PPM Helps the City of Vicksburg Revive Kuhn Memorial Hospital Site

On May 31, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two brownfield cleanup grants totaling $400,000 to the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi for remediation of the former Kuhn Memorial Hospital site.

The 12.8 acre site in the Martin Luther King Jr. District has contributed blight to the city for over ten years. The property has exchanged hands via tax deed sale six times and city officials have been unsuccessful in requiring the owner to renovate or demolish the site.

PPM Consultants has maintained a long relationship with the city of Vicksburg and helped it win grant funding to assess environmental concerns at the former Kuhn Memorial hospital in 2016. PPM completed a Phase I environmental site assessment (ESA) in less than 30 days to allow the city to take ownership of the property. Since then, PPM has completed all necessary environmental assessments, including two Phase II ESAs, an asbestos investigation and two Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives reports.

This spring, PPM was able to once again help the city secure funding, this time to remediate the affected site.  In addition to securing $400,000 in brownfield cleanup grant funding, PPM worked with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to secure pre-approval of up to $500,000 in leveraged funding using the MDA’s Capital Improvement Revolving Loan Program (CAP loan). This is the first time the CAP loan will ever be used for a brownfield project in Mississippi.

Trey Hess, director of brownfields and economic development at PPM Consultants, said “PPM’s knowledge of the state and federal financial incentives available for brownfield redevelopment is unparalleled, and the Kuhn Memorial Hospital project is a testament to that fact.”

The City of Vicksburg plans to convert the property into an affordable housing development. This project is scheduled for completion in 2018-2019.

Posted in Blog, Brownfields, Company News, Mississippi, News

EPA Announces $9M in Brownfield Grant Funding for Gulf South

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the award of $56.8 million in grant funding through the EPA brownfields assessment and cleanup program. Grants were awarded to 172 communities nationwide, and a total of $9 million will be coming to thirty Gulf South communities.

A brownfield is a property for which redevelopment is hampered by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances or other pollutants. The brownfield assessment and cleanup program provides funding and technical assistance to assess, remediate and put contaminated properties back to economic use. There are an estimated 450,000 brownfield sites across the United States.

Brownfield remediation boosts job growth, increases the local tax base, capitalizes on existing infrastructure and improves the environment. For each brownfield grant dollar issued by the EPA, communities leverage, on average, $16.11 in private investment for redevelopment. A 2015 study found that brownfield remediation results in residential property value increases of five to 15.2% within 1.24 miles of the site.

Since 2006, the EPA brownfields program has completed more than 117,000 site cleanups made over one million acres of property ready for reuse.

The full list of award winners can be found on the EPA website. Below is a list of the Gulf South projects that will be funded by 2017 EPA brownfield grants:


  • Bay Minette, AL – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Dothan, AL – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Selma, AL – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Sheffield Redevelopment Authority, AL – $200,000 cleanup grant for the Lady Ensley Furnace/Old Dump/Former Shooting Range
  • Tarrant, AL – Two $200,000 cleanup grants for Georgia Street Clow and Bethel Avenue Clow


  • Apalachee Regional Planning Council, FL – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • DeLand, FL – Two $200,000 cleanup grants for former Needle Park parcel and Navy Dump parcel
  • Gadsden County, FL – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Pensacola, FL – $200,000 cleanup grant for Community Maritime Park
  • Tallahassee, FL – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant


  • Atlanta, GA – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • College Park, GA – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Columbus Consolidated Government, GA – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Doraville, GA – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Lifecycle Building Center, Atlanta, GA – $200,000 cleanup grant for Lifecycle Building Center site
  • Mitchell County, GA – $200,000 cleanup grant for former Glausier Street gas station site
  • Sandersville, GA – $150,103 cleanup grant for downtown café site


  • Acadiana Planning Commission, LA – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Bastrop, LA – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, LA – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant


  • Canton, MS – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Clarksdale, MS – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Crystal Springs, MS – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • East Central Planning and Development District, MS – $299,700 community-wide assessment grant
  • Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, MS – $600,000 assessment coalition assessment grant
  • Greenville, MS – $300,000 community-wide assessment grant
  • Louisville, MS – $400,000 assessment coalition assessment grant
  • Vicksburg, MS – Two $200,000 cleanup grants for the former Kuhn Memorial Hospital, north and south facilities


  • Austin, TX – $300,000 community-wide Assessment grant
  • Denton County Transportation Authority, TX – $178,200 assessment grant for Denton County Transportation Authority


Posted in Blog, Brownfields, EPA News & Regulations

Zane Hood to Lead Terminals Training at ILTA Conference

Zane Hood, Principal

The International Liquid Terminals Association will hold its annual conference and trade show June 12 through 14 in Houston, Texas.

This annual event draws thousands of terminal industry professionals for networking and to hear from leading experts on industry best practices, news and trends. The conference also boasts a trade show of over 300 vendors featuring new technology, operation suppliers and terminal service providers. Following the conference, ILTA provides continuing education opportunities through post-conference training sessions.

PPM Principal Zane Hood will participate as an instructor for “Introduction to Terminals”, a comprehensive overview of terminal facility operations and system components. The course will include an overview of the terminal industry as well as supply chain and operations, industry standards and regulatory compliance, tank design and maintenance, and facility equipment. This course is ideal for employees new to the terminal industry and for personnel who require a broad understanding of the industry.

Hood will provide instruction for the environmental and regulatory course components. Hood said, “Pipeline terminal managers and operators have an incredibly challenging job.  Often times these personnel are caught in the crosshairs of complex air, water and waste issues that can have implications to their production plans.”

Hood continued, “The industry as a whole faces a mounting barrage of environmental regulations that can be confusing, challenging and that can create kinks in operations or production plans.   This session is designed to summarize the key regulations that affect terminal managers and operators and provide key takeaways that will help them to stay on top of compliance issues and maintain a proactive approach versus a reactive approach.”

Other instructors for this course include CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Commander’s Terminal Services, HMT, Howard Energy Partners; ILTA, and Roberts Law Group.

Registration is available on site, but a discount is available for online registration. For more information, visit the ILTA Conference and Trade Show website.

Posted in Blog, Company News, News

Trey Hess to Speak at the Northwest Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Forum

Trey Hess, Director of Brownfields and Economic Development

Trey Hess, director of brownfields and economic development at PPM Consultants, will speak at the fifth annual Northwest Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Forum to be held on June 6 in Panama City.

This free event will include an overview of brownfield assessment and cleanup, local success stories, updates to Florida laws governing brownfield sites, economic incentives and breakout sessions. This workshop will provide comprehensive brownfield redevelopment information and expert tips to help you improve your community’s redevelopment efforts.

In his talk, “Redefining Brownfield Success”, Hess will reveal how communities in Mississippi have consistently beaten the EPA regional average for winning EPA brownfield grants. Hess will also share a success story out of Tupelo, Mississippi, where public and private partnerships have revitalized the blighted former fairgrounds into a thriving urban development.

The fifth annual Northwest Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Forum will be held at Gulf Coast State College on June 6. This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Contributed by Harrison Haley, Marketing Intern
Posted in Blog, Brownfields, Company News, News

McCown Elected VP of New Alabama Brownfields Group

Michael D. McCown, P.G.; Principal

A group of environmental industry volunteers recently came together to form the Alabama Brownfields Association (ALBFA),  a non-profit advocacy and educational group formed to promote redevelopment of brownfield sites throughout the state of Alabama. Michael D. McCown, a PPM founder and principal in PPM’s Birmingham, Alabama office was elected Vice President of the new group. McCown will assist with implementing the Association’s mission of redeveloping underutilized brownfield properties to improve the environment and stimulate economic development.

This Association supports the public and private sectors by educating the community and promoting revitalization, conservation, restoration and remediation. The ALBFA’s primary purpose is to be a resource to assist with community outreach and education ultimately allowing the state to be a good steward of its real estate resources. Mike’s long-term success in the industry will allow him to lead ALFBA well.

McCown said, “I am excited to be a part of this new Association and to help build interest and momentum in redeveloping brownfield sites in Alabama. It has been rewarding to see such a diverse group of environmental, real estate, legal, regulatory professionals come together for the common cause of returning underutilized properties to beneficial use.”

PPM currently has seven employees that will be joining ALFBA: Jenny Black, Matt Ebbert Walt Henley, Trey Hess, Zane Hood, Melissa Pearce and Keith Pyron. These future members see the importance of this association and will bring their expertise to further help impact the state and the community of Alabama.

ALBFA allows members a unique opportunity to collaborate with professionals from both the public and private sector that are active in brownfield redevelopment. Members will learn about various topics such as funding opportunities and strategies used by others to overcome the issues associated with revitalization projects.

Learn more about the opportunities ALBFA offers and how to become a member here.

Contributed by Harrison Haley, Marketing Intern
Posted in Alabama, Blog, Brownfields, Company News, News

LA Section AW&MA To Host 7th Annual Golf Tournament May 11

The Louisiana Section Air and Waste Management Association (LA A&WMA) will host its 7th annual golf tournament Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Pelican Point Golf Course in Gonzales, Louisiana.

The annual event is hosted by the chapter’s Young Professionals group and is open to A&WMA members and non-members alike. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9:00 am, rain or shine, and concludes with a crawfish boil and awards ceremony.

Register individually for $125 or enter a foursome for $400.

Registration deadline is April 28th—don’t miss out on this fantastic industry networking event!

Check out the Louisiana Section A&WMA website for more information and to sign up.


Posted in Blog, Louisiana, News

Will We See You at AOMA ACES Convention?

Join us for the 2017 Arkansas Oil Marketers Association’s (AOMA) Annual Convenience and Energy Show (ACES) March 29-31 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

PPM will be at booth #218–Stop by and see us; we’d love to shake your hand!

The 2017 ACES convention will feature a golf tournament, 75th Anniversary dinner with comedy hypnotist, industry breakfast, trade show and an AOMA Day at the Races event at Oaklawn Race Track.

Admission to the trade show is FREE! Register for trade show only attendance here.

For full conference registration, check out the AOMA website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted in Arkansas, Blog

Zia Tammami to Present at LSWA Environmental Conference

PPM will attend the Louisiana Solid Waste Association’s (LSWA) annual environmental conference and trade show March 15 – 17 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, LA. Register as an attendee here.

Zia Tammami, Senior Project Director at PPM, will present a talk titled “Creative Ways for Spent Bauxite Solid Waste Management” Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Blues Room of the Cajundome.

Tammami will discuss the creative solutions PPM used to control contact water from a waste management area in southeast Louisiana. These solutions ultimately saved the client over $9 million in construction costs during the permitting process.

Check out the full conference agenda at the LSWA website.

Posted in Blog, Company News, Louisiana, News

Will we see you at the Gulf Coast Food and Fuel Expo?

PPM is looking forward to catching up with our friends in the industry at next week’s Gulf Coast Food and Fuel Expo in Biloxi, MS.

The annual conference and trade show will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center March 15-16. Attendance is free for petroleum and convenience store owners, operators and workers! Register here. 


Workshop topics include: Evolving Your Foodservice Program / Endless Menu Opportunities, The New Administration: What are the Risks and What are the Possible Rewards, See It to Believe It!, How Will the New EPA UST Regulations Affect You and Your Business?, and The 10 Commandments of Management. Check out the full schedule of events here.

Come by and see us at booth 415/417 and participate in the PPM Putting Invitational. The winner will take home a custom-framed David O’Keefe art print tribute to golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer.

While you’re here, drop a business card in our fishbowl for a chance to win a Callaway Odyssey putter.

Posted in Blog, Company News, News

Annual EPCRA Tier II Reports Due March 1

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Tier II reports are due by March 1, 2017, and are required from industrial facilities that store hazardous chemicals in excess of a threshold amount. While the national threshold is 10,000 pounds of chemicals, some states have thresholds as low as 500 pounds. It’s important to know your state’s requirements.

Who needs to report?

Industrial facilities that store chemicals in EPCRA-reporting amounts often include:

  • chemical plants
  • manufacturing factories
  • sawmills
  • bulk plants
  • fleet fueling facilities
  • marinas
  • retail gasoline facilities

Facilities that stored more than a threshold amount of petroleum fuels or other hazardous chemicals at any single point in time in 2016 must file an EPCRA Tier II report.  Retail gasoline facilities with a capacity to store more than 75,000 gallons of gasoline and/or 100,000 gallons or more of diesel fuel—regardless of how much fuel was actually stored in 2016—must also file EPCRA reports.

What is included in an EPCRA Tier II Report?

The EPCRA Tier II inventory report will include the locations and amounts of hazardous chemicals present at a facility over 2016 and is used to inform state and local officials, as well as the public, with information on potential hazards.

Read more about EPCRA Tier II reporting requirements by visiting the EPA website.

Here, you can download the Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory FormConfidential Location Information Form, and Instructions for completing the forms.

What are my state requirements?

Some states have specific requirements (including electronic filing) for Tier II inventory reporting. Check out these pages for more information about each state’s requirements.

PPM’s Gulf South service area states are listed here for ease of access, but other states also have specific reporting requirements. Be sure to reference the EPA website for full information.

If you have questions, PPM can help simplify the complex requirements of EPCRA Tier II inventory reporting.

Posted in Alabama, Arkansas, Blog, Environmental Compliance, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi