High Swartz’s environmental law attorneys counsel and represent clients in a wide range of environmental issues, including permitting, planning, dispute resolution and counseling for the following:
- Representation before the Public Utilities Commission and Environmental Hearing Board
- Transactions and financing
- Remediation and redevelopment of Brownfield properties
- Cost recovery litigation under state and/or federal law
- Siting, permitting and general counseling for regulated industries such as heavy manufacturing facilities and solid waste facilities
- Wetland and stream encroachment
- Stormwater management
- Wastewater management
- Threatened and endangered species
- Cultural and historic resources
- Indoor air pollution and vapor intrusion
- Odor and noise
- Gas pipeline, sewer line and related facility disputes
Corporate and Real Estate Transactions and Brownfields Development Lawyers
Our environmental practice group represents landowners, developers, lenders and private equity investors in evaluating and minimizing environmental, land use and business risks and opportunities associated with corporate, real estate and financing transactions. Our environmental law attorneys counsel clients in structuring deals, negotiating the transaction documents, evaluating environmental insurance options, and obtaining available federal and state liability protections.
Environmental Disputes and Litigation
Our environmental law attorneys negotiate creative solutions in complex environmental enforcement, contract indemnity disputes and litigation matters. Our attorneys have represented clients before the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, Environmental Hearing Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in agency enforcement actions, permit appeals, and contaminated site cost recovery litigation. We also serve as special counsel to potentially responsible party steering committees and oversee the preparation of remedial investigations, feasibilities studies, risk assessments and remedial action plans.
Regulatory and Project Development
The High Swartz environmental law practice group counsels public and private companies, developers and lenders, and municipal governments on the risks and economic impacts of federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations. We are able to provide assistance in securing the required licenses, permits and approvals necessary to own and operate waste disposal and recycling facilities, energy power plants and manufacturing facilities. Our attorneys handle permitting and compliance matters related to waste generation, transportation and disposal, sewage and water discharges, stormwater management, vapor intrusion, mold and indoor air and related project specific issues. We also coordinate internal audit initiatives and provide counsel on issues that arise from the day to day operations of regulated industry.
Crisis Management and Controversial Land Uses
The High Swartz environmental law attorneys have unique experiences coordinating crisis management, internal and external communications, and legal and political strategies for public and private companies arising from chemical explosions, industrial accidents, government investigations, contaminated drinking water, and indoor air pollution risks. We are able to assist in the planning, permitting and operation of controversial land developments such as nuclear power plants, municipal and industrial waste landfill as well as recycling facilities, cogeneration facilities and regional shopping malls.