The purchase, development, and/or sale of environmentally-impacted property involves extensive environmental due diligence, navigating complex regulatory and governmental agency-imposed requirements, and negotiating effective environmental risk management mechanisms, such as releases and indemnities, purchase price holdbacks for addressing potential environmental liabilities, and the purchase of environmental insurance products.
By employing creative, problem-solving approaches to the highly technical and complex issues related to developing environmentally-impacted properties, our environmental attorneys have developed a preeminent Brownfield Redevelopment Practice. As one example, we have drafted and negotiated the majority of the agreements under the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act, which are entered into with state agencies.
We have handled numerous projects before the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the federal and state Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous other federal, state, county, municipal, and local agencies. Over the course of many years, we have developed highly effective working relationships with regulatory authorities to enable clients to navigate the regulatory processes and achieve cost-effective solutions consistent with their development objectives.
We have counseled numerous clients in connection with remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial action plans, and a wide spectrum of administrative cleanup orders. We work with the leading environmental consultants on a wide variety of properties involving numerous site-specific human and ecological risks, vapor intrusion issues, soil contamination, groundwater contamination, and chemical impacts. By doing so, we are able to provide realistic and practical advice applicable to a wide range of development scenarios.
We also assist clients with obtaining financing for cleanups, regulatory closure, statutory immunities, and insuring against residual risks. Through various professional and trade organizations, our attorneys play leading roles in developing innovative approaches to the challenges posed by brownfield redevelopment.