For many projects, Leed Environmental, Inc. provides environmental consulting services, technical support, and consultation with legal counsel on behalf of our clients. Our extensive knowledge and depth of experience allows us to assist our clients' legal counsel in representing our clients in various environmental matters.
Leed Environmental, Inc. provides comprehensive, detail-oriented environmental consulting and technical advisory services to interdisciplinary teams of legal counsel, financial advisors, and environmental professionals to facilitate an understanding of potential environmental liabilities of businesses and industries in complex bankruptcy proceedings. Leed Environmental, Inc.'s services are developed in close consultation with our clients and legal advisors.
LEED ENVIRONMENTAL, INC. ACCOMPLISHMENTS
For one bankruptcy proceeding, Mr. Jeffrey Leed, President of Leed Environmental, Inc., and Mr. Michael McKibben, a Principal at GeoSyntec Consultants, were retained as part of a team of environmental professionals by a large United States electronics manufacturing company to prepare the environmental portions of a proof of claim in a bankruptcy proceedings involving 167 properties throughout the United States that were currently or previously used as lead-acid battery manufacturing facilities, secondary lead smelters, landfills, and other types of sites where environmental contamination had occurred as a result of historical operations. To complete this work within the required three-month time period, Mr. Leed and Mr. McKibben assembled and utilized a multi-disciplinary team of more than 25 professionals from 6 offices and worked in conjunction with the client’s corporate environmental staff and legal advisors.
At the outset of the project, Mr. Leed and Mr. McKibben received a list of 167 sites for which the client could face potential liability as a result of the bankruptcy proceedings. A kick-off meeting was held with the client to discuss project scope, technical requirements, sequencing and streamlining of the work activities, and project goals. Within a short period of time, Mr. Leed and Mr. McKibben mobilized teams of environmental professionals to review an estimated 2,000,000 pages of detailed technical documents at various locations in Georgia and Pennsylvania and to copy approximately 250,000 pages of correspondence which were subsequently used to prepare site histories, identify former owners/operators and other potentially responsible parties, define environmental conditions (soil contamination, groundwater contamination, etc.) at each property, identify landfill construction and operational practices, assess the status of site investigation and cleanup activities, and identify data gaps for each property. To avoid disruption of operations at the various facilities, Mr. Leed and Mr. McKibben set up temporary work areas in remote areas at the facilities and used as many as five photocopy machines and as many as 15 professionals and support personnel at each location to complete the assignment.
After data retrieval and preliminary site characterizations were completed, Mr. Leed and Mr. McKibben conducted a detailed review of the documents and prepared reports for each site. Data gaps in the available information were supplemented with information obtained from regulatory agency files, interviews with regulatory agency personnel, interviews with former property owners and facility operators, and information received from other sources. Aerial photographs, Sanborn fire insurance maps, city directory records, and other maps and drawings were obtained and reviewed to supplement historical information. The information was entered into electronic databases, which were used by Mr. Leed and Mr. McKibben to perform a detailed data review and assessment of environmental conditions at each property. Detailed cost estimates for completing site characterization activities, remedial design work, remedial activities, and long-term groundwater monitoring and other operation and maintenance activities were prepared. The cost estimates were used by to develop final reports for each site and a priority ranking of the sites that was subsequently used in final preparation of the proof of claim.