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Waste Management

Waste Management

Helping Clients Manage Solid and Hazardous Waste

We provide regulatory advice to clients who operate disposal facilities and companies that generate and ship their wastes to third party vendors. Our disposal facility clients include landfill operators, hazardous waste disposal and recycling companies, solid waste utilities, composters, electronic waste recycling facilities, and food recycling facilities. Among waste generators, we have represented refineries, electroplaters, airlines, aircraft maintenance companies, railroads, shipyards, food processors, manufacturers, and many other industry and public sector clients.

We assist clients in waste characterization, waste management and disposal decisions, permitting, facility expansion, closure of waste units, and other regulated activities. If necessary, we also defend clients in regulatory enforcement actions and court proceedings regarding waste disposal issues.

Experience

  • Compliance Counseling
  • Defense of Enforcement Actions
  • Hazardous and Dangerous Waste Permitting
  • Project Development
  • Regulatory Development
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Solid Waste Permitting
  • Underground Storage Tanks

Representative Client Work

Resolved a class action odor complaint against a solid waste client.
Successfully limited the company’s liability, allowing it to continue to operate and helped company update its environmental management systems.
Resolved largest air quality penalty ever imposed by a local air agency for less than 10% of the amount initially sought from solid waste facility.
Worked with team of experts to establish lack of evidence to support alleged air quality violations.
Represent the country’s largest private composting company in siting new facilities.
Assisting company in obtaining 404 wetlands fill permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Represented corporation in a criminal enforcement action by EPA for allegedly disposing of hazardous wastes without a permit.
Our lawyers convinced the agencies that the material was not hazardous, as it was being properly recycled, and obtained authorization from the agencies to allow the refinery’s cost effective practice to continue.
Assisted computer manufacturer and software maker in evaluating product stewardship, material management, and mandatory recycling program of its products.
In the absence of federal standards, electronic recycling requirements have proliferated in local jurisdictions, imposing obligations on all electronic manufacturers tied to their retail sales.
Helped a California aircraft painting company resolve an EPA enforcement action through a Supplemental Environmental Project.
The penalty originally assessed by EPA was reduced through negotiations by over 80% and the company resolved much of the remaining penalty action through a Supplemental Environmental Project.
Resolved enforcement action against used oil recycler following industrial accident which discharged waste to sewer.
The State agreed to reduce its claim by 70% and to accept facility improvements in lieu of monetary penalties.

Bradley M. Marten Practice Head

Bradley M. Marten

Brad Marten is the Managing Partner of Marten Law. He is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers. Brad is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. More

Jeff B. Kray

Jeff B. Kray

Jeff Kray's practice focuses on water quality, water resources, and complex environmental litigation, including Clean Water Act permitting and regulatory compliance, and CERCLA (Superfund) site remediation. He has represented public and private clients throughout the country. More

Meline G. MacCurdy

Meline G. MacCurdy

Meli represents clients in environmental litigation, compliance, and permitting.  She has particular experience with environmental cleanups, cost recovery, and allocation of environmental liabilities under state and federal cleanup laws, water quality issues including stormwater and NPDES permits, environmental review statutes, and hazardous waste management.   More

Cedar Grove Composting: Permitting and Regulatory Compliance

We have represented Cedar Grove Composting for decades and have helped it grow into one of the largest composters in the United States. We have assisted in the expansion of Cedar Grove’s facilities, handling its regulatory work before State and regional air agencies, and permitting work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington State Department of Ecology. More