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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 »

Svend A. Brandt-Erichsen

Svend A. Brandt-Erichsen

Svend Brandt-Erichsen has been an environmental lawyer for 25 years, having spent 20 years in private practice. Svend began his career on the legislative staff of Alaska’s Senator Ted Stevens and served as Regional Administrator of the State of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). More »

Brian K. Ferrasci-O’Malley

Brian Ferrasci-O’Malley

Brian Ferrasci-O'Malley's practice focuses on environmental and natural resource litigation, permitting, and review. He assists clients in cases arising under CERCLA, MTCA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act. 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 west. More »

Linda R. Larson

Linda R. Larson

Linda Larson has over 25 years of environmental law and land use experience. Over the course of her career, she has managed numerous complex litigation matters. She has successfully resolved disputes ranging from site remediation to endangered species, and has particular experience with marine resources and sediments issues. More »

Meline G. MacCurdy

Meline G. MacCurdy

Meli MacCurdy represents clients both in environmental litigation and environmental permitting and review. She has particular experience with brownfield redevelopment. She has defended cases under the Clean Water Act and the state and federal Superfund laws, and is assisting clients in fisheries matters and in issues involving climate change and energy. More »

Russell C. Prugh

Russell C. Prugh

Russell Prugh's practice focuses on environmental and natural resources litigation, and environmental permitting for facilities and projects in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Russell has particular experience with stormwater compliance issues, and represents clients in litigation arising under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, MTCA, and other federal and state environmental laws. 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 »