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Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Defended challenges to first air and hazardous waste permits issued for secondary lead smelter in over 25 years
  • Numerous successful permitting efforts for green-field and expanding manufacturing facilities, including obtaining, and amending Plant-wide Applicability Limits for air emissions
  • Obtained and defended challenges to Subtitle D commercial municipal solid waste landfill permits
  • Successfully guided clients in numerous self-reporting efforts following internal audits
  • Advised numerous manufacturers and distributers on labeling, false claims and transportation placarding requirements
  • Secured manufacturer’s storm water discharge permit for aviation company constructing a 40,000 square foot hangar near wetlands surrounding airport

We help you manage

  • Identification of applicable regulatory requirements
  • Preparation of permit application
  • Developing comments on draft permits 
  • Preparation for public hearings/media responses
  • Periodic self-audits and corrective actions
  • Identification of best management practices
  • Preparation for inspections/incident investigations
  • Anticipation of new/proposed requirements

Interdisciplinary and diverse backgrounds

  • Experienced attorneys well-versed in federal and state environmental regulatory programs and administrative processes
  • Former counsel to federal and state agencies on coastal environmental regulation and land use
  • Former assistant in-house counsel to company supporting alternative energy options
  • Member and former chairman of state agency funding conservation of over 250,000 acres in a Southeastern state
  • Member of board of directors of Green Chamber of the South and Georgia Land Trust Service Center
  • Leaders in influential environmental associations and in environmental committees for state and federal legal organizations
  • Served as counsel to trade associations

Our clients range from Fortune 50 corporations to single-facility companies, including

  • Manufacturing
    • Aerospace
    • Agricultural chemicals, maintenance vehicles, lawn equipment, and hand tools
    • Appliances (commercial and residential)
    • Automotive and automotive parts
    • Biomass and other alternative energy producers
    • Ceramics
    • Chemicals and specialty chemical manufacturers, processors, and suppliers
    • Consumer products
    • Electrical and lighting
    • Pesticides and pesticide devices
    • Pharmaceutical drugs and devices
    • Plastics and Polymers
    • Recreational vehicles
    • Textiles
  • Commercial waste management and recyclers 
    • Asbestos
    • C&D
    • Coal ash
    • Scrap metal
    • Solid and hazardous waste
    • Used oil
    • Tires
    • Waste-to-energy
  • Construction
  • Forestry and forest products
  • Metal working, foundries, and metal coatings
  • Mining
  • Pulp and paper industry
  • Residential and commercial real estate, including development
  • Retailers
  • Transportation
    • Trucking
    • Rail
  • Utilities and other energy suppliers

Our environmental attorneys' decades of experience inform the judgment and guidance we share with you 

  • Legislative and regulatory developments and advocacy – monitoring, drafting comments, applying environmental laws and regulations as they have developed and matured; task force participation drafting and/or evaluating effects of proposed legislation and regulations
  • Industry experience − wide range of industries served enables us to understand business interests and bring balanced perspectives 
  • Field experience − assisting clients in implementing compliance actions
  • Thought leadership – articles, contributing to national environmental publications, speaking on important developments in environmental law; comments and white papers on state and federal statutes, regulations and guidance documents (since the 1980s)
  • Industry and trade association initiatives − we work tirelessly to assist in efforts to maintain reasonable and effective environmental protections to help allow successful business operations  
  • Leadership − our attorneys serve in leadership positions in the American Bar Association (Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources; Section of Litigation; Business Law Section) and other national and state legal organizations 

Our team’s judgment and practical know-how provide you with the support you want in identifying, weighing, and handling risks and liabilities

  • Anticipating changes in air emissions programs and finding effective response strategies to comply
  • Advising you about how proposed regulations and regulatory amendments will affect your operations
  • Planning for permits for new manufacturing plants and heading off possible challenges
  • Providing Innovative approaches to support sensible permit features
  • Guiding internal audits, practices and programs to enhance compliance
  • Investigating whistle-blower allegations
  • Briefing the C-suite on complex environmental issues in understandable terms
  • Evaluating and managing risks from non-compliance or accidental releases
  • Teaming with industry groups with common interests
  • Guiding reporting and clean-ups when spills occur or contamination is discovered
  • Bringing in consultants with scientific expertise to supplement in-house resources
  • Managing contamination at legacy sites
  • Weighing in for you on regulations that are beyond an agency’s authority or that just don’t make sense scientifically
  • Finding reasonable resolution to disagreements with agencies in compliance and enforcement matters

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Defended challenges to first air and hazardous waste permits issued for secondary lead smelter in over 25 years
  • Numerous successful permitting efforts for green-field and expanding manufacturing facilities, including obtaining, and amending Plant-wide Applicability Limits for air emissions
  • Obtained and defended challenges to Subtitle D commercial municipal solid waste landfill permits
  • Successfully guided clients in numerous self-reporting efforts following internal audits
  • Advised numerous manufacturers and distributers on labeling, false claims and transportation placarding requirements
  • Secured manufacturer’s storm water discharge permit for aviation company constructing a 40,000 square foot hangar near wetlands surrounding airport
  • Substantial experience in matters involving state and federal air, water, waste, land resource, development and occupational health statutes and regulations
  • Knowledge of who’s who in environmental regulatory agencies
  • Prior industry experience
  • Access to Nelson Mullins colleagues from other practice areas necessary to provide comprehensive evaluation of business needs associated with environmental representations
  • Close partnerships with in-house counsel to understand what keeps them up at night and help them solve those problems
  • Efficient staffing and favorable rates

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