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 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...

PFAS Paper Mill Lawsuit Adds Additional Companies

In March 2021, we reported on a PFAS paper mill lawsuit in Maine, which was a class action lawsuit was filed in Maine by residents of Fairfield,...

FDA Ban On PFAS In Food Packaging Brought To Forefront

On June 3, 2021, a group of NGOs sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the agency to ban "all long- and short-chain per-...

PFAS Financial World Ticking Time Bomb

In recent years, significant media attention has been given to PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) and the impact that the chemicals can...

PFAS Legislation In Vermont Some of Most Aggressive In U.S.

On May 5, 2021, Vermont entered the final stages of enacting one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation related to PFAS in the country. The...

PFAS Paper Mill Settlement Reflects Growing Trend

Just a few days ago, an $11.9 million settlement was announced in a Michigan lawsuit in which a class of approximately 3,000 plaintiffs alleged that...

PFAS Exemptions Eliminated By EPA

Yesterday, the EPA, through the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, issued a statement that likely went well under the radar of many...

PFAS Action Act of 2021 Increases Pressure On Biden To Act

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

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

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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