Thomas Buggey,

P.G., LRS, LSRP

  • Vice President
  • Principal Hydrogeologist
  • 856-832-3742
  • Berkeley Heights, NJ
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  • Mr. Buggey has thirty-three years of experience as a licensed professional geologist, a licensed remediation specialist, and a licensed site remediation professional in environmental assessment, remediation, and risk management. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Geology from Temple University. Mr. Buggey has conducted, managed, or overseen investigation and remediation at many sites under state and federal regulatory programs, including Superfund and RCRA. He has consulted on environmental claims, cost recovery disputes, and has been retained as an expert witness. Mr. Buggey’s areas of expertise include chlorinated solvent remediation, timing and source of contamination, review of costs associated with investigation and remediation, and allocation of cost to different time frames, parties, or sources of contamination.

    Representative Projects

    • Project Principal for the Recticon/Allied Steel Superfund remediation. In 1996, the remedy involved a pump and treat system for chlorinated solvents in overburden and bedrock groundwater. In 2005, Mr. Buggey and his team proposed a modification of the remedy to an enhanced natural degradation remedy. Again in 2010, the team negotiated with the USEPA to use monitored natural attenuation as the remedy. In 2012, the final groundwater monitoring was initiated. After four years demonstrating achievement of the remediation goals, Roux Associates achieved final closure in 2016.
    • Supervised the investigation of a hazardous waste landfill at an active petroleum refinery in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. The Site is a solid waste management unit under the facility's RCRA permit. The client decided to close the landfill under Pennsylvania's voluntary program (Act 2) rather than close the unit under the RCRA Permit. The investigation indicated that the compounds of concern were bound in the filter clay within the landfill, and were not impacting groundwater or posing a threat to human health due to engineering controls. The PADEP approved a No Further Action remedy for soil and groundwater based on risk assessment. The EPA Region III office concurred with the remedy.
    • Mr. Buggey directed the remediation of a former dry cleaning establishment in Pennsylvania. The investigations included soil gas surveys, soil sampling, well installation, hydrologic testing, and fate and transport modeling. Groundwater contained tetrachloroethene at concentrations up to 3,000 ug/l. Mr. Buggey negotiated a No Further Action with the PADEP based on risk assessment.
    • As the Principal and Project Manager of a multi-national fiber optic system due diligence project for the largest telecommunications company in India, Mr. Buggey supervised the review of corporate files and the site inspections at facilities in England, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Japan, and both coasts of the United States. Mr. Buggey developed cost projections for potential environmental liabilities.
    • On an ongoing basis since 2009, Mr. Buggey has managed the due diligence of over 300 sites for a major specialty gas company, located in the continental United States and Hawaii. The assessments involve any number of sites ranging from one to 100. The assessments include identifying environmental liabilities and associated costs.

    Representative Expert Retentions

    • Technical expert in an environmental remediation liability case for an insurance company. Expert Report opined on the contribution of contamination from fuel oil vs. gasoline. Settled Prior to Trial.
    • Technical expert for an insurance company on environmental impacts alleged to result from the explosion of an underground storage tank during the retrofitting of the tank. Expert Report opined on the contribution of contamination from past releases and from the explosion. Settled Prior to Trial.
    • Technical expert for an insurance company retained to opine on the technical basis of an insurance claim for remediation at a former dry cleaner in southern New Jersey. Mr. Buggey developed a more cost-effective remedial approach. Mr. Buggey was deposed by the insured and based on his expert report, his remediation approach was accepted both parties during mediation.
    • Technical expert for an insurance company retained to opine on the source of contamination from lead. Mr. Buggey opined on the source, timing, and fate and transport of lead. From Mr. Buggey’s technical points presented during mediation, the mediator ruled in favor of the insurance company. Both parties settled as a result of the mediation.
    Education
    • M.A., Geology
    • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    • B.A., Geology
    • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    Areas of Expertise
    • Remedial Action Evaluation and Development
    • Claims Evaluation
    • Future Cost Development and Negotiation
    • Remediation Take Over for Insurance Companies