Hazardous Waste Site Remediation

Administrative Compliance

Edgcomb Law Group, LLP attorneys have successfully developed and implemented cost effective strategies to address hazardous waste sites, from large, complex industrial facilities to former service stations. Our attorneys have represented clients in the investigation and remediation of numerous federal and state Superfund sites in California and elsewhere.

We represent clients who own, operate or are otherwise potentially liable for contaminated properties in negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, various Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other state environmental regulatory agencies at several large hazardous waste site remediation and closure proceedings. Clients include Fortune 100 companies with substantial numbers of legacy sites throughout the United States where hazardous substances have been released. Our experienced attorneys assist those clients in both voluntary cleanup and administrative order contexts by cost-effectively identifying legal and technical options, evaluating potential legal and economic risks associated with each, and assisting clients in selecting optimum strategies. We further assist clients in executing the selected strategies by effectively negotiating appropriate agreements with relevant regulatory agencies and other potentially involved entities, and advise on insurance coverage matters.

Our attorneys have extensive experience assisting clients with hazardous waste site remediation at both owned and formerly-owned sites, as well as at third-party sites such as landfills. We represent clients within potentially responsible party (PRP) groups and clients who are adverse to such groups. We have also served as common counsel to PRP groups.

Edgcomb Law Group, LLP attorneys work closely with many of the highest-regarded environmental consultants in numerous scientific disciplines, including hydrogeology, engineering, toxicology and risk assessment, and work well in multi-disciplinary team settings. We also work closely with clients to insure their timely compliance with relevant regulatory agreements or orders through site closure.

Representative Experience

  • Represented client through extensive, multi-million dollar investigation and cleanup of large former industrial manufacturing and research facility where numerous industrial processes occurred. Compliance efforts include managing multiple cleanup actions, ensuring compliance with orders from two different state agencies, and obtaining permits from numerous federal and state agencies, including addressing endangered species concerns, BCDC permitting, and wetland dredge and fill permitting.
  • Represented client in connection with USEPA notice letter regarding potential billion dollar river sediment investigation and remedial action, working with PRP group common counsel to negotiate a consent order for performance of RI/FS and potential interim remedial measures.
  • Represented client through extensive, multi-million dollar cleanup of a former chemical distribution site under state agency order. Compliance efforts included onsite and offsite investigation, soil vapor extraction, groundwater pump and treat, and thermal remediation efforts.
  • Represented client as member of PRP group populated by numerous large corporations that assumed operational control of a large, closed industrial waste landfill. Worked with common counsel to negotiate consent orders with state agencies, perform landfill operations and maintenance activities, conduct further investigation and, potentially, remedial actions.
  • Represented client in negotiating and complying with, or appealing, a series of orders by USEPA and the State requiring investigation and/or remediation efforts at a former mercury mining site.
  • Represented client in investigating and remediating a closed hazardous waste recycling facility alongside a river. Worked with common counsel in negotiating closure conditions, negotiating investigation and closure conditions on neighboring contaminated property, and insuring compliance with existing consent order.
  • Represented client in negotiating and appealing orders by state agency requiring investigation and remediation efforts at a former mercury mining site where client performed unsuccessful geothermal prospecting.
  • Represented client in investigation, remediation, and development of acceptable long-term O&M plan for former mining and manufacturing waste site, including demonstration of stability of waste pile and negotiations with USEPA and State agency over site closure conditions.
  • Represented client in negotiating and complying with a series of administrative orders requiring extensive on and off-site investigations and multi-million dollar hazardous waste site remediation of a portion of a former World War II manufacturing facility previously owned by client, in conjunction with numerous other PRPs.

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