Paul Brookner is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in Minnesota with more than 35 years of experience focused as a regulator, consultant, and environmental manager for a multinational corporation.
As a program manager for a Fortune 500 company, Paul has managed corporate environmental risk, financial reserves, and compliance reporting for a global portfolio of legacy manufacturing facilities. In this role, he led negotiations with U.S. state and federal agencies involving sites regulated under CERCLA, RCRA, and multiple state hazardous waste management programs. He also led negotiations with national and regional agencies in Europe for remediation/restoration of sites impacted by the presence of hazardous wastes from legacy operations.
Paul specializes in the financial reporting of contingent environmental liabilities, including ASC 450 (formerly FAS 5) and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. He has provided recommendations to treasury, accounting, and internal/external audit stakeholders on managing and reporting environmental reserves. He has used this expertise to evaluate the scope and quantify the cost of potential remedial scenarios for environmental insurance underwriting, corporate due diligence, and environmental litigation support.
Paul also has extensive experience and expertise in investigating and estimating the nature and extent of environmental contamination and in developing remedial strategies for sites impacted by chlorinated solvents, metals, petroleum hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls. These sites have included industrial manufacturing, petroleum and petrochemical, and railroad facilities. He has provided depositional testimony, technical support and analyses to attorneys involved in CERCLA cost-recovery, environmental litigation and dispute resolution.