Neil M. Ram

Ph.D., LSP

  • Executive Vice President
  • Principal Engineer

Dr. Ram is an Executive Vice President and Principal Engineer with Roux Associates, Inc. having over 30 years of experience in site assessment, site remediation, chemical fate and transport and litigation support. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University and an M.S. and B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He has authored two books on the detection, treatment, and risks of volatile organic compounds in water supplies as well as journal articles on a wide range of environmental engineering subjects. Dr. Ram has managed Superfund Remedial Investigation Feasibility Studies (RI/FS), designed and implemented remediation systems for organic and inorganic contaminants in soil and groundwater, conducted industrial compliance audits, and assisted state and federal agencies in writing regulations and guidance. He has been an expert witness in dozens of cases involving the source, timing, and transport of contaminant releases, the necessity and appropriateness of response actions, NCP compliance and cost allocation.

Representative Expert Appearances

  • Tronox Incorporated v. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, Chapter 11, No., 09-10156 (ALG), October 5, 2010 February 8, 2012 and June 12, 2012 (trial)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of NY; In re: Tronox Incorporated et. al., v. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Kerr-McGee Corporation. Chapter 11 Case No. 09-10156 (ALG). October 5, 2010
  • General Electric Company v. David Lines, Christopher Hughes and Peter Mitchell as Joint Liquidators of Electric Mutual Liability Insurance Company, Ltd. (In Liquidation), v. OneBeacon America Insurance Co., March 25, 2010
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and The Administrator of the New Jersey Spill Compensation Fund, v. Azon Corporation et al. Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Cape May County, Docket No. CPM-L-1-05, October 1, 2009
  • USA v. Norfolk Southern Railway Company, August 18, 2009., Civil Action Number: 1:08-CV-01707-MBS(DSC), United States District Court for the District Court of South Carolina
  • Wayne Moore v. AT&T Corporation and Lucent Technologies, Inc., In the Marion County Superior Court, Cause No. 49F-20612-CT-049268, Affidavit, September 29, 2008. Deposition, April 21, 2009
  • Official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants and Official Committee of Asbestos Property Damage Claimants of W.R. Grace & Co. v. Sealed Air Corporation and Cryovac, Inc. v. Fresenus Medical Care Holdings, Inc. and National Medical Care, Inc., Case Number 01-1139, September 19, 2002.
  • Mediator in binding mediation between Phillips Petroleum Company and Exxon Mobil Corporation for two service stations in Brookhaven and Norriton, PA, March 6, 2002.

Representative Projects

  • CRA/CERCLA: Former Deputy Director of two USEPA Superfund Contracts (Technical Enforcement and Support [TES] and Alternative Remedial Contractor Support [ARCS]}. Managed or assisted in overseeing Superfund Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Studies and applications for technical impracticability at over 20 Superfund Sites.
  • Licensed Site Professional: Dr. Ram is and has been the Licensed Site Professional (LSP) of record for both Tier I (high priority sites) and Tier II (lower priority sites) Disposal sites contaminated with petroleum, metals, VOCs, and semi volatile organics for both industrial and major oil customers.
  • Site Remediation, Engineering, and Design: Project Director for large number of industrial and UST sites to identify and implement remediation technologies to achieve desired cleanup goals. Remediation technologies have included: groundwater recovery and treatment, in-situ and ex-situ bioremediation, air and ozone sparging, soil vapor extraction (SVE), thermally enhanced SVE excavation with off-site treatment, recovery of Non Aqueous Phase Product (NAPL), steam injection, monitored natural attenuation (MNA), and oxidation technologies such as permanganate injection.
  • Sampling and Analysis: Managed an environmental laboratory of over 20 chemists involved in the analysis of complex matrices for chemical contaminants. Designed sampling for assessing the nature and extent of site contamination in environmental matrices.
  • Environmental Compliance Audits and Permitting: Conducted dozens of environmental compliance and liability audits at industrial facilities throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom to determine potential liabilities associated with site contamination and regulatory compliance.

Journal Publications and Recent Proceedings

  • Ram, N.; W. Kwan; C. Gerbig and C. Moore, “Extricating Membership as a PRP at Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites,” Journal of Remediation, Spring 2014.
  • Ram, N.; L. McTiernan; and L. Kinney, “Estimating Remediation Costs at Contaminated Sites with Varying Amounts of Available Information;” Journal of Remediation, Autumn 2013.
  • Ram, N.; Gann, G.; “Saving Money with Environmental Due Diligence,” CryoGas International, June 2006.
  • Ram, N. with Epler, N. and Wiest, M.; “Use of Graphics for Environmental Litigation Support: Examples from Real Cases,” 2005 National Groundwater Association Ground Water and Environmental Law Conference, July 21-22, 2005; Baltimore, MD.
  • Ram, N., Wiest, M. and Davis C.; “Allocating Cleanup Costs at Hazardous Waste Sites,” Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, March 2005.
  • Ram, N., “The Tools of Environmental Litigation Support: How Environmental Litigation Support Teams Employ a Unique Set of Skills and Tools to Improve the Outcome and Reduce the Cost of Legal Disputes,” Environmental Forensics, 1, 25-30. 2000.

Books

  • Proposed Compliance Audit, Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Program for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup Program, Chapter 39 in Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils, Volume 3, Lewis Publishers, Inc., 1993 (co-authored with Anne Heffron and Brian Moran).
  • Massachusetts Waiver Program Audit, Chapter 8 in Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils, Volume II, Lewis Publishers Inc. 1992. (co-authored with Read, E., Mark Wert, and Sarah Weinstein).
  • Significance and Treatment of Volatile Organic Compounds in Water Supplies, Lewis Publishers, Inc., ISBN-0-87371-123-8, 1990, (co-authored with R. Christman, and K. Cantor).
  • Organic Carcinogens in Drinking Water: Detection, Treatment, and Risk Assessment, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN-471-80959- 4. 1986, (co-authored with E. Calabrese and R.F. Christman).
Education
  • Post Doctorate, Environmental Engineering
  • Technion Institute of Science,
    Haifa, Israel
  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • M.S., Environmental Science
  • Rutgers University,
    New Brunswick, NJ
  • B.S., Environmental Science
  • Rutgers University,
    New Brunswick, NJ (with honors)
Areas of Expertise
  • NCP Compliance/Cost Allocation
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Forensics and Chemistry
  • Remediation
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Historical Standard of Care