Environmental

Compliance & Litigation

CMBG3’s Comprehensive

Environmental Services

Meeting Compliance

Identify legislation that will impact your business and recommend action steps to avoid disruption of business

Help clients develop comprehensive compliance programs to lower risk and reduce costs

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Specialists in California’s Proposition 65, which regulates over 900 chemicals and requires detailed compliance steps from companies that sell, distribute, or manufacture
products in California

Suzanne Englot, former Environmental Health and Safety Consultant, provides unique
expertise to ensure regulatory compliance

Health & Safety

Develop ways to integrate regulatory compliance systems with environmental
monitoring and measuring

Help clients achieve compliance objectives with health and safety training and
implementation

Create policies and procedures that encompass employee health and safety

Help companies with workplace violations achieve quick compliance

Environmental Litigation

Examples of environmental litigation cases that we have handled include:

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Post-fire contamination cases

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Hazardous waste site cleanup cases

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Transportation of hazardous waste cases

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Underground oil tank and boiler release cases

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Land, property, and water contamination, including CERCLA claims

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PFAS contamination

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Prop 65 litigation cases

Strength

in Numbers

PFAS Product Liability Cases – Are the Floodgates Now Open?

For the past three years, we have put forth the prediction that the PFAS litigation would evolve by expanding beyond lawsuits against PFAS...

PFAS In The Spotlight After Georgia Runoff Elections

Georgia’s recent Senate runoff elections resulted in a Democrat controlled U.S. Senate. The impact of the Georgia election will play out over the...

Air Pollution Cited As Cause of Death – Will Lawsuits Follow?

Ella Kissi-Debrah, a 9-year-old UK citizen, is believed to be the first person to have her death certificate list air pollution as a cause of her...

PFAS Under Biden Administration – Change Is Coming

With just over thirty days until President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office, the Biden-Harris team...

Climate Lawsuit In The Netherlands Looks To Accelerate Change

Recently in The Netherlands, a group of over 17,000 citizens and several environmental groups sued Shell, asking the Court to require the company to...

PFAS Action Plan By EPA Open To Public Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency recently requested public comment on guidance regarding its Significant New Use Rule for PFAS, accomplishing...

EPA’s Decision on Chlorpyrifos: Impact on litigation

In December 2020, EPA released its Proposed Interim Decision for the Registration Review of Chlorpyrifos (PID). The PID states that chlorpyrifos...

PFAS Included In EPA Stormwater and Wastewater Permits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced an interim strategy for regulating Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in...

New York Ban On PFAS In Food Packaging Is Now Law

In August 2020, we flagged that New York took a significant step in becoming the third state in the country to ban the use of per- and...

California Water District PFAS Lawsuit – $1 Billion At Stake

In August 2020, we flagged the possibility that local water boards in Orange County, California would file a lawsuit alleging that certain PFAS...

Regulated chemicals for which we counsel clients

Team members specializing in environmental issues

States in which we represent clients for environmental issues

Experts in California’s Prop 65 regulations

Overturning Massachusetts DEP’s Decision to Levy Fines

Our client was a light industrial company that, due to the nature of its work, stored several types of liquid and chemical waste on its property for later disposal. A fire damaged a large portion of the company building where the chemicals were stored. It was determined to be an accidental fire; however, the fire caused several containers of chemicals to explode, leading to contamination of the company’s land. The Massachusetts DEP investigated the chemical runoff from the fire and alleged that the chemicals had permeated public land and waterways at levels above allowable concentrations. Our investigation of surrounding industrial sources of pollution, our site inspections, and soil and water samples performed by an expert LSP enabled us to write a comprehensive response report to the DEP showing that the chemical pollution was confined to the company’s property and had likely never contaminated public soil or waterways. With our report and negotiations with the DEP, the agency dismissed the Notice of Responsibility against our client, thereby saving our client thousands of dollars in fines.

How We Can Help You

While all of our attorneys litigate environmental cases, should you need help with an issue in a specific state in which we regularly handle environmental legal matters, please contact

California Team

W. Joseph Gunter

Partner
Northern California
W. Joseph Gunter

Partner

Northern California

Christine D. Calareso

Partner & Director of California Offices
Southern California
Christine D. Calareso

Partner & Director of California Offices

(949) 467-9605
Southern California

Luis A. Barba

Supervising Partner - Irvine
Southern California
Luis A. Barba

Supervising Partner - Irvine

Southern California

Gilliam F. Stewart

Of Counsel
Northern California
Gilliam F. Stewart

Of Counsel

(415) 957-2322
Northern California

New England  Team

John P. Gardella

Shareholder
Boston, Massachusetts
John P. Gardella

Shareholder

(617) 279-8225
Boston, Massachusetts

Bryna Rosen Misiura

Shareholder
Boston, Massachusetts
Bryna Rosen Misiura

Shareholder

Boston, Massachusetts

Clifford V. Pascarella II

Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Clifford V. Pascarella II

Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

Suzanne Englot

Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Suzanne Englot

Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

Alexandra M. Fraher

Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Alexandra M. Fraher

Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

Jessica L. Deyoe

Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Jessica L. Deyoe

Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

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