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Environmental Specialists.

Aeolus is an environmental consulting firm providing simple, practical, and innovative solutions to complex environmental problems. 

Why Aeolus?

For Risk Assessment 

The founder of Aeolus, Dr. D. Wayne Berman, has been at the forefront of the development of the strategies, procedures, and technologies used to conduct site investigations and site risk assessments under the Superfund Program and other programs that employ risk-based decision making.  Dr. Berman was a member of the original group who pioneered procedures used for evaluating chemical fate and transport, performing chemical process analyses for their potential to generate hazardous waste, conducting exposure assessments, and conducting risk assessments in response to the promulgation of the original Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) under which the Superfund Program was established.  Dr. Berman also served on a National Academy of Science Committee to Review the Hanford (Nuclear) Site’s Environmental Remediation Science and Technology Plan for which, among other things, he helped to evaluate the application of risk assessment at Hanford.

Aeolus has conducted exposure and risk assessments at hundreds of sites and facilities for both government and private clients around the country.  For many of these projects, Aeolus planned and designed the supporting site investigation.  Aeolus also managed or provided critical investigation oversight of the attendant field and laboratory activities, which either represent the bulk of a formal remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) or a substantially simpler study, depending on the needs of each specific project. 


Frequently, Aeolus also designs and manages the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program. We then analyze and interpret the resulting data to complete the kind of exposure, risk, or other type of assessment that is required to satisfy the needs of the project.  Commonly, Aeolus also assists clients with strategic planning to develop decision strategies that help focus the objectives that need to be addressed by each project.  We also assist with risk communication to help our clients educate other project stake holders and help assure that their needs and input are adequately addressed.  

Aeolus has published and presented on several of the key issues commonly addressed when planning and conducting site investigations and risk assessments.  Among other things, for example, we have published manuscripts concerning improved statistical plan designs for studies and the associated procedures to be used for statistical analysis of the resulting data.  When properly matched, these designs and procedures can substantially reduce decision errors while simultaneously limiting cost.  

Further information about useful Aeolus tools and the services that Aeolus provides can be found in the linked pages of this web site.

 

For Site Investigation 

Dr. D. Wayne Berman, the founder and President of Aeolus, has made substantial contributions to the development of tools promoting improved designs for site investigations that are cost-efficient yet highly effective.  Dr. Berman also served on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Work Group for which he helped develop guidance for defining data useability .  He also served on a National Academy of Science Committee to Review the Hanford (Nuclear) Site’s Environmental Remediation Science and Technology Plan for which, among other things, he helped to evaluate the application of the DQO process at Hanford.

When designing a site or facility investigation, Aeolus applies the principles of the data quality objectives process (the DQO Process) to assure that such investigations are technically robust (optimized to provide results that limit decision errors) while remaining cost efficient.  This, in fact, is an important distinguishing feature of the services that Aeolus provides.  While the DQO process is frequently touted, few apply it in a manner useful for exploiting its full power and utility.  Thus, Aeolus can assist its clients in refining the scope of project objectives, developing appropriately matched data quality objectives, and optimizing a study design that properly matches data needs with the specific manner in which the data are to be analyzed.  This is the essence of the DQO process and, among other things, this approach frequently highlights opportunities for substantial cost savings.  

Aeolus frequently designs and manages the quality assurance/quality control program for its clients.  This is to help assure that the target level of data quality defined during planning is actually achieved during sampling and analysis.  One role of a QA/QC plan is to determine the level of data quality achieved during sampling and analysis. The degree to which this matches the target level originally planned, in turn, defines the confidence that can be placed in project findings.  QA/QC plans may either be formally documented as part of a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for complex projects, or documented less formally for simpler projects and Aeolus frequently helps to develop such plans.

Aeolus has published and presented on several key issues associated with the application of the DQO process and the manner in which investigation design needs to be integrated with data analysis to efficiently minimize decision errors. 

Further information about useful Aeolus tools and the services that Aeolus provides can be found in the linked pages of this web site.

 

Regarding Asbestos 

Aeolus has been in the forefront in development of a set of mutually consistent sampling and analysis methods for determining asbestos concentrations in various environmental media that are unique for providing measurements capable of supporting reasonable prediction of exposure and the corresponding assessment of risk.  Aeolus has also pioneered a new protocol for conducting asbestos risk assessments .  

Development of these tools was partially funded by the U.S. EPA (although EPA funding does not in itself constitute endorsement).  In addition, the Agency evaluated the new asbestos risk protocol in a formal peer-review consultation in 2002.  These tools have also attracted the interest of several state agencies for adoption in their respective asbestos programs.  Aeolus has also been applying these tools to conduct asbestos investigations at various, high-profile sites around the country, where they are used to support quantitative assessment of asbestos-related risks.  

The founder and President of Aeolus, Dr. D. Wayne Berman, served on the National Asbestos Task force for the U.S. EPA (1989-1995), the State of California Asbestos Task Force (1998-1999), and the Southdown Study Expert Group for the U.S. EPA and the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (1999-2003).  For the latter, Dr. Berman played a leading role in the design of the Southdown study, the interpretation of data, and completing the risk assessment .  

Further information about useful Aeolus tools and the services that Aeolus provides can be found in the linked pages of this web site.

Aeolus provides particular expertise in a targeted range of services that include:

 

We also offer unique expertise in Asbestos :

 

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