Michael J. Meriney

Michael J. Meriney, PG, LSRP, Vice President/Investigation Services


  • M.S., 1989, Geology; Wright State University
  • B.S. 1986, Geology; St. Lawrence University


  • Licensed Site Remediation Professional, State of New Jersey, License No. 575023
  • Professional Geologist, Tennessee, 00005594
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Underground Storage Tank (UST) Certification – Subsurface Evaluator, 0022883


Mr. Meriney is a Vice President in charge of Excel’s Investigation Services and a Senior Geologist with more than 23 years experience in the environmental consulting industry.  He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of transaction-related Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Preliminary Assessments (PAs), Site Investigations (SIs), and Remedial Investigations (RIs) for both private and public sector clients. His experience has included implementation of multiple property investigations for an international convenience store client and site investigation and remediation for various manufacturing, telecommunication, and utility clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  He has extensive experience with implementation of environmental compliance projects with regard to New Jersey’s Technical Requirements for Site Remediation, the Industrial Site Remediation Act (ISRA), Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) and Voluntary Cleanup (MOA) Programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the Pennsylvania Act 2 Land Recycling Program.


2002 to Present
Excel Environmental Resources, Inc., North Brunswick, New Jersey
Vice President/Investigation Services

Mr. Meriney is responsible for the management and growth of Excel’s HDSRF Grant Program for performance of PA, SI, and RI projects for municipal clients, including daily management of existing projects and fine-tuning and implementation of the HDSRF Program growth and development.  Mr. Meriney also conducts large, complex site investigation and remediation projects, including investigations in support of Brownfields remediation and redevelopment and UST closure projects.

1997 to 2002
ENSR International, Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Project Manager/Senior Project Manager

Before joining Excel, Mr. Meriney spent the previous 5 years of this career at ENSR serving in several roles, including Project Manager and Senior Project Manager as part of their Mid-Atlantic Operations.

Responsible for the execution of a variety of projects including Phase I and II Property Transfer Assessments, UST Closures, SIs, RIs, Remedial Actions (RAs) under NJDEP’s ISRA and Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks (BUST) programs and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP’s) Act 2 and Storage Tank Program.  Responsibilities included proposal preparation, supervision and scheduling of project personnel, technical review of all project related documents, developing work plans, safety plans, and sampling plans, subcontractor selection and management, maintaining project budgets, preparation of reports and client relations.  Project budgets ranged from $1,500 to over $1 million.

1995 to 1997
Fugro East, Inc.
Project Manager/Senior Project Manager

Before ENSR acquired Fugro East, Inc., Mr. Meriney worked with Fugro serving as a Project Manager as part of their Mid-Atlantic Operations.

Responsible for the execution of a variety of projects including Phase II ESAs, UST Closures, SIs, RIs, and RAs under NJDEP’s BUST and MOA Voluntary Cleanup programs.  Responsibilities included proposal preparation, supervision and scheduling of project personnel, technical review of all project related documents, developing work plans and sampling plans, subcontractor selection and management, maintaining project budgets, preparation of reports and client relations.  Project budgets ranged from $1,500 to over $1 million.

1989 to 1995
IEP, Inc.
Field Technician/Project Coordinator/Project Manager

Before Fugro, Inc. acquired IEP, Inc., Mr. Meriney worked with IEP serving as a Field Technician, Project Coordinator and Project Manager as part of their New England (Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island) and Mid-Atlantic Operations (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware).

Responsible for conducting a broad range of work including PA/Large Property Portfolios and SI activities, soil and groundwater investigations (RI), and RA activities. Field experience includes the management of soil boring programs, development and management of soil and groundwater remedial action solutions, potential receptor surveys, collection of soil and groundwater samples, supervision of monitoring well installation, UST closure, monitoring well elevation surveys, impacted soil excavation and management and test pit excavations. Project budgets ranged from $1,500 to $50,000.


  • Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund – Project Manager preparing HDSRF applications, including scopes of work/cost estimates, on behalf of eligible New Jersey municipalities to conduct PAs, SIs and RIs.  Obtained funding from the New Jersey’s Economic Development Agency (EDA) and managed and performed site activities under HDSRF in order to assist municipalities with their redevelopment activities.
  • Brownfield Development Area Applications – Assisted with the preparation of Brownfield Development Area (BDA) applications for the City of Salem and Borough of Carteret.  The applications required close coordination with municipal personnel, community members and county officials, the compilation of municipal and census data, review of redevelopment plans in relation to the State Plan, recognition of properties as Brownfields within the proposed BDA and submittal of the applications to the Office of Brownfield Reuse.
  • Preliminary Assessments and Site Investigations in New Jersey – Project Manager responsible for conducting numerous PAs and SIs for large and medium size residential and commercial developers.  Investigations included compliance with the All Appropriate Inquires Rule, radon testing, rare and endangered species surveys, cultural resource investigations, wetland flagging and focused soil quality investigations related to NJDEP’s Historic Pesticide Contamination Task Force guidance.
  • UST Closure, Dewatering, Installation, Runnemede, New Jersey – Project Manager for the reparation and expedited UST Closure Plan Application for the UST removals.  The presence of shallow groundwater required installation and operation of a dewatering system during UST replacement.  The dewatering system consisted of a well point system that extracted impacted groundwater to a 21,000-gallon frac tank.  Impacted water was disposed and treated at Dupont’s wastewater facility.  All soil present in the shored excavation was impacted and subsequently transported and disposed at a nearby recycling facility for incineration.  RI and RA at the facility is ongoing.
  • Remedial Investigations and Remedial Actions, Ewing, Mahwah, Caldwell, Edison and Greenbrook, New Jersey – Project Manager for execution of NJDEP’s Technical Requirements for Site Remediation at all former gasoline service station/convenience stores that experienced a release from the gasoline UST system to soil and groundwater.  Installed and/or operated a variety of groundwater and soil treatment systems.  Remedial technologies included groundwater pump and treat and soil vapor extraction using submersible pumps, liquid ring pumps and pneumatic pumps to low and high profile air strippers and/or granular activated carbon units.  Soil was treated using soil vapor extraction from laterally and vertically designed layouts to granular activated carbon units.  Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) rich vapor effluents were treated with catalytic oxidizer equipment (Falco units) prior to final discharge to comply with NJDEP permit limitations.  As of the first quarter 2002, the last of the treatment systems were taken offline per NJDEP approval and several are undergoing long term monitoring programs.
  • Remedial Investigation, UST Closure, Remedial Action, Rio Grande, New Jersey – Project Manager executing the removal of four 10,000-gallon fiberglass USTs from this property.  High water table conditions required additional consideration to control the UST as overburden was removed.  A RI was performed based on a release from the UST system.  Based on the concentrations in groundwater and delineation of the plume on and off site, a natural attenuation remedy is proposed.  However, potable wells in the vicinity require sampling and the hydrogeology was documented to convince NJDEP and the health department that no receptors would be impacted. A Classification Exception Area (CEA) was prepared designating a time and distance that the remaining compounds will be present at concentrations of the New Jersey Groundwater Quality Standards.  The NJDEP has granted a conditional No Further Action (NFA) with the CEA.
  • Various Phase I and II ESAs in Massachusetts and New Jersey – Project Manager responsible for conducting a number of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments to determine the presence of on and off-site threats or evidence of a release of oil and/or hazardous materials.  These due diligence projects were conducted and utilized in conjunction with real estate purchase and sale activities.  Additionally, emergency UST, dry well and septic tank removals and soil transport and disposal were conducted on several sites under construction in order to maintain client schedules and deadlines for store openings.
  • Remedial Action, 9th & Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh – Project Manager responsible for RA at this former gasoline service station/convenience store that experienced a release from the gasoline UST system to soil and groundwater.  The site was acquired subsequent to design and completion of the system. During treatment of soil and water at the site, seven USTs were removed and a considerable volume of soil (>2,000 tons) was transported and disposed.  A management consideration for this project, which was located in downtown Pittsburgh, was a focus on vapor control and health and safety.  The intent on this project during the UST closures was to remove as much impacted soil as possible to eliminate what is believed to be a continued source of hydrocarbons to groundwater.  The treatment system has continued to operate and dissolved concentrations across the site appear to be reducing consistently. Quarterly well sampling/reporting, treatment system sampling and discharge monitoring reporting are ongoing.
  • UST Closure and Remedial Action, Penn & Negley, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Project Manager responsible for managing activities at this former gasoline service station. Five USTs were removed from the property and two newly discovered steel USTs were found during excavation activities.  Petroleum impacts were discovered from this tank system and the UST and soil excavation was accomplished since this was the best course of action considering the status of the property from a real estate prospective. Groundwater impacts were discovered and a strategy will be prepared for conducting a Site Characterization to address the plume delineation and cleanup standards.
  • UST Closure, Remedial Action, Allentown, Pennsylvania – Project Manager responsible for the removal of four USTs from the property; including three 8,000-gallon unleaded gasoline USTs and one 550-gallon waste oil UST. Petroleum impacts associated with the tank system were discovered and the USTs and impacted soil was excavated since this was the best course of action given the status of the property from a real estate perspective. Three hydraulic lifts were also removed from the garage interior and impacts were discovered in the soil.  Approximately 370 tons of petroleum-impacted soil were excavated and transported to an approved recycling facility.  A strategy for conducting a Site Characterization to address the plume delineation and cleanup standards was subsequently prepared.
  • UST Closures, Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware – Managed numerous waste oil and fuel oil UST removals at active gasoline service stations/convenience stores.  This activity was related to the federal UST upgrade deadline.  The majority of UST closures were completed with no further action required.  If impacts were observed, soil was effectively segregated into impacted soil and clean soil piles for cost-effective disposal.  However, several impacted sites are currently under Site Investigation phases as impacts are too significant for over excavation.  To save costs on remedial action activities, Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) piping was installed as a provisional measure in excavations that appeared significantly impacted with petroleum.  In the long run, this will save on SVE piping installation fees.
  • UST Closure and Replacement, Jersey City State College, New Jersey – Managed underground gasoline storage tank replacement at a New Jersey college for school-owned vehicle fueling.  Tank replacement involved coordinating tank subcontractors, tank excavation dewatering, hydrocarbon-impacted soil and water disposal and tank/dispenser installation oversight.  Extended groundwater dewatering was performed to remediate the highly impacted groundwater in the tank excavation and avoid costly future groundwater contaminant delineation and assessment activities.  Soil was segregated and transported to a recycling facility and groundwater was containerized and shipped to a treatment facility.  After tank installation, impacted groundwater was delineated through installation of one downgradient observation well.  Based on the minimal impacts to groundwater, a NFA determination was obtained and the case was closed.
  • UST Closure, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey – Managed the investigation and closure of an underground fuel oil storage tank as part of a construction addition to a medical facility.  During storage tank excavation, two abandoned storage tanks were encountered with observed impacts to soil.  Since foundation excavation for the addition encompassed the areas of the discovered and known tanks, all impacted soil was segregated and removed from the foundation area and was handled pursuant to NJDEP requirements for management of excavated soils.  Soil testing and waste stream approval was necessary prior to transporting the impacted soil from the site to the disposal facility. Without effective environmental construction management, the tanks and impacted soil would most likely have caused a delay in the construction thereby increasing the overall project cost to the client.
  • ISRA Remedial Investigation and Remedial Action, International Paper (IP), Trenton, New Jersey – Project Coordinator managing field activities and report writing.  IP purchased the property from Union Camp and triggered NJ’s property transfer law, ISRA.  A number of areas of concern (AOCs) on the site initially identified and were effectively addressed; most recently a relatively large No. 6 fuel oil plume in soil.  Based on a remedial alternatives evaluation submitted to NJDEP recommending natural attenuation with engineering and institutional controls, the NJDEP allowed this material to be left in place with monitored natural attenuation.
  • Site Characterization and Remedial Action, Act 2 PADEP Program, ITT Industries, Ashland, Pennsylvania – Managed the characterization and remedial action of a foundry in central Pennsylvania (Manufacturer of Gould’s Pumps).  A request for an internal due diligence investigation uncovered soil and groundwater impacts.  ITT entered into the Act 2 program to gain relief from liability. Metals in groundwater and soil were delineated, and an interim remedial action to remove No. 2 Fuel Oil (LNAPL) on the groundwater was performed.  Negotiation with PADEP was accomplished in setting a strategy for closure that includes fate and transport modeling of metals in groundwater and pathway elimination as part of the ecological assessment of the property.  A combination of Statewide Health Standards and Site-Specific Standards to attain soil and groundwater compliance was chosen.  It is anticipated that relief from liability will be achieved in 2003.
  • Groundwater Monitoring, PSEG Salt Hay Farms, Southern New Jersey – As part of PSEG Wetland Restoration Project, associated with their Salem Nuclear Plant permit, PSEG is monitoring wetlands that were formerly salt hay farms.  PSEG flooded these wetlands to create habitat and re-establish coastal wetlands that were previously destroyed during salt hay farm operations.  As such, issues related to septic systems, potable water systems and salt-water intrusion are monitored over a period of time.  PSEG has demonstrated that reestablishing wetlands in the salt hay farm areas has not impacted septic or drinking water resources in those areas.  Mr. Meriney managed the groundwater monitoring for PSEG and will be preparing a letter of recommendation to NJDEP regarding the scaling back of the monitoring program and the abandonment of a number of wells not utilized for this study.


40-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Site Operations (updated yearly with an 8-hour refresher)


Carney, Cindy K. and M. J. Meriney. 1988. “Sedimentology and Early Diagenesis of the Upper Mississippian Maxville Limestone,” Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Midyear Meeting, Columbus, Ohio.