Environment

Regulatory & Compliance Counseling

We provide regulatory counseling services in connection with all aspects of environmental law. Our attorneys assist our clients with ensuring environmental compliance consistent with good business practices. We have represented our clients before numerous federal, state and local agencies.

Representative Experience

  • Advise a national importer on environmental consumer product labeling issues for products imported primarily from Southeast Asia.  This included labeling requirements for Proposition 65, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) content and hazardous substances.
  • Assisting a developer in complying with various environmental regulatory requirements arising from the acquisition of an operating defense industry facility for residential redevelopment. This process has involved negotiations with five separate regulatory agencies to obtain site closure and other necessary approvals. Using health risk assessment and other risk management tools, we enabled the client to reach an agreement to sell the property to a national home builder before completion of site cleanup.
  • Represent a municipal client on various compliance and counseling issues involving the Regional Water Quality Control Board, including NPDES compliance and sewage discharge matters.
  • Represent a municipal client with respect to various compliance and counseling issues involving the Air Quality Management District (AQMD).
  • Counseled a wood-floors manufacturing client regarding compliance with newly enacted AQMD rules.
  • Represented a regional shopping center developer that demolished asbestos laden buildings. The demolition precipitated enforcement actions by a local health care agency, CalOSHA and the district attorney. Achieved successful resolution of claims with a reasonable fine, avoided prosecution and avoided adverse publicity
  • Managed issues for an industrial concern charged with unlawful wastewater discharge to the river.  Resulted in a minimal fine and elimination of unjustified agency investigation fees.
  • Represented private parties and public agencies in preparation of, or response to, environmental impact reports in connection with large, complex real estate development projects.
  • Represented Beverly Hills hotel owner/developer in major entitlement and variance proceedings.
  • Appeared before numerous federal, state and local agencies on compliance and rule-making matters.  With our client’s assistance, formed the Southern California Bakers Air Quality Association to represent the area’s nine largest commercial bakers regarding development of South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1153, which controls ethanol emissions from large commercial bakeries. Achieved negotiated rule that saved Association members in excess of several million dollars in capital and operational costs.
  • Represented small and medium-sized businesses in the RECLAIM program, which is a SCQAMD initiative to adopt an emissions trading, market incentives, air quality control program. 
  • Represented Printing Industry Association of Southern California in major Superfund site controversy.
  • Counseled Association of Textile Dyers and Printers & Finishers of Southern California in rule-making air quality proceedings before the SCAQMD.

For more information, please contact David A. Cranston.

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