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Addressing the environmental impacts of operating businesses and organizations in the United States is a critical responsibility. Whether building a new power plant, operating a chemical manufacturing facility, developing greenfield property, assessing previously developed real property for contamination before acquisition, or addressing the effects of historical contamination, companies confront a multitude of environmental considerations. These include sorting through state and federal environmental laws and regulations, ascertaining what permits may be required, and evaluating ongoing compliance. Companies can face significant economic uncertainty when faced with complicated frameworks of federal and state regulations that are increasingly at odds with each other—especially in the case of shifting standards governing air, water and other natural resources. Navigating all of these challenges in achieving and planning for environmental compliance, while also meeting their business goals, is paramount.

Attorneys in Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Environmental Group serve as trusted advisors to help clients understand the full scope of environmental requirements and to help them make informed business decisions both in their day-to-day operations and in courtrooms and administrative tribunals nationwide. Our team, which includes alumni of a variety of environmental agencies, advises: 

  • Energy companies in the traditional energy, renewable and utilities sectors
  • Chemical and industrial manufacturing companies
  • Waste management companies
  • Other types of companies and nonprofit institutions, ranging from pharmaceutical companies, mining companies and auto manufacturers to colleges and universities
  • Municipalities and residents
  • Current and former property owners
  • Property developers
  • Potentially responsible parties (PRPs)
  • Law firms and their clients seeking guidance on state-specific environmental nuances

We provide counsel on a comprehensive array of environmental matters, whether associated with real estate, corporate transactions or litigation, in areas including:

  • Environmental permitting processes and related civil matters under all major federal environmental and state statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and various laws relating to oil and gas, including the Natural Gas Act. On behalf of our clients, we interact, coordinate and negotiate regularly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), state agencies and their individual bureaus, appeals boards, specialty agencies, and state attorneys general. 
  • Compliance, including assessing permit noncompliance incidents and related self-disclosure reporting obligations, and responding to notices of permit noncompliance. We also counsel clients on environmental crisis management and response and on compliance with obligations arising under federal and state environmental, health, and safety laws and regulations.
  • General counseling and strategic planning, including providing strategic roadmaps on compliance procedures, permitting processes and threatened or anticipated litigation; advising on how state and federal agencies function and approach various issues and disputes; and addressing both intrastate and interstate planning issues that may arise 
  • Corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and finance
  • Real estate due diligence, including assessing the potential risks involved in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, reviewing buyer-protection statutes, and advising on CERCLA and other environmental issues arising from real estate transactions 
  • Civil and criminal litigation and administrative actions before federal and state courts nationwide, administrative tribunals, boards, and agencies, including matters related to:
    • Project permitting
    • Government cost recovery actions under CERCLA/Superfund and comparable state laws
    • Private-party cost recovery and contribution actions under CERCLA/Superfund and comparable state laws 
    • Enforcement proceedings under CERCLA/Superfund, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and other federal and state environmental statutes
    • Appeals
    • Class actions
    • Defense of citizens’ suits initiated under RCRA and other statutes
    • Environmental contract disputes, including contractual indemnification and insurance recovery issues

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The group includes attorneys who have received the following recognition:

  • Chambers USA

    Chambers and Partners uses a team of more than 140 researchers to rank lawyers on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client-service.

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" National Tier 1 ranked Environmental Law Practice
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