Farella Braun + Martel's Air Quality and Climate Change Group is at the forefront of the emerging area of regulatory requirements affecting carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emission. We provide clients strategic advice to help them navigate business opportunities and risks, develop and enhance air quality management programs, meet or exceed the regulatory requirements, respond to claims or enforcement actions concerning air emissions, secure variances from existing permits or regulatory requirements, analyze carbon footprint issues, and review and develop climate change management programs and practices.

We have extensive experience representing clients before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB) and regional Air Quality Management and Air Pollution Control Districts throughout California in regulatory proceedings and administrative, civil and criminal enforcement actions involving both stationary and mobile sources. We regularly advise and represent our clients in matters relating to facility siting, expansion and decommissioning, issuance of air quality permits, variances and emissions reduction credits (ERCs), and the acquisition and sale of permitted facilities and ERCs. Our expertise includes assisting clients in developing sound risk management practices to evaluate and address sources of emissions that may impact air quality. 

In addition to compliance counseling and representation on air quality issues, the Group has years of experience assisting large and small companies in developing programs for sustainable business practices. Whether relating to emerging regional climate change initiatives in the Northeast or Pacific States, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), EPA's Climate Leaders program, the Carbon Disclosure Project, or the potential for local, national or global carbon markets, we help our clients manage the changing regulatory landscape, address business interests and minimize litigation risks. 

From local and regional air quality compliance and representation to national and international greenhouse gas reduction strategies, we assist our clients in forecasting and managing the challenges to maintain their competitive advantage.

Firm Highlights

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Caught in the Crossfire: War Exclusion and Commercial Policyholders

Tyler Gerking and Patrick Loi will discuss "Caught in the Crossfire: War Exclusion and Commercial Policyholders" to the ACC Bay Area Chapter on October 12.  The “war” exclusion in cyber insurance policies has received...

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2022 Wildlife & Permitting Symposium

David Lazerwitz will present at the Burns & McDonnell "2022 Wildlife & Permitting Symposium."

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Basics of Impact Investing: A Conversation About Investment Policies and Evaluation Metrics For ESG Investors

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, we address the fiduciary duty of a nonprofit board when setting its investment policies and how to think about impact...

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Exploring the Market Competition Ecosystem: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Christopher Wheeler   is a speaker at Alliance for Health Policy's webinar "Exploring the Market Competition Ecosystem: Lessons Learned and Next Steps."  To register for the webinar, please click  here .

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How New Climate Change CEQA Thresholds Will Impact Bay Area Development Projects

Farella's CJ Higley and Donald Sobelman with guest speakers, Michael Keinath from Ramboll and Tania Sheyner from City and County of San Francisco, discuss "How New Climate Change CEQA Thresholds Will Impact Bay Area Development...

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William Keane Elected Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers

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New Law Will Expand Pay Transparency Requirements in California

Holly Sutton and Hillary Marks spoke to The Recorder about California's pay transparency act, SB 1162, for the article "New Law Will Expand Pay Transparency Requirements in California." Read the article here  (subscription required...

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California AG Signals Enforcement of the Global Privacy Control Under the CCPA

As companies prepare for the provisions of the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) to come into effect in January 2023, California Office of Attorney General (“OAG”) has signaled that companies should not wait to...

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Lawyers on the Fast Track: Aviva Gilbert and Janice Reicher

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New California Bill Requires Employers to Offer Bereavement Leave

AB 1949 , a bill passed by the California legislature and awaiting Governor Newsom’s signature, would require California employers to offer five days of bereavement leave to employees each time they lose a spouse...

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