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Environmental & Natural Resources

Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Litigation

With recognized Environmental lawyers located in our Washington D.C., Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Illinois offices, including former senior officials from the DOJ, the EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and related state agencies, Clark Hill represents clients in complex environmental, energy, and natural resources litigation.

We assist clients with administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions, and the defense and prosecution of private party environmental cases, toxic tort, multidistrict, cost recovery, and other complex litigation.

Our team represents clients at sites in actions involving the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, hazardous waste programs such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) and nuclear waste regulations, and groundwater contamination, including defending or prosecuting cost recovery claims, negotiating regulatory requirements, and crafting settlements. Our practice group highlights include:

  • A premier team of former general counsels and recognized environmental leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOJ, EPA, and state agencies.
  • The routine handling of complex environmental, energy, and natural resource cases before federal circuit and district courts, and state and administrative tribunals involving enforcement defense, environmental assessments, licenses and permit issues, cleanup responsibility for chemical and radiological wastes, toxic torts, rehabilitation of former manufactured gas sites, regulatory or permitting challenges, and citizen suit cases.
  • Broad experience with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Superfund (CERCLA), Toxic Substances Control Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and natural resource laws such as the ESA, and related state statutes.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 and other public and private sector clients in matters involving the EPA, the DOJ, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, and related federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.
  • Representation in connection with natural resource damages and recovery actions, underground storage tanks, nuclear and chemical releases, and other matters involving soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Substantial experience with government investigations and other matters having the potential to result in civil or criminal enforcement.