Environmental assessment is the process of studying the potential effects of a future project or program on the environment. This practice requires the expertise of environmental scientists, statisticians, environmental engineers, geologists, and other experts working within environment-related disciplines. There are laws in place to regulate the impact of development on the environment, so it is imperative that such industries work within the set of codes and compliance regarding environmental safety. Environmental assessment expert witnesses are often utilized to provide expert opinions when such regulations may have been violated.
Environmental assessment involves forecasting based on research and data analysis, environmental science is an important part of the process, whether it is biodiversity, forest health, geology, endangered and threatened species, forensic ecology, hydrogeology, soil sampling, toxicology, or environmental engineering. Evaluating the effects of an industrial corporation on the surrounding environment involves researching the sewage, zoning, land use, environmental impact reports (EIRs), air emissions, dioxins, contamination, groundwater contamination, chemical exposures, oil and gas, hazardous waste, and other reports and/or elements that may affect the area in question, the details of which can be explained by a qualified environmental assessment expert witness.
Certain rules and regulations are in place to protect environmental areas, which must be considered when conducting an environmental assessment. Soil and water conservation, water treatment, waste management, quality control, industrial hygiene, wildlife management, tree safety and forest protection, proper drainage, and water irrigation are examples of the various methods practiced for protecting the environment from industrial projects and other business developments. Environmental assessments are a means of determining which safety measures should be in place to avoid environmental damage, the violation of which can lead to potential lawsuits.
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