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Environmental Law

Environmental Law

Spencer Fane Environmental attorneys help manufacturers, industrial facilities, developers, construction contractors, and related businesses across a wide range of industrial sectors identify, avoid, and solve environmental challenges that could potentially bring an immediate halt to operations. Our attorneys prioritize avoiding belabored legal deliberations about countless possible outcomes to an environmental issue to help clients achieve their goals and reach a point of resolution as expeditiously as possible.

As a result, our team is frequently called upon to advise on matters involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), and state counterparts. We also assist clients in liability, permitting, compliance, cleanups, transactions, asbestos, lead paint, underground storage tank issues, wetlands, NEPA, and OSHA and workplace safety matters.

Whether we are advising a manufacturing company, oil and gas operator, or a real estate developer wanting to redevelop a former industrial site, our approach is motivated by a clear understanding that legal issues are one of many important considerations clients must make when navigating an environmental matter. To that end, our team has deep experience helping clients not only identify and resolve environmental challenges that can come in the form of a regulatory enforcement action or litigation but also guiding in a manner in which they can altogether avoid risks to their operations.

While in some instances this means vigorously defending a matter in litigation, more frequently, our team seeks an approach that helps clients avoid litigation altogether. When possible, we pursue outcomes that preserve long-term relationships with regulatory agencies that our clients will likely continue to work with throughout the life of their businesses.

Our ability to counsel in this way stems from our team’s commitment to maintaining a deep understanding of the issues of greatest concern to our clients. Whether the matter is mundane or complex, our attorneys don’t only study an environmental problem, they weigh those technical issues against a client’s business goals to find sustainable solutions that satisfy an environmental concern while protecting the clients’ interests.

Our Environmental Law areas of focus include: