AnnMarie Sanford is an associate in the Environment and Energy Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. Ms. Sanford is primarily engaged in environmental regulatory issues and counseling clients regarding compliance with federal and state chemical regulations. She also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. She is one of the few attorneys who passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s exam to qualify as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.
Ms. Sanford has substantial experience in matters relating to CERCLA, Michigan Part 201 sites, RCRA and chemicals regulations. She has represented clients at Superfund sites throughout the United States. She has specific experience in coordinating environmental site assessments in conjunction with real estate and corporate transactions. Ms. Sanford has advised clients in connection with natural resource damage claims by state and federal trustees and the availability of Great Lakes Legacy Act funding for watercourse remediation projects. Ms. Sanford also has counseled clients regarding corporate officer and director liability in the environmental context as well as corporate shareholder liability. She has defended companies in cost recovery actions brought by federal and state governments and has advised clients on appropriate responses to unilateral cleanup orders issued by EPA. Ms. Sanford has represented companies in private cost recovery actions and negotiated numerous agreements with other potentially responsible parties and with EPA. She also has counseled clients regarding compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, California Proposition 65, and the California Safer Consumer Products regulations. She also advises clients regarding compliance with Conflict Minerals disclosure obligations under Dodd Frank.
Representative engagements in which Ms. Sanford has been involved include:
Ms. Sanford also regularly delivers speeches on various environmental topics. She recently was a presenter at the 5TH Annual 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry Engineering Conference, where she spoke on “California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations.”
- represent a PRP group at a Michigan Part 201 site
- developed a conflict minerals compliance program for a major clothing manufacturer
- representing a number of major manufacturing companies in Superfund litigation and administrative matters
- representing a major manufacturing company on two Great Lakes Legacy Act projects
- representing a municipality whose water supply was threatened by contamination released from a nearby manufacturing operation
- representing two municipalities in connection with the cleanup of a landfill under Michigan’s Part 201
- advising clients regarding compliance with California Prop 65 and negotiating settlements of Prop 65 claims
- advising clients regarding regulation of chemicals in consumer products
- advising clients regarding TSCA Work Plan Chemicals
- counseling a manufacturing company concerning the application of EU Directive of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage
- representing major manufacturing companies regarding the cleanup of sites under the Michigan mini-Superfund law (Part 201)
- representing a major utility at former manufactured gas plant sites
- representing a manufacturing company linked to contamination at a former oil recycling site; negotiated an Administrative Order on Consent for a CERCLA removal action
- developed a public relations strategy to a client in response to contamination that migrated off the client’s property
- coordinating the environmental due diligence for a multi-million dollar asset purchase
- coordinating environmental due diligence in a multi-million dollar stock transfer involving operations throughout the United States and Mexico
- coordinating environmental due diligence in a multi-billion dollar merger involving operations throughout the world
- representing a metal plater in various RCRA issues
- represented a client in connection with a RCRA delisting petition
- counseling a client concerning the applicability of and exemption from RCRA accumulation rules
- assisting in the defense of toxic tort lawsuits
- representing numerous clients seeking insurance coverage for addressing environmental pollution
- counseled a client concerning CERCLA exemptions for scrap recycling
- advised a client regarding medical waste regulations in all 50 states.
Ms. Sanford is an active member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, including serving as past chair of the Membership Committee and past chair of the Hazardous Substances and Brownfields Committee. She also is a member of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources of the American Bar Association.
Ms. Sanford serves on the board of directors of the EcoWorks, a Detroit nonprofit organization that promotes the development of resource efficient, affordable, healthy homes and communities through education, training and technical assistance. She also provides pro bono legal advice to various nonprofit organizations and individuals.
Ms. Sanford joined the firm in 1993, after practicing with firms in Grand Rapids and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Ms. Sanford is a member of the Michigan bar and is admitted to practice before the Federal Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Michigan.