Contaminated Sites

The number of known contaminated sites is growing — and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is keeping track. Local, federal and other regulating authorities, politicians, and the public are also increasing their focus on the remediation of contaminated sites that have resulted from manufacturing, waste disposal, mine abandonment, illegal dumping, leaking of underground storage tanks and other activities. Today, virtually every company must navigate a complex maze of rules in order to maintain compliance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and other relevant laws and statutes.

At Troutman Sanders, our environmental attorneys are adept at helping clients manage the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. We have been recognized by Chambers USA for our work with Superfund enforcement actions, RCRA permit negotiations and corrective action issues. We routinely advise clients on a wide range of issues related to contaminated property, including brownfields and voluntary cleanup programs, enforcement and compliance matters, underground storage tank management and remediation, and vapor intrusion. We have represented clients in cleanup actions in a majority of states and EPA regions and our client base spans Fortune 30 corporations, general and limited partnerships, municipalities, lenders, fiduciaries, state quasi-governmental authorities, and individuals.

Our group includes attorneys with technical training and experience in chemical engineering, ecology, statistics, and water quality, including attorneys with master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental science and engineering. Among our team is a former EPA lead counsel for several multi-party cleanups, including sites with over 100 potentially responsible parties (PRPs); the lead environmental counsel to one of Florida's largest cities with respect to its municipally owned CERCLA sites. In addition, one of our partners is a former chief of the Hazardous Waste Law Branch in the EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel, Region 4, and, in that capacity, supervised the legal aspects of all CERCLA and RCRA actions taken in the eight southeastern states under the jurisdiction of Region 4.

Areas of concentration include the following: