Environmental Issues Associated with Dry Cleaning – Contaminant Tracking and Liability

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With ever more stringent environmental legislation, dry cleaners are facing tough liability issues affecting their mere existence as businesses. This is due to the use of various cleaning solvents (mainly chlorinated such as PCE, although non-chlorinated solvents are being used, too) which are harmful to human health and the environment. During the day-to-day operations, these solvents may easily find their way into the environment (through leaks, spills, transport, storage, and disposal). Once reaching soil and/or groundwater the solvents can persist for decades and spread around contaminating other properties, which translate into tough liability issue for the dry cleaners involving expensive environmental testing and remediation, regulatory issues, and lawsuits. This webinar will address key issues related to this industry including understanding the environmental and health issues, understanding the legislation and potential liability claims, approaching environmental claims and recovery costs, minimizing liability, and cutting-edge research and forensic techniques to characterize and identify release sources.

Title: Environmental Issues Associated with Dry Cleaning – Contaminant Tracking and Liability

Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

CA Attorneys: Approved for 1 hour of General MCLE Credit

About the Presenters:

Mr. Jeffery L. Caufield is a partner in the law firm Caufield & James LLP, which specializes in environmental litigation and regulatory matters. Mr. Caufield has authored numerous publications and articles on environmental issues and is a frequent speaker at national and international environmental conferences. He has a undergraduate degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has assisted in laboratory research in the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminants. Mr. Caufield also clerked for the United States Department of Interior, Regional Solicitors Office and the California Department of Fish and Game, Legal Advisor’s Office. Mr. Caufield has represented a wide range of clients.

Dr. Ioana Petrisor is a senior environmental biochemist with Haley & Aldrich, Inc. (an environmental consulting Company) and the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Forensics Journal. She is an experienced scientist specializing in environmental forensics. In this quality, Dr. Petrisor routinely employs cutting-edge scientific techniques (fingerprinting methods) to investigate the source and age of environmental contamination and help clients recover remedial costs from responsible parties and insurance agencies. Dr. Petrisor has experience in both Academia and Industry, and has been the recipient of several U.S. Department of Energy research grants. She has a vast publication record of more than 70 scientific articles, 17 editorials, 4 book chapters and one invention patent. She has recently written comprehensive review articles on “Tracking Chlorinated Solvents in the Environment” and Defective Chinese Drywall. Copies will be available to interested webinar participants.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000

Macintosh®-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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