The Firm represents clients in connection with hazardous waste disputes, including EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency)-initiated clean-up proceedings, private Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) litigation, and State regulatory matters.
CERCLA was enacted on December 11, 1980 and created a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries providing broad Federal authority to respond directly to releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment. We take into account every type of federal environmental law and each State counterparts like the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Atomic Energy Act (AEC), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA).
We defend claims and cost recovery actions. We work with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) litigation, international arbitration of high-exposure contamination cases, high-exposure environmental and toxic tort cases, energy and alternative energy sector, sediment contamination litigation, oilfield contamination litigation, drinking water contamination litigation, or chemical manufacturing sector, among others.
We settle environment waste enforcement actions brought against manufacturers and leading retailers. We also litigate complex scientific and regulatory issues with the help of experts. We handle cases on natural resources and endangered species dealing with the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Our litigators provide clients with the experience and know-how needed to contest or resolve environmental problems and disputes. The Firm also counsels insurers on environmental audits and on a broad range of environment issues, including coverage.
Our attorneys represent clients with virtually every type of environmental lawsuit—administrative rule challenges, permit appeals, enforcement defense, cost recovery claims, and trials and arbitrations over alleged environmental contamination. We represent defendants in individual and mass toxic tort actions. minimizing litigation costs, sharing opinions with medical and natural sciences.
Moreover, the detrimental effects of air pollution on health have been recognized for most of the last century and new photochemical pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide are likely to be related to infection.
Every kind of pollutant can cause dangerous diseases and our experienced pollutant attorneys represents clients with pollutant claims such as evidence of illnesses like Silicosis (exposure to silica), Welding Rod Fumes (high levels of manganese), heart and respiratory illnesses, infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.