Practical Environmental Forensics: Process and Case Histories

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John Wiley & Sons, 2001 M07 23 - 608 pages
A comprehensive practical guide to environmental forensics

With real-world examples and advice on both scientific and legal issues, Practical Environmental Forensics stands on the front line of this new interdisciplinary approach to the environmental litigation process. Compiled by experts with decades of combined experience in teaching, research, consulting, and litigation, it is the first book to offer a comprehensive presentation of environmental forensics.The first section provides an introduction to the forensic process, a historical perspective on pollution, and related laws and insurance issues. The book continues with a review of the most commonly used technical approaches and methods employed to support forensic litigation case issues.

A third section introduces essential environmental forensic support functions, including admissibility of evidence, expert case management, and the use of mediation methods in settling cases. Finally, the book explores the environmental forensic process through an extensive body of real case studies in which the authors have participated.

This comprehensive guidebook includes:
* Guidance in the development and presentation of forensic opinions within the litigation process
* Stand-alone applications of historical research, groundwater contaminant modeling, chemical fingerprinting, toxicology, and risk assessment to environmental litigation
* Chemical and investigative forensic methods presented within the context of environmental forensic case histories
* Illustrative problem-solving as an invaluable teaching and learning resource
* Typical forensic cases grouped to illustrate the three main areas of environmental litigation: minimizing damages to clients, allocating damages between responsible parties, and resolution of insurance-related issues For engineers, scientists, attorneys, government regulators, financial and real estate professionals, and the broad spectrum of environmental consultants, this book is critical for all whose work involves environmental contamination.
 

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Did not read the book but as one of the plaintiffs can state the reporting is wholly inaccurate as to the facts of the case which is still pending.

Contents

1 The Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
1
2 A Legacy of Waste and Chemical Pollution
19
3 Introduction to Environmental Law
49
4 An Introduction to Insurance Coverage for Environmental Losses
69
5 Site Histories The Paper Trail How and Why to Follow It
103
6 The Forensic Application of Contaminant Transport Models
123
7 Chemical Fingerprinting
151
8 Forensic Applications of Environmental Health Sciences
213
15 A Lesson in Communications
403
16 Allocation Allocation Allocation
421
17 Deflating Environmental Costs
441
18 Guilt by Association
455
19 An Issue of Disclosure
469
20 Settling a Claim
477
21 A Cost of Doing Business
485
22 A Sudden and Accidental Event
497

9 Risk Assessments
233
10 Why Use Visuals
245
11 Evidence Issues Getting Expert Opinions Past the Judicial Gatekeeper and Into Evidence
261
12 Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques
301
13 Forensic Case Management
327
14 Environmental Extortion
349
23 An Act of God
515
Appendix A
537
Appendix B
547
Index
577
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PATRICK J. SULLIVAN, PhD, and FRANKLIN J. AGARDY, PhD, are Partners at Forensic Management Associates in San Mateo, California. RICHARD K. TRAUB, JD, is Founding Partner at Traub Eglin Lieberman Straus in Edison, New Jersey.

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