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Expert in Environmental Compliance, Pollution Prevention, Health and Safety, and Fire Loss and Prevention

Expert ID: 722172 West Virginia, USA

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Expert has extensive practical knowledge and experience in the field of pollution prevention technologies. He has performed numerous pollution prevention audits internationally resulting in millions of dollars in waste minimization, energy and feedstock material savings for clients. He has worked extensively for international agencies (e.g., the World Bank Organization, the U.S. Export Import Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the European Union TACIS program, others) in educating and demonstrating the benefits derived from pollution prevention and waste minimization practices. He is the author and co-author of two highly recognized books on this subject: Green Profits: A Senior Manager's Guide to ISO 14001 and Pollution Prevention (Butterworth-Heinemann Publishers), and Handbook of Pollution Prevention (Marcel Dekker Publishers).

Expert has provided extensive training, education, and consulting on HMR-181 regulations. He has provided consulting to both hazardous waste generators and transporters on packaging, labeling, placarding, manifesting, employee training, and other key requirements of HMR-181. In addition, he has applied this expertise and knowledge in assisting clients deal with innocent violations of HMR-181 and related waste transport and environmental regulations in litigations and in negotiating settlements with state environmental agencies and USDOT. He has written numerous articles on the subject, including a book titled Hazard Materials Transportation Specialist, Noyes Publications.

Expert has broad experience in hazardous waste management, characterization, disposal, stabilization and treatment technologies, and due diligence. He has combined this expertise with pollution prevention concepts for numerous international clients in such industry sectors as petroleum refining operations, mining, iron and steel manufacturing, synthetic polymers manufacturing such as HDPE, EPDM, SBR, VCM-manufacturing, chlor-alkali production and others. He has worked with private clients in establishing waste characterization programs, in developing hazardous waste management strategies, in selecting best practices and most economical technologies for waste-specific problems. Additionally, he has assisted clients in dealing with litigation issues as a result of off-site contaminations in groundwater and impairment to third party properties from the handling, processing and transportation of a variety of hazardous wastes. Part of his expertise stems from serving as project manager for numerous waste cleanup operations both in the U.S. and abroad. He has authored numerous books and articles on this and related subjects.

Expert is well recognized for his expertise in the field of industrial safety practices and techniques when dealing with hazardous wastes. He has written numerous books on this subject, has managed many dozens of site cleanup and site investigations both in the U.S. and throughout Eastern Europe, and has advised numerous clients on litigations stemming from personal injury incidents as a result of exposures to hazardous materials and fire/explosion incidents. He has provided continuing education programs and lectures on this subject at such institutions as New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Texas A&M University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, and numerous in-house training programs with private sector clients. He has assisted companies in developing site-specific personal safety programs with emphasis on waste cleanup operations and decontamination/clean-up of industrial site operations.


Expert has extensive knowledge and background in dealing with complex industrial sites dealing with mixed hazardous wastes. These expertise range from identifying cleanup technologies, to best practices, to developing strategies for site cleanup operations. In addition, he has unique experiences in reconstructing the events of industrial site operations for older facilities where it has become critical in identifying cleanup strategies and in determining liabilities in environmental litigations. Examples of the types of wastes encountered in mixed streams and contaminated sites he has dealt with include chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents such as TCE, TCA, a variety of solvents including benzene, MEK, various chemicals such as VCM, mercury, PCBs, beryllium, numerous heavy metals. He has worked extensively in such sectors as chlor-alkali production, refinery operations, synthetic polymer production, pesticide and fumigant manufacturing and application sites, and rocket and pyrotechnic chemical production.

Expert is experienced in managing and designing site remediation programs involving groundwater and soil contamination. He has worked extensively in underground storage tank (UST) removal operations, PCB contamination, and spills of mercury, TCA, and ammonium perchlorate.

Expert has provided Right to Know (RTK) training for select companies since the mid-1980s. As part of helping to establish formal EMS (Environmental Management Systems), RTK training is provided on a tailored basis to clients.

Expert has extensive knowledge of and experience in working with and analyzing occupational risks associated with hazardous chemicals. He is the author of a major handbook in which over 1000 hazardous materials have been extensively researched for health risk exposures.

Expert has supervised and consulted on numerous site remediation programs including UST removals, tritium in wastewater recovery, ammonium perchlorate groundwater remediation, and pump and treat technologies.

An expert on HMR 181, Expert has provided consulting to U.S. corporations for more than 10 years on DOT regulations involving hazardous waste transportation issues. He is the author of the college textbook titled "Transportation of Hazardous Materials", published by Noyes Publishers.

In numerous litigations and as a consultant to private sector clients, Expert has provided technical expertise on advanced and cost-effective treatment technologies for mixed hazardous wastes.

Through international assignments, Expert has aided in both conceptual and detailed wastewater treatment plant designs. These consulting assignments have included establishing EMS and P2 programs at wastewater treatment facilities.

Expert has more than 20 years’ experience working with hazardous materials and performing occupational risk assessments. His experience includes litigations involving indoor air quality issues, inhalation hazards associated with chlorinated hydrocarbons, and asbestos exposure.

Industrial solid waste has been a primary focus of Expert’s work. For more than 11 years, his consulting assignments have focused on cleaner production and pollution prevention programs using life cycle tools. The book "Achieving Environmental Excellence," published by Government Institutes Publishers, has been critically acclaimed as a significantly new approach to implementing integrated EMS programs with pollution prevention at the core.

Industrial solvent toxicity has been a focus of many of Expert’s pollution prevention assignments. Chlorinated hydrocarbons are a specialty in terms of his expertise on human risk exposure and fate and transport.

Expert approaches industrial waste management through advanced techniques based on ISO 14001—the Environmental Management System. In his approach, pollution prevention is the driving force for establishing investment strategies for modernization and even financing the certification/registration of a corporate EMS. He is experienced with ISO 14001, EMAS, and EBRD protocols.

As the former head of product development for Vistalon Polymers (Exxon's EPDM line of specialty elastomers), Expert has extensive knowledge of rubber chemistry, polymerization, and rubber/plastic blend processability.

As the former Manager of Exxons' EPDM line of elastomers, Expert has extensive knowledge of polymer chemistry, particularly with regard to vanadium-halide catalyst systems. Application of chemistry principles to designing tailored elastomers for processing and performance optimization are key strengths among his expertise.


Expert served as project manager for site cleanup operations involving mercury contamination, petroleum hydrocarbons, PCBs, ammonium perchlorate, pesticides, heavy metals including lead, zinc, cadmium, chromium, copper, and others. Expert’s experience extends to pump and treat applications as well as soil remediation and landfilling operations.He is experienced with due diligence and environmental compliance, having worked with both domestic and international clients to help define exposures from environmental regulations, and investments and mergers/acqisitions of industrial site operations.Expert is experienced with fire loss cases. He has assisted clients in fire catastrophes involving plastic product failures, structural damage and personal injury cases involving industrial fire situations.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Alexandria, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Clarkson College of Technology
Year: 1975 Degree: M.Sc. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Clarkson College of Technology
Year: 1974 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Clarkson College of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert is a consultant to private industry and governments.
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: He is involved in numerous assignments of environmental impact assessments and new technology impact evaluations on environmental issues for the USDOE.
Years: 1995 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: For the World Bank, Expert is an environmental consultant on international investment projects.
Years: 1995 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: He is an environmental consultant on international investment projects.
Years: 1995 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert is an environmental consultant and definitional missions on industry modernization and green technology investments.
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: He is a consultant on numerous international projects dealing with pollution prevention, waste minimization, and green technology investments.
Years: 1979 to 1992 Employer: Exxon Title: Product Development Manager Department: Elastomers Technology Division Responsibilities: At Exxon, Expert managed specialty elastomer product development and commercialization.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2001 to Present Agency: Municipality of Honolulu Role: Consultant Description: Expert is an expert witness and consultant dealing with Superfund litigation resulting from agrochemicals.
Years: 1996 to Present Agency: U.S. Department of Energy Role: Consultant Description: He is involved in various DOE projects ranging from assessing environmental impacts for tritium extraction for nuclear armaments production, to assessing deregulation of electric utilities on air quality, to advanced turbine technologies and impact on air pollution regulations.
Years: 1994 to Present Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development Role: Consultant Description: He is involved in numerous overseas assignments dealing with education, training and demonstrations of pollution prevention and environmental compliance.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1999 to 2001 Country / Region: Russia and Ukraine Summary: Expert was involved in numerous assignments dealing with pollution prevention, technology and loan and investment assessments in the coke-chemical, coal mining, steel and pesticides manufacturing industry sectors. The work was performed for the World Bank, the U.S. Export Import Bank, and USAID.
Years: 1999 to 2001 Country / Region: Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania Summary: He fulfilled numerous assignments for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the World Bank, the U.S. Export and Import Bank, and several private investors. The focus was on environmental risks and liabilities associated with mergers and acquisitions, property transactions and investments.
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: Ukraine Summary: He was Project Manager for Institutional Strengthening of the Environmental Inspectorate with the European Union.
Years: 1994 to 1998 Country / Region: Ukraine Summary: Expert was country manager for USAID program on industrial waste management and pollution prevention.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the academic honorary societies Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Omega Chi Epsilon.
Awards / Recognition
He is listed in Who's Who and American Men of Science, and in Who’s Who of American Authors.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is the author of more than 100 technical books on environmental management and pollution prevention technologies.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has provided expert testimony and consulting for both plaintiffs and defendants in more than nine major cases on historical contamination issues to groundwater and land – including cases in the $1 billion range and Superfund sites. In all the trials, he was qualified as an expert in due care, with an emphasis on reconstructing events and identifying best practices and technologies. His expert witness services have included reconstruction of events for pre-RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) facilities and operations handling of chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents such as TCE, methyl chloride and others. Clients in these cases have ranged from the public to private industry sectors, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in liability assignments and savings.
Training / Seminars
He has trained thousands of industry professionals and regulators in the U.S. and internationally on pollution prevention (P2) and environmental management systems (EMS) programs, covering topics such as environmental auditing, pollution prevention practices, due diligence, safe handling of chemicals and waste management practices. Additionally, Expert has established benchmark studies for organizations and assisted in establishing metrics performances.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Russian Expert has a working knowledge of the language, but may require a translator for highly technical meetings.

Fields of Expertise

pollution prevention, Department of Transportation HM-181 standard, hazardous waste storage, hazardous waste, solid waste personal protection equipment, mixed hazardous waste, environmental remediation, Hazard Communication Standard, hazardous chemical, health safety, hazardous waste removal operation, hazardous waste transport, hazardous waste treatment, hazardous wastewater treatment system, industrial chemical toxicity, industrial solid waste, industrial solvent toxicity, industrial waste management, polymer characterization, polymer chemistry, environmental due diligence, impairment, soil contaminant, industrial fire, refinery operations, industrial safety compliance, gas turbine engine pollution control, pesticide disposal, hazardous chemical transportation, environmental due diligence investigation, tanning pollution prevention, chemical plant start-up, chemical plant management, crystalline polymer, synthetic polymer chemistry, chemical manufacturing facility evaluation, polymer crystallization, environmentally hazardous-chemical analysis, solid-waste-related equipment, hazardous waste related equipment, waste stream, mixed hazardous waste, solid-waste management, chemical analysis separation, solid waste land disposal equipment, hazardous-waste storage equipment, combined hazardous waste treatment, hazardous-waste cleanup, hazardous-waste carbon adsorption, hazardous waste analysis instrument, integrated waste management, hazardous-waste management, air pollution control, hazardous waste precipitation process, water pollution process, hazardous waste land treatment, waste minimization, chemical plant design, hazardous waste treatment facility design, toxic waste, pollution control, nonhazardous solid waste, hazardous waste sediment treatment, chemical stabilization, trichloroethylene, solid waste sampling equipment, solid waste storage equipment, vapor degreasing, hazardous waste stabilization, solid waste, polymer, hazardous waste oxidation, mercury, hazardous waste landfilling, homopolymer, hazardous waste materials reuse, hazardous waste fixation, elastomer, degreasing, chlorinated hydrocarbon environmental effect, chemical recovery, alkaline degreasing

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