James Ritchie

Jim Ritchie, PG, QSC, is a Vice President of SCS, with nearly four decades of environmental consulting and site investigation and restoration experience throughout the Western United States. He is registered Professional Geologist in California and Washington. He leads site investigation, remediation, and large-scale groundwater monitoring and reporting projects, and oversees the application of remedial approaches to a variety of site conditions, including supporting site closures. His experience includes performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and Phase II investigations; landfill and refinery investigations; comprehensive geologic and hydrogeologic studies, groundwater monitoring networks and programs; Conceptual Site Models (CSMs); risk assessment and vapor intrusion modeling; removal and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous materials; evaluation, development, and implementation of on- and off-site remedial approaches for chemically affected soil vapor/indoor air, soil, and groundwater; water supply well and system siting and compliance; and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) preparation and implementation.
Mr. Ritchie has led numerous Brownfields site assessment and redevelopment projects, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grant work, under Voluntary Cleanup Agreements (VCAs) with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), as well as under California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act (CLRRA). The Brownfields redevelopment projects have resulted successful revitalization of numerous chemically-impaired properties into commercial, mixed-use and residential developments.
His technical experience covers a wide spectrum of environmental programs and projects, including property transaction and development, subsurface investigation, restoration and preservation, mediation and litigation, emergency response management, regulatory agency negotiation, and site closure. He has assisted clients in assessing the reliability and vulnerability (sustainability) of their water supplies and associated watersheds, and in developing recommendations for projects to protect the watershed habitat. He also has extensive experience with fixed price costing, contractual indemnifications, and environmental insurance products resulting in guaranteed price risk transfer solutions for impaired property cleanup and redevelopment.
Mr. Richie leads the SCS Environmental Services Group for Northern California. He has established and grown offices for environmental consulting firms, and has performed business development, project acquisition, project funding, client management, staff hiring and mentoring, and technical, managerial, and profit and loss (P&L) duties in support of clients in the public and private sectors.