Whether contamination of air, water, or land is alleged, quantifying natural resource damage is a complex and highly specialized process. OnPoint’s testifying economists are recognized as among the best in this field. They specialize in designing the appropriate methodology for each environmental dispute, whether for plaintiffs or defendants. Techniques include contingent valuation for both use and non-use values of public resources, remediation costs, declining property values, travel and replacement cost estimations, income losses associated with crop damage, and quantification of health costs including direct expenditures for medical care, productivity reduction, and shortened life span. OnPoint personnel have applied these methodologies to all forms of alleged contamination, including manufacturing discharges into waterways, oil spills, power plant and factory particulate emissions, improper pesticide and other chemical application, solid waste deposit, use of hazardous substances in consumer products, and others. OnPoint is frequently called upon to propose allocations among responsible parties for the remediation costs of superfund sites, as well as other environmental damage allocations. Our experts have also been involved in major cases determining whether fraudulent conveyance was used as a means to evade financial liability for environmental injury.
Outside of litigation, OnPoint’s experts are also frequently engaged to evaluate proposed regulatory structures pertaining to the environment, and to provide public comment on those regulations. Recent regulatory projects have involved waste disposal, food production facilities, livestock and poultry operations, and mining operations. These projects involve not only proposed restrictions on operations, but the establishment of financial assurances and reimbursement mechanisms in the event of environmental contamination. OnPoint is also called in to evaluate the impact on habitats and threatened species of commercial practices, as well as the land use implications of endangered species regulations. OnPoint’s experts include forerunners in the newly developed economic valuation of biodiversity.