James A. Jacobs, P.G., C.H.G.

email: jjacobs@clearwatergroup.com

cell: 510-590-1098

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RESOURCE Geologist / Environmental SCIENTIST

James A. Jacobs, P.G., C.H.G.

Oil Spills and Gas Leaks highlights the complex nature of assessment, exposure pathway analysis, sensitive receptor evaluation related to oil spills and gas leaks.  The sampling methods and remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons are described, as well as the oil spill and gas leak behavior, and environmental impact mitigation. The book discusses engineering techniques; long-term biological and environmental effects; litigation and cost recovery, and legislation in overlapping jurisdictions.

Acid Mine Drainage, Rock Drainage, and Acid Sulfate Soils: Causes, Assessment, Prediction, Prevention, and Remediation (Wiley) by James A. Jacobs, Jay H. Lehr and Stephen M. Testa; 520 pages,  (Apr 28, 2014)  

In the world of unintended consequences, Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) provides an example of a technology solution for a problem that was not fully evaluated before it was widely used.  MTBE is important in environmental history as a case study of one manufactured product that was designed to solve an air pollution problems caused by gasoline use in vehicles, and in the process of being used and released into the environment, MTBE created an unforeseen groundwater problem of large magnitude.  Part of the issue was the lack of adequate testing and life-cycle analysis which would have quickly shown that MTBE is highly soluble in water, much more so than many of the other components of gasoline.  During the time when MTBE was actively used, most underground storage tanks in the United States were aging, single walled tanks, prone to leakage.  It is worth noting that Germany also used MTBE as well, but did not have the same level of groundwater impacts as the US because their underground storage tanks had been updated to double walled tanks with better leak detection systems.

As one of the first books written about MTBE, the volume was written by a team of scientists, engineers, and toxicologists.  MTBE: Effects on Soil and Ground-Water Resources provides a historic view of MTBE from 2001.  The book examines MTBE as a technical solution designed to reduce air emission from vehicles  and focuses on the health effects of MTBE caused by drinking contaminated surface or ground water.  The book includes coverage of dermal sorption by bathing or washing in MTBE contaminated water.  The book addresses the areas of mapping, selected concepts for remediation of soil and ground water, and environmental risk assessment.  Information from the book includes early coverage of the assessment and potential remediation strategies of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).  In addition to a history and overview of fuel oxygenates and MTBE, the book contains information on the physical and chemical properties of MTBE, the toxicity and health effects of the compound and breakdown products, taste and odor thresholds, transport and fate in the environment, detection and treatment in soil and groundwater, and environmental policy of MTBE in 2001.

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Put together by a team of scientists, engineers, regulators, and lawyers, the Chromium(VI) Handbook consolidates the latest literature on this topic. The broad scope of this book fills the need for a comprehensive resource on chromium(VI), also called “hexavalent chromium.”  The book addresses naturally occurring and anthropogenic sources, geology and geochemistry, toxicity, treatment, as well as bench testing and case studies.

MTBE: Effects on Soil and Groundwater Resources (CRC Press) by James A. Jacobs, Jacques Guertin, and Christy Herron; 264 pages,  (Sep 28, 2001)

Featuring contributions from a variety of authors, this book explores the biogeochemistry of acid mine drainage, rock drainage, and acid sulfate soils. It describes how to predict, prevent, and remediate the environmental impact of acid drainage and the oxidation of sulfides, offering sampling and analytical methods.  Jacobs co-authored 18 of the 36 chapters.

​Chromium(VI) Handbook (CRC Press) by Jacques Guertin, James A. Jacobs and Cynthia P. Avakian; 800 pages,  (Dec 28, 2004)

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James A. Jacobs served as Project Manager, designer, co-editor and co-author of the following technical books.  Books and articles reflect a focus on exposure pathway analysis, sensitive receptors, contaminants in the environment, and the assessment and remediation of volatile toxins.  The research focuses on the past work and writing over two decades and relates to evaluating potentially toxic vapors migrating through sewer/plumbing systems into indoor air.  Many of the volatile contaminants (hydrocarbons and solvents) in the research project are the same ones that were described in the books and articles (petroleum hydrocarbons: crude oil, gasoline, methane, BTEX, MTBE, and chlorinated solvents: PCE, TCE, and DCA).

Oil Spills and Gas Leaks: Environmental Response, Prevention and Cost Recovery (McGraw-Hill) by Stephen M. Testa and James A. Jacobs; 578 pages,  (Mar 10, 2014)