29 April 2016
Polaris Applied Sciences. Inc. (Polaris) is pleased to announce that Mr. Greg Challenger and Dr. Elliott Taylor are the new acting Principal Officers for the company, with Mr. Challenger assuming the role of President. Both Greg and Elliott helped found Polaris and have been active in oil spill response, planning, wreck removal, environmental assessment, and expert testimony since the company’s inception in September 1998. Our founder, Mr. Gary Mauseth will reduce his involvement in handling day to day management and the challenging rigor of 24-hour emergency response, yet remain actively involved in important consultation and technical issues related to oil spill and casualty assessment and restoration.
Mr. Challenger has 30 years of experience as a marine scientist and has responded to over 70 oil and chemical spills, vessel casualties with Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) and vessel groundings on coral reefs worldwide. He was a technical advisor for Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Techniques (SCAT) and lead investigator for the Shoreline Natural Resource Damage Assessment for BP during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Mr. Challenger is currently involved in numerous CERCLA, oil spill, wreck removal and coral reef damage assessments.
Dr. Taylor has over 35 years of experience as a marine scientist and is a recognized leader in contingency planning and technical support for oil spill response. He has managed comprehensive spill preparedness programs for international operations in North and South America, Africa, Middle East, and Russia and was a Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Advisor for BP during the Deepwater Horizon spill. Dr. Taylor is on the IMO roster of technical experts and consultants for oil spill response having led international workshops and activities in training, planning, and response capacity assessment. Dr. Taylor is currently engaged in Arctic spill response training, national contingency planning through UNEP and IMO initiatives, and expert witness testimony and support.
Polaris is looking forward to assisting clients in the future with our commitment to emergency response, satisfactory restoration of the environment and settlement of environmental damage claims. Polaris has developed a new SCAT database that allows for the rapid collection, review, and presentation of shoreline and SCAT data from a web-based interface. Polaris also has a number of new projects including the restoration of coral in The Cayman Islands, assessing a wreck removal in southeastern Mexico, assisting with contingency planning for large petroleum transportation expansion projects in the United States and Canada, and spill readiness assessments and enhancements in Latin America and with the Mozambique government and industry.
If you have any questions or would like to introduce yourself, please feel free to contact Polaris (425-823-4841), Greg (206-369-5686 or GChallenger@PolarisAppliedSciences.com), or Elliott (206-660-5753 or ETaylor@PolarisAppliedSciences.com) at any time.