Wulchin, Gregory A.
US Fact Witness
Mr. Wulchin worked for ACVA Atlantic, later known as Healthy Buildings International (collectively referred to at “HBI”) as a field technician from 1988 through 1993. Mr. Wulchin, as a field technician, was responsible for traveling to job sites, collecting the data, and returning the information to HBI. He did not write final reports, as those were written by Gray Robertson or Peter Binnie, Simon Turner, and John Maderis. Mr. Wulchin believed that HBI’s equipment, which included the piezo-balance machine, the particulate counter, and the carbon monoxide machine, was not used to their full potential and that the ACVA filters involved by HBI in buildings were useless. He participated in the Swiss study and understood that it was their job to show that secondhand smoke was not a problem in the buildings at issue. This study, as well as others, were paid for by TI or Philip Morris. Technicians were advised to always focus and recommend ventilation as being the key to indoor air quality. Mr. Wulchin will testify that HBI routinely altered his reports regarding ETS from unacceptable levels to acceptable levels. For example, with regard to a study of the Imperial Bank Building in San Diego, California, Wulchin examined eight of his field reports and found that false, nonsensical entries had been made by Gray Robertson. The readings of two of his field reports demonstrated unacceptably high levels of particulates from cigarette smoking in rooms where there was good ventilation. Specifically, Robertson changed the particulate measurement that Wulchin made regarding a specific sample from 150 to 75. While reviewing other reports for the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, he found that HBI altered the results of other field measurements made by him.
- Will testify that HBI stressed that field staff should focus on ventilation and that ETS could be eliminated by good ventilation practices, even though such an assertion was at odds with inspections he performed by HBI.