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Hazardous Waste

McGuireWoods has successfully handled a wide range of hazardous waste projects, including matters involving Beville-excluded wastes; mixed radioactive/hazardous wastes; cement kiln dust and other wastes subject to individualized RCRA treatment, and the beneficial use of hazardous wastes.

In addition to addressing the full range of hazardous waste regulatory matters, we have performed a large number of environmental compliance auditing programs focusing on RCRA issues. We have negotiated numerous corrective action consent orders and defended clients in RCRA citizen suits. Frequently that work enables us to advise clients on ways in which they can remain in full compliance at substantially reduced cost.

Solid Waste

The management of nonhazardous solid wastes requires designing solutions that not only address federal requirements, but also address the growing number of state and local regulations. Our clients include a wide range of businesses. We have assisted municipalities and developers in the development of landfills, transfer stations and recycling facilities.

Our work incorporates the full spectrum of development, including land use, environmental permitting, business aspects, and the litigation which may necessarily result from any substantial new solid waste management facility. We have guided a number of such projects to successful completion, and then provide continuing assistance that allows client entities to operate profitably.

McGuireWoods environmental team has also developed significant depth of experience in landfill gas related to energy projects. We have participated in the structuring and implementation of a number of projects incorporating the substantial benefits provided by Section 29 of the federal Tax Code and incorporating additional benefits provided by a number of states for such projects. We have structured and closed the largest such municipal landfill-gas-to-energy projects to date, bringing private investment to both municipal and private disposal facility owners.

Natural Resources

Natural Resource law encompasses a diverse group of resources, from above-ground resources (e.g., timber) to below-ground resources (e.g., oil, coal and minerals, and resources such as water that can be both below and above ground. Accordingly, we have at our disposal a diverse group of lawyers, including both environmental and business lawyers, to help clients acquire, sell, permit, finance and develop different natural resource assets.

While our practice involving timber and water issues has focused on matters in the Eastern United States, our expertise in oil and gas projects extends beyond domestic borders to include experience in Central Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)

Most of our clients, large and small, are employers, and thus regulated under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). We have substantial experience with OSHA-related matters, as well as with matters related to the Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA) and their state counterparts. We advise clients on occupational safety and health regulatory compliance issues on a daily basis, and we defend enforcement cases. We work closely with lawyers in our Labor and Employment group, who are experienced in this area.

CONTACTS

Gordon R. Alphonso Partner T: +1 404 443 5716
Donald D. Anderson Partner T: +1 904 798 3230
James A. Thornhill Partner T: +1 804 775 1163
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Real estate company

Advised client on multiple dry cleaning release sites in Maryland voluntary cleanup program and controlled hazardous substances program.
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Liquidator

Advised liquidator on RCRA corrective action sites and structuring of sale of sites to address future clean up obligations of bankrupt manufacturer.
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Real estate development and management company

Advised client and negotiated with Army Corps of Engineers with the investigation of a Formerly Used Defense Site for residential use in the Mid-Atlantic.
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Specialty chemical company

Negotiated settlements of alleged violations of inventory update rule of Toxic Substances Control Act resulting in reducing assessed penalties by over $300,000 by precedent-setting use of supplemental environmental projects.
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Lumber and wood products company

Advised client in the successful defense of a RCRA enforcement action by EPA of a manufacturing facility in West Virginia.
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Waste disposal company

Served as one of the waste industry’s lead negotiators in major amendments to North Carolina’s solid waste law.
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Waste disposal company

Represented waste disposal company in obtaining all permits and approvals for the construction and operation of a new landfill, including defending litigation brought by environmental group and local citizens which resulted in a decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals upholding the issuance of the permit.
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Solid waste management company

Providing management and trouble shooting for permitting solid waste transfer stations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
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Solid waste management company

Obtaining the first private solid waste transfer station permit in Maryland.
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Solid waste management company

Obtaining many of, and managing all of the permits for one of the largest landfills on the East Coast.
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Environmental controls company

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in a private cost recovery action under CERCLA on grounds that plaintiff failed to produce sufficient evidence that client’s waste contained hazardous substances.
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Chemical company

Represented chemical company in drafting administrative consent order for corrective action utilizing state risk board remediation objectives.
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Electric power generator

We represented an electric power generator in its purchase of a two-unit nuclear power station. Our representation included environmental and business assistance concerning management and disposal of mixed hazardous/radioactive wastes.
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Florida municipality

Defense of Florida municipality in state enforcement action arising from alleged construction and operation of unpermitted solid waste landfills.
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Health care industry client

Assisted a health care industry client in responding to DOT/FAA charges concerning the transportation of radioactive materials under the Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations.
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Landfill owners

Counseling landfill owners on groundwater monitoring and remediation/corrective action programs and development of cost-effective solutions.
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Landfill owners and a statewide coalition of landfill owners

Counseling landfill owners and a statewide coalition of landfill owners on amendments to state’s solid waste regulatory programs.
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Local governments

Assisting local governments in developing strategies to ensure continuous solid waste streams to disposal facilities, without the need to adopt flow control ordinances. Structuring, implementation, and closing of tax-enhanced landfill gas to energy projects, including the single largest such U.S. projects.
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Various cities and counties

Drafting for cities and counties "host agreements" in the wake of very active environmental group opposition to new solid waste disposal facilities.
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Gordon R Alphonso Gordon R. Alphonso
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5716
F: +1 404 443 5783
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David Evans David E. Evans
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4317
F: +1 804 698 2049
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Douglas E Lamb Douglas E. Lamb
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1107
F: +1 804 698 2272
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Dana P Palmer Dana P. Palmer
Senior Counsel
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 956 3445
F: +1 310 956 3121
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Elizabeth M Rothenberg Elizabeth M. Rothenberg
Associate
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2683
F: +1 904 360 6352
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Amanda Kitchen Short Amanda Kitchen Short
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2359
F: +1 704 444 8861
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Heather Nixon Stevenson Heather Nixon Stevenson
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1380
F: +1 804 698 2241
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