Environmental Counseling and Litigation

Environmental regulations and the related liability schemes are difficult to interpret and navigate. Environmental compliance and litigation require effectively working with regulators and a considered approach to litigation and adversarial proceedings. Our lawyers provide pre-litigation counsel and mediation representation to businesses, condominium associations, partnerships and individuals in cases involving environmental litigation and compliance.

Hazardous Waste and Contamination

One of our primary areas of focus is litigation involving contamination from oil and hazardous substances under CERCLA and Mass. Gen. L. c. 21E. In addition, we offer counsel and representation at proceedings involving all hazardous waste statutes, including:

  • CERCLA - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
  • RCRA - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • TSCA - Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Chapter 21E - Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act
  • MCP - Massachusetts Contingency Plan
  • FIFRA - Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Wetlands Act, Regulations and Local Bylaws
  • Solid Waste Regulations

Gilbert & Renton partner Jeffrey Renton is a former environmental litigator for the United States Department of Justice and was the initial General Counsel of the Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional Association, and has 25 years of environmental compliance and litigation experience.