About Mearns Consulting LLC

We use risk-based decision making tools in every environmental project we are retained to solve. We have found that using risk-based strategies allows us to better serve our customers, no matter how big or small they may be, and no matter what type of an environmental problem they may have.

Evaluating each environmental project with regard to the intended end use, the types of chemicals detected, and the media in which these chemicals were detected provides information with which decisions can be made in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Corporate Information

Direct inquiries to:

Mearns Consulting LLC
738 Ashland Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

fax: 310-396-6878
email: mearns@mearnsconsulting.com

Mission Statement

To provide customers with a site-specific, acceptable, cost-effective solution to environmental problems
in a timely manner.

Company History

We have over 20 years of experience in the environmental consulting and management fields. We are based in Santa Monica, California and have provided services for customers with projects located throughout United States and Europe.

We have contributed to and authored numerous technical reports, documents and memorandums. We have presented our findings at various organizational meetings such as:

- The Society of Environmental Toxicologists and Chemists
- The National Association of Women Business Owners

Our clients include multi-national companies, municipalities, private landowners, attorneys and environmental organizations.

Our Team

Susan L. Mearns, Ph.D., REA-II 20032

Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1989
M.S., Oklahoma State University, 1985
B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1979

Cal - EPA Registered Environmental Assessor-II #20032
OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations
OSHA 8-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Supervisor

Professional Experience
Dr. Mearns has over 20 years of risk assessment, environmental management and consulting experience. Her experience has ranged from commercial building sites to small industrial sites to large Superfund sites. Dr. Mearns has designed and implemented investigations at diverse sites such as metal plating facilities, landfills, dry cleaning facilities, agricultural chemical manufacturers, gasoline
stations; and has managed multiple-site portfolios of over 1,250 sites which included Phase I site assessments; subsurface assessments; asbestos, lead-based paint, and radon surveys; and remediation cost estimates.

Litigation Support/Expert Witness Experience
Provided expertise in both human health and ecological risk assessments, as well as project management skills to clients requiring litigation support services. Provided this expertise in litigation support, litigation strategy, rebuttal, and toxic torts.

Technical Experience
Performed risk assessments to evaluate the impacts to human health or the environment of chemicals released via air borne emissions, from end-of-pipe discharges, from spills resulting from emergency releases, and from retro-fit or demolition activities. Conducted risk assessments to derive appropriate cleanup goals at Superfund sites, and for remedial actions.

Project Management Experience
Managed environmental projects of varying size and complexity. Served as the Project Manager for assessments and investigations (RI/FS) of Superfund and RCRA sites, ecological and wetlands assessments. Implemented various risk-management approaches to evaluate potential environmental risk and liability associated with multiple sites.


Susan L. Mearns, Ph.D. serves as:

  • City of Santa Monica Task Force on the Environment Member

    and served as:

  • California State Science Fair Director of Judging (2000 - 2002)

  • California State Science Fair Pharmacology/Toxicology Category, Senior Division Chair (1997 - 1999)

  • UCLA Extension Instructor for the course: Social Dynamics and Conflict Resolution in Environmental Management (1998 - 2000)



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