Environmental Specialist II
4307 Bluebonnet Blvd, Suite B Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Kimberly Arcement has a vast working knowledge of various environmental regulations, conditions, and constraints posed on developments situated in or near habitat sensitive areas, particularly in wetland habitats. Such impacts to areas that are deemed ecologically sensitive and/or protected under various Acts and regulations can trigger an onerous permitting process. However, the molasses of the permit process can be circumvented through early and continuous coordination with pertinent Federal, State, and local representatives to foster a flexible approach to meeting time-sensitive objectives. Over the years, Kimberly has collaborated with various government agencies, private and public entities to: evaluate project needs, analyze alternatives, develop justifications, and perform technical ecological assessments to both quantify and qualify project benefit analysis. Kimberly has also developed compensatory mitigation strategies to include: in-kind mitigation banking, wetland and streambank restoration, and other mitigation planning that creates, enhances, and/or protects wetland and wildlife ecosystems.
As a former Coastal Resource Scientist for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), Office of Coastal Management, Kimberly has authored hundreds of Coastal Use Permits and General Permits for developments proposed in the Louisiana Coastal Zone, which include: oil and gas exploration, development and production projects; residential subdivisions and planned urban development; mix-use and adaptive reuse developments; marinas; Federal levee systems; highway infrastructure; and coastal restoration and compensatory mitigation projects. Kimberly also drafted Consistency Determinations for Direct Federal Actions, Federal and State Assistance Programs, Federal License and Permits, and proposed developments in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico, as deemed consistent with the Louisiana Coastal Resources Program.
Kimberly received technical training from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for the performance of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs); whereby, environmental due diligence for individuals and entities seeking CERCLA Landowner Liability Protection is performed in compliance with EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) rule and in accordance with the standards and procedures established under ASTM E1527. Kimberly has performed numerous Phase I ESAs for properties comprised of residential housing, healthcare facilities, gas stations, auto repair shops, hotels, etc. Where Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) were present, Phase II actions were recommended for suspect asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint, potential soil and groundwater contamination due to present or past land use activities. Phase III remediation, abatement, and disposal methods were recommended for constituents of concern exceeding applicable LDEQ’s Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program (RECAP) screening standards.