Consultants in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
Expert Witness Representations
Eminent Domain Actions
Mr. Adams prepared expert witness testimony associated with eminent domain actions instituted by a governmental agency. To counter estimates of remedial costs, he provided comments and alternative methods and costs to the planned investigations and proposed remediation. Testimony enabled significant reductions in the investigatory and remedial estimates obtaining a substantial escrow fund release.
Mr. Adams provided expert witness representation in an action resulting from the unauthorized placement of fill materials upon a parcel of land and its possible environmental consequence and the potential remedial scope and cost. Engagement included deposition testimony and settled during pre-trial settlement conferences.
In another case, Mr. Adams provided expert witness representation in an action resulting from the rupture and release from of a 20,000-gallon UST. Testimony centered on the nature and cause of the release, its cumulative impact, if any, on preexisting environmental conditions and potential remedial scope and cost.
Storm Water and NPDES Litigation
Mr. Adams provided expert witness testimony regarding the technical and regulatory issues associated with storm water management and regulatory issues in Clean Water Act citizen suit actions providing guidance and testimony regarding the necessity and adequacy of Storm water Pollution Prevention and Monitoring Plans as well as NPDES permitting issues. In response to the suits, analysis of cost-effectiveness and appropriateness of industry-specific Best Management Practices was performed. Mr. Adams has served as an expert witness providing technical guidance and testimony regarding storm water and NPDES management and regulatory issues at industrial facilities including auto dismantling, scrap metal recycling, ship building and repair, as well as mining sites. The clients have been the target of Clean Water Act suits brought under the citizen suit provisions by environmental groups and adjacent landowners.