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3/11/2024· Environment

Concerning The Remediation Of the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site

By: Timothy Minnich, MS, QEP

Inhalation exposure arising from implementation of the final Remedy, as designed, is shown to pose a significant danger to human safety. IDLH exceedances are predicted within broad areas along the Canal. Such exposure potential should have been reasonably anticipated based on existing EPA guidance.

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12/29/2022· Environment

Residential Soil Vapor Intrusion: An Independent Evaluation

By: Timothy Minnich, MS, QEP

The contaminated groundwater is attributable to past disposal practices of the nearby former Bay Shore/Brightwaters manufactured gas plant (MGP) currently being remediated by National Grid (formerly KeySpan). Injection of oxygen (O2) into the contaminated groundwater

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11/14/2022· Pollution - Air Quality Control

Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions Characterization

By: Timothy Minnich, MS, QEP

This report presents the hydrogen sulfide (H2S) emissions inventory necessary to support a comprehensive City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) air quality analysis for this compound.

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9/26/2016· Environment

Just Who Is At Risk? The Ethics of Environmental Regulation

By: Dr. Ted Simon

The willingness to view risk as part of daily life has vanished. A risk-averse mindset among environmental regulators engenders confusion between the ethics of intention and the ethics of consequence, leading to the elevation of the precautionary principle with unintended and often unfortunate outcomes. Environmental risk assessment is conservative, but the actual level of conservatism cannot be determined. High-end exposure assumptions and current toxicity criteria from the USEPA, based on linear extrapolation for carcinogens and default uncertainty factors for systemic toxicants, obscure the degree of conservatism in risk assessments. Ideally, one could choose a percentile of the target population to include within environmental standards, but this choice is complicated by the food, pharmaceutical and advertising industries, whose activities, inadvertent or not, often promote maladaptive and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

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3/30/2016· Environment

AIG's Brownfields Insurance Debacle: Policy Language Should Be Negotiated by Coverage Experts

By: Dr. Susan Neuman

The world of brownfield insurance (BI) was recently shocked to learn that AIG was non-renewing its site pollution liability (SPL) book of business. AIG's Pollution Legal Liability Select (PLLS) policy, issued in 1995, was environmental insurers' first response to the Brownfields Movement. It allowed them to modify previously restrictive and inflexible policies so that they could be used to facilitate transactions. The idea of the policy was that the insured would be able to "select" specific coverages out of a number of modules based on distinctions of time, location, and types of damage, for instance On Site Cleanup Costs due to Pre-Existing Pollution Conditions. However, in addition to this selection process, specific policies also need to be manuscripted or tailored to fit specific risks. They are negotiable contracts, and, as illustrated by most of the cases involving such policies over the last 10 or 15 years, need to be negotiated by coverage experts.

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3/1/2011· Environment

Legionnaires' Disease - Nothing Ironic At All

By: Tim Keane

Dr. Vincent Conte of the Miami - Dade County Health Department said about the EPIC hotel Legionnaires' disease outbreak, "What's ironic is the hotel installed a special filtration system to enhance the quality of their drinking water."

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