Henry S. Cole: A Scientific Force for Communities and the Environment
Henry S. Cole, Ph.D. is the President of Henry S. Cole & Associates, Incorporated, an environmental science consulting company.
- Cole is an environmental and atmospheric earth scientist with 40 years of in-depth experience in issues involving emission sources and air pollution meteorology. The experience includes academic research, and expert witness work. In addition, he served as a senior scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. He has published numerous journal articles and reports in this field.
- He also has a broad background in other environmental areas including toxic waste sites, municipal and hazardous waste landfills, environmental impact analysis, and product evaluation (the good, the bad, the ugly).
- Henry S. Cole & Associates provides scientific support for governmental agencies, corporations, legal firms, environmental organizations and community based groups located in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
- Dr. Cole serves as an expert witness for community and environmental organizations in trials and regulatory matters, and has testified on numerous occasions before Congressional committees.
- Cole’s experience includes releases of pollutants from a variety of various sources, i.e., gas stations, uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, municipal waste landfills, municipal waste incinerators, coal-fired power plants, and industrial facilities.
- Cole was co-recipient of EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (with Chemical Specialties, Inc.) for his work documenting the environmental advantages of ACQ, an arsenic-free alternative wood preservative.
- Dr. Cole’s extensive writing and media experience includes a variety of environmental and ecological subjects as well as fiction.
Technical Assistance to communities: A major portion of the company’s work has been in providing technical assistance to help local organizations have an informed and effective seat at the table when it comes to the health of their communities. Cole has supported community opposition to power plants, incinerators, and other developments with adverse environmental impacts. The work has also focused on community participation in cleanup efforts in their communities.
Technical Assistant (Superfund TAG Advisor) for approximately 10 Superfund sites, including a number of municipal and industrial landfills in which potential gas migration was an issue.
Professional Training and Experience
- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (Madison) Department of Meteorology (1969). This training included atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, climatology, and micro-meteorology. His thesis involved the reconstruction of North America’s climate during the post-glacial period.
- Rutgers University, College of Agriculture (1965). Joint major in soil science and meteorology. Graduated with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa. HIs extensive course work in geology, chemistry and biological sciences.
Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1969-1977).
- Courses including: earth sciences, environmental sciences, meteorology and air pollution.
- Conducted EPA-funded research into air pollution problems and photochemical smog in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.
- Served as a member of the Wisconsin State Air Pollution Council. Advisor to Racine County Board of Supervisors, co-author County Air Pollution Ordinance.
Senior scientist and section chief with U.S. EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (1977-1983).
- Applied, evaluated and developed models to predict the impact of emission sources (e.g. power plants, factories, urban regions, area sources, waste sites) on pollutant concentrations in ambient air.
- Served as Chief of the Model Application Section – Responsible for staff and studies in support of regulatory decisions, policy development and modeling guidance.
Science Director for Clean Water Fund a national 501(3) organization (1983-1992) .
- Conducted extensive research into problems associated with hazardous wastes sites including landfills, municipal waste incinerators, and mercury contamination.
- Testified numerous times in the United States Congress on Superfund and RCRA-related issues.
- Co-recipient of <em>U.S. EPA’s residential Green Chemistry Challenge Award</em> for his scientific work in support of for ACQ a wood treatment product which replaced standard pressure treated wood preservative based on highly toxic chemicals arsenic and chromium.
- Clean Water Fund’s Peoples Scientist Award for outstanding research and advocacy on behalf of the successful effort to strengthen the nation’s Superfund Law
- The 2011 ACE Award for his scientific advocacy for the remediation of the Occidental Chemical Petroleum Superfund Site (Pottstown, PA)
- Heart of Illinois Sierra Club’s Environmental Hero Award “for exceptional efforts and dedication.”
Experience as an Expert Witness:
- Expert testimony for coalition opposed to several fossil fuel power plants in Prince George’s and Charles’ County, Maryland.
- Principal expert for the University of Maryland Carey Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic resulting in the closing of NRG’s coal ash landfill in Brandywine, MD.
- Served as expert witness, semi-judicial hearings, open court, for tort-attorneys and community organizations.
- Expert witness for community organizations’ opposition to environmentally detrimental development, e.g. successful opposition to mega-gas station in Montgomery Co., Maryland.
- Represented community organization fighting a hot-mix asphalt plant McNab-Braeside, Ontario, Canada. Result: Permit denied by the Ontario Municipal Board.
- Expert witness, for attorney representing Harlingen, Netherlands. Report and testimony before the Raad van State, Netherlands (Supreme Court for disputes between citizens against executive branch decisions). The case involved the licensing of a municipal waste incinerator. February 2011.
- Expert witness for class action attorneys in numerous cases involving odors from municipal landfills and composting facilities. Expert witness Braeside, Ontario community organization (MB-FACT) representing community organization opposed to hot mix asphalt plant abutting residential properties. Ontario Municipal Board upholds township zoning prohibiting the asphalt plant.
- Expert witness for Ecojustice, Public Interest Law Firm, Ontario Superior Court, representing members of the Aamjiwnaang First; Nation, challenge to Ministry of Environment on Suncor (Sarnia) emissions permit; expert report, forthcoming deposition and trial.
- Expert witness for Ontario Waterkeeper; witness statements, site investigation; successful opposition to Lafarge Cement plant plan to use alternative fuels including tires, animal wastes, municipal waste, etc. 2008.
- Technical consultant to Montgomery and Berks Counties, PA (Site examination, independent reports, and advice concerning closure requirements for the Pottstown Municipal Waste Landfill) 2005. Testimony to County board members.
- Expert, Environmental Liaison, for Court of Common Pleas Franklin County, OH. Case involved Georgia-Pacific Resins plant for environmental compliance and community impact. Issue involved waste disposal into open aeration pond, plant emissions (2003-2005).
- Several projects with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) involving stakeholder processes between CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and communities impacted by Superfund Sites and other sources of environmental pollution.
Examples of additional clients and projects:
- Chemical Specialties, Inc. Conducted research on the environmental advantage of arsenic and chromium free pressure treated wood preservative (manufactured by CSI). Environmental Assessment Report, participated in numerous meetings with EPA, and state agency officials. (c. 2000-2009
- Philips Electronics: Report, Written Testimony to California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC); The benefits of incentivizing the lowest mercury fluorescent lamps. (2002)
- Allstate Insurance Company: Forensic investigation of dry cleaner release of PCE solvent, Report established date and causes of release of dry cleaning solvent .
- Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer Products): An environmental assessment report demonstrating the advantages of concentrated detergents.
- MiCell, Inc. developed non-toxic CO2 based alternative to perchloroethylene based dry cleaning solvent. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Tax, Finance, and Exports Of the Small Business Committee U.S. House of Representatives: In Support of The Dry Cleaning Environmental Tax Credit Act. Testimony focuses on risks and damages associated with perchloroethylene (dry cleaning solvent) and the need for tax incentives for investments on safe alternatives. (2000)
Congressional Testimony: Dr. Cole testified numerous before U.S. House and Senate committees on issues pertaining to hazardous waste sites, Superfund remediation, RCRA/ solid waste disposal and management and mercury pollution.
Local Activism: Dr. Cole has a long history of involvement in environmental issues affecting his own communities. He serves as a leader and expert in the opposition of two gas fired power plants proposed for southern Maryland and a Board member of the Chesapeake Sustainability Institute and Patuxent Riverkeeper.
Publications, Reports, Expert Testimony (To download print as a PDF).