Polsinelli’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice provides representation and a wealth of experience in all areas of environmental, workplace health and safety, transactional, corporate, energy and natural resources law. Our team, uniquely comprised of attorneys and policy advisors having impressive backgrounds in the public, private and legislative sectors, has strong relationships with local, state and federal lawmakers and regulators that are recognized as being of substantive knowledge and integrity.

Our approach in serving our clients is distinctive. We align our goals with theirs by understanding their needs and desires, operating proactively and efficiently to eliminate costs and risks, minimize negative public perception, and by focusing on risk avoidance strategies that resolve core governmental concerns and demonstrate effective future compliance.

Whether at the local, state, federal or community levels, and regardless of the entity or business, our representation includes:
Our experience, both administrative and judicial, spans from individual to multi-plaintiff, singular to multi-jurisdictional, civil to criminal, and local to federal. Our national presence and broad range of experience allows us the breadth and depth necessary to serve our clients anywhere on any of the aforementioned matters, and enable us to update our clients on policy and regulatory matters providing them an opportunity to intercede appropriately and timely. It is our collaborative and synergetic approach to resolving issues that receives the appreciation of our clients.
  • Representation of the Government of Kuwait in its multi-billion dollar claims against the Government of Iraq for the environmental damage resulting from Iraq's 1990-1991 invasion and occupation of Kuwait, including damages associated with unexploded ordnance, widespread disturbance of Kuwait's sensitive desert environment, and the largest releases of crude oil in history.
  • Representation of a major groundwater claimant in the Gila River adjudication in which the delineation between surface water and groundwater is essential in determining the water rights and maintaining historic uses of the water.
  • Representation regarding assessing natural resource damages (NRD) claims in various state presented by various trustees.
  • Representation regarding defense of claims and compliance with the California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).
  • Representation regarding the restart of operations of an open pit copper mine and mill after years of curtailment of operations including every labor, operational and regulatory permitting and licensing aspect of the project.
  • Representation regarding defense of a Clean Air Act (CAA) enforcement action involving mobile source emission allegations, international trade and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) enforcement against domestic retailers of products made overseas.
  • Representation regarding defense against citations brought by the Mine Safety and Health Administration alleging violations under the Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA) of standards applicable to the work area.
  • Representation regarding defense of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA) cost recovery and contribution claims brought by the U.S. EPA through administrative action, involving allegations of contribution to historical radioactive contamination on U.S. Native American lands.
  • Representation of the City of Nogales, Arizona in several cross-border contamination and remediation issues.
  • Representation of major propane retailers in litigation successfully challenging federal hazardous materials transportation regulations, as well as in negotiating rulemaking (conducted under the Federal Advisory Committee Act) resulting in the underlying issues being successfully resolved.
  • Representation of a railroad company in a CERCLA cost recovery action in federal court resulting in a summary judgment.
  • Representation of a recycling company in responding to multiple state and local solid and hazardous waste and CAA enforcement actions, ultimately resolving the underlying regulatory disputes, helping to repair the company’s relationships with its regulators, and concluding all enforcement actions through settlements in which many of the allegations of noncompliance were withdrawn.
  • Representation of an international sporting goods manufacturer in the development and implementation of its ISO 14001 environmental management systems plans.
  • Representation of U.S. Native American tribes regarding industrial and commercial development on tribal lands, development of environmental rules and regulations for tribal lands and defense of claims brought against a tribe under the Oil Pollution Act.
  • Representation of a national manufacturing company in development and implementation of an all facilities audit to assess and correct environmental conditions and address the same with the U.S. EPA.
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