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Our Environmental Law practice group assists our clients with a variety of environmental matters including permitting, regulatory compliance, and enforcement-related matters as well as with transactions and agreements. Our goal is to guide our clients through the complex regulatory requirements of federal, state and local environmental laws, and to find cost-effective solutions to environmental compliance challenges and environmental disputes.
Our environmental attorneys regularly deal with federal, state and local regulatory agencies in matters such as:
  • Oil and hazardous substance spill prevention programs including state and federal regulations under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA 90), Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans, and Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank (UST and AST) regulatory programs
  • Virginia Water Protection and Virginia Stormwater Management Program permits
  • Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA or Clean Water Act) and other water pollution programs, including NPDES permitting, industrial pretreatment permits, and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act regulations and permits
  • Air pollution regulations and permits including Title V permits, and air toxics regulations
  • Wetlands regulations and permits
  • Commercial fishing regulations and National Marine Fisheries Service litigation
  • Hazardous and solid waste regulations and permits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Brownfields redevelopment projects
  • Environmental compliance aspects of government contracts
  • Advice and assistance on environmental insurance issues, including pollution liability insurance
  • Mold contamination of buildings and structures
  • Corporate stock and asset purchases, mergers and acquisitions
  • Asset purchase and sale agreements

Working in conjunction with attorneys in our Litigation and Real Estate practice groups, our environmental attorneys regularly advise and represent clients in:

  • Environmental litigation, including toxic torts and contaminated real estate disputes
  • CERCLA (“Superfund”) claims and litigation
  • Environmental due diligence in real estate transactions including review and assistance in Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)
  • Regulatory compliance advice and assistance in development of compliance plans and policies
  • Permit applications
  • Environmental compliance audits
  • Defense of state and federal criminal environmental cases
Clients of our environmental law practice are drawn from all sectors of the business community including shipbuilding and ship repair, vessel owners and operators, transportation companies, port and terminal operators, construction, government contractors, industrial facilities, real estate owners and developers, educational facilities, airports, and government agencies. Several of the attorneys in our environmental practice group have degrees in engineering or natural sciences.
EPA Releases PFAS Strategic Roadmap
Joe Romero
Highlights – Businesses could face additional PFAS compliance requirements as early as 2022 – EPA planning to list PFAS as a CERCLA hazardous substance by 2023 – Expect PFAS to be addressed in NPDES permits and industrial ELGs – Expect establishment of PFAS drinking water limits and water quality criteria ...
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Environmental Justice Emerges as EPA and Virginia Priority
Joe Romero
Recent guidance issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) evidences EPA’s intention to better incorporate Environmental Justice (“EJ”) considerations into program administration and enforcement.  Specifically, EPA issued two memoranda that signal a revitalized focus on EJ enforcement. On June 21, 2021, EPA issued a memorandum titled Strengthening Environmental Justice ...
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EPA Proposes Retroactive PFAS Reporting
Joe Romero
On June 28, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a proposed rule that would require a one-time report from companies that manufactured or imported per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in any year since January 1, 2011. The proposed rule would require regulated entities to provide an expansive suite ...
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