Amy L. Wachs: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Amy L. Wachs

Partner
St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.
Phone314.480.1840

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Development & Construction
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Safety & Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Climate Change & Sustainability
  • Environmental & Chemical Regulation
  • Environmental
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.480.1840
Fax: 314.480.1505
http://www.huschblackwell.com/amy-wachs/
 
University Lawrence University, B.A., cum laude, 1979
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1983
 
Admitted1988, Missouri
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources sections

•The Missouri Bar

 
Biography

Working closely with large manufacturers, small businesses and municipalities, Amy ensures that environmental regulatory compliance is integrated into everyday operations in a manner that facilitates operations. A member of Husch Blackwell's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, she helps companies plan and implement proactive and practical measures to ensure continued regulatory compliance, and she provides defense to regulatory enforcement actions.

Amy also counsels developers, property owners, lenders and property purchasers so that their environmental matters can be effectively managed in real estate transactions. She has broad experience in environmental matters affecting all phases of property development, from due diligence and document drafting to construction and property management. In addition, Amy has a strong background in regulatory compliance to assist in ensuring compliance with requirements associated with asbestos, lead paint, mold and construction storm water management.

Amy advises owners, lenders and developers on environmental cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties across the nation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), various state authorities and Brownfield acts. She interacts with regulatory agencies to effectively present and resolve cleanup issues for clients. Amy draws on this experience to effectively evaluate environmental due diligence information in property and business transactions. Her experience includes:

•Resolved alleged violations of permit effluent limits for food products manufacturer without an interruption in plant production.

Negotiated a liability and remediation trust fund transfer agreement for company's redevelopment of inactive battery-manufacturing plant in New Jersey.

Advised inorganic chemical manufacturer on hazardous waste recycling and other issues.

Negotiated a redevelopment agreement for the repurposing of a 100 year old manufacturing site in Connecticut.

Amy is often called upon when environmental issues arise in commercial transactions, such as real estate and bankruptcy. She works with commercial lenders and property buyers and sellers to evaluate the impact of environmental issues so that transactions can be effectively structured to account for and resolve the issues.

Amy also has extensive knowledge of the health and safety requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the hazardous materials transportation requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the firearms and explosive regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).

Before joining the firm, Amy was vice president of a hazardous materials regulatory consulting firm. She was also in charge of a federally financed hazardous waste educational program with University of Wisconsin-Extension and served as a county supervisor in Dane County, Wis. She is a frequent speaker on environmental law at seminars and conferences.

Awards and Recognitions

Chambers USA, Environmental Law, 2010-2014

Civic Involvement

St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association, Environmental Council; Brownfields Committee Chair, 2000-2002

Experience

Represented food products manufacturer in resolution of alleged serious violations of permit effluent limits in local sewer authority discharge in Colorado. Because of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involvement, sewer authority was planning to terminate discharge authorization. Resolved matter with no plant shutdown and a provision for orderly treatment plant upgrade.

•Advised company that redevelops environmentally contaminated property in acquiring a 340,000-square-foot inactive battery-manufacturing plant in New Jersey. Negotiated a liability and remediation trust fund transfer agreement that involved the previous owner and the state.

•Serves as primary environmental compliance counsel to multiple-plant, multiple-state inorganic chemical manufacturer. Representative projects included responding to requests for information on release reports, advising on hazardous waste recycling, resolving notices of violation, OSHA citations and notices of probable violation for rail and truck hazardous materials transportation, interpreting requirements for risk management programs and chemical safety security, and planning for permit renewal changes.

•Represented major Midwest airport in numerous environmental compliance and transactional matters. Extensively involved with the airport in planning for and negotiating terms in new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water discharge permit, which revised discharge limits for deicing chemical discharge, resolving compliance issues associated with past discharge limits. Advised airport in defending compliance order associated with alleged discharge violations. Assisted airport in evaluating new regulations associated with storm water discharges and underground storage tank regulations for airport hydrant systems.

•Counsel for manufacturing company in complex four-way negotiations regarding transfer and redevelopment of old manufacturing complex, culminating in execution of redevelopment agreement. Redevelopment of property occurred with the manufacturing company's involvement limited to certain known environmental issues, with others participating in newly identified issues and asbestos.

•Represented 100-year-old manufacturer in an appeal of a regulatory agency order for the cleanup of more than 200 houses, a school and park properties. Client was the sole private entity named as a potential responsible party. Following extensive research on the historic use of the area, the matter was settled, with the state participating in 50 percent of the remediation costs of home properties and substantial participation by other public entities.

•Represented Priority Plastics Inc. in its acquisition of CCW Products Inc. of Arvada, Colo., manufacturer of more than 300 different types of federally approved clear, wide-mouth plastic jars for use in the candy, meat snack, beef jerky, hardware, crafts and pet food industries.

•Represented property developer and resolved multi-property construction storm water permit violation enforcement matter with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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In The News

5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
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Amy L. Wachs

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441




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