Seminar Abstract

DATE:  Friday, March 08, 2019
TIME:  2:30 pm (refreshments at 2:15 pm)
PLACE: ENR building, room 223
       14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ

Mitchell Erickson
Visiting Scientist, DIMACS, Rutgers University, Science Advisor at U.S. Department of Homeland Security


PCB forensic science is the process of identification of the source(s) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at a site in the context of a legal proceeding to determine the party(s) responsible for the cost of environmental remediation. The issues are technically complex and the expert must systematically evaluate the facts; employ deep technical expertise, and use dispassionate judgement to provide expert opinions that assist the deciding official or body in rendering their decision as to the responsible party(s) or some apportionment of that responsibility. Environmental forensics can be challenging. Forensics involving complex PCB mixtures present an added level of challenge.