California

Historic Review and Litigation Support for Groundwater Contamination for AIG

Historic Review and Litigation Support for Groundwater Contamination for AIG 1

For this project, First Environment reviewed and analyzed complex technical specifications, regulatory requirements and historic soil and groundwater contamination data to determine the standard of care for operating a solid rocket fuel propellant manufacturing facility from the 1950s through the early 1990s. First Environment provided expert witnessing and litigation support to assist our clients with the recovery of environmental remediation costs from the U.S. government. The facility manufactured solid rocket propellants for use in a variety of weaponry including the cruise missile. The work entailed organization and review of thousands of operational, regulatory, and technical documents related to ammonium perchlorate (AP) rocket propellant formulation, manufacture and disposal at site. To facilitate the review of documents, First Environment  employed special litigation support software and improved efficiencies by accessing its own historic database to retrieve documents that addressed the standard of care for the facility, especially for the disposal of AP-containing wastes in a burn pit. First Environment used various litigation support tools to code and categorize thousands of technical documents, including Concordance and Microsoft Access. These databases were used by counsel and experts to formulate the client’s litigation strategy.