Many environmental disputes can be settled without litigation. Often
the best approach is to bring people together who represent diverse viewpoints
and try to find common ground. CEC consultants have had extensive
experience in working successfully with various governmental regulatory agencies
and companies responsible for pollution to come up with win-win solutions.
We emphasize an approach where all parties are given the opportunity to discuss
their concerns and provide their ideas on key steps to resolve the issue.
Through facilitated mediation, areas of common ground are identified, and
solutions that are agreeable to both parties are found.
Environmental Mediation Projects:
Fox River, Wisconsin
While working with EPA, Dr. Milton Clark successfully resolved differences
between federal and state parties regarding cleanup of the Fox River, the
largest PCB contaminated sediment site in the country. A method was
proposed and implemented to evaluate cleanup levels and times to achieve
acceptable risks. By giving additional transparency to the process, both
parties were able to reach an agreement.
Soil Cleanups, Bloomington, Indiana
Reaching agreement on the cleanup of complex waste sites requires creative
approaches. At the Bloomington Indiana Superfund waste sites, Dr. Milton
Clark helped to resolve major differences in cleanup approaches between the U.S.
EPA and the responsible party.
Kalamazoo River, Michigan
Dr. Milton Clark has worked with State of Michigan, U.S. EPA, and responsible
parties to achieve a consensus on PCB cleanup levels. Remediation work is
underway to reduce PCB contamination to acceptable levels.