2017 Taiwan-USA International Workshop on the Remediation Technology of Brownfields


2017 International Workshop on the Remediation Technology of Brownfields


Date: November 9-10, 2017


Venue: Conference Room 1001, 10th Floor,

CHANG YUNG-FA FOUNDATION International Convention Center

(No.11, Zhongshan S. Rd., Taipei City 10048, Taiwan)


Program (download)



Patricia Overmeyer

Patricia Overmeyer is the Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR). Ms. Overmeyer has worked in U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Program since January of 2002 and has been instrumental in developing the program’s core policies priorities since its inception. Previously, Ms. Overmeyer served as OBLR’s Team Leader for the Brownfields Policy, Research and Outreach Team, which coordinates brownfields and land revitalization research, partnerships, policy development and communications. Ms. Overmeyer coordinates EPA’s biannual National Brownfields Training Conference.

Ms. Overmeyer is responsible for overseeing the implementation of EPA’s regulations governing required standards and practices for conducting environmental site assessments or “All Appropriate Inquiries,” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). She coordinated the development of the regulation that establishes standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries and served as EPA’s Designated Federal Official for the Agency’s Federal Advisory Committee that was tasked with developing the proposed regulation on all appropriate inquiries. Prior to her tenure with OBLR, Ms. Overmeyer worked in U.S. EPA’s Hazardous Waste Identification division where she was responsible for the development of regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Ms. Overmeyer earned her M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and has a B.A. in economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Kevin Palaia, P.G. – ICF

Kevin Palaia is a licensed Professional Geologist with over 20 years of “on-the-ground” experience on site assessment, remediation, and sustainable revitalization programs at Brownfields, Superfund, and state waste sites. His experience includes serving as project director for a nationwide Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) contract; managing technical assistance to Brownfields Area-wide Planning grantee communities on planning and implementing sustainable reuse of blighted properties; and managing large CERCLA Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study programs at sites with solvent-contaminated ground water, DNAPL in fractured bedrock, PCB-contaminated lake sediments, and vapor intrusion issues. He has also managed Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments (ESAs) in support of brownfields redevelopment and property transactions in the residential, commercial, manufacturing, chemical, transportation, metals, and mining industries across the U.S., Canada, South America, and United Kingdom. He currently serves as the Deputy Project Manager for ICF’s Brownfields Analytical and Technical Support contract with EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. For the last 10 years, Mr. Palaia has provided comprehensive training services to EPA’s Brownfield and Superfund offices, including course development and training delivery on topics related to All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI), CERCLA liability, Phase & Phase II ESAs, green remediation, fish tissue monitoring, and risk-based remedial actions. He has delivered these trainings over 2,000 grantees, tribal organizations, consultants, EPA staff, attorneys, and state agencies in several dozen locations, as well as via web-based methods. Mr. Palaia has been involved with several optimization and improvement projects across the lifecycle of the site characterization and remedial process, including recent optimization projects for OSRTI on the Saunders Supply Company and Charles George Landfill Superfund sites.

Mr. Palaia is a licensed Professional Geologist and received an M.S. in hydrology from the University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in environmental geology from Northeastern University.