Overview

Schiff Hardin's Environmental Group is a leader, helping industry operate in today's complex and fast-changing regulatory environment.  We have the capability and experience to handle all aspects of regulatory compliance – from interpreting and assisting with the development of client compliance plans for intricate statutory and regulatory requirements, to assisting clients obtain air, water and waste permits, to responding to government investigations and challenging regulations on behalf of companies.  The group’s broad knowledge and robust environmental litigation experience provide clients with a complete perspective to help them avoid and, when needed, resolve compliance matters at all steps of the process.  

The Environmental Group routinely handles a maze of federal, state and local compliance, permitting and regulatory matters throughout the country.  We have in-depth experience under the following:

  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund)
  • Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
  • Related state programs

Energy and Environmental Law Adviser

Second Circuit Derails Municipal Ordinance Targeted at Railway Operations

Municipalities and other local governments do not have free rein when it comes to regulating the environment, and the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Vermont Railway, Inc. v. Town of Shelburne is a clear reminder of that fact. Federal and state governments tend to take the lead on environmental regulation. But municipalities are increasingly getting... Continue Reading

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