Complimentary Article: Approaches to Reduce Conflict When Insuring the Environmental Cleanup of Closed Military Bases Intended for Redevelopment
By Jack Baumann, Dale H. Oliver, Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D., and Adam Love, Ph.D.
Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”) of military bases has occurred in waves over the last few decades. Many of these properties were operational through World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam conflict, and into the modern Cold War. As part of the United States military’s transfer of these properties to the local municipalities, which includes significant funds to clean up remaining chemicals of concern, contract terms of the transfer typically require insurance policies that have the intention of mitigating the risk of additional future cleanup costs.
This paper discusses some of the recent lessons learned regarding (1) the terms of the initial cleanup transfer agreement, (2) efforts for project scoping/set-up, and (3) subsequent implementation dynamics of the relationships between the US Military, local municipality, redeveloper, and environmental contractor.
We have a limited number of complimentary copies of this article, published in the Environmental Claims Journal and coauthored by Roux’s Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D. and Adam Love, Ph.D. To request a complimentary copy, please click on the button below:
Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation
By Marc Scarcella and Peter Kelso for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation, shows that of $40 billion contributed to asbestos trusts between 2004 and 2016, $25 billion remain. In fact, of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 of them are currently paying an average of only 60 percent of what they paid that year. The report also points out that most trusts have no contingency fee caps, and allow plaintiffs’ attorneys to collect 40 percent or more of claims paid out.
This research delves into the details of asbestos trust expenses and claim payment. The paper concludes that the depletion of trust assets will result in the systematic under-compensation of legitimate asbestos victims in the future if left unabated.
To request a complimentary copy of this paper, written by Roux’s Marc Scarcella and Peter Kelso of our Economic & Complex Analytics Practice, please click below:
Roux’s Economic & Complex Analytics (ECA) team is nationally recognized for its expertise in helping clients evaluate the legal, scientific, and financial risks associated with environmental, mass tort, and product liability litigation. Our ECA experts have analyzed a diverse set of environmental and product liability risks, including asbestos, benzene, talc, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), diacetyl, silica, isocyanate, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and many others. Overall, our analysts work to reduce risks for our clients through better forecasting and predictive modeling. Read more here
The New York office hosted our seventh annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) this year; we selected this charity because the battle against cancer is ongoing for many of our friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones of all ages.
The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 and has since been removing barriers to quality health care by providing transportation to treatment and other cancer-related appointments, access to lodging for patients seeking treatment away from home, and cancer education and screenings—overall averting 2.1 million cancer deaths since 1991.
This year’s event was the most successful one to date! More than 120 people attended and took part in our raffles. Because of the overwhelming generosity of our employees, friends, and family, we raised over $16,000. All proceeds from this record year will go directly to the American Cancer Society.
Thank you to all who participated and donated to this cause for making this year’s event a groundbreaking success for our firm and our CSR team. To donate to the cause, visit the ACS website at the link above.
As environmental consultants, it is our goal to provide the highest quality environmental services to our clients. In order to provide the best service, it is paramount to ensure the continuing health and safety of our employees and subcontractors. The health and safety success of our team assures the success of our projects. At Roux Associates, we are dedicated to promoting a positive safety culture in the field, within our offices, and throughout our personal lives.
In our quarterly newsletter below, some of our Roux staff members highlight safety tips and protocols on the following subjects:
- PPE: What to Consider
- The Flu
- Noise Exposures
- Walking on Slippery Surfaces
Monday, April 16 United States Senator of California, Dianne Feinstein, cited a peer-reviewed article coauthored by Roux’s Adam Love, Ph.D. in a press release early this week. Dr. Love’s article, coauthored by Andy Zdon and M. Lee Davisson, discusses the state-wide impacts of California’s water sources. This article, entitled “Understanding the source of water for selected springs within Mojave Trails National Monument, California,” evaluates spring flow through an integration of published geologic maps, measured groundwater levels, water quality chemistry, and isotope data compiled from both published sources and new samples collected for water chemistry and isotopic composition.
Roux has a limited number of article downloads; please click on the button below to request a complimentary copy.
Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 13 The University of Arizona‘s Earth Week kicked off this week, featuring keynote speakers, student presentations, and additional conferences recognizing earth science. Roux is sponsoring three of The University of Arizona’s events: GeoDaze 2018, SWESx, and El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera. These events allow graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their research, spur new collaborations, and gain professional experience and feedback from professionals.
In addition, members of Roux’s Long Beach, California office will be recruiting at the school on Thursday and Friday. To learn more about the university’s Earth Week events, click on the links above or see all events here.