Thomas Buggey, P.G., LSRP, LRS

Vice President Principal Hydrogeologist

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Phone: (732) 584-6500

Email: tbuggey@rouxinc.com

Location: Somerset, NJ

EXPERTISE

Site Remediation

Merger & Acquisitions

Divestitures

Due Diligence

Insurance Claims Evaluation

Litigation Support

EDUCATION

M.A., Geology - Temple University

B.A., Geology - Temple University

Thomas Buggey, P.G., LSRP, LRS

Vice President Principal Hydrogeologist

Mr. Buggey is a licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania, a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) in New Jersey, and a Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS) in West Virginia with over thirty-four years experience in environmental assessment, remediation, and risk management, merger and acquisition/due diligence, liability assessment settlement negotiations, and expert witness services. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Geology from Temple University. He is currently a Vice President and Principal Geologist for Roux (2000-present). Mr. Buggey has conducted, managed, or overseen investigations and remediations at many sites located across the country under a variety of regulatory programs including RCRA, CERCLA, UST, and state programs. He has consulted on national and international corporate mergers and acquisitions/divestitures, providing analysis of environmental liabilities and timing of cash flow.

representative projects

Corporate Divestiture: Principal and manager of a divestiture of an adhesives manufacturing division of a multi-national chemical company. Representing the seller, Mr. Buggey directed the due diligence activities for disclosure to prospective buyers of the division, which included reviewing corporate files, performing site inspections, completing investigative activities (video-taping sewer lines, collecting soil samples), and developing cost projections for potential environmental liabilities. The sites were in the Midwest and Southeast United States, as well as Canada, England, and Holland.

 

Sarbanes-Oxley Environmental Reserves: Investigator for preparing and updating environmental reserve estimates for a major chemical manufacturer. The project involved reviewing existing environmental files and completing site visits of those facilities that represented the greatest known environmental liabilities or for which the environmental liabilities were unknown. Mr. Buggey was responsible for five sites in the Mid-Atlantic states, three facilities in France, and two facilities in England.

 

Recticon/Allied Steel Superfund Site: As the Project Principal for the Recticon/Allied Steel CERCLA (Superfund) site, Mr. Buggey’s work included preparing and implementing site work plans; meetings and negotiations with state and federal regulatory agencies; evaluating hydrogeological data including borehole geophysics and aquifer pumping tests. By maintaining a strategic perspective throughout the remedy, Mr. Buggey was instrumental in revising the remedy several times before finally achieving the remedial action objectives. In 2017, the USEPA considered the remediation complete and in 2018 deleted the Site from the National Priority List.

 

Arsenic in Soil from Historic Agricultural Use: Mr. Buggey was the LSRP for a southern New Jersey local municipality. The township has two sites with arsenic at concentrations above the soil remediation standards. The previous consultant determined the source of the arsenic was former agricultural use of the properties. The consultant estimated a cost of over $1.5MM to excavate and dispose of the soil off-site. Roux reevaluated the data and concluded that the soil could be remediated by soil blending, consistent with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection guidelines for contamination from agricultural sources. Roux completed soil blending and achieved the soil remediation goals, saving the township over $1.3MM.

 

Compliance Audits: Mr. Buggey led a multi-discipline team in compliance audits of a major chemical company’s Engineered Polymers Division plants in South Carolina, Georgia, and Ohio. The audits included a review of facility records, a site inspection, and interviews with personnel. The audits involved environmental, safety, and industrial hygiene compliance. The compliance team included a hydrogeologist, an engineer, and an industrial hygienist. The deliverable product was a report on environmental and safety liabilities and recommendations for corrective action and EHS system modification.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERT RETENTIONS/APPEARANCES
  • Retained by an insurance company as a technical expert in a litigation suit involving insurance coverage. The expert for the plaintiff testified in mediation that lead in the soil (the bulk of the environmental impact) was a third-party damage due to the presence of lead in the groundwater. Mr. Buggey’s expert testimony demonstrated that the lead was a background condition, for which the opposing expert could not refute. The former judge mediating the case used Mr. Buggey’s testimony to negotiate a settlement satisfactory to both parties.

  • Retained by counsel for an insurance company as a technical expert for environmental impacts alleged to result from the explosion of an underground storage tank (UST) during the retrofitting of the tank. The UST owner claimed that the explosion caused the catastrophic loss of gasoline in an adjacent tank. The project involved reviewing the technical reports, tank inventory records, regulatory files, and deposed testimony of the tank removal contractor and the owner’s consultant. The review concluded that the tanks at the Site had a history of releases and that the cause of any environmental impairment at the Site could not be solely attributed to the explosion.

  • Retained as an expert in an environmental remediation liability case. The objective was to evaluate the nature of the environmental release, which included soil and groundwater from fuel oil and gasoline. Mr. Buggey provided an expert opinion regarding the environmental impacts attributable to the release of fuel oil and those related to gasoline. The project involved reviewing land use maps, aerial photographs, environmental reports, leases, and technical information regarding the composition of fuel oil and gasoline. Mr. Buggey prepared the expert report for settlement negotiations.