Environment: Air, Land, Water & Waste

Steptoe lawyers have wide-ranging experience in issues related to air, land, water, and waste regulation, and regularly assist clients in these matters.  In particular we have experience in:

Our lawyers understand the nuances of the regulations surrounding these matters, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  We advise clients on significant regulatory and environmental liability issues, including challenges to proposed regulations, preparation of complex permit applications, and prosecution of appeals from adverse regulatory decisions.  In addition, as initiatives arise to reform these regulations, we have the legislative and policymaking experience to assist them with legislative matters; agency rulemakings; enforcement proceedings; compliance planning; and facility permitting and siting.

Representative Matters

Recent Regulated Products projects concerned:

  • Compliance with the Directives on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)
  • The definition of "waste" under the Framework Directive on waste
  • Authorization of active ingredients in plant protection products and biocides
  • Authorization of genetically modified (GM) organisms, GM food and feed and non-GM food
  • Litigation defending the authorization of active ingredients in plant protection products
  • Data protection and confidentiality requirements for GM organisms
  • Potential civil and criminal liability of directors and officers in major European markets for breaches of environmental law
  • Marketing, labeling and stewardship obligations relating to dangerous substances and preparations
  • Organic food and production processes
  • Risks and opportunities presented by the European Commission’s REACH proposal (concerning registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals)

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