We’re excited to announce the addition of Brian Galusha to our insurance specialty consulting services group, dedicated to supporting insurance underwriters and claims analysts for loss control assignments. Brian is a licensed Professional Geologist with more than 23 years of experience in the environmental industry. He has conducted numerous multi-media environmental investigations throughout the U.S. under various federal, state, regional, and tribal regulatory programs. He has extensive experience developing and implementing environmental investigation and remedial strategies to resolve complex environmental issues. Specifically, Mr. Galusha has been responsible for preparing and implementing Phase I and II environmental site assessments, soil and groundwater investigations, ISRA compliance plans/reports, remedial reports, UST closure plans/reports, quality assurance (QA) program plans, and discharge monitoring reports.
Prior to joining First Environment, Mr. Galusha provided direct environmental technical support to attorneys administering environmental insurance claims. He facilitated the evaluation of environmental insurance claims by applying his extensive expertise of environmental investigation/remediation techniques, regulatory knowledge, and industry contacts. Specifically, he evaluated pollution claims involving source and timing, environmental history, regulatory requirements, and validity of investigation/remediation activities as well as related costs. Mr. Galusha also provided guidance relating to the direction of ongoing pollution conditions, as well as projections of future costs and risks. He has conducted numerous investigations evaluating the merit of environmental insurance claims based on the particular policy provisions and known environmental history.
Types of environmental claims Mr. Galusha has worked on include: storage tank, truck and auto service stations/refueling centers, all manner of soil and water remediation, indoor air mitigation, historic fill, clandestine disposal sites, asbestos, and mold. In addition, he has nine years of experience coordinating emergency environmental response for all manner of spills and catastrophic toxic events. The quick mobilizations he initiated minimized further environmental damage, and his continued oversight reduced both the cost and duration of the environmental cleanup process.
Brian’s specific areas of expertise include the following:
- Technical support for potential claim coverage
- Emergency response actions
- Pollution source and timing reports
- Environmental loss control / reasonable and customary cost assessments
- Phone and site desktop surveys
- Cause and origin reports
- Invoice reviews
- Oversight of mold and asbestos abatement
- Pollution event cost allocations
- Site inspection for risk assessment surveys
- Phase I and II environmental site assessments
- Litigation support and expert testimony
Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Lehigh University, is a licensed Professional Geologist in the state of Tennessee, is an AHERA-accredited inspector, and is OSHA 40-Hour trained.