Environmental Liability Valuation (ELV)

With our expertise in the evaluation of environmental liabilities and opportunities, our clients have a greater understanding of cost certainty and liability valuations. The technical analysis that our practitioners provide potentially reduces both the size and share of cost allocations related to insurance transactions, risk transfer, financial reporting, and portfolio management. We provide technical analysis, consulting support, expert testimony, and offer a unique set of qualifications to apply fundamental environmental engineering and scientific analyses within a financial, legal, and risk management framework inherent to key business decisions, negotiations, and disputes.

Geosyntec practitioners have evaluated thousands of sites with total alleged or potential liabilities in the billions of dollars. They develop and apply customized deterministic or stochastic costing tools to prepare estimates with applicable costing standards and have developed unique environmental costing tools and models specific to the intricacies of environmental evaluations.

Mergers, Divestitures, and Acquisitions (MD&A) Services

Our experience in evaluating portfolios that have ranged in size from a single complex site to hundreds of sites enables a better understanding and management of environmental liabilities. The MD&A services that we provide our clients allow them to appropriately factor environmental risk into sales prices and transaction documents such as environmental indemnity agreements.

Business Planning and Portfolio Management Services

We assist our clients in strategically prioritizing and allocating resources to remediate sites that pose a high risk of future liability. By focusing on environmental risk, sites with the largest cost escalation potential can be identified and proactive measures can be taken. Our practitioners can also evaluate the merits of available contracting alternatives for remediation projects, risk-sharing alternatives, and develop dynamic tools for our clients to continuously update and refine portfolio management strategies.

Litigation Support Services

Our practitioners are nationally recognized experts and can provide the specialized expertise necessary for lawyers to counsel their clients and advocate for client interests on a wide range of matters related to business transactions, environmental management, compliance and enforcement, toxic tort, and general litigation matters. We offer comprehensive qualifications and capabilities to address the most challenging problems in our principal areas of practice. Our practitioners are adept at quickly grasping the scope and nuances of key issues and in developing sound, defensible technical insight for clients.  Our senior practitioners are adept at providing expert testimony and at following legal work-product and communication protocols.

Insurance Support Services

Environmental insurance instruments, such as historic comprehensive general liability policies and more recent cleanup cost cap and environmental impairment liability policies, have become key components of many business transactions and operations. Our skilled practitioners provide technically sound and defensible analyses that better position our clients to negotiate the optimal value of historic and future insurance coverage.

Environmental Asset Valuation Service

Our clients have access to our extensive ELV experience and our pioneering research that includes numerical modeling tools for quantifying the value of liabilities associated with a portfolio of environmentally impaired properties. Additionally, through these services, we can assess our clients’ environmental assets such as alternative energy project opportunities and carbon emission reduction credits.

Due Diligence Overview

Our environmental due diligence practitioners specialize in assisting mergers, divestitures, and acquisitions (MD&A) activities by locating hard-to-find environmental liabilities and their underlying financial and business risks.  Our professionals combine technical expertise in conducting and reviewing environmental assessments for producing streamlined recommendations designed to enhance deal flow.

Our MD&A practitioners identify and evaluate business and financial risks associated with:

  • Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) compliance issues
  • Financial reporting requirements
  • Recalcitrant contamination
  • Vapor intrusion and indoor air quality concerns
  • Geotechnical challenges
  • Hazardous substance-containing building materials
  • Protected wildlife and wetlands
  • Cultural resources

Geosyntec can bring a unique combination of environmental and hazard risk engineering expertise to bear on sensitive transactions, such as those related to sensitive infrastructure.

Lead Consultants

  • Michael Berman, P.E., CHMM
    Michael Berman is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 18 years of experience focused on evaluating the nature and extent of environmental contamination or developing models ...
  • Randy Brandt, P.G.
    Randy Brandt is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on hydrogeology with special emphasis on the return of sites environmentally impacted ...
  • Paul Brookner, P.G.
    Paul Brookner is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in Minnesota with more than 25 years of experience focused as a regulator, consultant, and environmental manager for a multinational corpora ...
  • Jeffrey Ahrens, P.E.
    Jeffrey Ahrens is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in North Carolina with more than 12 years of experience focused on environmental assessments; remedial system design and optimization; ass ...
  • Eric Kovich, P.E.
    Eric Kovich is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Florida with more than 20 years of professional experience focused in the areas of Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) regulatory co ...
  • Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG
    Anne Fitzpatrick is a Senior Principal Scientist based in Washington with more than 26 years of sediment remediation experience. She has in-depth experience managing high-profile investigation and ...
  • Ron Arcuri, P.G.
    Ron Arcuri is a Senior Consultant based in Pennsylvania with more than 20 years of experience providing innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet client business objectives, who has led project ...
Geosyntec Consultants
Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure.

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