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Environmental Regulation and Litigation ‎

Overview

Schwabe's environmental team includes some of the most experienced and ‎knowledgeable attorneys in the Pacific Northwest, providing legal guidance on the regulatory matters affecting industry, agriculture and landowners.

As ‎environmental laws and regulations become more complex and demanding, ‎our team's broad range of skills and experience can provide businesses ‎with important legal advice for compliance, permitting and more.‎

Our clients include a broad array of businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to local farms, which we help navigate the web of environmental regulations. We ‎advise clients on issues such as handling and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, health and safety regulations, permitting (stormwater, process water, ‎air emissions, health and safety), investigation and remediation of contaminated properties, ‎and regulatory enforcement actions with state and federal agencies.

Experience

  • Successfully obtaining a permit for air emissions for a crude by rail transloading terminal.
  • Successfully obtaining permits for air emissions and process water and stormwater discharge for a proposed coal transloading facility.
  • Assisting private ranch owners with Endangered Species Act compliance related to listing of the sage grouse.
  • Advising public ports on Endangered Species Act compliance and development issues related to the streaked horned lark.
  • Appealing a state enforcement action against terminal operators for alleged violation of an air permit.
  • Successfully negotiating a significant reduction in penalties in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement action.
  • Analyzing contamination liability risks associated with historical operations and assist with acquisition of paper mill assets.
  • Conducting internal audits of hazardous waste procedures and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance for numerous manufacturing companies and wood products mills.
  • Negotiating agreements with federal and state agencies to keep a contaminated site from being listed on the National Priorities List (NPL).
  • Assisting multiple mills, foundries, and property owners and operators with remedial investigation and remediation of contaminated property.

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