Monday, November 5 The UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group (REAG) is hosting an Education Series on Brownfield Development. The November 5th session contains a panel discussion on navigating the purchase, development, operation, and sale of environmentally-impacted properties. Anthony “Tony” Ward, Principal-in-Charge of Roux’s Long Beach, California office, will be speaking as part of the panel.
For more information and to RSVP, please click here.
Should Counsel Retain the Client’s Environmental Project Manager as a Testifying Expert?
Tuesday, November 6th • 2pm EST • Presented by William A. Ruskin, Law Office of William A. Ruskin, PLLC and Nathan Epler, Ph.D., P.G., Principal Hydrogeologist, Roux
Environmental remediation sites often have long and complex histories. When an outside lawyer is retained for litigation at a site that has been undergoing years of remedial activity, the lawyer’s first instinct may be to retain the consulting scientists and engineers that have been handling the cleanup from the outset as litigation experts.
In cost recovery litigation, the environmental consultants often serve as important fact witnesses in deposition. Their correspondence with and reports submitted to the regulatory agency become core documents during litigation. However, engaging the consulting scientist or engineer of record at the site as a litigation expert who will submit expert reports and possibly testify at trial is a matter worth discussing.
This webinar will examine the pros and cons of employing the remedial consultant of record as a litigation expert, and discuss the potential pitfalls that outside counsel and the client should be aware of when determining who should serve as an expert witness.
William A. Ruskin
Bill Ruskin has over 35 years of experience defending industrial companies and manufacturers in products liability, toxic tort, and environmental actions that typically involve complex medical and scientific issues. In recognition of his reputation in his areas of concentration, Bill was invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”), where he was recently appointed Chair of the organization’s Toxic & Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee.
Nathan Epler, Ph.D., P.G.
Nathan Epler is a Principal Hydrogeologist and expert witness at Roux with 28 years of experience in site assessment, site remediation, and in chemical fate and transport evaluations and modeling. He has extensive expertise in evaluating the timing of releases, and the fate and transport of environmental contaminants. Dr. Epler has managed remedial investigations at major industrial facilities, petroleum refineries, manufactured gas plants, and brownfield redevelopment sites throughout the US.
A Blended Approach for Remediating Chlorinated Solvents in Groundwater
Tuesday, October 30th • 1pm EST • Presented by Tim Adams, P.G.,
Chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs), mainly 1,1,2 trichloroethane (TCA) and 1,1 dichloroethene (DCE) and their associated breakdown products, were present in soil and groundwater because of the historical operation of a process water holding pond at an active industrial facility located in southeastern Kansas. Industrial operations had been conducted at the Site since 1963. Spent cleaning liquids were discharged to a 5-pond recirculating system equipped with an oil recovery unit. The pond system was closed and decommissioned in 1987. A remediation plan was developed to implement source area soil and groundwater treatment using soil blending and direct injection techniques for delivery of remediation amendments.
Full-scale remediation was completed in Spring 2015. Post-remediation performance monitoring was initiated November 2015 on a semi-annual basis. Temporal trends for CVOCs and geochemical parameters in the blended and direct injection treatment areas indicate greater than (>) 85% to >99.9% contaminant decreases, and optimal reducing groundwater geochemistry.
Tim Adams has over twenty-eight years of experience in environmental consulting services. This webinar will discuss the case study above as well as the best practices or approaches for remediating chlorinated solvents in groundwater.
Please join us for this complimentary webinar by clicking on the registration button below.
Wednesday, October 24 – Thursday, October 25 The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) 2018 California Land Recycling Conference will be presented by the Center for Creative Land Recycling, the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9. The conference encompasses two days of redevelopment workshops geared toward the unique characteristics of redevelopment in the state of California.
On Wednesday, October 25, Roux’s David Dixon, Principal Geologist will be speaking as part of the afternoon Technical Track on “Alternatives to Dig and Haul.” This session is focused on in situ remediation strategies.
For more information and registration, click here or view the full conference agenda.
This week we’ll be recruiting from coast to coast, with a large focus in California. Read more below and click the links for best practices/more information:
Wednesday, October 17
- UC Berkeley Civil & Environmental Engineering Fair – Last year, University of California, Berkeley’s career fairs served more than 20,000 students and one thousand employers. This fair focuses exclusively on Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) students at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
Thursday, October 18
- UCI STEM Career Fair – At the University of California, Irvine (UCI) career fairs, students learn about job and internship opportunities offered by companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Thursday’s fair will offer students of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities.
- UCLA Engineering & Tech Fair – This is the second day of the University of Los Angeles’ Engineering & Technology Fair, open to students and alumni. Make sure to RSVP via Handshake before the event.
Friday, October 19
- CEE Fall 2018 Career Fair – This fair will be hosted by UMass Amherst for Civil & Environmental Engineering students. Check out the Engineering Career Development and Experimental Learning center site for more information/resources.
Roux’s New York headquarters hosted a fundraiser to support STEM in the classroom last month. The office collected donations for different platforms on DonorsChoose.org, which provides a forum for teachers to receive funding for various classroom experiences.
In addition to donating, employees wore clothes from their colleges to show off their school spirit and celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education. In total, the New York office raised $1,000, which was divided between the following STEM-related DonorsChoose projects and proposals:
- Creation through Imagination 3D Printing in Bellerose, NY
- Bee Crazy for Coding (BeeBot) in Floral Park, NY
- Math Manipulatives Make Great Math Mathematicians! (spring scales, stopwatches, pattern blocks, and place value cards) in Jackson Heights, NY
- Coding for Kiddos (Cubetto Coding Toy and Adventure Packs) in Oswego, NY
- STEAM Learning is Essential in Albany, NY
- Make a Move in the Right Direction. Checkmate! (chess sets) in Hempstead, NY
- STEM-ing Out in 4th Grade! in New York, NY
If you’re interested in making a donation, click on one of the links above or browse the classrooms in your area on DonorsChoose.org.