Areas of Practice

Across the spectrum of environmental law, we offer advice and representation with practical, results-oriented lawyering in the following practice areas...
Category: Areas of Practice

Businesses, facilities and operations of every nature face environmental issues and problems. Our audit and due diligence services provide the foundation data essential for wise business management on a continuing basis.

These range from auditing existing plants and operations to conducting due diligence, from reviewing test results to negotiating transaction documents, from satisfying regulations to defending enforcement actions. Using this underlying reliable information, we can provide compliance counseling, strategy advice, and legal representation.

We deal with the maze of environmental laws and rules at the federal, state and local levels. For our clients we take mysteries out of these requirements, make them understandable, and translate them to your needs. By virtue of our long history in the field, we easily recruit leading experts where needed to assist. We easily relate to agency staff regulating your industrial operations and facilities.

We help clients set business objectives, consider new or expanded locations, structure business acquisitions, satisfy standards for permits, cope with agency inspections, respond to administrative orders, and deal with civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions.

These services are especially appreciated by clients who do not have internal corporate environmental staffs. We serve as outside special counsel for these important matters impacting the business.
Typically our clients are coping to comply with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Safe Drinking Water Act, Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Emergency Planning Community Right-To-Know Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Coastal Zone Management Act, or Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Equally our clients need to comply with Massachusetts state statutes such as its Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Wetlands Protection Act, Tidelands and Waterways Statutes, Great Pond Laws, Article 97 of the MA Constitution, General Laws Chapter 21C or Chapter 21D on solid waste, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), Massachusetts Oceans Act, Toxic Use Reduction Act, Historic and Archeological Resources statutes, Department of Labor and Industries rules, and local municipal Home Rule bylaws and ordinances.

We like to say that we efficiently can bring order out of chaos, keep clients out of trouble, and help them get out of trouble if they get in.

Businesses for which we have worked deal with agriculture and agricultural products and processing; automobiles and auto salvage; boatyards, marinas and boat services; building materials and construction; chemical manufacture, storage and transportation; concrete and asphalt manufacturing; construction; electric power generation and transmission; equipment and machinery yards; jewelry manufacturing; hazardous waste storage, treatment, transport and disposal; metal plating and fabricating; medical waste handling; natural gas pipelines, storage and transmission; recycling facilities and operations; oil storage and transportation; paper and box manufacturing; pesticides and herbicides storage and application; printing and painting operations; real estate development; recycling; road construction and reconstruction; sewers and sewage treatment; shopping malls; solar array siting and operations; solid waste transfer stations, landfills and incinerators; underground and above ground storage tanks; warehousing and wholesaling; and wind turbines siting and operations.

We warm to the technical and scientific aspects of the problems and opportunities you face. That helps us be even more effective on the applicable law and policy.

 

 

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