Practices

Environmental

Settled claims for violations of stormwater regulations In a representative case, Chambliss’ investigation of the facts showed that another landowner was responsible for one significant problem and that other conditions that were the subject of a Commissioner’s Order had been fully resolved After filing an appeal, Chambliss helped the client avoid all of the remedial aspects of the Order and settle the civil penalty assessment on favorable terms


Negotiated settlements of notices of violations under air, water, toxic substances and hazardous waste statutes


Negotiated settlements of cost recovery claims under federal and state superfund statutes


Completed multi-media environmental compliance assessments in several business sectors


Developed compliance programs and training


Drafted scopes of work for environmental professionals, focusing on priority risks and issues, and assistance in the oversight of environmental assessment work Chambliss assisted in reducing the cost of a six-figure environmental assessment by more than one-third


Obtained construction and operating permits for industrial and land development clients


Obtained approval of cost-effective brownfields agreements for redevelopment of former industrial sites


Developed and implemented negotiation strategies for limitation of seller responsibility for environmental risks and liabilities


Successfully defended superfund claims at trial and appellate court levels against a municipality that had used a lease arrangement to help finance an industrial development project. The appellate decision confirmed a broad interpretation of lender liability protections under the federal superfund law Monarch Tile, Inc. v. City of Florence, 212 F.3d 1219 (11th Cir 2000).