Environmental forensics plays a critical role in determining responsibility for cleanup-related environmental claims. The goal of this methodology is to determine what contaminants are present, who caused the contamination, and when and how the contamination occurred. Because cleaning up contaminated properties is very costly, it is absolutely necessary to fully investigate the sources responsible for the property’s contamination.

The following will provide a general overview of the various environmental forensic techniques available, including chemical analysis, historical research, and groundwater modeling. While these methods can be used singularly, an appropriate combination of forensic techniques makes any conclusion more defensible.

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