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

Maine PFAS Products Bill Most Far-Reaching To Date

On July 15, 2021, Maine passed what was touted as the most aggressive PFAS bill related to products thus far in the country. While true that the...

Illinois Ban On PFAS AFFF – Joins 11 Other States

On August 6, 2021, Illinois became the twelfth state in the United States to ban PFAS-containing class B firefighting foam (also referred to as...

PFAS Action Act 2021 Moves Forward – But How Significant Is the Progress?

On April 13, 2021, House representatives introduced the PFAS Action Act 2021, a comprehensive 40 page piece of legislation that would require the...

EPA PFAS Release Data Made Public

Yesterday, the EPA PFAS release data was disclosed to the public for the first time, which is the result of a nearly year-long effort by the agency...

EPA PFAS Action Sees Much Broader Scope Than In Past

The latest EPA PFAS action on Monday, July 13, 2021 shows once again that the agency is seeking to aggressively regulate certain PFAS compounds...

Vermont PFAS Legislation Passes – Businesses Feel Impact

On May 18, 2021, a bill was signed into law related to Vermont PFAS legislation that is one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation related to...

PFAS Medical Monitoring Costs – The New Litigation Trend?

PFAS medical monitoring costs is not a new topic for the litigation - it is something that plaintiffs' counsel push for either as a damages...

PFAS In Cosmetics: Financial and Insurance Companies On Notice

PFAS in cosmetics has received steadily increasing media attention and with the publication of a June 15, 2021 scientific study in the Journal of...

New EPA PFAS Announcements Carry Significance

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took three new actions related to PFAS, each of them significant to companies in the United...

Georgia PFAS Lawsuits Will Impact Product Manufacturers

For the past few years, two Georgia PFAS lawsuits have quietly worked their way through the legal system, both of which center on PFAS water...

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

Trial Counsel
Northern California
W. Joseph Gunter

Trial Counsel

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

Senior Counsel
Northern California
Gilliam F. Stewart

Senior 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

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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