Keith Choper

Registration

  • Registered Professional Engineer, PA, NJ, DE, NY, MA, MD
  • US Green Building Council, LEED-AP
  • PADEP Certified for Storage Tank Closure Activities
  • NJDEP Certified for Underground Storage Tank Systems
  • NJ Subsurface Evaluator
  • USEPA Lead Certification

Credentials

  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Northeastern University, 1973
  • M.S., Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering Spec.), Northeastern University, 1977

Fields of Competence

  • Management and direction of projects performed under major federal and state environmental programs
  • Brownfield site reuse/redevelopment projects
  • Industrial site assessment, investigation and remediation
  • Underground storage tank management
  • Property acquisition due diligence, including environmental assessments and subsurface evaluations
  • PCB transformer/TCSA compliance projects
  • Design, construction, permitting, operations, and maintenance of environmental systems
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Stormwater Management and selection of BMPs
  • Site selection, planning, engineering, and design associated with “Green” building and “LEED” projects

Experience Summary

Professional

Keith has over thirty years of technical and managerial experience with an international architect/engineering firm and with environmental consulting services firms, including over 20 years as the President of two successful environmental firms that performed projects on a nationwide basis.

He has served as a lecturer at conferences and training seminars, speaking on the subjects of environmental investigations and remediation, corrective action technologies, management of underground and aboveground storage systems, Brownfields revitalization and PCB transformer risk management.

Keith was elected Township Supervisor for a municipality of approximately 20,000 residents. In that role, he oversees, directs, and provides service in all areas of government including public health, safety, welfare, finance, planning, parks and recreation, land-use and land development and constituent services.

Civic

  • Township Board of Supervisors, West Whiteland Township, Chester County, PA (2000-2013).
  • Director, Downingtown Area Regional Authority (1995-2001).
  • Chairperson, Municipal Services Commission, West Whiteland Township (1988-2000).

Publications

  • “Point of Entry Carbon Systems for the Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds,” Proceeding, ACSE National Conference on Environmental Engineering, 1987.
  • “Bringing Contaminated Industrial Real Estate Back into Service,” Proceedings, Hazardous Waste Cleanup Conference, Continuing Legal Education, 1994.
  • “A Developer’s Approach to Brownfields Projects”, CLE International Conference on Owning, Developing & Managing Contaminated Property, December, 1997.

Key Projects

Brownfields: Management and direction of Brownfields reuse/redevelopment projects for public and private developers. Projects have included development of strategies to secure the property, environmental investigations, remediation, public participation programs, funding applications and obtaining regulatory agency releases of liability.

Assessments and Investigations: Provided comprehensive services for minimization of environmental risk and ensuring regulatory compliance for numerous clients and properties. Activities included Phase I Assessments and Phase II Site Investigations, remedial actions and regulatory agency interface.

Lead: Technical Manager for a first of its kind project to evaluate the presence of lead in drinking water in 300 schools and buildings within Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest public school system. Developed sampling plans and remedial plans and interfaced with regulatory agencies (Federal, State and local) and the media. Provided similar services for the Baltimore City Public School System and for several charter schools.

Superfund: Managed a number of Superfund investigation, design and remedial projects for a large pharmaceutical company. Directed all home office and remedial activities for operations and maintenance of a soil and groundwater treatment system for a $20+ million PRP-financed Superfund site remediation project and for a groundwater remediation project incorporating numerous point-of-use water treatment systems.

Transformers: Technical direction of comprehensive PCB transformer projects including a city-wide project for the Philadelphia School District. Project required the inspections of approximately 100 locations, development of a PCB Transformer Management Plan, testing, sampling, transformer replacement, remediation and regulatory agency interface.

Technical Oversight: Technical oversight of a $15 million PCB TCSA investigation and cleanup at a major aluminum extrusion facility that was built prior to World War II. Project included lagoon closures, soil and groundwater investigations, floor and worker surface contact sampling, transformer area sampling, and remediation.

Expert Witness Testimony: Provided expert witness testimony regarding storage tanks, asbestos, PCB transformers, soil and groundwater investigations, and hazardous waste remediation.

Emergency Remedial Response Actions: Experience directing and managing a full scope of remedial services (engineering, field services, regulatory agency interface, turn-key operations) for a wide range of incidents. Assignments have included the remedial assessment of the National Enquirer’s anthrax impacted building (Boca Raton, FL), evaluation of properties immediately following hurricane Katrina, mercury spills in school buildings, leaking underground and above ground storage tank systems, releases/spills of solvents, gaseous releases, accidental asbestos releases and other similar types of incidents.

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