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Companies must achieve continuous compliance with environmental laws or risk production delays, increased governmental oversight, private and government litigation, adverse media reports, monetary liability claims, and community outrage. Indeed, the continued success of many companies will rest in part on making environmental performance a competitive advantage through more imaginative and cost-effective pollution prevention and environmental management. For more than 25 years, Keller and Heckman has helped companies not only stay current on environmental laws but also get ahead. Our attorneys and scientists offer industrial, corporate and association clients practical, problem-solving advice leading to reasonable and sound environmental performance. The strength of our practice derives from knowing our clients' businesses and having a broad range of relevant environmental expertise, both scientific and legal.

Keller and Heckman attorneys represent clients before federal, state and local regulatory agencies in environmental law matters including:

  • Clean Air Act
     
  • Clean Water Act
     
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
     
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA)
     
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
     
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation
     
  • National Environmental Policy Act
     
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
     
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
     
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

In coordination with our Brussels office, we counsel clients on environmental issues under the jurisdiction of the responsible ("competent") authorities in the European Union. Our attorneys and scientists have helped companies around the world prepare for REACH since its legislative conception, and continue to assist clients with REACH implementation and compliance. We also have experience dealing with Environment Canada, Health Canada, MITI in Japan and WorkSafe Australia. In addition, we are involved in matters involving a growing list of international protocols and treaties, such as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Wastes and their Disposal.

Our attorneys provide a full range of environmental services covering:

  • Regulatory and compliance counseling
     
  • Permitting (including air, water and waste)
     
  • Rulemaking proceedings and related appellate work
     
  • Administrative hearings and enforcement actions
     
  • Environmental and toxic tort litigation
     
  • Criminal environmental litigation
     
  • Environmental auditing
     
  • Toxic and environmental release reporting
     
  • False environmental marketing claims
     
  • Land use and due diligence reviews
     
  • Superfund cost recovery/Insurance
     
  • Risk assessments
     
  • Environmental training
     
  • Drafting legislation and regulations
     
  • Phasing out ozone depleting chemicals
     
  • Reporting on regulatory and legislative actions and trends
     
  • ISO 14001 and environmental management systems

With the interdisciplinary resources to address the most complex and demanding problems, Keller and Heckman attorneys and scientists respond quickly to our clients' concerns, providing quality legal and technical work based on sound legal and scientific analysis. Our environmental team includes attorneys with decades of practice and distinguished environmental scientists with prior EPA experience.


 

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EPA Narrows Controversial Definition of “Diesel Fuels” in Hydraulic Fracturing Permitting Guidance
Adrienne M. Timmel,Jean-Cyril Walker, February 24, 2014
As hydraulic fracturing continues to play a strong role in reviving the U.S. energy economy, pressure remains on Federal and state authorities to regulate the practice. To date, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) approach has been inconsistent. On the one hand, it...

Upcoming Deadline for TSCA "Polymer Exemption" Notification
Thomas C. Berger, January 15, 2014
An important deadline is approaching for companies that manufacture or import polymers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) "polymer exemption".[1] The one-time notification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that must identify the number of polymers first...

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Hearing on TSCA Reform
, August 07, 2013
On July 31, 2013, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing entitled, “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.” The hearing was called by Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who sought to discuss approaches to TSCA reform,...

EPA Proposes Rules to Implement the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products and Deviates Greatly from California's Standard
Komal K. Jain,Peter L. de la Cruz, August 05, 2013
By and large, industry supported the creation of a federal formaldehyde emission standards program with the expectation that EPA would promulgate standards that mirrored California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation 93120, Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions...

U.S. House of Representatives Initiates Series of Hearings to Discuss the Toxic Substances Control Act
Martha E. Marrapese, August 02, 2013
On June 13, 2013, the House Environment and the Economy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing entitled “Title I of the Toxic Substances Control Act: Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact.” Given the attention the Toxic Substances Control Act...