I am an environmental engineer and was a consultant on that topic for 45 years. I am sharing some of what I’ve learned through 3 lectures that I’ll give to whoever wants to listen and wants to pay for my travel. This lecture is the most technical of the three and is about topics I…Read more
About: Dr. Neil S. Shifrin
Neil Shifrin was an environmental engineer for 45 years and is now retired. With a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering from MIT, Dr. Shifrin has worked on essentially every type of environmental problem in the United States. He founded a consulting firm, Gradient Corporation, and specialized in water quality, hazardous wastes, and environmental management history. During his career, Dr. Shifrin testified in court over 25 times on many Superfund topics, such as cost allocation, cleanup approaches, and insurance recovery. Dr. Shifrin conceptualized and published on several significant topics in the environmental field including environmental analytical chemistry (analyzing for Tentatively Identified Compounds), cleanup goals (a statistical approach to setting risk-based cleanup levels), and waste management in the 20th century, among others. His recent book, Environmental Perspectives, provides insights he gained on fundamental environmental topics of interest today.
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I was an environmental consultant for 45 years. Along the way, I studied the history of how environmental management evolved in the United States. From understanding that history, one can appreciate: how far we’ve come; and how to avoid new trouble. Today, the US environment is almost totally regulated. There are still flaws in our…Read more
When I hear this question, I think of Lawrence Olivier in Marathon Man probing Dustin Hoffman’s teeth to make him reveal the diamonds. Today I repeat the question, but hopefully without the toothache. Albert Einstein said, “the environment is everything that is not me.” Actually, “me” is definitely part of the environment. It took us…Read more
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