How does your ethical yardstick measure up against the rest of the environmental community?
Ethics matter for all environmental professionals. But while some ethical issues are obvious, some can be hard to spot. Indeed, some ethical duties are governed by the rules of one's profession, and some by mere guidelines or no set rules at all. We will compare and contrast the ethical rules and obligations of consultants, attorneys, professional engineers, professional geologists, certified hazardous materials managers and others. We will explore common ethical challenges such as conflicts of interest, confidentiality obligations, disclosures and regulatory notifications, expert testimony and social networking. Hypothetical and real examples will be used to illustrate the varying and sometimes conflicting rules and obligations that arise during a project.
Christopher Abel, CHMM
Chris Abel is a Senior Manager/Chemist with August Mack Environmental, Inc. in the Indianapolis, Indiana office. He has over 27 years of experience in environmental engineering, chemistry and project management. He is familiar with a wide range of environmental regulations including RCRA, CERCLA, LUST, and USEPA Contract Laboratory Protocol. He has extensive experience with a variety of state led risk based closure programs. Christopher has also performed and managed hundreds of residential, commercial, and industrial site assessments, site investigations, and remediation projects involving heavy metals, PCBs, petroleum and chlorinated solvents.
Lawrence W. Falbe, Esq, Miller Canfield
Lawrence "Larry" Falbe is a Chicago-based environmental attorney and a Principal at the international law firm of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC. Larry focuses on environmental transactional support of real estate and corporate deals, environmental defense and litigation, Brownfields issues, environmental regulatory compliance and energy development/facility siting. Larry has more than 23 years of experience reviewing and analyzing Phase I and Phase II assessments to satisfy due diligence requirements, obtaining No Further Remediation Letters, evaluating the cost/benefit of transactions, and advising clients on potential liability and remediation issues. He also has substantial litigation and regulatory experience involving environmental issues, including CERCLA (Superfund), FIFRA, EPCRA, RCRA (hazardous waste), toxic torts, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, underground storage tanks, and nuclear fuel processing. He has represented clients involved in enforcement actions by federal, state, and local authorities, and negotiated numerous compliance programs, consent decrees, and settlements.