Jeffrey Kurtz, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Kurtz is a Senior Consultant and economic geologist based in Colorado with more than 30 years of experience as a consulting geologist and geochemist. He has extensive geochemistry, statistics and data management experience in water resources, Superfund litigation, site investigations, and environmental forensics, with emphasis on vapor intrusion, water quality, and metals issues.

Jeffrey Kurtz is a Senior Consultant and economic geologist based in Colorado with more than 30 years of experience as a consulting geologist and geochemist. He has extensive geochemistry, statistics and data management experience in water resources, Superfund litigation, site investigations, and environmental forensics, with emphasis on vapor intrusion, water quality, and metals issues.

Jeff helps clients assess appropriate ambient water quality data, reversibility of anthropogenic sources, and appropriate temporary modifications or site-specific surface water quality standards for arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, manganese, and zinc. He also was responsible for assisting with stakeholder negotiations and presenting testimony before the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission for Temporary Modification and Basin Hearings. 

As a consulting expert for the defense in toxic tort cases, Jeff addressed matters involving chlorinated solvent groundwater plumes and potential residential indoor air impacts. He was project manager for a groundwater to indoor air assessment and Water Quality Control Commission testimony on risk from Trichloroethylene (TCE) in groundwater at the Lowry Air Force Base off-site residential area. This testimony helped achieve the first site-specific groundwater standards for TCE in Colorado.

Jeff has served as a consulting expert for the defense in a toxic tort case involving air emissions of metals from an art glass manufacturing facility and potential residential soil impacts. He has also worked with numerous clients providing forensic approaches to evaluation of smelter emissions, historic fill, and lead paint impacts to residential soils.

Jeff has acted as a senior geochemical consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. EPA on the Leadville, Colorado, Clark Fork, Montana, and the Bingham Creek, Utah Superfund Sites. For the Clark Fork site, he was responsible for assessing the nature and extent of metal contamination in Anaconda area soils and Clark Fork River/Silver Bow Creek sediments for natural resource damage assessments He has also assisted the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado Geological Survey to conduct published research on natural background levels of metals in water in Colorado mining districts that was utilized to reclassify the natural ambient quality of stream segments.

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Career Summary of Jeffrey Kurtz, Ph.D.

  • Specialties: Site Investigation and Remediation; Surface Water Contaminant Source Assessment and Site-Specific Standards Development; Forensic Analysis of Metal Sources in Soil; Vapor Intrusion; Natural Resource Damage Assessment; NPDES Permitting for Mining Facilities; Expert Testimony
  • Practice Areas: Contaminated Site Assessment and Cleanup, Environmental Management, Water and Natural Resources
  • Disciplines: Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry
  • Education: Ph.D., Geology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1983; M.S., Geochemistry, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1979; B.S., Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, 1975

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