Craig A. Werle, P.G.

Principal Hydrogeologist

About

ContacT Information

Phone: (631) 232-2600

Email: cwerle@rouxinc.com

Location: Islandia, NY

EXPERTISE

Environmental Due Diligence

Soil and Groundwater Investigations

Delineation of Groundwater Flow Systems

Design and Implementation of Remedial Systems

Environmental Compliance Audits

EDUCATION

M.A. Geology - Binghamton University

B.A. Geography - Clark University

Craig A. Werle, P.G.

Principal Hydrogeologist

Mr. Werle, Principal Hydrogeologist at Roux, has forty years of experience. His technical specialties include soil and groundwater investigations, delineation of groundwater flow systems, design and implementation of remedial systems, development of regulatory strategy and regulatory negotiations, environmental due diligence, and environmental compliance audits.

representative projects
  • Principal-in-Charge for taking the 22-acre Former Avis Headquarters site in Westbury, New York through the NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) for Equity One Inc. The project was constructed on an expedited basis to meet the deadlines associated with opening a major new shopping center, and included submission of the BCP Application; RI Work Plan; and implementation of the RI including soil, groundwater, and soil vapor sampling. The project required very close coordination with all members of the construction team to ensure environmental issues didn’t delay the demolition of existing buildings or construction of a 312,000 sq. ft. new retail space.
  • Principal-in-Charge of all environmental services for Vornado Realty Trust Rego Mall Expansion. This project entailed Phase II investigation, preparation of a Remedial Action Plan for NYCDEP approval, preparation of three-dimensional sample grid for in situ waste characterization, conducting a 495 sample in situ characterization plan, and providing environmental support to project team evaluation of disposal strategy for 400,000 tons of soil/urban fill. Provided full-time oversight of the 9-month excavation/waste shipment process, prepared the Remedial Action Summary Report, and the Groundwater Monitoring Report.
  • Principal-in-Charge of an NYSDEC BCP project in Brooklyn, New York. The Site is an auto dealership with petroleum and chlorinated solvent contamination in soil and groundwater. The Site has been accepted into the NYSDEC BCP. The RAWP calls for a remedial soil excavation including over-excavation of the LNAPL body, ISCO treatment of groundwater, and the prophylactic installation of passive SSDS piping. Completion of the remediation and issuance of the CO is expected by December 2019.
  • Principal-in-Charge/Project Manager for an ECRA/ISRA project at a major aerospace facility in New Jersey for a Fortune 100 client. The project included development of regulatory strategy, on-site delineation of multiple areas of soil contamination including large-scale disposal pits, identification of radiological contamination, delineation of a free-phase oil body containing PCBs, delineation of a multi-constituent contaminant plume containing TCE, UST removal, and RCRA storage pad closure. Designed and implemented a comprehensive remedial pilot study to evaluate groundwater treatment technologies, feasibility, and treatment of an SVE/AS system, and oil collection technologies. Aquifer tests were conducted in conjunction with pilot tests. Excavation and off-site disposal of 5,000 tons of contaminated soil from waste pits was conducted. This also included the investigation of off-site impact of TCE plume migration, including health risk assessment.
  • Principal/Project Manager for hydrogeologic investigation of largest private landfill in Connecticut. Including installation of multi-aquifer monitoring network, delineation of flow system, and leachate plume.
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERT RETENTIONS/APPEARANCES
  • Expert witness for Wiley Rein & Fielding and Melito & Adolfsen, PC for Glidden Company v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Company, et al. Included preparation of expert report for three Glidden facilities and deposition testimony. Report and testimony related to timing and nature of contaminant releases and reasonability of past costs.

  • Claim evaluation for Mendes & Mount and London Market Insurers for Harsco Corporation facility in Fayetteville, New York. Evaluation related to insured’s contribution to contamination at a site with sequential ownership. Also, evaluation of timing of releases, and relative importance of various source areas.

  • Expert witness for Cuyler Burk, LLP in Selective Insurance Co. v. Parsippany-Troy Hills (Sharkey Landfill site). Included preparation of expert report related to the timing of contamination and the insured’s understanding of environmental conditions.

  • Claim evaluation for Mendes & Mount, LLP and London Market Insurers for five sites owned by Federal Pacific Electric Corp. and Cornell Dubilier Electric Company. The report evaluated sources of contamination, reasonability of past costs, and potential future costs.

  • Claim evaluation for Hardin, Kundla, McKeon, Polletto & Polifroni, and the Royal Insurance Company for two Mark IV Industries, Inc. (former Rexon Technology Corp.) facilities in New Jersey. The primary issues evaluated were sources of contamination relative to owned property concerns, critical review of past costs, and a projection of future costs.