AMO Co-Sponsors US EPA Brownfields Information Session

AMO, in conjunction with the Municipality of Norristown and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, will be holding a training event entitled “How to Make Brownfields Projects Successful.”

The event is being held on June 21, 2019 from 9AM – 12:30PM at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 2 Lafayette Street in Norristown, PA 19401.  Sessions will include:

  • EPA Brownfields Grants Overview
  • Tips and Tricks for applicants
  • Reporting Requirements for awardees
  • Other Funding Sources
  • Norristown – Brownfields Redevelopment Success

AMO’s Greg Firely will be speaking on his decades of writing and managing brownfields grant funded projects and how communities can leverage funding sources to make their brownfields redevelopment ideas into reality.  Greg has written and managed over $10 million in brownfields grant funded projects across Pennsylvania. The event is free to attend and the registration announcement is below.BlogPic


AMO Welcomes Greg Firely to the Team!

Jay Ash, co-founder and President of AMO, welcomes Greg Firely:

“We are thrilled to welcome Greg Firely as a Senior Project Manager to the AMO team. Greg adds yet another dimension, helping our clients to identify and successfully file for and obtain environmental grants. The grants are filed through state and federal agencies to investigate and remediate brownfield sites. Over his last ten years, Greg has helped clients to obtain over $10,000,000.00 in grants.  An example of putting this grant money to work, includes  creation of 40 acres of open space, hundreds of new homes, space for offices and light industrial uses, and a retail center that could become the new town center, in Taylor Borough, Pennsylvania. The borough estimates redevelopment of the entire site, once complete, could generate annual revenue of up to $3 million, and more than 250 jobs for the region – serving as a national model for future brownfield/grayfield projects.

Greg’s experience with brownfield site investigation and remediation compliments our team.  His experience writing and managing brownfields grants adds to our team!”

Grant Writing & Management – Finding Money for Your Projects!

Grants are available through state and federal programs to address the redevelopment and reuse of Brownfield properties.  These grants are not just available to local governments.  Redevelopment authorities, nonprofit organizations, private land developers, and private companies are also eligible when redeveloping vacant industrial or commercial sites.

AMO has an expert Grants Writing and Management Team to assist in accessing these funding sources for myriad of site redevelopment and environmental assessment and remediation projects.  Many of the grant funds are geared towards brownfields redevelopment.

A Brownfield site is defined as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, controlled substances, petroleum, or petroleum products, or is mine-scarred land.

Activities that may be funded through these programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Cleanups
  • Site Design/Planning
  • Site Clearing/Demolition
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Infrastructure Construction

Available funding varies from up to $200,000 for environmental assessment, to $1 million for remediation and infrastructure design and construction.

Since 2006, AMO Personnel have directly leveraged or assisted in leveraging over $10 million in grant funding for clients. This work includes managing the grant funds after they have been awarded to ensure compliance. Many of the projects we have worked on have received several grants to carry a project site from the initial assessment phase to cleanup and redevelopment.

Contact Greg Firely of AMO to see how we can leverage our experience with grant assistance to help you improve your brownfields.


Pine Creek Structures keeps on rolling!

AMO continues to expand its Construction Management (CM) role with Pine Creek Structures at sites in the Eastern US through addition of professional engineering services in 2017.  Our recent CM/site development services, in support of Pine Creek Structures, have been performed at retail sites in CT, NJ, and PA. These services range from initial due-diligence covering environmental, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, architectural, and permitting, through site development. AMO provides contractor bidding and selection support, interacts with legal counsel and regulatory agencies, and oversees construction of retail lot appurtenances including utilities, foundations, and sales offices. AMO has supported other Pine Creek Structures sites  in Hatfield and York PA, Niles, OH, and Martinsburg, WV.

13th Annual DIG Trade Show

We’re thrilled to announce that AMO Environmental Decisions Inc. will be one of 65+ exhibitors at the largest real estate trade show in the Philadelphia area. The 13th Annual DIG Trade Show will be held on August 24th, 2017 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Stop by booth #29 to find out more about our environmental and engineering services supporting real estate acquisition, development, and property management. This includes our core services such as Phase I/II investigations, remedial planning, and remediation oversight.

The area’s premier real estate trade show will feature industry-leading vendors, 500+ real estate professions, with something for everyone – from beginner do-it-yourselfers to experienced investors. The event is FREE to attend and is open to the general public. Sign up to attend today to take advantage of the four educational seminars, live demos by the DIY HIP Chick, genius bar, networking lounge, raffle prizes, and much more!

All attendees will be entered to win awesome prizes – like a gift card from Gerhard’s Appliances, tool kits and more! Register online in-advance for extra entries to improve your chances! Check out all the raffle prizes and how to get raffle tickets here. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet, greet and reconnect at one of the most prestigious events in the area for real estate professionals!

REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW – https://digonline.ticketleap.com/2017-dig-trade-show—register-to-attend/

Visit https://digonline.org/2017-trade-show/ for more information and complete event details!
Connect with DIG on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube now!

Please contact Guy Sheets (gsheets@amoed.com, 610-306-2245) for further information or if you have any questions.


AMO Environmental Decisions Inc. (AMO) has recently joined Manufactures Alliance of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The alliance of Bucks and Montgomery Counties was created by manufacturers, for manufacturers. Their mission is to create networking opportunities among business leaders. AMO is one of several hundred local service/product providers who offer our services of Environmental Compliance, Risk Management, and Remediation to support the alliance members. You can find out more about AMO and the alliance by visiting https://manufacturingalliance.wordpress.com/about, or by contacting Guy Sheets at 215-230-8282 (x206), gsheets@amoed.com.

…MERRY CHRISTMAS Hoboken, New Jersey!

On December 20, 2016, the City of Hoboken and BASF Corporation closed a deal that will transform a greater than 6-acre former industrial property to a public park in 2017. AMO Environmental Decisions, serving as BASF’s environmental consultant, performed all final site assessment and remedial actions to clear the property for this beneficial reuse.


AMO’s environmental closure work involved the synthesis of nearly 40,000 analytical records associated with more than 1,100 soil samples collected from more than 400 locations beneath and proximal to the site into a site-specific GIS database, and evaluation of the data relative to applicable USEPA and NJDEP cleanup standards. Between late 2015 and early 2016, we designed and directed remedial actions to remove soil contaminated by PCBs at levels above 10 mg/kg. The work was completed following our Remedial Action Work Plan (Self Implementing Plan), which was approved by NJDEP and USEPA’s Region 2 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) division. A total of 4,733 yards3 of soil were removed from the site and disposed at appropriately-licensed facilities during this remedial action. The entire property was then capped with a 6-inch thick asphalt cap.


In addition to hands-on investigative and remedial actions, AMO spearheaded all final closure activities through preparation of BASF’s Remedial Investigation and Remedial Action Report for Soil, Deed Notice and Notice in Lieu of Deed Notice documents, Remedial Action Permit application, and drafting of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional’s (LSRP’s) Response Action Outcome (RAO) statement. Results of our work enables High Occupancy property use, as defined under USEPA-TSCA (40 CFR §761), and recreational use under NJDEP’s Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA).


BASF’s Project Director praised the team’s work by saying, “I just wanted to thank everyone that worked on this project to bring it to a successful completion in such a short period of time. The drive, innovation and commitment to solving all the challenges we faced in the remediation of this site was second to none. I appreciate the time and hard work that went in to making this happen.”


One of the many public announcements pertaining to this historic event can be perused at: http://hobokennj.gov/2016/12/hoboken-completes-acquisition-of-6-acre-basf-property-for-northwest-resiliency-park-plans-to-open-4-acre-pop-up-park-this-summer/


AMO Awarded Geotechnical & Environmental Sampling Contract; Commences Field Work

…And from the front lines of the environmental service sector-some of the news that is fit to print:

AMO Environmental Decisions Inc. was recently (July 2016) awarded a geotechnical and environmental sampling contract to support CH2MHill with the design and installation of a new potable water distribution system associated with the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in Central New Jersey.

AMO is proud to provide geologic interpretation, environmental sampling, and geophysical mapping techniques to assist CH2MHill’s effort in fulfilling the requirements of their contract with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE; Kansas City District).  The work supports remedial efforts established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA; Region 2) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).  AMO services include permitting, bonding, geophysical investigation & utility clearance, geotechnical investigation, traffic control, concrete coring, waste management, and surveying.

If you would like additional information regarding AMO’s role in this project, any of our other ongoing endeavors, or information as to how we can bring our talents and experience to assist with your environmental decisions (see what I did there…cute, right), please reach out to us.


Guy Sheets

AMO Environmental Decisions

4327 Point Pleasant Pike

PO Box 410

Danboro, PA  18916


215-230-8282 (voice)

215-230-8283 (fax)

610-306-2245 (cell)

…It’s About Time

AMOED_Watermark1Geology is the study of time and pressure (yup-right out of The Shawshank Redemption)…and by its very nature involves processes occurring over a long period of time.  That’s the eloquent way of inferring geologists tend to move at a bit slower…let’s just say we move at our own unique pace.  Some sciences measure events in seconds; geologist measure events in years…millions of years.  Geologic processes are also unique in their creation of new landscape through the destruction of previous terrain.

AMOED_Watermark1While AMO Environmental Decisions have been providing environmental consulting services ranging from preliminary site assessments to large-scale soil & groundwater remediation design and oversight since 2002, it has taken until 2016 to provide the internet-connected world with a fresh landscape.  Small disclosure here…when it comes to providing unique solutions to satisfy environmental conditions and meeting project objectives & timeframes, we are aces; when it comes to keeping up with appearances…not so much!  We’re working on the latter, but left to our own accord, we prefer the geologic timescale to the hands of a watch.  In matters of the former, we may be small but we are strong.

We are a diversely talented group of geologists, hydrogeologists, environmental scientists, geophysicists & GIS Analysts working with a supporting cast of engineers, biologists, soil scientists, analytical laboratories, and drilling & excavation contractors.  AMO’s technical staff brings over 150 years of scientific and regulatory experience to solve the most complex environmental quandaries.

So welcome and thanks for stopping by!  Please feel free to reach out to any and all of us.  It is our intention to keep this space updated with breaking news (remember breaking news is in reference to geologic time), company events, projects of interest, and trending industry topics.  A sort of ongoing, informal introduction to who we are, what we do, where we are headed, and the unique ways we are getting there.  A means for clients, potential clients, contractors, vendors, suppliers, regulators, and weary web travelers to see how they fit into our AMO family and how we can all help in making sound, pragmatic,  and responsible Environmental Decisions.