Our team boasts decades of experience helping commercial, industrial, privately-held, and small-business clients meet their business goals while complying with the often onerous regulations governing the cleanup of contaminated property.
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Remediation projects hit our desks at every stage of compliance, and we take a soup to nuts approach when assessing the environmental risk, liability, and exposure inherent in owning, operating, selling, divesting, financing, investing in and developing contaminated property.
Minimizing costs while maximizing efficiencies
We resolve complex environmental issues to the satisfaction of the regulators, with a focus on getting there with a pragmatic and cost-effective path.
Our attorneys understand the regulations and science driving the cleanup. We work in collaboration with environmental consultants, engineers, and regulators to develop remedial strategies tailored to our clients’ business needs and bottom lines. We also know when to pivot as circumstances change, thinking ahead to minimize costs and maximize efficiencies.
We guide our clients throughout the life cycle of a cleanup, including:
Counseling on spill reporting obligations under applicable state and federal laws
Developing cleanup strategy at the diligence, investigation, and remediation stage
Evaluating remediation paths with an eye toward cost efficiencies, redevelopment timelines, and exit strategy
Negotiating favorable terms and conditions, and pushing for reliable cost estimates and cleanup timelines from environmental consultants
Addressing post-remediation compliance obligations, such as remedial permits and reporting
Strategizing institutional control (e.g., deed notices) and engineering control cleanup remedies in line with planned/future property use
Procuring operational permits such as those permitting discharges to surface water and groundwater
Assisting with financial assurance obligations
Advising on cost recovery under various mechanisms, such as insurance policies, indemnities, and contribution actions
Securing insurance policies to mitigate short and long-term environmental exposure
Negotiating with regulators on cleanup strategy and enforcement/compliance issues
Interfacing with potential buyers, lenders, and investors on environmental risk and liability issues