Strategies for Remediation Managers

by Gary Dunbar, Director; Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA,
Scot Foster, Senior Consultant; Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 6, Pg. 53-55

Document Type: Feature article


Since the early 1980s the environmental business has focused on avoiding loss. Today the industry is experiencing a paradigm shift toward creating value, and this is impacting the way project managers do business and view their futures. Fifteen years ago, an entire professional and service industry sprang into existence in the U.S. with the creation of the Superfund program. Defined the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, this national endeavor, along with a host of other environmental laws, threw together a potpourri of experts, professionals, scientists, technical specialists and contractors into the mix of industry managers, government officials and lawyers. This created a new type of multi-disciplinary projects that sought to clean the environment by applying a combination of science and technology mixed with threats of lawsuits, fines, and terms in prison.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Industries | Remediation | Managers | Value engineering | Project management | Professional practice | Liability

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