Services

  • Air quality, including Clean Air Act compliance, new source review, permitting, emissions trading, variance proceedings, and indoor air quality
  • Water quality, including Clean Water Act compliance, storm water management, wastewater treatment, waste discharge requirements, and NPDES issues
  • Water rights, including surface water and groundwater
  • Environmental litigation, defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions (including internal investigations and voluntary agency disclosures), complex toxic tort actions, class actions, cost recovery and contribution actions, and defense and prosecution of citizen suits – under all major federal and state environmental statutes, including the CWA, CERCLA, RCRA, ESA, Proposition 65, and the Hazardous Substance Account Act
  • Natural resources, including NEPA, CEQA, NRD assessments and litigation, wetlands, and species
  • Complex large-scale renewable energy project permitting, including environmental review, and land use entitlements
  • Government entity representation, ranging from large national laboratories to individual cities and counties, in counseling and litigation relating to environmental, natural resource and land use matters
  • Compliance counseling under all major federal and state environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, OPA, and EPCRA
  • Environmental due diligence in corporate and real estate transactions, including Phase I and Phase II site assessments, complex due diligence investigations, and Brownfields development planning and site disposition work
  • Product stewardship, including strategic planning for regulatory compliance, risk management and litigation avoidance, and product recalls
  • Product liability, including complex products litigation and product liability claims

Firm Highlights

Publication

The Winding Trail Home: Marin County Secures Key Multi-Use Trail Access Decision

With Marin County’s Mt. Tamalpais often considered the birthplace of mountain biking, it should not be surprising that the County finds itself at the forefront of California’s battle over multi-use trail access and consequently...

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SCOTUS Clean Water Act Test ‘Devastating’ for Industry

Sarah Bell commented on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying that the Clean Water Act can be used to regulate pollution that travels through groundwater. Read full article, here . The case is  County...

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Key PFAS Regulatory Standards Set in California

In support of California’s efforts to investigate and evaluate the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) has released interim...

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Supreme Court Ruling Expands Reach of Clean Water Act NPDES Permitting

Read the article on California Ag Net , here . In April, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling clarifying the reach of the federal Clean Water Act. The Court decided that a...

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Lawyers See Maui Opinion as Grounds to Challenge Trump Water Rule

Environmental law partner Sarah Bell was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, "Lawyers See Maui Opinion as Grounds to Challenge Trump Water Rule." In the article, Sarah said the Maui holding will be used...

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Coronavirus Slowing PFAS Testing, Cleanup Efforts Across U.S.

Farella environmental law partner Sarah Bell spoke to Bloomberg Law about PFAS pollution testing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In the article, Sarah commented that multiple months of delays are likely to affect...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys, Practices Recognized by Chambers USA 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA has recognized 12 lawyers and five practice areas in the legal directory’s 2020 edition. Individual Rankings: Tyler Gerking – Insurance: Policyholders...

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New EPA Clean Water Act Rule Attempts to Streamline Permitting Process

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the “Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule” (Rule). The Rule comes with significant procedural and substantive changes to the certification process for infrastructure projects. Under...

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New Screening Levels for Key PFAS Chemicals Will Spur Regulatory Action at Contaminated Sites

In support of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Board) efforts to investigate and evaluate the public health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board...

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EPA Narrows States’ Veto Power Over Infrastructure Projects

Environmental Law Partner Sarah Bell spoke to Bloomberg Law about EPA rule (RIN: 2040-AF86 ), which aims to discourage coastal states from relying on part of the Clean Water Act to block fossil fuel...

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