Project Manager, Environmental Remediation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
James L’Esperance is a project manager for Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Environmental Remediation program. He is responsible for overseeing the remediation of several complex Superfund cleanup sites in the Southern California area. He has broad experience in groundwater treatment and has implemented remedies that target perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), 1,4-dioxane, and several other emerging contaminants. Mr. L’Esperance also aids the corporate program in making portfolio assessments and risk evaluations with respect to emerging issues. He holds a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of New York.
An Owner’s Perspective on Proactive Remediation on Complex Sites
Clients and site owners may have a reputation of doing the bare minimum to meet remedial objectives, but, at many sites, a case can be made to proactively reduce contaminant mass in order to reduce future risk and costs while stabilizing cash reserves. Increasing attention on vapor intrusion and extremely mobile emerging contaminants makes proactive remediation more compelling now than ever before. The differences in how companies view lifecycle reserves and cash flow, and how this affects present-day remedial decisions, are discussed. Several case studies are presented that use a business case to justify proactive remediation.