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Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO
President
8048 Northcourt Road
Houston TX 77040
USA
phone: 800-992-8048
fax: 713-744-5888
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Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. President and TGE Resources, Inc., she offers environmental due diligence, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance auditing, and remediation management of affected real property services.

Ms. Franks provides litigation support and client representation with regard to environmental matters. She has been actively involved in more than 35 "merger/acquisition" projects encompassing over 750 sites nationwide. As senior Technical Advisor, she has been involved in thousands of real property investigations, many of which have involved remediation/closure projects within Texas and throughout the United States.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Real Estate Assessments - Environmental Due Diligence
  • Environmental Compliance Audits
  • Remediation Management, Corrective Action (Clean-up) Consulting of Contaminated Real Estate
  • Risk-Based Closure
  • Hazardous, Solid Waste Materials Management, Clean-up Consulting of Affected Property
  • Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, Mold/Fungal, Industrial Hygiene
  • Radiation Safety (NORM)
  • Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Management, Compliance, Corrective Action
  • Environmental Testing, Clean-up Consulting
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JIJI THOMAS
Senior Officer-Environment
Kudilil House, Eravimangalam
Kottayam 686613
IND
phone: 987-067-0240
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TCE Consulting Engineers Limited (TCE) is one of India's leading Engineering Consulting Organizations. TCE offers a wide range of multi-disciplinary services in project engineering across several sectors. The firm has completed more than 4500 assignments, including the engineering of several power plants with total installed capacity of over 41,000MW, several large urban water supply and waste water projects, as well as those for smaller towns, facilities inside battery limits and offsite facilities for several chemical and industrial plants.

TCE has highly qualified and experienced professionals on its rolls. Design offices are located in several cities in India - Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Jamshedpur, and a branch office in the USA and South Africa.

TCE has successfully carried out several assignments overseas — in South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and the Americas.

TCE has done projects funded by:
  • World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • World Health Organization
  • United States Agency for International Development
Services Include:
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Survey & Consultations
  • Environmental Data Analysis & GIS mapping
  • Environmental Sampling, Monitoring & Pollution Analysis (Air, Water & Soil)
  • Environmental Clearance & Liaison with Statutory Authorities
  • Industrial Site Visits and Identification of Suitable Waste Disposal Sites & Methodologies
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Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG
664 W. Broadway
Glendale CA 91204
USA
phone: (818) 539-8408
fax: (818) 543-4565
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Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG, has over 23 years of experience in performing Geologic and Geotechnical Forensic Engineering investigations. Mr. Wilson currently serves as a Senior Professional Geologist at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. He holds a professional engineering geologist license in California and a professional geologist license in Utah.

Mr. Wilson has broad experience in numerous industries. He has completed or project managed over a 1,000 forensic evaluations of distressed properties in California, Utah and Oregon for insurance carriers. For the construction industry, Mr. Wilson's work in residential/commercial/public works development projects include trench and drilling exploration, down-hole logging, geotechnical laboratory testing, slope stability analysis, fault trench logging, foundation and keyway observations, fill control, mass grading monitoring. He has also provided planning and environmental impact reports for several cities and counties throughout California.

Litigation Support - Mr. Wilson provides consultation services to attorneys, judges, arbitrators, insurance companies, and others in the evaluation and remediation of soil related distress to structures, earth movement, seismicity, and other matters related to adverse soil, geologic, or hydrologic conditions. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Damage Causation Evaluations
  • Geologic and Geotechnical Investigations
  • Landslide Investigations and Mitigation
  • Geologic Hazard Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Preparation
  • Environmental Planning
  • Observation and Monitoring of Engineered Grading and Construction Projects
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Dr. Dennis Stainken
Principal
4 Carrol Drive
Hillsborough NJ 08844
USA
phone: 908-369-6890
fax: 908-369-6881
Dr. Dennis Stainken has over 30 years of Industrial and Government experience managing Pollution Control and Hazardous Waste Projects. His experience includes assignments in engineering, analytical and toxicology sciences for regulatory compliance, product registration, risk assessment, technology development.

Dr. Stainken is a national expert in Environmental Toxicology & Ecological Research on the transport, fate and effect of pollutants, and in quality assurance in government and industry.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Effects
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Health Issues/Physiology/Chemistry
  • Water & Waste Water
  • Ecological Services
  • Contamination & Remediation
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessments
  • Property Assessments
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Water Quality
  • Risk Assessment
  • Wetlands
  • Industrial Services
  • Gasoline & Oil Issues
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    Shlomo Orr, PhD
    Hydrology / Water Resources Consultant
    5900 W 25th Ave.
    Kennewick WA 99338
    USA
    phone: 509-736-3111
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    Shlomo Orr Hydrology Water Resources Expert PhotoPresident and CEO, Shlomo Orr, PhD, Peng, has over 33 years of extensive consulting, research, and project management experience in the field of Hydrology and Water Resources. He earned a PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources with a minor in Soil and Water Sciences, and BSc and MSC in Civil Engineering.

    Dr. Orr's background includes modeling, planning, and controlling complex subsurface flow and transport phenomena. He has a broad background in conceptual and computational-numerical modeling of fluid flow and solute transport in saturated and unsaturated porous and fractured formations, including stochastic models that account for uncertainties and provide the basis for risk assessment.

    Dr. Orr has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Groundwater Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geostatistics, and advised MS and PhD students (as an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, and thereafter). He also taught a course on fluid dynamics in heterogeneous heaps for the Society of Mining Engineering (SME). He has solved some of the most complex problems in his field; has innovated substantially, and has published his advanced works on modeling and optimization in top journals, while serving as a peer reviewer, himself. His toolbox spans from simple analytical models to most detailed, complex, numerical, stochastic 3D models, as well as advanced machine learning models. Dr. Orr has been a reviewer of major books and top journals in hydrology and water resources, and has served in a special committee of SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) on Advanced Analytics. He was advising top scientists at the University of Saskatchewan on approaches to Integrated Nuclear Environmental Research and Training (INERT), and he has been serving as a Technical Advisor for SoilVision Systems (an advanced geo-software company). He has done breakthrough modeling work and evaluations of risk assessment models for the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission).

    Litigation Support - Dr. Orr provides expert witness services for cases involving Hydrology, Water Resources, and Environmental Risk. He served as an expert reviewer on advisory boards of the US Army, Air Force, and Navy, on environmental projects. On the other side of the fence, he has conducted major environmental permit applications/investigations for special complex mining operations.

    Dr. Orr's services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include site review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Hydrogeology & Geohydrology
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Subsurface Flow & Transport Modeling
  • Aquifer Remediation
  • Soils and vadose zone hydrology
  • Oil and Gas (multiphase flow)
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbons
  • NAPL and DNAPL
  • VOC transport
  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Seepage
  • Drainage
  • Wellhead Protection
  • Soil Vapor Intrusion
  • Dewatering / Depressurization
  • Landfill Monitoring
  • Geostatistics and stochastic modeling
  • Monte Carlo Simulations
  • Risk-Assessment
  • Geothermal, Fracking, and Waste Injection


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    2/8/2017 · Hydrology
    Despite remarkable new developments in stochastic hydrology and adaptations of advanced methods from operations research, stochastic control, and artificial intelligence, solutions of complex real-world problems in hydrogeology have been quite limited. The main reason is the ultimate reliance on first-principle models that lead to complex, distributed-parameter partial differential equations (PDE) on a given scale. While the addition of uncertainty, and hence, stochasticity or randomness has increased insight and highlighted important relationships between uncertainty, reliability, risk, and their effect on the cost function, it has also (a) introduced additional complexity that results in prohibitive computer power even for just a single uncertain/random parameter; and (b) led to the recognition in our inability to assess the full uncertainty even when including all uncertain parameters.

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    Philip T. Tringale, PhD, PE
    Environmental Engineering Consultant
    555 Montgomery Street, Suite 1300
    San Francisco CA USA
    phone: 510-874-7011
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    Philip T. Tringale, PhD, PE is a registered Professional Civil Engineer with over 25 years of Environmental Consulting experience. His site and redevelopment projects include commercial and industrial facilities, landfills, and cases requiring technical support for litigation.

    Dr. Tringale has directed numerous site assessments and remediation programs involving soil and groundwater contaminated primarily by organic solvents, metals, and petroleum products. He has particular expertise in site characterization and in the use of in-situ testing to evaluate soil properties. Dr. Tringale has provided final design for remedial actions that involve excavation, containment, bioremediation, vacuum extraction, monitoring, and groundwater treatment.

    Dr. Tringale has been providing litigation support services to the legal industry for over 20 years. He is available to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Tringale has been retained approximately 15 times and has provided expert testimony in support of counsel for cases involving:
    • National Contingency Plan Compliance
    • Identification of Contaminant Sources
    • Magnitude and Extent of Contamination
    • Remedial Cost Estimates
    • Allocation of Cost and Responsibility
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    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, DSc
    3700 State Street. Suite 350
    Santa Barbara CA 93105
    USA
    phone: 805-880-9301 (Direct) or 805-880-9300 (Office)
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    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, DSc, CGW, PH, PH-GW, BCES, HON.D.WRE, FASCE, FAWRA, FASTM, is an Environmental Consultant with over 40 years of experience in site characterization and remediation of Soils and Groundwater.

    Background - Dr. Everett served as the Chief Scientist at Haley & Aldrich, Shaw Environmental, ARCADIS, and Metcalf & Eddy Inc. He is a retired Professional Researcher (Level VII) in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Past Director of the Vadose Zone Monitoring Laboratory at UCSB. The University of California describes full professor Level VII as “reserved for scholars of great distinction.”

    Dr. Everett is an internationally recognized expert who has conducted extensive research on Subsurface Characterization and Remediation. He is Chairman of the ASTM Task Committee on Groundwater and Vadose Zone Monitoring. He also chaired the Remediation Session of the First USSR/USA Conference on Environmental Hydrogeology (Leningrad, 1990).

    Dr. Everett has received numerous awards, published over 150 technical papers and reports, holds several patents, developed 11 national ASTM Vadose Zone Monitoring standards and authored and edited over 10 books including: Vadose Zone Monitoring for Hazardous Waste Sites, and Subsurface Migration of Hazardous Waste. His book entitled, Groundwater Monitoring was endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as establishing “the state-of-the-art used by industry today” and was recommended by the World Health Organization for all developing countries.

    Dr. Everett on Vapor Intrusion


    Litigation Support - Dr. Everett is an expert witness with an established track record in over 80 court cases involving over $2 billion dollars. He provides expert witness services for Toxic Tort Cases, when one or more parties allege health effects and/or property damage from chemicals released to the environment by another party, and Allocation Cases, in which two or more parties disagree over who caused a release to the environment and how much money each party should contribute toward to the cleanup.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Vapor Intrusion
    • Class Action Lawsuit
    • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Tort
  • Remediation Cost Allocation
  • Property Devaluation
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    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, et al
    This compilation of selected technical papers, contains peer-reviewed papers that were presented at a symposium sponsored by ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock and Subcommittee on Groundwater and Vadose Zone Investigations.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, et al
    The book covers subsurface water exchange between the land and sea as well as groundwater discharge to the seas. It also provides a review of experimental methods and numerical modeling that can be used for the evaluation of specific discharge data and the effect of groundwater on the salt balance of seas and oceans.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, et al
    This publication provides an international perspective on one of the most complex issues in hydrology: field and laboratory measurement of low permeability and dual porosity materials. Eleven peer-reviewed papers, written by an international group of experts, focus on the development of techniques to evaluate hydraulic conductivity and remediation of fine grained and dual porosity geologic materials.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, et al
    Compiled by experienced practitioners, this guide covers topics such as basic principles of vadose zone hydrology and prevalent monitoring techniques. Case studies present actual field experiences for the benefit of the reader. The Handbook provides practitioners with the information they need to fully understand the principles, advantages, and limitations of the monitoring techniques that are available.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD
    This handbook contains specific information on the application of a widely accepted groundwater monitoring methodology, which has been applied to coal and oil shale development sites.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD
    Guidelines and Methodology for Developing and Implementing a Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program
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    Jenifer S. Heath, PhD
    PO BOX 371136
    Denver CO 80237
    USA
    phone: 303-726-9601
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    Helping clients understand the potential health effects of chemical exposures.

    Jenifer S. Heath, PhD, is a Toxicologist with over 25 years of experience in Toxicology Consulting and Human Health Risk Assessment. She is also a Registered Nurse, licensed to practice in several states.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Heath serves as a testifying or non-testifying witness on cases related to toxicology and human health risk assessment. She reviews case-related documents as well as the technical literature, provides input as to the strength of cases, prepares expert reports, responds to interrogatories, suggests questions to be posed to opposing witnesses, and testifies at deposition and trial. Dr. Heath's training in mediation and arbitration contributes to her ability to succeed in highly charged settings. She has testified at both bench and jury trials.

    Dr. Heath has managed and contributed to hundreds of risk assessments for contaminated sites under many regulatory programs (including state and federal Superfunds, RCRA, UST, and property transfers). She has worked in EPA Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, and in most of the 50 states and has successfully presented results to regulatory agencies, jury members, and the public.



    Areas of Expertise:
    • Chemical Product Liability
    • Mining
    • Lead Poisoning
    • Hydrogen Sulfide
    • Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
    • Contaminated Properties
    • Environmental Regulatory Agency Negotiations
    • Toxic Chemical Exposure (metals, solvents, petroleum)
  • Superfund (CERCLA)
  • Pesticides
  • Animal Health Products
  • Mammalian Toxicology
  • Indoor Air
  • Surface / Groundwater
  • Asbestos
  • Explosives
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    Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD
    Principal
    10151 Deerwood Park Blvd.Building 200, Suite 250
    Jacksonville FL 32256
    USA
    phone: 904-923-3789
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    Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD specializes in the areas of Environmental, Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Hilliard is an experienced forensic toxicologist with degrees in pharmacology, toxicology, and environmental health.

    Dr. Hilliard's services include conducting medical research and medical file review for personal injury that results from biological, chemical, environmental or pharmaceutical agents. He is also available to perform on-site inspections, sampling of nursing home, adult living facilities, medical and laboratory environments.

    Serving the legal community for over 15 years, Dr. Hilliard has worked with local, state and federal regulatory agencies and other entities on a national and international basis. His expertise spans the scope of environmental and infectious diseases involving food and water. This can include respiratory infections from environmental sources to hospital acquired infections such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Dr. Hilliard is available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His areas of expertise include:

    Medical Matters Involving:
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Alcohol
    • Adverse Drug Reaction
    • Medication Errors
    • Recreational Drugs
    Environmental Expertise Includes:
    • Public Health and Safety
    • Epidemiology
    • Sanitation
    • Toxic Chemical Exposure
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Environmental Justice
  • Superfund Site Risk Communication
  • Lead Exposure
  • Mold Exposure
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    David Gossman
    Chief Investigating Officer
    103 South Main Street
    Maquoketa IA 52060
    USA
    phone: 563-652-2822
    fax: 563-652-2824
    Technical assistance to counsel in litigation involving Chemical and Environmental Forensics, Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Materials, Regulatory Compliance, Dioxins, Fires and Explosions at waste facilities and cement plants, and injury or chemical exposure claims due to hazardous materials or hazardous operations.

    We provide the technical expertise and develop the evidentiary basis for legal arguments relying on or involving:
    • Industrial and environmental chemical forensic analysis
    • Causation proved by fate and transport of chemicals and their degradation products in the environment
    • Appropriate standard of care for and regulations of hazardous waste and hazardous materials
    • Safety and prevention of catastrophic events such as fires and explosions
    • Prevention of injury or chemical exposure resulting from hazardous materials or hazardous materials operations
    • Prevention of chemical spills and/or proper management of historical environmental contamination
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    Stephen R. Henshaw, PG, President & CEO
    Jeff Carnahan, LPG, Vice President & CTO
    602 N. Capitol Avenue
    Indianapolis IN 46204
    USA
    phone: 866-888-7911
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    EnviroForensics® is the leading Environmental Engineering company in the country addressing environmental liabilities and finding funding by locating and bringing to your defense old insurance policies. EnviroForensics® has pioneered and perfected the utilization of Comprehensive General Liability insurance policies as a resource to pay for the high costs associated with Soil and Groundwater Investigations, Remediations, and Legal Defense.

    Litigation Support –EnviroForensics®' tenured team of experts, ranging from defense attorneys to plaintiff attorneys, have served the legal community on over 100 matters. They investigate and provide defensible data to lawyers who must meet the demands and requirements of litigation and settlement, insurance claims coverage, and governmental regulations.

    EnviroForensics® provides environmental assessment and due diligence services for commercial and residential developers, property management companies, real estate investment trusts, brownfield developers, financial institutions, law firms, and governmental agencies.

    EnviroForensics® has provided testifying and non-testifying expertise on the following issues:
    • Geology
    • Geochemistry
    • Soil and Groundwater Investigations
    • Environmental Risk Assessments
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Environmental Impact Studies
  • Clean Water Act Violations
  • Stephen Henshaw Environmental Forensics Expert PhotoStephen R. Henshaw, PG, President, CEO, serves as client manager and technical manager on numerous high profile and complex projects involving soil and groundwater quality impacts, permitting, and hazardous waste handling and management practices. He provides technical direction and supervises a staff of geologists, engineers, hydrogeologists, and scientists on projects associated with site characterization, remedial design, remedial implementation, waste-to-energy, system operation, facility management, document management, and litigation support.

    Mr. Henshaw has over 30 years of experience, specializing in asset management, legal and forensic support, regulatory compliance, soil and groundwater investigations, waste-to-energy, planning and permitting, and the design and operation of remediation systems, human health and ecological risk assessments, and insurance coverage of long tail liabilities. He has experience in a variety of geological settings including alluvial deposits, fractured bedrock, glacial outwash, wetlands, and landslides.

    Mr. Henshaw’s expertise includes a strong knowledge of industrial operations, past and current industry practices and procedures, fate and transport of chemicals in soil, soil gas and groundwater, and regulatory compliance and permitting. He has worked as a testifying expert on behalf of innocent landowners and facility operators at several sites impacted by past industrial activities and continues to provide technical and litigation support on RCRA and CERCLA cost recovery matters.

    Jeff Carnahan Environmental Forensics Expert PhotoJeff Carnahan, LPG, VP, CTO, is a Licensed Professional Geologist (LPG) with over 18 years of environmental consulting and remediation experience. Mr. Carnahan's expertise has focused on the investigation and interpretation of subsurface releases of hazardous substances for the purpose of evaluating and controlling the risk and cost implications to his clients.

    While managing sites ranging in size from retail gas stations and dry cleaners to large manufacturing facilities, Mr. Carnahan has amassed extensive experience working with releases of chlorinated solvents within voluntary and enforcement cleanup programs for various State agencies and the U.S. EPA.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Carnahan has provided technical support to the legal community regarding the cause, origin, transport, and potential cost of environmental releases. Additionally, Mr. Carnahan has over 14 years of experience in the investigation and mitigation of vapor intrusion issues and leads the EnviroForensics®' team of full-time VI experts. His distinctive expertise, experience, and forensic talents make Mr. Carnahan a valued strategic partner for his clients on environmental contamination and liability issues.

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    2/21/2017 · Environment
    Long Term Stewardship, or LTS, is the most recent hot topic in the business of environmental claims, and understanding it is extremely important for constraining long-tail cleanup costs. In site cleanup and closure strategies that focus on risk-based concepts, the elimination of human health pathways is the determining factor for closure. Often, closure plans include intentions to manage exposure through a series of institutional controls designed to limit future land use, although no provisions are in place to ensure that they are maintained following regulatory closure. Recent developments in environmental policy at the State and Federal regulatory levels are promoting the creation of guidelines requiring the need for specific LTS plans describing the monitoring and assessment activities to be performed.

    12/29/2016 · Environment
    What I want to tell you about today is the obligations that your insurance carriers have when they defend a claim under reservation of rights (ROR). I want to tell you this because there is a lot of misinformation that people have on this issue and policyholders have rights that they need to know. When people don't know their rights, decisions can be made that could adversely affect their businesses, their financial future, even their reputation.

    10/12/2016 · Environment
    Vapor Intrusion (VI) has become a routinely addressed environmental exposure issue within the past few years. Especially at sites where a spill of Tetrachloroethene (PERC) or Trichloroethylene (TCE) has occurred. Many state environmental agencies have provided guidance on dealing with VI issues, and now the US EPA has recently finalized their guidance for use at federal sites. In prior years, however, assessment of the VI exposure pathway was often excluded from a site's investigation and remediation process. Since VI was not really on the regulator's radar, many sites achieved closure without VI having been evaluated. As VI has become a routine part of environmental investigations, regulatory agencies are now beginning to reassess closed sites to see if VI exposure issues have been inadvertently missed. Very recently, it has been reported that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has joined other states in reopening closed sites that warrant further assessment for VI risk.

    8/17/2016 · Geology
    The question is often posed, "How much will it cost to clean up contamination at a drycleaner?" Invariably the answer is, it depends. Factors that come into play include, but are not limited to, the concentration of VOCs present in the subsurface, whether or not the groundwater is impacted, the depth to groundwater, how far the contamination has spread, whether the cleanup will be focused on residential or commercial land use, and the type of geology and stratigraphy underlying the site. This article focuses on how clayey soils affect cleanup considerations.

    6/21/2016 · Environment
    The fundamental, hard-fast goals of a subsurface remediation project are to stop any current human or ecological exposure; and to avoid any potential future human or ecological exposure. Here are some of the basic concepts and economic considerations used to determine effective site cleanup strategies to attain regulatory closure at contaminated sites.

    5/5/2016 · Environment
    Selecting an environmental consultant can be a daunting task and for small business owners that do not have day-to-day exposure with soil and groundwater contamination it's very difficult to know the difference between consultants. This article is meant to shed light on the differences between environmental consultants and to present the different methods for selecting an environmental consultant. It's my goal to show people that selecting the right consultant for your situation is a very important decision and should not be taken lightly. If a business person doesn't know that there are differences between environmental consultants, countless hours and dollars may be wasted, projects could drag on and site closure could be a distant glimmer.

    3/1/2016 · Environment
    Vapor Intrusion, or VI, occurs when contamination beneath the ground emits toxic vapors that can travel through the soil and enter the interior spaces of houses and buildings. The types of contamination most commonly associated with VI concerns are industrial solvents like chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs), and petroleum products like gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency just released final guidance on vapor intrusion issues, which regulates how inhalation exposures from VI are assessed and controlled.

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    Joel R. Coats, PhD
    524 River Oak Dr.
    Ames IA 50010
    USA
    phone: 515-294-4776
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    Joel Coats Entomology Toxicology Expert PhotoJoel Coats, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Toxicology in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University. Specializing in Insecticide Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology, he has been on the faculty at Iowa State University since 1978 and served as Department Chairman for seven years.

    Dr. Coats’ research program includes two main areas: (1) insect toxicology and (2) environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry of Agrochemicals. His research in the insect toxicology area is focused primarily on natural products as insecticides and insect repellents, including investigations of their spectrum of activity, mechanisms of action, metabolism, synthesis of biorational derivatives and analogs, quantitative structure-activity relationships.

    Dr. Coats is familiar with all types of pesticides and insect repellents, including synthetic and botanical insecticides, acaricides, fumigants, and repellents; toxicity, mechanisms of action, environmental and comparative toxicology, ecological risk assessment, persistence of pesticides, movement in the environment, and residue analysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Coats provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been deposed and testified on numerous occasions. Dr. Coats offers opinions regarding pesticide cases of many types, including:
    • Non-target / Off-target Effects
    • Residues
    • Toxic Tort
  • Environmental Contamination
  • Efficacy of Products
  • Patent Infringement
  • Dr. Coats has received the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals from the American Chemical Society Agrochemical Division, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. In October he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    Resistance to conventional pesticides has been growing rapidly among all pests. Furthermore, there is increased public concern about the safety of conventional pesticides, and increased governmental restrictions have resulted in the need to identify new compounds that are safe and effective in controlling pests that are of concern to agriculture as well as to public and animal health. Biopesticides may aid in the control of such pests with fewer deleterious effects to the environment, people and animals.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This volume and the contributed chapters therein are a result of the Natural Products for Pest Management symposium held at the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA August 19-23, 2012 to honor the late Horace (Hank) Cutler and his contributions in the field of natural products chemistry. The symposium introduced recent discoveries and applications of natural products from insect, terrestrial plant, microbial, and synthetic sources for the management of insects, weeds, plant pathogenic microbes, and nematodes.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The third of three volumes based on the 2nd Pan-Pacific Conference on Pesticide Chemistry, this book examines metabolism and residue analysis methods of environmental pesticides.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The first compilation of research on microbial degradation of contaminants in the rhizosphere. Discusses the interactions between microorganisms, plants, and chemicals in the rhizosphere. Examines the degradation of industrial chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pentachlorophenol, and trichloroethylene, as well as the degradation of pesticides in the rhizosphere.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This new volume offers comprehensive information on microbial adaptation for pesticide degradation. Among the many topics covered in its 20 chapters are a general description of enhanced biodegradation as it occurs in an agricultural context; the microbial aspects of enhanced biodegradation, including the genetics, biochemistry, and ecology of pesticide-degrading microorganisms; and the potential impact of enhanced degradation on pesticide fate in aquatic systems and groundwater.
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
    View EFI Global's Consulting Profile.
    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    Keith PokornyKeith Pokorny, LEED AP, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.

    Responsibilities include the overall management of the Environmental practice for EFI and oversight of the Canadian Operations. His duties include strategic planning, forecasting, recruiting, business development, and employee development. This includes establishing and executing growth opportunities based upon geographic and service-based initiatives within the firm.

    Mr. Pokorny holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He is also an EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor and NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager.

    Mr. Pokorny offers litigation support services to insurance companies and attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has experience in a wide variety of projects including:
    • Engineering and Environmental Insurance Claims
    • Public and Municipal Environmental Remediation / Hazardous Materials Management Programs
    • Private Retail / Commercial Hazardous Materials Management
    • Remediation Programs in High-rise, University, and Hospital Settings
    Licenses and Certifications:
    • US Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED AP), with specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD+C), 2010
    • Massachusetts Asbestos Designer, Inspector, Project Monitor, Management Planner, 1987-1995
    • Massachusetts Lead Paint Inspector, 1996-99
    • Type III Asbestos Consultant, VT, Department of Health, 1988
    • EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor, 1998
    • NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager (PHM), Associate
    View Keith Pokorny's Consulting Profile.
    12/7/2016 · Environment
    "I'm trying to anticipate and manage environmental issues related to a construction project, but I am having a hard time finding resources. What are some construction-related environmental issues I should keep an eye out for since this appears to be an overlooked area?"

    4/20/2016 · Environment
    The benefits of reducing health-care associated infections (HAIs) are well documented, impacting both the general health of a facility and its bottom line. According to the CDC, HAIs cost the healthcare system $37 to $45 billion annually and account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths.

    Following a fire event, a variety of people spend considerable time in the post-fire environment. In addition to first responders, fire and law enforcement, the individuals performing investigations in the property can include insurance claims adjusters, origin and cause fire investigators, inventory assessors, and damage assessors. The fire service, EMS and law enforcement may typically be assumed to be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but exposure to post fire hazards should be considered for those entering the property and performing work well after the fire event.

    1/15/2015 · Construction
    Mr. Pokorny and Mr. Penaloza discuss the "green insurance" programs and policies, LEED concerns for commercial claims and the expertise required to investigate "green claims" on these types of properties. Green building practices have grown annually, adding complexity to the analysis of construction projects, building systems, and building performance expectations. These efforts add a significant level of due diligence and the necessary expertise in responding to 'green claims' on the insurance products serving those properties.

    4/29/2014 · Construction
    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present is a variety of building materials and may present a significant impact to construction projects. The presence of PCBs in caulking, sealants, paints, adhesives and other building materials dates from the 1930s to the banning of PCBs in domestically manufactured products in 1979. In that time period, however, PCBs were added to hundreds of building products due to their chemical stability, nonflammability, insulating properties and high flash point.

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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG
    229 Tewksbury Ave.
    Point Richmond California 94801
    USA
    phone: 510-590-1098
    fax: 510-232-2823
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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG, has over 30 years of experience as a Geologist / Hydrogeologist and licensed contractor focused on answering geologic, environmental impairment, and forensic questions. He is a certified hydrogeologist in California and Washington and a Professional Geologist in California and several other states.

    A Fulbright Senior Scholar with 4 awards in environmental engineering and science, his projects relate to collecting, describing, and analyzing Soil, Rock, Groundwater, Vapor, and Stormwater samples, summarizing the data and creating useful technical information and cost recovery statements for decision makers or settlements. His other projects relate to peer review and contractor evaluation projects.

    Mr. Jacobs has provided litigation services in the investigation and analysis of cases involving contamination by hydrocarbon and solvent spills and leaks, erosion, flooding, and related issues. He has provided testimony assisting with many settlement conferences. Mr. Jacobs is qualified to testify in municipal, state, and Federal courts.

    Litigation Support and Expert Witness:
    • Perform litigation and technical support for various environmental and engineering cases from evaluating remediation history to well damage to erosion control
    • Estimate reasonable and necessary remedial costs for settlement conferences
    • Serve as an objective peer reviewer
    • Expert witness testimony on environmental cases
    Since 2002, Mr. Jacobs has been an elected director of two public agencies, a local sewer district, and a community services district. As such he is interested in I&I issues and sewer gas and volatile contaminant vapor intrusion into indoor air spaces via ineffective vapor seals on fixtures or dry P-traps in buildings. He performs cost allocations for environmental litigation, and also provides oil and gas production verification.

    View James Jacobs' Consulting Profile.
    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Put together by a team of scientists, engineers, regulators, and lawyers, the Chromium(VI) Handbook consolidates the latest literature on this topic. The broad scope of this book fills the need for a comprehensive resource on chromium(VI), improving the knowledge of this contaminant at a time when the extent and degree of the problem is still being assessed. It addresses naturally occurring and anthropogenic sources, geology and geochemistry, toxicity, treatment, regulatory issues and legal cases, and recommendations.
    James A. Jacobs, et al
    Provides the tools needed to analyze and solve acid drainage problem. Featuring contributions from leading experts in science and engineering, this book explores the complex biogeochemistry of acid mine drainage, rock drainage, and acid sulfate soils. It describes how to predict, prevent, and remediate the environmental impact of acid drainage and the oxidation of sulfides, offering the latest sampling and analytical methods. Moreover, readers will discover new approaches for recovering valuable resources from acid mine drainage, including bioleaching.
    James A. Jacobs, et al
    The definitive guide to petroleum hydrocarbon fuel spill and leak causes, prevention, response, and cost recovery.It highlights the complex nature of petroleum hydrocarbon fuel extraction methods, the unintended consequences when disasters occur, spill behavior, and environmental impact mitigation. This practical resource discusses engineering techniques; long-term biological and environmental effects; dealing with insurance claims, litigation, and legislation in overlapping jurisdictions; and much more.
    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Written by an expert team of scientists, engineers, and toxicologists, MTBE: Effects on Soil and Ground-Water Resources provides complete in-depth coverage of the assessment and potential remediation strategies of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).
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