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Expert in Navigation of the Maze of Environmental Regulations, Environmental Issue Analysis, Pragmatic Environmental Solutions, Environmental Regulations

Expert ID: 725843 California, USA

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Expert has the technical and scientific expertise to navigate the maze of environmental regulations. He concentrates on resolving the synergistic, interdisciplinary environmental issues posed by the discovery and remediation of toxic and hazardous chemicals. More importantly, he has the ability to translate technical issues for clients, to make them understandable
He has dealt with analysis of industrial and commercial related environmental issues with extensive experience performing real estate environmental due diligence activities; reviewing Phase 1 ASTM audits; and, working with regulatory authorities. Additionally, he has worked with attorneys and has [peer] reviewed many environmental legal claims.
Expert's interdisciplinary experience and training has helped him to continually illuminate and crossover diverse, though related disciplines to resolve problems. His work has routinely required critical analysis resulting in both written and verbal reports to summarize his efforts.

Client's environmental manager was indicted in state court for not reporting an oil spill into a private lake in a timely manner and 7 birds died. He proved the bird deaths where not the result of indigestion of chemicals found in the oil - the indictment was withdrawn and a civil, monetary settlement was agreed to by the state.Client -- a chrome plater -- was accused of dumping 55 gallons drums of toxic material is the desert. He was able to educate the judge in federal court that there was minimal environmental damage resulting from the spill so that additional time was not added to the client's prison sentence for this violation. Reviewed $1.5 billion property insurance settlement, for almost one year, covering historic soil and groundwater contamination on over 49 oil industry related sites. Based upon my detailed analysis, the final settlement amount was reduced by over 80% from that originally proposed.He reviewed and analyzed groundwater and soil contamination data resulting from the investigations of three engineering firms over a ten year period. The case had been handled by four different law firms when he was asked to review the data. His conclusion was that instead of my client being the responsible party for contaminating the adjoining property, the data sowed that the ground water direction was actually reversed, i.e., they had cause to sue the plaintiff for damages. The case was subsequently dismissed with prejudice by plaintiff.He was asked to support the defense of an engineering firm that had been accused of malpractice by a real estate developer in their assessment of contamination from an existing underground storage tank. His research into available documentation showed that the plaintiff was suing everyone because their credit rating had cratered and their major financial partner had pulled out. The lawsuit really had nothing to do with defendant's engineering work product. An offer of $250,000 was made; the plaintiff refused. Plaintiff subsequently went to trial and lost.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Bakersfield, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Oxnard, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: BS Subject: Biotechnology Institution: UCLA
Year: 1973 Degree: MS Engineering Subject: Energy & Kinetics Institution: UCLA
Year: 1977 Degree: D.Env. Subject: Environmental Science & Engineering Institution: UCLA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to 2018 Employer: Environmental Advisors, Inc. Title: President/CEO Department: Responsibilities: He consults with law firms and insurance companies with respect to environmental insurance claims, interpreting data, translating results and consequences. He provides Forensic Peer Review services to banks, insurance companies and real estate developers. He oversees remediation activities. He performs Environmental Assessments/Phase 1 Audits and microbial growth construction inspections.
He evaluates diverse, though related disciplines—then translate the analysis for clients dealing with industrial and commercial related environmental issues. Most of our activities have been for attorneys -- both criminal and civil --and corporations performing environmental real estate due diligence activities and working with regulatory authorities
on compliance issues.
Years: 1986 to 1990 Employer: Coastline Financial Corporation Title: Executive Vice President Department: Responsibilities: He maintained correspondent relationships with over 125 lending institutions. He oversaw commercial lending activity. He directed environmental liability assessment and compliance program, quality assurance procedures, and governmental compliance requirements.
Years: 1983 to 1988 Employer: Self Employed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities: He performed environmental compliance audits of industrial/commercial properties. He prepared permit and NEPA documentation on industrial, petrochemical and resource recovery facilities. He provided expert testimony before regulatory agencies. He performed engineering review of underground storage tank (UST) maintenance and removal programs. He consulted with EPA for implementation of the Resource Recovery Conservation Act (RCRA) Groundwater Monitoring Technical Enforcement Document (TEGD).
Years: 1978 to 1984 Employer: University of California, Los Angeles Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor Department: Environmental Science & Engineering Responsibilities: He taught in a multidisciplinary applied environmental studies doctoral program; supervised graduate students. He worked on grants and contract administration. He directed various engineering studies, including hazardous waste disposal, effluent waste characterization, fuel cycles and power plant operation. He directed major studies for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of worker health and safety related to 100 megawatt-electric (MWe) solar thermal power systems (STPS). He assessed the community acceptance of 10 MWe STPS facilities. He performed environmental and regulatory studies of a coal gasification plant to be sited along the California coast to determine the impacts from complying with RCRA and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). He developed an integrated power plant siting methodology and handbook to assess site/technology interface.
Years: 1970 to 1977 Employer: Title: Electrical Engineering Assistant Department: Nuclear Projects Office , Resource Planning Responsibilities: He helped direct and coordinate the activities of in-house engineers and consultants responsible for all environmental studies and reports for the San Joaquin Nuclear Project (SJNP). He performed power plant environmental studies to assess the effects from cooling towers, groundwater contamination, and radiation. He commented on environmental legislation (both state and federal). He prepared testimony on the effects from power plant stack emissions. He participated in the preparation of a methane recovery power demonstration at Sheldon Arleta Landfill. He served as one of ten selected specialists, on behalf of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, in evaluating environmental problems associated with siting a floating nuclear power plant off the coast of California.
The program was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and was directed by a senior member of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1985 to 1988 Agency: U.S. EPA Role: Consultant Description: He consulted with EPA for implementation of the Resource Recovery Conservation Act (RCRA) Groundwater Monitoring Technical Enforcement Document (TEGD).

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
P.E. California, 1977;
40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification
Professional Appointments
He is a former member, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Committee N19: Standards for the Protection of Individuals and the Environment from the Non-Radiological Impact of Nuclear Facilities.
Publications and Patents Summary
He authored a recent book on how to avoid environmental litigation and has 25 publications including issues related to the SEC and Disclosure of Potential Environmental Liability, Soil and Groundwater Contamination Litigation and Real Estate torts.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has worked as attorney work product. He has been an expert witness on many civil, criminal environmental issues dealing with environmental risk management, assessment of regulatory compliance.
Training / Seminars
He lectured on the environmental regulatory process, both state and federal, soil and groundwater contamination problems and solutions.
Vendor Selection
That's what he does as part of my services; he recognizes that he can't solve every problem.
Other Relevant Experience
He can translate issues for non technical managers/owners to understand the issues, consequences and options dealing with regulatory compliance

Fields of Expertise

ecological risk assessment, environmental forensics, environmental site auditing, environmental benchmarking, environmental condition, environmental data, environmental due diligence investigation, environment program, environmental effect, environmental engineering, environmental exposure assessment, environmental impact, environmental impact assessment, environmental remediation, environmental risk assessment, environmental site assessment, environment-related assessment, forensic engineering, forensics, hazardous waste, land use environmental impact, real estate development environmental impact, mold remediation, nonpoint source pollution assessment, environmental fate, California Environmental Protection Agency, electroplating-related forensic science, hazardous waste remediation, environmental geology, acid sludge disposal, mixed hazardous waste, combined hazardous waste treatment, coastal-zone environmental impact, hazardous-waste disposal, electric power plant environmental impact, water-quality assessment, volatile organic compound environmental effect, hazardous-waste management, water pollution assessment, waste assessment, hazardous waste treatment, site remediation, Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation, toxic waste, environment, recreation environmental impact, water remediation, soil remediation, bioremediation, radioactive waste, transportation pattern environmental impact, hazardous waste neutralization, hazardous waste landfilling, hazardous waste management incineration, household hazardous waste, environmental health, chlorinated hydrocarbon environmental effect, asbestos environmental effect

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