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Environment and Energy

Pepper’s Environment and Energy Practice Group is an integrated team of lawyers able to provide clients with the highest quality legal representation in transactions, regulatory work and litigation – regardless of the issue.

We counsel a variety of business ventures involving environmental and energy law, and clients call on us to provide strategic advice for their environmental and energy regulatory and transactional matters.

Our combined team represents many types of businesses, including glass manufacturing companies, tire manufacturers, pesticide manufacturers, public and private utilities, oil and gas producers, renewable energy developers (and other energy companies), other industrial companies, national and regional trade associations, land owners, large institutional organizations, midstream companies, water treatment companies, and large insurance companies. We regularly represent these businesses and individuals as they deal with various environmental, regulatory and commercial issues.

Pepper provides advice to clients and defends and negotiates settlements of federal and state hazardous substance remediation actions,  private cost recovery actions, and Clean Air, Clean Water, pesticide, and toxic substance enforcement actions.   Pepper advises clients on rulemakings and, when necessary, challenges rulemakings.  Pepper advices clients on California Proposition 65 enforcement actions and generally negotiates cost-effective settlements.

Pepper attorneys also advice and defend clients in Occupational Health and Safety Administration administrative actions, Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation,  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in enforcement actions (including recalls), rulemaking and challenges to rules.

Pepper EEPG attorneys (often in conjunction with other practice groups) advises clients on internal company sustainability policies and the increasing efforts to incorporate sustainability into environmental regulations.  Pepper also represents clients in federal and state Freedom of Information actions to obtain information in the possession of the government and defend against the release of business confidential pursuant to various statutory regulatory schemes.

Pepper attorneys have counseled on environment and energy matters since the dawn of environmental and energy regulation in the 1970s. Our lawyers have decades of experience, including prior service with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, state environmental agencies, and EHS departments in private industry. Many are highly ranked in publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and Best Lawyers in America. Our team helps companies find practical solutions to complex issues by starting closer to the right answer. We staff environmental and energy engagements cost-effectively, with the lawyer or lawyers best suited to meet each client’s particular need.