Environmental Counseling & Compliance

Overview

In a constantly evolving regulatory environment, a proactive compliance strategy is essential to avoid triggering an enforcement action. When potential environmental issues are overlooked, it can lead to potential penalties and capital expenditures as well as costly remediation that can impact your bottom line and sometimes risk the viability of your business or organization.

Our environmental attorneys will work closely with you to develop practical compliance strategies that eliminate or minimize current and future environmental liabilities. We start with a comprehensive environmental, health, and safety compliance audit to determine the scope and extent of your compliance issues, if any, and make recommendations on ways to better conform operations to federal, state, and local environmental laws. These include Superfund and state voluntary cleanup laws, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) and state solid and hazardous waste management laws, Clean Water Act ("CWA") and wetlands laws, clean air laws, community and worker right-to-know laws, and the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act ("HMTA").

Based on the outcome of our audit, we may recommend working with our strategic network of consultants to design an environmental management system to aid in future compliance.

How We Can Help

  • RCRA and state hazardous waste requirements
  • CAA and CWA permits for direct and indirect discharges
  • spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plans
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act ("EPCRA") and state community-right-to know laws
  • regulation of aboveground storage tanks ("ASTs") and underground storage tanks ("USTs")
  • storage tank registration
  • environmental permitting
  • asbestos abatement, removal and management
  • redevelopment of Brownfields and state voluntary cleanup statutes
  • land use development
  • facility siting
  • training
  • reporting obligations
  • meetings with federal and state regulatory agencies related to compliance matters

What Sets Us Apart

  • The team includes former trial attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ"), former officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), and former Assistant United States attorneys.
  • One member served six terms as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Environmental and Energy Litigation Committee.
  • Members of the group write, lecture, and teach on environmental law topics, and have earned public recognition for their work.  
  • 2017 Chambers USA ranked Blank Rome for Environment in Pennsylvania
  • 2019 U.S. News & World Report—Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc.) national ranks: Litigation – Environmental: Tier 2
  • 2019 U.S. News & World Report—Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc.) regional ranks:
    • Litigation – Environmental: Tier 1, Philadelphia and Tier 2, New Jersey
    • Environmental Law: Tier 2, Philadelphia