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Solid & Hazardous Waste

At Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, our Environmental and Public Lands Practice Group excels in providing unparalleled expertise in the intricate landscape of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and equivalent state hazardous and solid waste management programs.

Our seasoned attorneys possess a profound understanding of RCRA and its state counterparts, derived from years of hands-on experience navigating the complexities of hazardous and solid waste regulations. This knowledge extends beyond mere compliance; it informs our proactive approach to helping clients establish robust waste management practices.

We have considerable experience in the regulation of hazardous wastes generated in the oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing industries regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). We are intimately familiar with the scope and limitations of the “E&P” and “Bevill” exemptions under RCRA and the “petroleum exclusion” under CERCLA.

Our lawyers practicing in this area have counseled major oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing clients on the intricacies of compliance with solid and hazardous waste laws and regulations at their facilities across the U.S. and have worked with federal and state regulators, including EPA, state solid and hazardous waste divisions, and oil and gas commissions, in negotiating the outcome of sites where these materials have come to be located.

Our team is adept at developing tailored compliance strategies that align with the nuanced requirements of RCRA and state hazardous waste management programs. Whether it is guiding clients through permitting processes or assisting in the classification of hazardous waste, we ensure that our clients are equipped with proactive measures to prevent legal challenges.

If enforcement actions or RCRA citizen suits occur, our attorneys have a proven history of successfully defending clients against regulatory scrutiny and adverse claims. From negotiating settlements to contesting penalties, we leverage our expertise to protect our client’s interests and minimize the impact of enforcement actions.

Beyond compliance, our attorneys actively assist clients in proactively implementing waste minimization and recycling initiatives. Recognizing that state hazardous and solid waste management programs can vary significantly, our attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of each jurisdiction. Whether it is Colorado’s Hazardous Waste Management Act or equivalent programs in other states, we tailor our strategies to address the specific regulatory landscape our clients operate within.

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