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1000 Join The Institute Of Brownfield Professionals
May 19, 2006

The Institute of Brownfield Professionals has recorded its 1000th member and IBP President W. Jerrold “Jerry” Samford, P.G. (Troutman Sanders, LLP) expects that number to double by September 1. “While we are delighted with our new organization’s rapid growth,” he said, “we expect even faster growth in the near- term, as we get more of our objectives accomplished. We have much to do.”

The IBP has launched its website, which includes a member locator service and guidance on effective consultant selection. The organization is budgeting for advertising to make the availability of IBP members known to prospective clients. “We also are about to launch the first phase of our registered brownfield professional (RBP) credentialing program,” Mr. Samford said. “The Board will soon be finalizing criteria to award the RBP designation to licensed engineers and geologists with the necessary experience.” The second phase of that effort will see the Institute adopt RBP criteria for those who have extensive experience in environmental consulting and brownfield development, but who are not licensed professionals.

According to Mr. Samford, “New all appropriate inquiry (AAI) regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency more or less require those purchasing property to retain a qualified consultant; in other words, an individual capable of conducting a legitimate AAI study. When we’re addressing brownfield development, this means an individual has to have the education, training, and experience to design and lead a subsurface exploration program, interpret the data, and then develop recommendations. We are designing our program to give public- and private-sector clients a measure of comfort that the brownfield consultants they select are genuinely qualified.”

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