Mr. Charles Rich, the original active Founder of CA RICH Consultants, Inc., brings over 40 years of progressive professional experience in the concept, initiation, planning, design, execution, management, and defense of numerous environmental projects. His technical expertise stems from a progressive project background emphasizing Fortune 500 corporate issues relative to hazardous waste management, dispute resolution, strategic thinking, and construction-related real estate development and redevelopment issues. As President of CA RICH Consultants, Inc., Mr. Rich directs the Firm’s professional staff, aligns business goals, and ongoing public and private business development activities.
Mr. Rich has testified as an Expert Witness in both Federal and State Courts in the United States and is viewed as an industry leader in understanding and assisting the Firm’s Clientele to solve problems on Federal and State-regulated Superfund Sites, inactive Hazardous Waste Sites, active RCRA Sites, as well as Brownfield transactional issues and non-regulated real property redevelopment sites. For example, he has been a Court-appointed Expert, a Special Master, a Principal Investigator at Love Canal for the NY State Attorney General, and the requested groundwater Expert on behalf of the United States of America for the US Justice Department. In the latter instance, his called-upon involvement representing the United States in a civil contamination case against a leading international oil company resulted in one of the largest, if not the largest, ‘RCRA’ hazardous waste settlements of the day. Over the years, he has developed in-depth expertise solving problems relative to risk-based cleanups, soil and groundwater-related contaminant distribution, plume configuration, migration and mitigation, preferred remedial methods to enhance contaminant removal efficiencies, and regulatory compliance negotiations with Agencies at all levels. On the clean water side, Mr. Rich has evaluated, tested, and managed construction, permitting, and expansions of numerous groundwater exploration & development projects that have and continue to provide sustainable potable water supplies and proven reserves to satisfy drinking water demands domestically and abroad.
He is a published, peer-reviewed author. For example, Mr. Rich actively contributed to the development of ASTM’s National Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Due Diligence (e.g. currently ASTM E1527-13) intended to minimize environmental liabilities for commercial real property transfers throughout the United States. He was a co-author of the Long Island, NY Areawide ‘208’ Waste Management Plan where he first introduced the concept of delineated aquifer recharge areas and ‘hydrogeologic zones’ on Long Island. Mr. Rich routinely publishes a variety of called-upon technical articles, opinion pieces, and professional editorials; and he is invited to speak on these subjects, or participate in expert panels at trade association meetings, conferences, or at local County or State Bar Association forums. Some of Mr. Rich’s voluntary pro bono activities include having served as President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists for the Northeastern United States, Vice-President of the NYS Council of Professional Geologists, and recently Chair of the Real Estate Practitioners Institute. He is listed in current volumes of Marquis’ Who’s Who in Science & Engineering, Who’s Who in the United States, and Who’s Who in the World.
Mr. Rich is a Certified Professional Geologist; a Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Supervisor; a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, an adjunct professor teaching environmental due diligence at SUNY Stony Brook University’s College of Business. He has served as Director on several Boards and is, or has been, affiliated with numerous professional industry trade organizations.