Environmental

Enforcement Orders and Voluntary Cleanup Projects                  Environmental Law Litigation
Environmental Due Diligence and Brownfields   Regulatory Compliance

 

Enforcement Orders and Voluntary Cleanup Projects

Primary Attorney Contacts: Nicole R. Gleason, Anne Baptiste

  • Assisted a municipal client in investigating and remediating a regional PCE plume released from multiple third party facilities and obtained significant Cleanup and Abatement Account grant funds to finance the multi-year project.
  • Advised client regarding evacuation of a warehouse facility caused by hydrogen sulfide releases and managed the subsequent investigation and remediation as well as employee notices and concerns.
  • Represented property owner in a DTSC enforcement action involving hexalvalent chromium and arsenic impacts caused by historic wood treatment activities.
  • Assisted developer client to obtain grant funding from the Orphan Site Cleanup Fund for remediation of Stoddard Solvent releases from historic, third dry cleaning operations.
  • Negotiated a deed restriction with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for a property owner client in connection with residual free product at a petroleum site and obtained a No Further Action letter.

 

Environmental Due Diligence and Brownfields

Primary Attorney Contacts: Nicole R. Gleason, Danielle R. Stephens and Anne Baptiste

  • Represented a buyer of a former railyard facility, including placement of pollution legal liability and cost cap insurance policies, for a commercial shopping center.
  • Assisted client in the early transfer of a former naval shipyard property with significant residual contamination including metals, solvents, hydrocarbons and PCBs for redevelopment as an educational facility.
  • Assisted public parks client in the expansion of their land holdings through the early transfer of a former naval weapons storage property.
    Represented numerous developers of contaminated properties in negotiating agreements with environmental oversight agencies.
  • Represent lender in transaction involving on-going remediation of target property by third party and successfully negotiate appropriate indemnity protection.
  • Represent numerous sellers and buyers of impacted properties including resolution of reporting obligations, transfer and management of past and future liability, insurance coverage, and management of agency, lender and tenant concerns.

 

Environmental Law Litigation

Primary Attorney Contacts: Nicole R. Gleason, Anne Baptiste

  • Representing potentially responsible parties in multiparty Superfund and cost recovery cases, including at the BKK Landfill Site in West Covina, CA and the Mouren-Laurens/Leach Oil Company (Rev973) Sites in Compton, CA,
  • Represented owner of Northern California bulk oil storage facility in settlement of two related-cases involving impacts from a prior owner’s operations.
  • Successfully settle multimillion-dollar CERCLA and HSAA cost recovery action brought by DTSC following releases from a former wood treatment facility.
  • Brought Superfund cost recovery action against former dry cleaner operator and former shopping center owners with respect to impacts to the shopping center and adjacent, residential neighborhood on behalf of current property owner and master tenant.
  • Represented fireworks manufacturer in defense of complex, multi-party, perchlorate contamination litigation in multiple United States District Court actions.
  • Represented numerous retail clients in defense of Proposition 65 action for failure to warn of health risks arising from exposure to hazardous substances.

 

Regulatory Compliance

Primary Attorney Contacts: Nicole R. Gleason, Anne Baptiste

  • Advised clients regarding hazardous waste generation, storage, transportation and disposal requirements.
  • Advised multiple clients regarding emergency spill reporting obligations.
  • Represented clients in permitting processes, with particular emphasis on well installation and destruction, waste discharge requirements, and underground storage tanks.