Bob is a member of Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness team, and his practice includes environmental, safety and health compliance, permitting and enforcement defense. He represents large domestic and international clients in the agricultural industry engaged in all aspects of seed, fertilizer and pesticide manufacturing and distribution. In addition, he has experience with environmental issues related to farming and ranching operations, including waste management, odor and air pollution issues, and point and nonpoint source water discharges to surface and ground water. Bob's specific industry experience includes:
•Representing a Fortune 500 mining and agricultural chemical processing company during a multiyear federal enforcement investigation.
Providing compliance advice regarding a major agricultural mineral mining development on federal lands.
Bob also assists clients in the specialty chemical, mining, energy, communications, product manufacturing and waste management industries. Drawing on his technical background and more than 20 years of legal experience, Bob applies his strategic counsel in substantive environmental, safety and health areas, including air, water, wastes, land use, toxic chemical regulation, pesticide regulation and site remediation and redevelopment. His efficient analysis of complex technical regulatory issues mixes with creative solutions that balance his clients' business needs with regulatory requirements and stewardship responsibilities.
Before entering private practice, Bob was an environmental attorney for the multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Co. His primary responsibility was in air pollution compliance issues for all of Monsanto's domestic locations. He also gained experience as an environmental manager for Freeport-McMoRan Inc., where he was in charge of environmental permitting and compliance in the sulfur mining division.
Awards and Recognitions
Chambers USA, Environmental Law, 2007-2014
•Marquis Who's Who in America, 2010-2014
•Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2010-2015
Covenant College, Board of Trustees, 2013-present
•Westminster Christian Academy, Board of Directors, 2000-present
Represented a Fortune 500 mining and agricultural chemical processing company in connection with a multiyear Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) enforcement investigation. Resolved the enforcement matter with no penalty and no further action required.
•Provided project planning and environmental compliance advice in connection with the development of a major agricultural mineral mining project on federal lands, including all aspects of environmental permitting and support for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements.
•Advised a Fortune 500 global manufacturer of chemical products. Following a routine RCRA compliance inspection of a large manufacturing site, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated a major investigation of all RCRA-related compliance activities and records at the site. Negotiated acceptable limitations on the production of plant records and resolution of nearly all areas of alleged violation, including many waste characterization issues, recycling issues and on-site storage and disposal issues. Remaining allegations were resolved upon negotiation of a major supplemental environmental project that eliminated the largest single source of hazardous waste in the EPA region.
•Negotiated a favorable resolution of an EPA multimedia inspection for a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer. EPA's national inspection team identified more than 20 major areas of noncompliance, including RCRA waste handling and characterization issues and Clean Air Act new source review issues. Resolved all RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act allegations with no penalty and no further action required. Resolution of the allegations confirmed many years of compliance counseling related to plant expansion to meet on-going business needs.
•Represented a global manufacturer of electronic and communications materials. Coordinated a series of extensive international environmental due diligence projects related to several joint ventures and acquisitions in Canada, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Poland and China.
•Actively involved in federal and state rulemaking proceedings, including development of the initial federal Title V air permitting regulations, initial federal hazardous air pollutant Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations, federal RCRA rulemaking proceedings and state environmental rulemaking proceedings in several states.
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6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
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