PPM’s Charles Ray Talks with WXXV 25 News at Mississippi Municipal League Conference

Mississippi Municipal League Conference

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Isaac Smith Joins PPM Consultants as Environmental Compliance Manager

Isaac Smith, Environmental Compliance Manager

MOBILE, Ala.Isaac A. Smith has joined PPM Consultants as manager of environmental compliance in the firm’s Mobile, Alabama office. Smith brings fifteen years of experience in environmental compliance with expertise in air quality projects.

Smith has extensive knowledge of air emissions calculations, regulatory analysis, testing methods and emissions reporting. His project background includes permitting, emissions testing, continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS), greenhouse gas, leak detection and repair (LDAR), risk management plans (RMP) and compliance reporting.

Smith said, “As consultants, our job is to provide efficient and innovative solutions to an ever-changing set of issues. I strive to form partnerships with each client and build long-lasting relationships through exceptional delivery.”

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of South Alabama and is a certified Quality Source Testing Individual in groups I, II, III and IV. He is a member of the Alabama and Florida chapters of the Air and Waste Management Association, the Source Evaluation Society and the Manufacture Alabama Environmental Committee.

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Free Webinar: The Basics of Site Remediation for Communities

The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program will host a free webinar Wednesday, August 2 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM CDT.

The webinar will feature speakers from the TAB program and will provide an overview of remediation technologies. The discussion will cover various advantages and disadvantages as well as the success rate and long-term effects of different types of cleanup processes.

Speakers will discuss the differences between remediation corridors and single sites and how to work with state regulators to achieve success.

Attendance is free, but registration is required

Speakers include Mark Walker, Kansas State University; Elizabeth Limbrick, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ignacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling.

For more information or assistance with registration, contact Erica Rippe at erica.rippe@cclr.org.

Posted in Blog, Brownfields

Join us at the Sunshine Expo July 20 – 24

Join PPM at the 2017 Sunshine Expo in Kissimmee, Florida, powered by the Florida Retail Federation. This is the premier conference and trade show for retailing in the state of Florida.

The Expo will include the annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards dinner, Loss Prevention Conference, educational sessions, best practices for truck safety and the Expo trade show.

The conference will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center July 20 through 24. View full agenda of courses and activities hereRegister online.

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Learn Strategies for Overcoming Common Community Challenges at MML Conference

Don’t miss out on the 86th annual Mississippi Municipal League Conference July 24 – 26 in Biloxi, Mississippi. This year’s theme is “Signs of a Successful City.” Registration will be available on site. View full conference agenda here.

Trey Hess, director of brownfields and economic development for PPM Consultants, will co-present a professional development course, “Creating a Spark! Strategies for Overcoming Common Community Challenges” on Monday, July 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in room D4. This course is worth 3 CMO professional development credits.

The course will discuss challenges related to local planning and provide strategies to jump-start revitalization. Presenters will introduce case studies and practical tips you can use in your own community.

Presenters include:

Trey Hess is director of brownfields and economic development for PPM Consultants and will share strategies and resources available to combat blight, asbestos, dilapidated buildings, and brownfields. He will explain how the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi has used its EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant to help spur the revitalization of the area around the abandoned Kuhn Memorial Hospital.





Jeremy Murdock is a research associate with Mississippi State’s Stennis Institute whose areas of expertise include planning and design, community development, and strategic planning.  Jeremy will share insight into the strategies for overcoming curb appeal challenges with highway corridors and downtown districts in small rural communities.





Leah Kemp is the director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design center that advocates for meaningful design for small towns. She is a registered architect who collaborates with Mississippi State University School of Architecture faculty, staff and students to help small towns all across our state in many different capacities.

Posted in Blog, Brownfields, Mississippi

Join PPM at the Mississippi Economic Development Council Annual Conference

The Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference will be held July 12 – 14 at the Golden Nugget casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Registration is available online.

Join business and government leaders from across the state for networking and presentations on the economic future of Mississippi. The conference theme is “A Nod to the Past, a Commitment to the Future.” View the full conference agenda here.

Activities include golf, tennis and cornhole tournaments along with a Mississippi Gulf Coast Brewery Tour, sponsored by PPM. Pre-registration is required for these events.


Posted in Blog, Mississippi

FREE Webinar: 2018 Brownfield Grant Preparation

The Technical Assistance to Brownfields program at Kansas State University will host a free webinar Wednesday, June 28 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT.

This workshop is designed for communities and grant writers who plan to apply for an EPA brownfield assessment or cleanup grant for 2018. For more information about brownfields, visit the EPA website.

This event is free, but registration is required.  For more information, contact Blase Leven, KSU TAB, (785) 565-8198


Anne Wallace | City of Knoxville, Tennessee

Stephen LeFevre | Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C

Logan Smith | Siskiyou County EDC

Blase Leven | Kansas State University

Elizabeth Limbrick | New Jersey Institute of Technology

Ignacio Dayrit | Center for Creative Land Recycling


Posted in Blog, Brownfields

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.

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