|"ELA Principals support the legal community through good science, engineering and training"|
Environmental Litigation Associates (ELA) was formed in 1992 to provide the legal community with access to an integrated team of consultants and expert witnesses in the fields of mining and of environmental sciences and engineering. ELA members originally served and supported the IET training program as Principal, Primary and Guest Lecturers. A regular ELA meeting held in 2001 includes six of the principal and primary members of ELA attending (Here).
Because all of the Associates have now either retired or taken positions with other groups, ELA and its website will be placed in a dormant status until it is again needed. This will become effective April 1, 2010. If you wish to follow many of the ELA Associates to their new afiliation with I2M Associates, LLC, see (Here).
"Professionals Training Professionals"
1992 IET Graduating Class - Fall - (Here)
The Institute of Environmental Technology (IET), a virtual organization without profit motive, was formed in 1992 and supported by the Principals of ELA to provide introductory and advanced environmental training to professional refugees from the oil & gas and associated industries during the 1980s and 1990s, see IET Brochure.
The principal course presented was titled as: An Introduction to Environmental Technology. It was a 4-month program presented Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, for training in state and federal environmental regulations, the science and engineering involved in environmental investigations, sampling methods of soils and groundwater, and remediation, and with Saturdays reserved for training in the use of environmental equipment, drilling and monitoring well construction demonstrations, and for field trips to various Superfund sites in and around the Houston, Texas area. For additional information on the course, see the above IET Brochure and the Water Well Journal article (see list to the left).
Because the need for training professionals from the oil & gas industry was not present in the environmental industry before 2013, the IET training program and its website were placed in a dormant status until, or if, a need develops in the future. This became effective April 1, 2010. However, the conditions in the oil and gas industry are changing with the depressed oil and gas prices of 2014.
Continuing Support of Previous Graduates
In the meantime, to continue to support the nearly 400 graduates of the IET program of the mid-1990s who are now scattered around the U.S. working in various consulting firms, industry, and state and federal regulatory agencies, sponsored reports, the IET Web Resources Portal (recently converted to the I2M Web Portal) will remain available for the foreseeable future. For a review of what the Portal offers, see (more). For what's new, see (here). For health and safety alerts, see Field Alerts.
Student manuals were distributed during the course. Graduates received certificates of completion and 40-Hr Hazwoper certificates (after passing examinations held during Mid-term and Final). Both certificates are suitable for mounting. The top 10 students (according to the grades received during the 4-month course) received a sticker of their class rank displayed on their certificates. See example of an actual IET Certificate in the list to the left showing the rank of that person in the class.