Early Career Experience

As a field geologist, I took a lead role in assessing and reporting the human health risks associated with industrial land in New England. In this capacity, I researched, analyzed, and reported on the environmental conditions affecting over 150 industrial and commercial properties in New England.

Pioneered the environmental site assessment review business in Boston and served as exclusive environmental advisor to Fleet Bank's Worcester, Massachusetts office.

Major influences leading to this career were a Harvard University School of Public Health internship, where I contributed as a researcher and writer to an EPA-funded study of town well contamination in Woburn, MA (a 1982 Superfund site later adapted as the movie, A Civil Action.) and an internship supporting Earth Science students at Stanford University model solutions for protecting fresh water aquifers in CA's Salinas Valley.

Received the Mente et Malleo Award from Skidmore College for collaboratively researching and reporting on the contamination of drinking water wells in Woburn, Massachusetts. Acting on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Harvard School of Public Health report, entitled, "Using the Risk Assessment Method to Estimate the Benefits of Hazardous Waste Cleanup," includes an overview of area hydrology, the extent of organic chemical contamination and the likely risks posed to human health. This property was the focus of the 1999 motion picture "Civil Action," which documented the cluster of childhood leukemia cases reported by residents of East Woburn, MA. The W. R. Grace site became a National Priority List Site (Superfund Site) and was examined in great detail by the EPA, the U.S.G.S., and geologists and hydrologists nationwide.


 


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