Hazardous Waste

Dealing with hazardous waste within our changing regulatory framework is challenging, and non-compliance costly. At Troutman Sanders, we advise companies and government agencies on all phases of hazardous waste management in the context of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and other federal and state laws, offering solutions to help minimize costs, delays and operational restrictions.

We assist our clients in the identification, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste. For companies maintaining facilities with hazardous-waste management units, we help in obtaining RCRA Part B operating permits, completing clean closure of units and achieving cost-effective compliance with post-closure and corrective action requirements.

We advise a broad range of clients, including the following:

  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Pulp and paper companies
  • Petroleum refiners
  • Appliance manufacturers
  • Commercial hazardous waste and disposal facilities
  • Wood-treatment companies
  • Utilities
  • Air carriers
  • Mining operations
  • Municipalities

When necessary, we provide diligent litigation representation and we strive to resolve matters in accordance with our clients’ business objectives. For example, our firm represented the largest electric utility on claims brought by the Sierra Club that coal ash was illegally disposed of under RCRA and the SMCRA at a site in New Mexico. We settled that case after two years of negotiation, staying the entire litigation throughout the settlement process.

We are also national environmental counsel for a Fortune 20 retail pharmacy in connection with federal, state and local environmental compliance matters involving the generation and management of hazardous pharmaceutical and retail waste, and in-store photo processing waste.

We have worked with each of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional offices and with hazardous waste management programs in almost every state. Through our representation of clients on transactional matters, we also have addressed hazardous waste issues arising outside of the United States, including countries such as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, and Indonesia.

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