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Regulatory Compliance

Overview

Understanding the rules and regulations is key to the success of any environmental issue. At Varnum, we have represented clients on many regulatory compliance issues and cases, including:

  • Compliance audits, legal counsel and assistance with ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems legal issues, registration and auditing
  • Environmental sustainability, legal issues and counseling
  • Representation of municipalities as general and special counsel for environmental regulatory and enforcement matters, including landfill liabilities and industrial pretreatment programs
  • Representation on Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulatory compliance and removal and remediation of leaking USTs
  • Preparation of technical and support documents for environmental impact reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Response to client concerns in federal and state agency environmental rule-making
  • Environmental record-keeping, retention/destruction policies and document management/control
  • Guidance to clients concerning employee and community hazardous chemical “right-to-know” laws, including Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)/Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III
  • Counsel regarding compliance with PCB, lead paint and asbestos regulations, spill reporting and remedial solutions
  • Michigan Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance (MUSTFA) reimbursement denials appealed successfully with UST corrective costs paid to clients from State Fund
  • Advice on air, waste, and water permitting developments for industry and local government, including Underground Injection Control (UIC) permitting
  • Environmental justice considerations for permitting and development
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