Scientia Veritas

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Scientia Veritas (SV) is a consulting company specializing in Expert Witness Support, Toxicology, Risk Assessment, and Environmental Studies/Regulation to protect public health. Our company is led by Founder, President, and Principal Toxicologist, Dr. Richard DeGrandchamp.

Dr. DeGrandchamp received his Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and has been practicing toxicology for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Colorado, where he teaches courses in toxicology, environmental epidemiology, and human health risk assessment. He previously served on the faculty of the Navy Civil Engineering Corps Officer School and taught courses in risk assessment and statistics.

 Dr. DeGrandchamp serves on the Department of Justice (DOJ), Expert Witness Unit and has been the testifying expert toxicologist for numerous environmental cases involving contamination with PCBs and dioxins, including the U.S. Magnesium Corporation of America (MagCorp) mining Superfund site, Metal Bank Superfund site, and AK Steel Superfund site. Most recently, he was the expert consultant for DOJ during the Centredale Manor case in Rhode Island and was also DOJ’s expert witness for toxicological/epidemiological issues during the Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill case, which resulted in the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history at $20 billion.

Dr. DeGrandchamp served as the expert witness for the Navy Bureau of Medicine/Department of the Navy’s Office of the General Counsel in the Vieques case, which involved more than 6,000 residents of the island.

Dr. DeGrandchamp just finished testifying in a number of toxic tort cases in which his testimony focused on the liability of Monsanto for the PCBs that have contaminated food in the U.S. for more than 70 years. He also testified that chronic exposure to PCBs causes non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and linked life-long PCB exposure with genetic damage and the steps involved in the development of cancer.   

Dr. DeGrandchamp has conducted or reviewed more than 300 human health risk assessments (HHRAs) and toxicology studies regulated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA; Superfund); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and Underground Storage Tank (UST) programs as an expert consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Department of the Navy (DON), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, as well as chemical, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing companies.

Dr. DeGrandchamp has been the lead negotiator in over 150 regulatory meetings and provides expert toxicological support and expert witness testimony on all issues related to toxic chemical exposure.

Prior to founding SV, Dr. DeGrandchamp served as Corporate Director of Medical Toxicology and Health Sciences and Principal Toxicologist for Terranext, Director of Toxicology and Risk Assessment and Principal Toxicologist for GeoTrans (now part of Tetra Tech), and Toxicology and Atmospheric Science Discipline Leader and Principal Toxicologist for PRC Environmental Management Inc.

Expert Witness Support, Toxicology, Risk Assessment