Camara & Sibley advises businesses regarding compliance with state and federal environmental laws. We also represent businesses in dealing with state and federal regulatory agencies, in toxic-tort and contamination cases, in statutory and contractual cost-shifting and cost-allocation cases, in citizen suits, and in civil and criminal enforcement actions.
We advise clients in connection with all major federal statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and NEPA. We also deal with local governments in connection with publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and local nuisance ordinances governing dust, sound, and odor. Many of our clients operate chemical plants, plastics plants, disposal facilities, oil or gas facilities, transportation services, or waste-treatment plants.
Our recent engagements include two of the largest federal environmental prosecutions in Texas; a 150+ plaintiff, 50+ defendant toxic-tort action alleging soil and groundwater contamination and toxic odors; multiple neighboring-landowner cases; and multiple civil regulatory actions seeking plant shutdowns. We also have experience managing environmental crises, including responding to spills and unannounced government investigations or raids.
Our environmental group also conducts diligence on environmental issues and negotiates environmental risk-allocation clauses in connection with corporate transactions. We can do this work whether or not Camara & Sibley is handling the rest of the transaction.