Chase Gerbig, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer

About

ContacT Information

Phone: (781) 569-4000

Email: cgerbig@rouxinc.com

Location: Woburn, MA

EXPERTISE

Environmental Chemistry

Allocation of Response Action Costs

Contaminant Fate and Transport in Soil, Sediment, Water, and Air

Evaluating Necessity and Reasonableness of Past and Future Costs

Engineering Design

EDUCATION

Postdoctoral Associate - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Ph.D., Civil Engineering - University of Colorado

M.S., Civil Engineering - University of Colorado

B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering - Clarkson University

Chase Gerbig, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer

Dr. Gerbig is a Senior Engineer in Roux’s Woburn, Massachusetts office with expertise in both the fundamental understanding of environmental systems and the practical design and implementation of engineering solutions. He has over 10 years of experience in environmental science and engineering, including expertise in environmental chemistry and geochemical modelling, site investigation and remediation, evaluation of the feasibility of remedial alternatives, remedy design, and compliance with state and federal environmental programs. As a practicing engineer, he has remediated soil, sediment, groundwater, and air impacts associated with a wide range of chemicals (e.g., petroleum, chlorinated solvents, PAHs, and metals). Dr. Gerbig also works with numerous law firms on environmental-related litigation matters where he has provided both underlying and testifying expert services that address a spectrum of litigated topics (e.g., timing of contaminant releases, evaluation of the necessity and reasonableness of past response action costs, estimation of future response action costs, and determination of equitable allocation of response action costs).

representative projects
  • Vapor Intrusion Chemical Source Evaluation, Superfund Site, OH: Expert Witness regarding sources of compounds requiring vapor intrusion mitigation at a historic landfill Superfund Site. Evaluated site-specific soil, groundwater, and vapor data, State and Federal regulatory requirements, and scientific literature on the state of knowledge.
  • Historic Dry Cleaner Remediation, CT: Remediated a former dry cleaner location with solvent contamination below the slab of an occupied commercial building. Designed a combined in situ chemical oxidation, air sparge, and sub-slab depressurization system to remediate dry cleaning solvent (PCE) contamination of soil and groundwater below an operating commercial building while also mitigating vapor intrusion. The remediation system was designed to allow for all future remediation below the building to take place without disturbing operations within the building so that the property owner could maintain occupancy by a valuable tenant.
  • Redevelopment Under Brownfields Cleanup Program, NY: Conducted investigation and pre-characterization of petroleum and lead contaminated soil; planned and executed interim removal action to facilitate immediate site redevelopment; designed engineering system to mitigate indoor air impacts; prepared engineering specifications for excavation, transportation, and disposal of approximately 20,000 tons of contaminated soil and approximately 10,000 tons of soil for reuse on-site; oversaw field efforts; prepared New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Brownfields Cleanup Program submissions, including Remedial Investigation/Alternatives Analysis Report, Interim Remedial Action, and Remedial Action Work Plan. Following completion of remediation designed stormwater management system and managed the installation of the stormwater management system design.
  • Sediment Superfund Site Allocation, NY: Expert report and presentation of findings during binding arbitration. Prepared a cost allocation model for a complex sediment site impacted by compounds including PAHs, metals, and PCBs from various sources, including historic coal tar releases from manufactured gas plant operations, combined sewer overflows, and other industrial operations along the canal. The cost allocation model combined forensic fingerprinting of contaminant sources with remedial design cost drivers to allocate among many PRPs, including de minimis contributors.
  • River Sediment Dredging, NY: Prepared investigation plan and conceptual remedy alternatives for dredging of petroleum-contaminated sediments in a large river where State- and Federally-listed threatened and endangered species of mussels reside. Remedies evaluated included wet and dry dredging alternatives. Planned, permitted, and implemented the sediment remedy, including managing of threatened and endangered species present in the river, addressing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ requirements regarding work on and near flood control structures, and dredging of petroleum-impacted sediment by constructing an earthen causeway into the river to access contaminated soils.
  • Geochemistry of Mine Tailings Pond: Evaluated the geochemical basis for treatment system design and failure. Assessed the original geochemical models prepared during the plant design. Developed a geochemical model using PHREEQC and Visual MINTEQ, validated by site-specific data, and opined on the appropriate use of geochemical modeling information in the bench testing, pilot testing, and full-scale engineering design associated with a water treatment plant that failed to meet construction performance specifications. Authored expert report for an international arbitration process.
  • Remediation Cost Evaluation, OK: Expert report regarding the evaluation of the necessity and reasonableness of past remediation costs, estimating future remediation costs, and compliance of response actions with the National Contingency Plan. The Site in question was a former dry cleaner with soil, groundwater, and indoor air impacts associated with PCE.
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERT RETENTIONS/APPEARANCES
  • Hobart Corporation, Kelsey-Hayes Company, and NCR Corporation v. The Dayton Power and Light Company, Valley Asphalt Corporation, et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Wester Division, Case No. 3:13-cv-115-WHR. Expert Report, Deposition. October 2018.

  • Confidential Arbitration Process. Expert Report. 2018.

  • Lee E. Buchwald, as Chapter 7 Trustee for Magnesium Corporation of America and Related Debtor, Renco Metals, Inc., v. The Renco Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation; et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Case No. 1:13-cv-07948-AJN. 2018.

  • Stratford Holding, LLC v. Foot Locker Retail, Inc., et al., United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Case No. CIV-12-0772-HE. Expert Report. 2017.

  • Gowanus Canal Remedial Design Binding Arbitration. Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, New York, representing sixteen parties. Expert Report and presentation to the Allocator. 2017.