Enforcement Of Environmental Regulations
Our attorneys have significant experience addressing alleged violations issued by agencies such as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
We assist clients in each step of the enforcement process, including formulating the initial response to the alleged violations and negotiating with environmental and OSHA regulators. We are well aware that appeals before administrative bodies can pose unique challenges due to their very specialized nature. Our goal is to minimize any potential financial penalty from violations and, if necessary, to help you remedy the violation. To that end, we can also provide advice on how to improve your company’s compliance measures to help you avoid future violations. We aim to help clients resolve these enforcement issues before they become more serious, but we are experienced in handling enforcement issues when they result in litigation.
- Representing a remediation contractor in a multi-party, multi-faceted litigation arising from a fly ash land slide that impacted a residential neighborhood.
- Representing a waste and recycled oil recovery transporter in Superfund litigation arising out of the cleanup of a waste oil recovery facility.
- The representation of a waste disposal company in various regulatory and permitting matters, including litigation arising out of permitting and civil penalty actions.
- The representation of a major chemical manufacturer concerning several hazardous disposal sites where its waste was disposed by a transporter.
- The representation of a municipal water company in an action against the owners and operators of several industrial facilities located near the water company’s water supply wells for damages caused by groundwater contamination by industrial solvents.
- The representation of a generator of listed hazardous wastes in an action brought by the owner of the disposal company which accepted them for delivery to and disposal at the disposal company’s landfill. The action, which was brought under the federal and state Superfund laws as well as Pennsylvania common law, sought several million dollars in the estimated costs involved in closing the landfill in compliance with Pennsylvania hazardous waste disposal area regulations.
- The representation of a hazardous waste disposal company which transported industrial wastes to a municipal landfill, in an action brought by the United States Environmental Protection Agency seeking to compel generators and transporters of industrial wastes to finance the estimated $50 million closure of the landfill.
- The representation of a municipal operator of a sewage collection and treatment system in multifaceted litigation arising out of the alleged contamination of farmland from cadmium contained in sewage sludge used as a fertilizer and soil conditioner on the land.
- The representation of a coal mining company in an appeal of a compliance order directing the treatment or abatement of a large polluting groundwater discharge emanating from the ground approximately 200 yards off the mine site.
- The representation of a large real estate development company in an action against the state environmental protection agency and a local municipality challenging a construction ban imposed by DER as a result of the municipality’s failure to enact a sewage facilities plan acceptable to DER.
- The representation of a municipal drinking water authority involving contamination of the public water supply with MTBE.
- The representation of the operator of a POTW in a civil penalty action initiated by EPA under the Clean Water Act for alleged failure to enforce pre-treatment standards.