Tag Archives: Environmental
Environmental Expert & Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

Environmental Expert & Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

The Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Independent Expert Scientific Advisory Panel will investigate the well failure at Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility. The panel will include Dean Baker, MD, MPH, Professor and Director, UC Irvine Center for Occupational and Environmental Health; Chief, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Baker is an expert in clinical occupational and environmental medicine, epidemiology, and children’s environmental health. The three month long gas leak caused the relocation of thousands of residents in the San Fernando Valley, CA, neighborhood of Porter Ranch.

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Industrial Hygiene Expert Witness On Lumber Liquidators Violations

Industrial Hygiene Expert Witness On Lumber Liquidators Violations

Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty today for violations of the Lacey Act and will pay $10M in fines and penalties. The DOJ investigation found that Lumber Liquidators smuggled illegal wood from the Russian Far East. The company was found guilty of the felony for entry of goods by means of false statements and four misdemeanor counts of violating the Lacey Act. Lumber Liquidators has been placed on a 5 year probationary period to implement an environmental compliance plan.

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Environmental Experts & Flint Michigan Class Action

Environmental Experts & Flint Michigan Class Action

Environmental health and safety is often at the center of environmental lawsuits that involve hazardous chemicals or other forms of contamination. Environmental expert witnesses may consult on environmental science, water and waste treatment, toxicology, and environmental assessment. Flint, MI, is front and center in the national news with a state of emergency due to lead in the city’s tap water. On November 13, 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed by four Flint families on behalf of Flint citizens. Charged with personal injury and property damage are the state of Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder, and the city of Flint over alleged negligence in the Flint water crisis. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that officials knew of the risks involved with transferring the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the contaminated Flint River, yet proceeded.

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Environmental Experts Testify Re: Uranium Mine

Environmental Experts Testify Re: Uranium Mine

Environmental assessment expert witnesses spoke before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board’s hearing in Crawford, NE, regarding the Crow Butte Uranium mine. The board is a quasi-independent arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. At issue is the ten year renewal of the operating license for the mine in Dawes County. Testimony included environmental assessment of water safety as well as the evaluation, protection and access to cultural and historic resources at the mine.

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Chemcial Expert Witnesses & DuPont MDL Litigation

Chemcial Expert Witnesses & DuPont MDL Litigation

District Judge Edmund A.Sargus ruled that the evidence submitted by chemical expert witnesses in the MDL case against DuPont is sufficient to allow a reasonable juror to conclude that C-8 specifically caused the plaintiffs’ linked diseases. DuPont’s West Virginia Washington Works Plant released C8, a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon, into the air and Ohio River from the 1950s until the early 2000s. The chemical reached drinking water supplies by way of the groundwater. DuPont, founded in 1802, is the world’s fourth largest chemical company.

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Wastewater Expert Witness Testifies In Elk River Probe

Wastewater Expert Witness Testifies In Elk River Probe

Wastewater expert witness Fred Stottlemyer testified regarding the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s investigation into the January 9, 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill. The spill from the West Virginia American Water intake and treatment and distribution center occurred when crude MCHM was released into the Elk River.

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Railroad Safety Expert Witnesses

Railroad Safety Expert Witnesses

What types of railroad safety issues may experts opine on? Railroad safety expert witnesses may report and consult on federal regulations, maintenance practices, derailment and accident investigations, and more. On May 7,2014, The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order to petroleum crude oil railroad carriers requiring railroads to notify state officials about the volume, frequency and county-by-county routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad subsequently sent states confidentiality agreements aimed at restricting information to emergency response groups for planning purposes only.

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Environmental Pollution Expert Witnesses & Clean Air Act Decision

Pollution expert witnesses may write reports and testify on hazardous waste management, chemical and refinery processes, environmental project management, air pollution control, and hazardous waste management. On February 24, 2014, Waco, TX, Federal District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. ruled that the Sierra Club failed to prove the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County violated the Clean Air Act. The environmental group’s expert witness testified that the plant’s control devices are too small to handle the amount of emissions and alleges the company has known that since 1997.

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Petroleum Expert Witnesses & Delaware River Spills

What issues may crude oil expert witnesses consult on? These experts may write reports and opine on oil rigs, oil and gas, oil and gas leaks, crude oil, refining technology, fuels, and related matters. The U.S. Coast Guard is working to clean up approximately 1,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled in the Delaware River near Philadelphia on January 27th.

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Pipeline Expert Witnesses & Pipeline Safety

Pipeline expert witnesses consult on gas transmission, gas distribution, petroleum pipelines, petroleum products distribution, pipeline inspection, and associated matters. 2.5M miles of pipeline crosses the US and when there is an accident, the National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents. The NTSB describes emergency response and the timely shut down of pipelines as critical after a pipeline accident.

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