Environmental and Natural Resources

Environmental regulation is an important concern to almost all businesses and industries, but environmental requirements are often difficult to understand and even harder to implement.

Christian & Barton offers a comprehensive menu of environmental legal services to assist its clients in a variety of administrative, legislative, and litigation settings to meet business, municipal and transactional needs:

  • Routine compliance assistance
  • Enforcement action defense and negotiation
  • Permit planning and negotiations
  • Due diligence for real estate, business and lending transactions
  • Regulatory and legislative advocacy
  • Litigation
  • Environmental services contracting
  • Internal audit oversight
  • Environmental management program development
  • Public participation and “stakeholder” representation

Our lawyers have developed expertise in dealing with specific state and federal environmental programs, including those addressing:

  • Wastewater collection and discharges (municipal and industrial)
  • Stormwater discharges and management
  • Solid and hazardous waste management and disposal
  • Wetlands (tidal and nontidal)
  • Air pollution
  • Storage tanks
  • Groundwater and surface water contamination
  • Brownfield clean up and redevelopment
  • Superfund
  • Public and private water supply and planning
  • Historic and cultural resources
  • Asbestos and lead-based paint abatement
  • Worker and community right-to-know discharges
  • Endangered species

Our experience includes working with the EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department, the Virginia Department of Health and various regulatory agencies in Virginia and other states.  Christian & Barton lawyers have also served on state and local environmental committees that benefit the community at large, speak at educational and industry functions, and have held leadership positions with bar environmental sections.

Christian & Barton has the experience and practical expertise that business, industry, local governments and individuals seek to address successfully the unique environmental issues they face.