holds a Doctorate in soil chemistry and joined the ranks of
environmental scientists over thirty years ago, just as soil
chemistry was becoming recognized. As an environmental
scientist, he has led a challenging career by taking a closer
look at the impact of human activity and its effect on soil
and groundwater. To do this he uses analytical chemistry,
organic chemistry, soil chemistry, and microbiology for
investigations, protocol development for sampling, sample
preservation, and analytical result validation. He has
collaborated with USEPA, state regulatory agencies, and
municipal agencies in moving protocols toward uniformity and
began his professional life as a post-doctoral fellow and
Assistant Professor at the University of
Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. There he conducted research on the
distribution of amino sugars in deep soil profiles. Dr. Braids
also investigated agricultural utilization of biosolids from
municipal wastewater treatment plants. (The contributions of
nutrient and trace-metal elements to soil and plants from the
biosolids were measured to determine application rates that
would avoid toxicity.) He also participated in a
multi-disciplinary study of the behavior and of lead in the
environment and has also taught graduate seminars and
instrumental analysis courses.
Dr. Braids joined Geraghty & Miller, Inc, as soil and
groundwater resources were first being scrutinized in regards
to potential contamination from anthropogenic activities.
Chemical technology was starting to develop methods for
sensitive detection of organic compounds that showed up in
groundwater. At Geraghty & Miller, he helped design
groundwater-monitoring programs for newly detectable
chemicals. This also entailed the development of sampling and
preservation protocols that could provide the closest
representative sample as possible.
Having established a reputation in the field of geochemistry
in the early 1980's, Dr. Braids was called on for expert
testimony in environmental litigation. Contamination damage to
property and property values prompted litigation under
toxic-tort law. The newly passed RCRA and CERCLA statutes
resulted in litigation over compliance, cost recovery, and
cost allocation. Dr. Braids has provided depositions and trial
testimony in dozens of other cases dealing with toxic
torts, RCRA, and CERCLA issues, including compliance with the
National Contingency Plan and cost recovery allocation and
Kingston Steel Drum/Ottati end Gross
Retained by a
PRP group in the first Superfund case that went to
concerned the fate and behavior of organic chemical
contaminants in the groundwater on
The Issue was
whether groundwater contaminant plumes on site were
independent or commingled.
Anderson el al. vs. W.R. Grace, Inc., at al.
Beatrice Foods, Inc. regarding the environmental behavior of
volatile organic contaminants in soil and
exposure and migration pathway of chemical contaminants
detected on the Beatrice property were at
found Beatrice not liable.
County New York vs. Mt. Hope Asphalt Co.
Asphalt Co., and its officers were accused of mishandling
petroleum-contaminated soil, for which they had a burning
testified that the contaminant concentrations in the soil,
allegedly misplaced, were lower than any standards, and that
the alleged threat to groundwater was negligible.