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.