Synopsis: This one-day course offers a thorough examination of the science behind environmental forensics age dating of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination, as well as the legal applications of this science.
Start Time: Thursday, July 26, 2018 8:30 AM
End Time: Thursday, July 26, 2018 4:30 PM
Location: Off-Campus Locations
Address: No Street Address
Campus: Off Campus
Room: The Atrium, Sequoia - Room 120
City, State, Country: Somerset, NJ US
Fee: See website
Sponsor: Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Category: Workshop, Course
Web Site: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/el0404ca.html
Contact Name: Pamela Springard-Mayer
Contact Email: pspring@njaes.rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (848) 932-7463
Additional Information:

The morning session will review and summarize the geochemical work that forms the basis of petroleum product age dating. Students will learn about various approaches to the age dating of gasoline range and distillate range petroleum products, including how to evaluate the following factors for evidence of contamination:

  • Site History
  • Hydrology
  • Dendroecology
  • Isotopes
  • Presence of Selected Index Chemicals
  • Weathering Indices

The advantages and disadvantages of each approach will be discussed and evaluated, including issues of data reliability for various indicator chemicals in use today.

In the afternoon session, an experienced environmental forensics trial attorney will discuss hydrocarbon age dating in the legal context, including:

  • The use and application of hydrocarbon age dating in environmental lawsuits
  • Legal roadblocks to the use of petroleum age-dating techniques
  • Serving as an expert in today's legal setting

At the end of the day, students will participate in a mock trial that will link the scientific information taught during the morning session with the legal processes covered in the afternoon. Students will be broken into two groups and asked to prepare testimony for an age dating assignment. One student from each side will serve as testifying witnesses. Through mock direct testimony and cross examination, students will learn how to structure an investigation to stand up in court.

Target Audience: Alumni,  General Public