Hazardous Waste

When hazardous materials are released into the environment, the damage can be overwhelming. As a result, a complex array of laws and regulations apply regarding toxic substances, and those responsible for their release are often held to a strict liability standard and subject to open-ended damages.
 
Comprised of lawyers experienced in every area of environmental law, Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Hazardous Waste team is a leader in advising both private and public agency clients on all types of environmental issues. We fully understand the subtleties and interplay of the many environmental laws that apply regarding hazardous materials, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and state and federal clean water and clean air acts, among others. This understanding and experience enable us to guide clients through legal and regulatory requirements, minimize liability risk, devise strategies to manage and contain cleanup costs, and effectively prosecute and resolve litigation when it arises.
 
Our environmental lawyers regularly represent clients before regulatory bodies and in trial and appellate courts, as well as offer counsel regarding due diligence investigation, zoning and permitting issues, hazardous material handling, regulatory compliance, responsible-party obligations, insurance coverage, and remediation obligations. Combining legal and environmental regulatory experience with an understanding of the underlying sciences, we have effectively resolved a wide variety of hazardous waste cleanup and abatement claims, CERCLA and RCRA cost-recovery settlements and toxic tort actions, as well as enforcement actions brought by the EPA and state and local regulatory agencies. We have defended clients throughout California against Proposition 65 claims and provide advice to help clients successfully avoid liability.
 
Our attorneys possess decades of experience representing public agencies and practicing before virtually every California and federal agency. This combination has earned us the respect of regulators and informs how best to assist our clients. BB&K goes further, assisting clients with government relations and advocating to secure cleanup funding.   
 
Ultimately, good representation requires a partnership with the client and expert consultants, enhanced by experience and effective working relationships with staff, lawyers and all those involved in a matter. Our long-standing client relationships and effective counsel exemplify this and enable us to allay clients’ concerns regarding hazardous materials problems.




 

  • Represent a port district in litigation to require responsible parties to clean up contamination in a major West Coast port.  
  • Represent Los Angeles County in assisting  the efforts of  the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and EPA  to clean up lead contamination of 5,000 to 10,000 residences from the Exide facility.
  • Successfully prosecuted a special district’s $1 million claim for cleanup of hazardous materials in state trial and appellate courts, and counseled client through the regulatory oversight and cleanup.
  • Counseled private client through regulatory process before Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding the purported release of hazardous materials on private property. 
  • Represented the City of Merced in an action brought by approximately 2,200 plaintiffs for alleged chemical and biological contamination, CWA and RCRA violations, and flood damages. The City obtained dismissal of the CWA and RCRA claims and settled on favorable terms. 
  • Represented the City of Colton in approximately 10 federal and state lawsuits, in litigation lasting nearly 10 years, over perchlorate groundwater contamination. The cases settled with Colton recovering almost all of its damages, and the responsible parties funding a nearly $100 million cleanup. 
  • Represent Los Angeles County before the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding cleanup of the former BKK Carson Landfill and cost recovery from numerous public agencies and private entities. 
  • Served as co-counsel for North Kern Water Storage District in a three-month bench trial concerning pre-1914 appropriative water rights, prevailing on appeal.
  • Represented the City of Needles in two related lawsuits that helped prevent the licensing of a low-level radioactive waste facility at Ward Valley, California.
Piero C. Dallarda

Piero C. Dallarda

Partner

(951) 826-8338

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Special Districts
John D. Freshman

John D. Freshman

Senior Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5301

Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Hazardous Waste | Water
John H. Holloway

John H. Holloway

Partner

(213) 617-7495

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Michelle Ouellette

Michelle Ouellette

Partner

(951) 826-8373

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Danielle G. Sakai

Danielle G. Sakai

Partner

(951) 826-8328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Ward H. Simmons

Ward H. Simmons

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8366

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Andrew M. Skanchy

Andrew M. Skanchy

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2854

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Gene Tanaka

Gene Tanaka

Partner

(925) 977-3301

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation | Water

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