Human Health Risk Assessment
Master of Public Health, Environmental Hazard Assessment and Toxicology - Boston University
B.A., Geology - Colgate University
Ms. Boston is a board certified toxicologist with over twelve years of experience. Ms. Boston combines her background in geology with her human health risk assessment and statistical expertise to provide multi-disciplinary support for remedial investigations and in environmental litigation. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Boston University with a focus on Environmental Risk Assessment and Toxicology, where her research has revolved around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Ms. Boston’s areas of expertise in toxicology and human health risk include emerging contaminants, quantitative risk assessment, exposure assessments, and general causation assessments. Ms. Boston conducts quantitative human health risk assessments and negotiates with regulatory agencies in support of remedial investigations and remediation at contaminated properties across the United States for industry, developers, and municipalities. In an environmental litigation context, Ms. Boston has experience advising clients regarding potential adverse health outcomes associated with alleged exposure to a wide variety of products and chemicals (including, but not limited to talc, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides, and various volatile organic compounds).
General Causation Assessments: Evaluated the potential for environmental and product exposures to be associated with various adverse health outcomes, both in litigation and in confidential consulting contexts. Evaluations have consisted of dose reconstruction and evaluation of available lines of scientific evidence including in vitro and in vivo assays, mechanistic and toxicokinetic data, animal carcinogenicity and toxicity data, epidemiological evidence, and genotoxicity assays.
Air Exposure Modeling, Toxic Tort Case, Louisiana: Assessed potential VOC exposure to Plaintiffs using a surface water to air partitioning model and a Gaussian Plume model.
Multiple PCB Sites, South Boston, Massachusetts: Performed multiple Massachusetts Contingency Plan Method 3 Risk Characterizations for high-profile redevelopment sites in the Seaport of Boston. Demonstrated usability of historical data via spatial and statistical analysis. Statistical support helped to guide and streamline redevelopment and remediation efforts.
Fish Ingestion, West Virginia: Evaluated surface water and sediment contaminated with heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to estimate fish tissue concentrations in two rivers impacted by a former zinc smelting facility. Estimated risk for ingestion of contaminated fish to demonstrate that the exposure pathway was not of concern at the Site.
Stratford Holding, LLC., et al. v. Foot Locker Retail, Inc. et al. Case No. CIV-12-722-HE (2010) United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Expert Report.