Donald W. Richardson, CPG

Donald W. Richardson
Parsippany, New Jersey
973-560-1400 x186

Don is an expert in environmental risk management, investigation, remediation (vapor, soil, ecological and groundwater media), post remediation care and Brownfields redevelopment.  With over 25 years of environmental consulting and contracting experience, He has a broad range of project experience from preliminary site evaluations and underground storage tank closures to comprehensive subsurface investigation and remediation services under federal and state environmental regulatory programs.  He has provided expert claim support services and testimony regarding the following areas:  chemical time of release and occurrence; remediation performance and effectiveness; underground storage tank closure (both contractor and design professional claims); cost allocation and recovery and construction dewatering.

Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Lee University in Geology and his Master’s Degree in Hydrology (special emphasis in Engineering and Hydrogeology) from the University of New Hampshire.  He is a frequent speaker on the integration of innovative cleanup strategies to meet both regulatory closure and project business objectives.  He has led the use of Guaranteed Fixed-Price Remediation on projects ranging from $300 thousand to $10 million in both government and private sectors.



  • Hydrogeologic Investigations
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Expert Testimony


  • Certified Professional Geologist, AIPG
  • NJ Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor

Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Professional Geologists
  • Steering Committee, Environmental Business Council CIANJ
  • NJ Chapter National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Long Hill Township Planning Board and Master Plan Committee
  • Member of Morris County Open Space Trust Fund Committee


Experience Highlights

Managed a large food manufacturer’s catastrophic break in their underground heating oil lines for their building.  A significant heating oil related leak reached the Passaic River and required cleanup of the storm system, source area, and spill into the river via product skimming of the river and steam cleaning the riverbanks.  He managed the design and implementation of a combination product recovery, ground water treatment system and soil bioventing system to remediate the contamination.  These actions lead to a full No Further Action determination by NJDEP for the property.

Project Director for environmental investigations at a former industrial site being developed into upscale residential townhouses.  Prepared the Remedial Investigation Reports, and Remedial Action Workplans to remediate groundwater impacted by MTBE.  Managed the community outreach along with the successful remediation.

Managed the chromium remediation program for cleanup of 45 residential sites in the center of Jersey City, New Jersey.  He investigated and implemented the detailed site plans to sample and delineated the contamination then oversaw the installation of 50 monitoring wells, 1,500 boring logs, and collection of 20,000 samples for analysis.  The subsequent remediation was completed under budget and on schedule with the signed consent order with the State.



  • How surety bonds expand post-remediation care options to meet financial assurance requirements

    Earlier in 2019, the New Jersey legislature approved updates to the 2009 Site Recovery Reform Act (SRRA), a suite of improvements known collectively as SRRA 2.0. Introduced a decade after the original SRRA, this legislation sought out to improve upon the original set of regulations. One such tweak was to the list of acceptable remedial […]

  • How vapor intrusion is discovered and remediated

    Co-Authored by Don Richardson, President and Jacob Strauss, Senior Engineer.

    Vapor intrusion has evolved into one of the highest risks commercial real estate developers and owners face. Vapor intrusion can pose a greater risk than contaminated soil or groundwater. The rise of vapors from contaminated sources into buildings can pose an immediate risk if they reach hazardous levels.

  • Tackling post-remediation care in New Jersey

    Environmental remediation projects are rarely a one-and-done undertaking. A site may need to be monitored and maintained long after regulatory agency closure, if the active remediation did not achieve the most stringent cleanup standards.

  • Before you excavate, explore compliance attainment

    Developers may not know that there’s more than one way to tackle a soil remediation project. Many assume that this kind of cleanup calls for a total excavation, carting off truckloads of contaminated soil to be cleaned or replaced entirely. However, for some projects, such an invasive and labor-intensive process may not be necessary.

  • Advancing Complex Brownfields Redevelopment, Made Simple

    Decades of unregulated, uncontrolled and poor environmental practices have led to millions of acres of “brownfields” in the U.S., properties which must be properly remediated before they are repurposed or redeveloped. These properties come in all shapes and sizes, affected by a vast array of contaminants associated with industrial operations. What is a brownfield, and what makes it different from other types of contaminated sites?

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