Vincent AgovinoMr. Agovino is an environmental professional with over 30 years of diversified experience in environmental science, ecological science, public, environmental and occupational health. His areas of technical expertise include; soils, wetlands, sewage disposal, contamination assessment, site remediation, environmental health program administration, project management, regulatory enforcement and technical training.

He has extensive experience in working with federal, state and local environmental regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and others.

Mr. Agovino has over 26 years of environmental consulting experience throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland, as well as 14 years of public service in the environmental and environmental health field with municipalities in New Jersey.

He has conducted approximately 5,000 soil evaluations, 2,000 wetland evaluations and habitat assessments throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts and Maryland utilizing currently accepted methodologies.  He has also conducted identification and evaluations of habitats of several endangered species in New Jersey and Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties in New York, including the timber rattlesnake, Indiana bat, upland sandpiper, prairie wedge grass, Northern running-pine, Pine Barrens tree frog, Blanding’s turtle, wood turtle and bog turtle. In addition, he has authored or co-authored approximately 300 Environmental Impact Statements pursuant to local ordinances in New Jersey, as well as two papers published in professional journals.

With regard to contamination assessment, Mr. Agovino has conducted approximately 200 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in accordance with ASTM Standard E-1527, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s AAI (All Appropriate Inquiry) Rule and the New Jersey Technical Requirements for Site Remediation. These Phase I assessments have necessitated follow-up investigation and Mr. Agovino has conducted numerous Phase II investigations (Site Investigations) to ascertain the presence or absence of contaminants above applicable standards.  As a NJDEP certified Subsurface Evaluator, he has successfully remediated contaminations resulting from leaking underground storage tanks and secured No Further Action (NFA) letters for residential and commercial clients.

Mr. Agovino has testified as an expert witness in numerous municipalities before planning boards, boards of adjustment and environmental commissions, as well as in Superior Court and Federal District Court in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He served as a Community Noise Advisor (CNA) with the former Federal ECHO program and the National League of Cities and was one of three original CNA's for New Jersey's first ECHO program. He was Vice Chairman of the Technical Committees to revise the New Jersey Regulations (NJAC 7:9-2.1, et seq.) pertaining to soils evaluation and onsite sewage disposal.

He presently serves or has served as a Faculty Coordinator and instructor at Cook College, Rutgers University in the following courses: Environmental Audits and Site Assessments, Environment and Public Health, Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, 40-Hour Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor Training and Soils and Site Evaluation and was an Adjunct Faculty member of Environmental Health, Montclair State University.

Examples of successful projects include: Wetland evaluation, habitat assessment and contamination assessment of an approximately 252-acre parcel of land in Sterling Forest in the Town of Warwick. The subject property was formerly utilized as a nickel research and development (R&D) facility with a dedicated sewage and chemical treatment plant. The project included conducting Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments along with preparation of specifications for remediation and demolition of the structures on the site; Licensing project specialist for a major electric and gas utility with responsibility for preparation and submission of site plan applications, subdivision applications, Freshwater Wetlands permit applications, NJPDES permits, Waterfront Development Permits, Coastal Area Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) applications, Stream Encroachment applications and Soil Erosion Control applications for substations, switching stations, generating stations and transmission line rights-of-way; Project leader on a pilot study related to a county Sludge Management Plan for the purpose of determining the environmental and health effects related to the utilization of chemically stabilized sludge for landfill closure cover; Project leader in a major waste characterization study for a large urban New Jersey County; and Principal Environmental Scientist on an evaluation of the potential environmental contamination and public health effects resulting from emissions at the Applied Research Laboratory and the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute vehicular test track at the Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Agovino is a licensed New Jersey Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist. He is also a certified Professional Wetland Scientist with the Society of Wetland Scientists. He holds certifications from the NJDEP as a Subsurface Evaluator and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as a lead Inspector/Risk Assessor.

Academically Mr. Agovino holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Science/Public Health, a M.A. degree in Administration and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering.