Closure of Hazardous Surface Impoundments and Creation of an On-site Permanent Disposal Facility—A Case History
Remington Arms Co. is currently undertaking a RCRA closure program for nine surface impoundments in Lonoke, Arkansas. The impoundments contain a variety of listed hazardous wastes from...

Guide to Engineering Software Evaluation—The Legal Issues

Training the Waste Watchers
Whether an engineer is going to work at a Superfund site himself, or if his firm will be doing cleanup work at the site, that engineer will want to take the 40 hour training course as...

The Long Arm of Liability
The corporate engineer, defined as an engineer who is employed by a corporation rather than a design firm, can also be exposed to personal liability for errors and omissions that cause...

Cautious Risk Taking
Traditionally, the design engineer could bear virtually unlimited liability for design failure. Now he is less vulnerable. The concept is less than 20 years old, but since the early 70s,...

Assessing Site Assessments
Laier and Sibley contend that the growth in environmental site assessments, fast becoming routine in many types of real estate transactions, could create a windfall market for engineering...

Limitation of Liability as Part of Negotiated Risk Allocation in Engineering Contracts
The use of risk allocation in design contracts has grown considerably over the past eighteen years and is now used extensively by architects and engineers. Negotiated risk allocation has...

A Major Engineering Firm—User of the Documents
This paper contains the author's comments on the use of the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) documents with emphasis on Engineer-Owner Agreements and on...

Licensee Tort Liability and Regulatory Overreaching
Certain of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) regulations and licensing requirements effectively preempt the states' authority to determine liability....

Subsidence Over AML and Its Causes—A Case Study
Subsidence over abandoned mined lands can be attributed to several causes. For purposes of compensation and liability and developing remedial measures, it is essential to identify the...

Professional Liability on Asbestos Abatement Projects
When the engineer is retained on an asbestos abatement project, he or she must bring to the job and employ that degree of skill and learning ordinarily exercised in the profession in similar...

Current Issues in Asbestos Removal
Asbestos is responsible for more worker deaths than any other substance used in the construction industry. This fact has prompted major regulatory changes during the past fifteen years....

Putting a Lid on Liability
In the face of the recent landslide of claims and litigation, limiting your firm's liability sounds impossible. But there are ways to protect yourself, from selling quality,...

Reviewing Peer Review
As interest in project peer reviews grows, some fundamental questions remain. What, for example, constitutes an independent peer review? Who is your peer and how is peer defined? Who pays...

Liability and the Standares of Care
While product liability is becoming more closely defined, structure liability is not. Determining an engineer's liability in the event of a design error is becoming more complicated...

Computer Assisted Mistakes
The proliferation of computer usage by design engineers will continue to generate change in practice. It will affect the process and production of design. It will affect the relationships...

When to Remediate: Remediation or Reparations
The 1986 reauthorization of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) forcefully stated Congress' desire to see our nations hazardous...

Formwork, Shoring and Reshoring—Design, Installation and Liabilities

Weather Modification Regulation for the Twenty-First Century
Those areas in which weather modification law is being altered to fit the twenty-first century are: 1. De-regulation. Regulation of weather modification through mandating professional...

Confidence Intervals for Flood Control Design
The line drawn and labeled as the flood frequency curve is seldom identified as to what confidence is associated to the plot. For example while flood control designs are typically based...

 

 

 

 

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