Site Investigation and Remediation
Hydrogeology/Fate & Transport
Cost Recovery/Cost Allocation
M.E.S., Groundwater Quality Management - University of Oklahoma
B.A., Geological Science - SUNY Geneseo
Mr. Baris is an Executive Vice President and Principal Hydrogeologist with over 35 years of environmental experience. He holds an M.E.S. in Groundwater Quality Management from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Geological Science from SUNY Geneseo. Mr. Baris has been responsible for the development and implementation of remediation programs at sites ranging in complexity from small retail gas station releases to large-scale refineries and manufacturing facilities. His expertise includes identification and remediation of historical contamination sources; contaminant fate and transport; soil vapor assessment and mitigation; risk assessment; NAPL remediation strategies; and assessment of appropriate remediation costs. He has been retained as a technical expert on multiple cases.
Retained as an expert witness for a confidential petroleum hydrocarbon case in New York City. The case involves a former oil terminal that was condemned and taken by the City of New York for purposes of constructing a municipal wastewater treatment facility. The site environmental conditions as of the taking date were evaluated to develop opinions with respect to environmental remediation costs that would have been incurred for various redevelopment scenarios being considered prior to the City’s taking of the property.
Retained as an expert witness on behalf of a petroleum product delivery company alleged to have caused contamination at a service station due to tank overfill incidents. The work involved review of the site assessment and remediation activities at the Site to differentiate the contamination and associated remediation costs attributable to the tank overfills from the contamination caused by leaking tanks and other sources.
Retained as a consulting expert on behalf of one of the defendants in a multi-million dollar class action suit against multiple industrial property owners and operators in Nassau County. The complaint alleges personal injury and property diminution due to groundwater contamination and impact to the water supply aquifer. Primary contaminants of concern are chlorinated solvents.
Retained as expert witness in a confidential case involving apportionment of contamination at a former alumina refinery site, evaluating the standard of care in constructing the waste disposal areas at the refinery, and evaluating the appropriateness of proposed remedial measures and costs. Prepared expert reports and provided testimony at deposition.