil vapor, indoor air, groundwater and sediment sampling, analytical interpretation, sub-slab vapor point installation, monitoring well installation, excavation, air and dust monitoring, waste disposal, construction oversight, UST removals, and excavations for NYCDEP ‘E’ Designated, CEQR, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), NYSDEC Spills, and NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program Sites.
Mr. Brown is certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, Health and Safety Operations at Hazardous Sites, and holds a 30-hour Certification for Health and Safety Operations on Construction Sites.