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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17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law

Linda Sobczynski is a featured panelist at the 17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law virtual program. Details: Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new...

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Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits

Tony Schoenberg speaking on "Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits" at the March Nonprofit Education Series.  As an owner or tenant, dealing with real estate has been one of the most significant challenges facing nonprofits...

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New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Matt Lewis and Julie Treppa discuss "New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know."  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a lifeline for nonprofits and other businesses that are struggling to survive during...

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Pandemic Restriction Challenges Face Uphill Battle in California

On Dec.16, 2020, in Midway Venture LLC v. County of San Diego, the San Diego Superior Court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of two COVID-19-related California public health restrictions as applied to two adult entertainment businesses...

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Farella Advises 10x Genomics on Purchase of Retail Center Site

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Pleasanton-based biotech company 10x Genomics in its purchase of a 14.6-acre former shopping center site in Pleasanton at 1701 Springdale Ave., where it plans to...

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Data Center Business Deals Gone Bad, and the Risks of the “Known in the Industry” Defense

Exploring business partnerships often involves or even requires sharing highly confidential and even trade secret information. The data center industry is no exception, and its participants have in recent years faced litigation focused around...

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Nevada Links Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Case Brought by United States

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel successfully defended Nevada Links, Inc., the owner of a championship golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the United States...

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Jeffrey Fisher Inducted as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

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Bisnow Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update

Julie Treppa will be speaking at Bisnow's Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update virtual program, "An Update on Opportunity Zones Today." Details: How will the Biden administration change the OZ program? Did the pandemic sideline...

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Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products Subject to New Prop. 65 Warning Requirements in California

California’s regulatory framework for cannabis and hemp-derived products, including CBD, continues to evolve, most recently via updated Proposition 65 warning requirements that came into full effect Jan. 3, 2021. As of that date, anyone...

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