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

White House Action Regarding Proposed PFAS Bill

On January 7, 2020, the White House announced its intention to veto the PFAS 2019 Action Plan.  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) are a...

EPA Designates High and Low Priority Chemicals as Part of Toxic Substance Evaluation

Forty more chemical substances have been designated as high or low priority for risk evaluation by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has...

EPA Makes Progress on PFAS Action Plan

The EPA has released a proposed Systematic Review Protocol that, when finalized, will be used to conduct toxicity assessments for five of the...

EPA’s Methylene Chloride Ban Faces Legal Challenge

A group of public health and environmental advocacy organizations has filed a lawsuit in the Second Circuit challenging the EPA’s partial ban on...

PFAS In the News Again – MA Cleanup Bill + Toxic Turf?

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Bill to Fund PFAS Cleanup Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill for supplemental spending in early...

Major Retailer Pulls PFAS From Shelves

Home Depot recently announced its intention to remove PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)-coated rugs and carpets from its shelves by the...

EPA Regulates Paint Chemical Under TSCA

The EPA has released guidance on a new rule that prohibits the manufacture, processing, or distribution of a the chemical methylene chloride, a...

Calm Before the Storm

In 2018, California was ravaged by multiple large-scale wildfires, killing more than 100 people and firefighters and resulting in more than $9...

Suzanne Englot Publishes On Attorneys As Compliance Officers

In the January / February 2019 issue of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Section Review, CMBG3's Suzanne Englot write on the issue of an...

Suzanne Englot Publishes Article On Resilience For Environmental Claims

Congratulations to CMBG3's Suzanne Englot, whose article (Reducing Risk In Environmental Liability Policies) was published on January 7, 2019 in the...

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

Christine D. Calareso

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

Partner & Director of California Offices

(949) 467-9605
Southern California

Gilliam F. Stewart

Of Counsel
Northern California
Gilliam F. Stewart

Of Counsel

(415) 957-2322
Northern California

Aaron L. Britton

Associate Attorney
Southern California
Aaron L. Britton

Associate Attorney

Southern California

Luis A. Barba

Supervising Partner - Irvine
Southern California
Luis A. Barba

Supervising Partner - Irvine

Southern California

W. Joseph Gunter

Partner
Northern California
W. Joseph Gunter

Partner

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

Associate Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Clifford V. Pascarella II

Associate Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

Ross Elwyn

Associate Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Ross Elwyn

Associate Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

Suzanne Englot

Associate Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Suzanne Englot

Associate Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

Alexandra M. Fraher

Associate Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Alexandra M. Fraher

Associate Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

Jessica L. Deyoe

Associate Attorney
Boston, Massachusetts
Jessica L. Deyoe

Associate Attorney

Boston, Massachusetts

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