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In the complex maze of environmental and natural resources law, simply identifying the applicable requirements can be difficult, and implementing the requirements in an effective manner while running a business or public entity is even more challenging.

When things go wrong, enforcement actions and litigation can exact a heavy toll on operations, affecting its personnel, finances, and credibility with customers and stakeholders. Considering the complexities of the law and the consequences of noncompliance, many companies and public entities realize they cannot maintain all the necessary and most up-to-date legal knowledge within their own organizations.

K&L Gates has experienced lawyers in the United States, European Union, and Asia who are dedicated to developing creative and cost-effective solutions to the environmental, land use, and natural resource challenges confronting our clients. Notably, some of our U.S. environment lawyers are former regulatory lawyers and prosecutors, having served with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, National Marine Fisheries Service, and various state agencies.

We work to successfully navigate the maze of regulatory requirements and maintain good relations with regulatory agencies, elected officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Native American tribes, and the public. We help clients anticipate and avoid problems before they impede their objectives or result in needless, costly litigation. When necessary, we forcefully litigate problems that cannot otherwise be resolved.

Our practice is as diverse as our clients, who come to K&L Gates from around the world and from nearly every major industry. We have successfully handled matters for clients ranging in size from small, single-location manufacturers or small local governments to global Fortune 50 companies and major metropolitan service districts. The practice is a recognized leader in such emerging areas as alternative energy and carbon trading, environmental justice, natural resources damages, degraded urban rivers, brownfield redevelopment, maritime, and the developing E.U. regulatory regimes. 

The group also has substantial experience in complex, multi-disciplinary project development work for private clients, public clients, and public/private partnerships (typically on major infrastructure projects). This work combines such specialties as environmental and land use permitting, site remediation, transactional counseling, and project financing. 

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We are assisting a cement manufacturer with air quality permitting and associated litigation related to a proposed $500 million cement plant to be constructed near the North Carolina coast. This matter has been notable for the size of the project and due to significant opposition from well-organized and well-funded citizen groups and non-governmental organizations.
K&L Gates continues to work with a coalition of industries and organizations across the United States’ Great Lakes region in negotiating and pursuing adoption of legislation to enact and implement the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Efforts included development of issue white papers, intensive discussions with other stakeholder groups and governmental agencies, development of advocacy pieces for presentation in various state legislative bodies and Congress, and preparation of legislative amendments and legislative history materials.  We are continuing to work with industry groups as the states work through a myriad of implementation issues. 
K&L Gates represented a leading chemical company in a contribution claim against the United States under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, better known as the Superfund statute, for a fair share of the costs of remediating fifteen facilities utilized by the United States for the production of weapons, explosives, and other war materiel during the First and Second World Wars. The case was settled in favor of our client.
K&L Gates advises a leading rail transportation company with regard to environmental contamination issues at multiple facilities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, including large-scale remediation activities, natural resource damages, and defense of third-party claims.
K&L Gates advises a leading rail transportation company with regard to permitting and development of natural resource export facilities, including in Oregon and Washington.
K&L Gates is representing a major U.S. oil refiner in a case brought by the U.S. Virgin Islands and relating to alleged contamination of ground water and the near shore marine ecosystem at one of the largest oil refineries in the western hemisphere. The litigation is a CERCLA Natural Resource Damages and Territorial Common Law jury trial.
We are acting for a real estate fund purchasing a retail warehouse park sited on a former landfill operated by a local council in the United Kingdom. The same council is now the enforcing authority under the contaminated land regime and has initiated an investigation into the potential for the former landfill to be designated contaminated land. We are advising on site investigations and contractual provisions, as well as appointment of environmental consultants.
We advised numerous European Union and multinational corporations on a wide range of REACH compliance issues, including obligations on Importers and Manufacturers; substance identification; labeling and Safety Data Sheet compliance; participation in various industry consortia; requirements for registration; data access; and commercial/contractual requirements. We also assisted in our clients’ development of internal structures to facilitate and stream-line their REACH compliance efforts.
K&L Gates is environmental counsel for the city of Everett, Wash., on a $500 million, 240-acre brownfield redevelopment and endangered species habitat restoration project. The project includes a planned LEED-certified retail, residential, and recreational complex and parks, trails, and endangered salmon habitat and wetlands restoration, and opens up the city’s riverfront shoreline to the public.
K&L Gates advised a German transportation company, U.K. investment fund, and U.K. investor in separate environmental matters related to acquisition and development of properties in or near Bavaria, Magdeburg, Stuttgart. and other German cities.