Farallon's NCP Compliance Expert Gary Hokkanen

April 10, 2019

Farallon provided expert opinion regarding compliance with the National Contingency Plan (NCP).  Clients trusted Farallon's NCP Expert, Gary Hokkanen, to provide an Expert Report and Rebuttal Report for litigation associated with the investigation and remediation of groundwater.

A downgradient facility was in litigation with several upgradient facilities to recover costs for the investigation and remediation of a comingled groundwater plume. The investigation and remediation was conducted under the oversight of a State environmental regulatory agency. The litigation was filed as a CERCLA claim. Mr. Hokkanen evaluated the work performed to determine if it was conducted in substantial compliance with the NCP. The evaluation identified areas where the requirements of the State program did not meet the requirements for conducting investigation and remediation activities as prescribed in the NCP. The case was settled out of court.

Gary is an engineer and hydrogeologist with more than 39 years of experience in the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties and has been retained as a testifying expert over the past 15 years. He has developed and defended expert opinions relating to a wide variety of sites and contaminants involving cost allocation, NCP compliance, standard of care, fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater, and source identification.