Environmental Violations and Enforcement

Resolving Environmental Compliance Issues in California

As experienced litigators, the attorneys of Caufield & James are more than equal to the challenge of responding effectively to notices of violations and enforcement proceedings initiated by a regulatory agency with jurisdiction over your business's operations. If you have received a notice of violation or investigative inquiry from any agency charged with environmental protection oversight, contact one of our lawyers to discuss the best alternatives for resolving the problem.

Our lawyers can negotiate remediation measures with enforcing agencies

Many environmental violations and compliance problems can be resolved on acceptable terms if you take a cooperative and proactive approach with the agency most closely involved with the investigation or enforcement action. The worst thing you can do is ignore a notice of violation or fail to respond productively to requests for information. Our familiarity with local, state and federal environmental compliance proceedings can give you an advantage in addressing and resolving a permit violation or cleanup situation on terms you can live with.

As a general rule, the party responsible for an unauthorized release of contaminants or a substantial permit violation will also be responsible for remediation — including notice to affected parties, cleanup, restoration and assurance of adequate preventive measures. When supported by the facts, we can contest your company's responsibility for the problem or look to insurers and other entities to assume their share of the remediation expense.

Depending on the particular violation and resulting damage, remediation can be expensive. Our lawyers can represent your interests to negotiate a remediation package on the scale and at the pace you can manage in practical terms.

Our clients count on us in local, state or federal enforcement cases

We represent clients in negotiations and administrative hearings on environmental enforcement and compliance matters involving such agencies as the following:

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • California Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA)
  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • Local air quality and water quality control boards

Our goal in environmental enforcement litigation is to limit your company's exposure to the minimum necessary to meet the demands of a regulatory agency while protecting your broader business objectives and reputation in the market and the community.

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For insightful advice and skilled representation in any compliance or enforcement proceeding, contact a knowledgeable environmental law attorney at Caufield & James.