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Leading the Way on Identification of Emerging Contaminants


An example of PFCs being used in a hangar.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—including perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)—are a class of synthetic compounds that are resistant to heat, water and oil. They are used in hundreds of products including non-stick cookware, food packaging, waterproof clothing, fabric stain protectors, lubricants, paints, and firefighting foams such as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). PFCs are persistent, resist degradation, and are bioaccumulative. The US Environmental Protection Agency has developed health advisories for drinking water containing two PFCs, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and/or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

For three decades, until 2002, the Department of Defense (DoD) purchased AFFF containing PFOS and/or PFOA (eight carbon chain formulations) for firefighting and firefighting training activities. Since 2002, all AFFF purchased by the DoD have been produced by the telomerization process (six carbon chain formulations), which contains no PFOS but can potentially break down in the environment to produce PFOA and other perfluorocarboxylic acids. AFFF use at military installations may have included aircraft hangars, plane crash and fire emergency response sites, firefighting equipment testing areas, fire trucks/emergency vehicle wash racks/areas, waste water treatment plants, waste lagoons, and other AFFF storage areas.

Since 2013, SES companies have supported the U.S. Air Force and Army PFC programs through seven projects worth almost $37 million – growing from an initial $1.5M task completed by SES Construction and Fuel Services at 10 installations for the USACE Savannah District, to a current $19M investigation by Aerostar SES at 18 Air Force Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) installations. We have collected more than 1,000 PFC samples from 550 AFFF areas at 65 DoD installations nationwide. We have also participated in restoration advisory board and other public meetings; worked with industry and academic leaders for technology exchange and research support; and established an in-house Emerging Contaminant Group dedicated to investigating/mitigating PFCs to maintain our position as a top PFC service provider. For more information on Aerostar’s experience with PFCs, click here.

Aerostar Announces 2016 FCMA Crane Award Winner

Paul Kirk

The Crane Awards recognize outstanding employees from FCMA member firm and this year, Paul Kirk, was given the honor of being Aerostar’s Crane Award recipient.  Recently passing his 10th year with Aerostar, Paul has grown his career through many positions from entry level scientist, senior scientist, field team leader, site safety officer and project manager. His problem solving abilities, calm demeanor and dedication to providing quality service has been critical in meeting his clients’ high level of expectations and satisfaction with work performed. He possesses the leadership qualities that people are drawn to which makes him one of our most valued employees. Paul has exhibited dedication to his career, fellow teammates, and company by his exemplary service, extensive travel, and work ethic, all while starting a family and pursuing his master’s degree.

Aerostar’s Program Manager, Tiffany Seibt, named SAME Fellow

Tiffany SAME

Aerostar SES LLC’s Tiffany H. Seibt has been named a Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Fellow for 2016. SAME bestows the designation of Fellow on a select group each year as recognition of dedication and outstanding service to SAME and to military engineering. SAME, a Professional Engineering Society with more than 30,000 members worldwide, elected only 23 members to the Academy of Fellows for 2016.  Less than 2% of SAME members worldwide are selected to the Academy of Fellows.

Ms. Seibt—a Senior Program Manager in our Mobile office—has distinguished herself in over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting, as a mentor to aspiring engineers, and as an advocate for small businesses.  She has led Aerostar SES in providing environmental services to DoD clients along the Gulf Coast; she has been recognized for her promotion of smart growth with the Partners for Environmental Progress Environmental Stewardship Award; and she contributes significantly to the local community through various volunteer services.

A former SAME Mobile Post President—among many other roles—Tiffany is only the 10th person from the Mobile Post to be honored with the Fellow designation and the first female in the history of the Post.  Tiffany was recognized at a formal ceremony in the nation’s capital on March 10th 2016.

Aerostar SES Gold Sponsor of Rotary’s 5th Annual Tennis4Cancer

The Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise and the Eagle Harbor Tennis Club held their 5th annual Tennis4Cancer tournament on June 26th-28th. The tournament benefited the American Cancer Society and the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise Charities and raised close to $40,000 and attracted over 275 players. The support of the local community has aided to the success of this tournament over the last 5 years. Aerostar SES was a proud gold sponsor of the tournament and its beneficiaries. We are delighted one of our own, Rick Levin, PG, participated in the tournament for his second year.

Rick with the Sponsors Banner at Tennis4Cancer

Welcome Aboard!!!

Aerostar SES would like to welcome two new team players, Mr. Joel Morales and Ms. Casey Kumetz!

Mr. Morales has 14 years of environmental consulting experience.  He possesses a B.S. in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.S. in Environmental Science & Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology.

Ms. Kumetz brings to the team a background as a high school biology teacher.  She has a B.S. from the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science and Policy, Marine Affairs, and Biology (triple major) and a M.S. from Duke University in Environmental Management.

Welcome Aboard!!


Our Boss has Gone Over the Edge!

On Saturday, May 30th, ASL’s fearless Manager, Scott Hughes, went over the edge as he rappelled down a 19-story building in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. As both a challenge for Scott to tackle and in support of a great cause, Aerostar raised over $1000 which will benefit the Boy Scouts of America.

Scott Hughes Walks Effortlessly Down 19 Stories

We are Tossing the Boss!

On May 30, 2015, Aerostar is going to “Toss the Boss” over the 19-story Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel Jacksonville downtown for the Boy Scouts of America. In partnership with Over the Edge USA and the Hyatt Regency, The Boy Scouts of America are hosting a two-day rappelling event where participants will rappel 19 stories from the Hyatt Hotel. Nominated by coworkers, Aerostar’s Division Manager Scott Hughes is one of 80 lucky participants to rappel in this challenge. Scott’s goal is to raise $1000 for the Boy Scouts of America. Show your support by donating to the Boy Scouts! For more details and to donate to this great organization and thrilling event, follow the link below.

Aerostar Opens New Office in Metairie, LA

Aerostar continues to grow throughout the Southeast, and as a result, Aerostar recently moved into a larger office located at 3749 North Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, Louisiana (greater New Orleans area). This is an exciting milestone for our company! We look forward to further growth and presence throughout the region.

Aerostar SES LLC's New Suite

Aerostar Celebrates Annual Army Earth Day Expo at Fort Buchannan, Puerto Rico

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Happy Earth Day from Aerostar SES LLC!
The day was off to a good start as Anibal Negron-Rodriguez, Department of Public Works Environmental Division Chief, kicked off the Annual Army Earth Day Expo at Fort Buchannan, Puerto Rico with a presentation on the installation’s sustainability and Net Zero programs.

The objective? To have fun and live happier! Who is on board with that?
Adding more sustainable practices to your life is easy, satisfying, and will improve the future!

Our very own Rick Levin presented at the Expo along with Philip Elson and Leon Carrero there to support Earth Day and the US Army!

Earth Day at Ft Buchanan

Earth Day Happenings at the Army Earth Day Expo

Earth Day Award

Rick Levin, PG receives award from Anibal Negron-Rodriguez

Aerostar Announces 2015 Crane Award Winner

The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) presented the 2015 FCMA Crane Award to Aerostar SES LLC’s Remediation/Construction Team.

Construction Remediation Team

Aerostar's Remediation/Construction Team

From left to right, the team includes Project Engineer, Steve Gary, E.I.; Senior Technician, Carlos Wilkerson; and Construction Foreman, Paul Sartori. This Team has been instrumental in Aerostar’s success installing remediation systems, performing source removals, and removing underground storage tanks and oil/water separators for clients on the local, state, and federal levels. Their attention to detail, work ethic, and adherence to safety protocols has distinguished Aerostar as a leader in the field of Environmental Remediation and themselves as go-to employees for Aerostar’s Project Managers. Their skills at troubleshooting systems and operating heavy equipment make them uniquely qualified to not only install remediation systems, but to perform Operation & Maintenance (O&M) services on those systems. Their diverse skill sets and can-do attitudes have been praised by the US Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers. Their hard work, dedication, and willingness to travel makes the Team very valuable to Aerostar as demonstrated through their ability to figuratively and physically go the extra mile for our clients from Key West to Colorado. Thanks, Team!!!

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