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Compliance Counseling and Risk Management

Brouse McDowell’s environmental lawyers regularly assist clients with the many environmental compliance, risk evaluation and enforcement issues that arise every day.  Whether it is a single question about when a warning or notification must be made, a comprehensive project involving environmental due diligence for a business transaction, the auditing of a facility, or evaluating environmental risks associated with a business’ operations, our lawyers communicate quickly and effectively to bring insight and solutions to our clients’ environmental problems, both everyday and extraordinary.

We have experience assisting our clients with a variety of planning activities, including Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans (“SPCC”) planning, closure requirements and RMP activities.  Our attorneys work closely with clients who have been notified of environmental violations to correct the violations, minimize enforcement consequences and avoid future incidents.  For many of our clients, we write policies and procedures and provide in-house training on identifying and developing environmental strategies and compliance issues.

In the enforcement arena, we are effective advocates for our clients, aggressively negotiating the lowest possible penalties, developing creative enforcement solutions and formulating strategies to bring clients into compliance expeditiously and efficiently.

Representative Matters:

  • Guided client through audit self-disclosure process and successfully avoided both federal and state enforcement action and penalty for the violation
  • Worked with client and state regulatory agency to obtain hazardous waste variance
  • Participated in facility wide environmental compliance audits