Natural Resource Damage Assessment Deskbook, Second Edition

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Deskbook, Second Edition
Valerie Ann Lee and P.J. Bridgen
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This Deskbook provides a comprehensive survey of the law, science, and economics involved in natural resource damage assessment. Written by experts in the field, this second edition of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Deskbook provides the most up-to-date analysis of the subject available. It thoroughly examines the framework for liability and the goals of the federal statutes providing a right of action for natural resource damages. Written with both environmental managers and lawyers in mind, the Deskbook focuses on the natural resource damage provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Oil Pollution Act; the Clean Water Act; the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act; and the National Park System Resource Protection Act.

About the Author

Valerie Ann Lee is the president of Environment International Limited, an environmental consulting firm, and the principal of the law firm Acadia Law PLLC; both are headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For over 25 years, she has assisted state, federal, tribal, and private clients in natural resource claims and damage assessments and has achieved positive results cost-effectively. She has assisted clients in conducting streamlined natural resource damage assessments (NRDAs) and helped them grapple with coordination of response actions and NRDAs under CERCLA. In both her consulting and legal practices, Ms. Lee has provided assistance to clients in environmental matters including those involving compliance with natural resource, environmental, and land-use planning laws, brownfields redevelopment, and litigation of natural resource damage claims. Recognized for her expertise, she has testified before the US Congress, governors of states, and tribal councils. Ms. Lee received a J.D. from the Yale Law School, an M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S., magna cum laude, in biology from Bates College.

P.J. Bridgen is an officer of Environment International Limited and an expert in risk assessment, risk communication, environmental management, natural resource damage assessments (NRDAs), cost allocations under CERCLA, and environmental management systems (EMS). Dr. Bridgen has provided advice to private parties and governments, including tribal governments, in connection with NRDAs across the United States, participating in both litigation and successful, cost-effective collaborative assessments. Dr. Bridgen received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Leicester in England, was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the National Institutes of Health and at Cambridge University, and received an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School and a B.Sc. with honors in biochemistry from Leeds in England. Bridgen has contributed to the literature on brownfields redevelopment and EMS.

Environment International Ltd. is a consulting firm with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. EI is an interdisciplinary team of experienced environmental managers, lawyers, engineers, scientists, and policy analysts who specialize in natural resource damage assessments, risk assessment, site investigation, sustainable development, and alternative dispute resolution of environmental matters. EI’s clients include private parties and governments. The firm’s website can be found at

Acadia Law PLLC, is a Seattle-based law firm focusing on environmental law, litigation, and dispute resolution services. Acadia Law attorneys provide representation in natural resource damage assessment matters and have a depth of experience providing advice under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Acadia Law also provides dispute resolution services in connection with environmental and commercial disputes. Visit the firm’s website at