Ask the Expert: Dr. Tal Ijaz

Dr. Tal Ijaz is a Senior Engineer and Strategic Lead for our Allocation & Litigation Support team. After many years living in the United States, Tal is currently based in London. When he is not in the office, you’ll find him travelling throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

What do you find most rewarding about the work you do?

Our projects utilize many disciplines from environmental forensics to geospatial analysis. This requires a team of creative individuals working towards a common goal of providing scientifically sound solutions for our clients. Given the diversity of our clients and their portfolio of facilities, no two projects are the same, so it’s important that the composition of our team evolves to meet the distinct challenges of each project.

What are you currently working on?

Our team is actively working on large sediment sites throughout the country. One of these is the Portland Harbor Superfund Site where we are providing litigation and cost allocation services. EHS Support is working with four of our clients to develop their advocacy positions for the allocation of past and future remedy costs. With operational histories ranging from 10 to 110 years, our clients’ facilities encompass diverse operations including chemical blending, chemical storage and repackaging, new vehicle processing and storage, and even a historic grain mill. Our advocacy positions provide our clients with a greater understanding of historic facility operations, a detailed analysis of nexus, and estimates of potential impacts to the river nearby.

How can our clients benefit from this service?

Quantifying environmental impacts from our clients’ legacy sites is complex given that their operations ended decades ago, and institutional knowledge may be limited. We are fortunate to have a team of 140+ scientists and engineers all with diverse backgrounds and expertise. This means we can assemble a multi-disciplinary team with the ability to recreate historic operations and estimate the impact that a legacy site may have had on the environment through a “multiple lines of evidence” approach. Our work will not only provide comprehensive insight into the historical footprint of each facility, but also furnish crucial data to shape forward-looking environmental strategies for effective liability management by our clients.

Tal Ijaz
Dr. Tal Ijaz, at the 2023 EHS Support Internship Program Reception

What advice do you have for recent graduates?

As you begin your career, participate in as many different assignments as you can. This will help you identify where your passions lie and the direction in which you would like to grow your expertise. More importantly, leverage your time working with those around you to help you grow professionally and don’t be afraid to ask for their insights and experience. You will be surprised at the number of people at EHS Support who would be more than happy to mentor you.

Learn more about EHS Support’s Intern Program here.

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