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Environmental

Virtually all companies in all industry sectors are faced with myriad of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to environmental, health and safety (EHS) matters.  Shipman & Goodwin’s multidisciplinary environmental team advises clients on not only existing EHS requirements, but also industry standards, and emerging developments with respect to environmental legislation, regulation, policy, and management on a national, regional and local level.

Our environmental practice has been recognized consistently by Chambers & Partners USA, the nation’s preeminent guide to law firms and individual attorneys.  According to the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, "Shipman is unique in that it has regional knowledge and partners who have worked on a national and international level.” Several of our environmental lawyers have advanced degrees in the sciences, have clerked for state and federal courts and/or have worked for state EHS regulatory agencies/legislative offices and many have been selected as Super Lawyers®, a national rating service designating lawyers who have achieved a high degree of peer recognition and professional development.

Our national and regional clientele includes manufacturers, developers, lending institutions, educational institutions, healthcare entities, insurance companies, energy companies, and private clients.  Our level of service and sophistication of clients across substantive and geographical areas distinguishes us from other firms. 

We advise clients on the full range of EHS and energy matters in the business, transactional, regulatory compliance and litigation (administrative, civil and criminal) context.  Our clients have required assistance on significant environmental matters in dozens of states and we have recently handled environmental matters for clients nationally in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin and in Toronto, Canada.

Our representation includes:

Experience

Environmental Litigation
Obtained Reimbursements on Claims for Environmental Cost Recovery
Defense of Federal Suit for Alleged Residual Petroleum from USTs
Defense of Claims of Environmental Contamination Related to Sale of Real Property
Pursuing Claims for Reimbursement from Underground Storage Tank Fund
Defended Federal Lawsuit Involving Third-Party Claims Under CERCLA
Resolved Cost Recovery Claim for Environmental Remediation
Defense of CERCLA Actions Over PCBs from Transformers in North Carolina
Successful Suit for Property Remediation Under CT Environmental Protection Act
Successfully Defended Neighbors' Lawsuits Over a New Ash Landfill
Successfully Defended Noise Nuisance Allegations against Waste-to-Energy Facility
Defended CERCLA Action Regarding Former Ball Bearing Factory
Defended Lawsuit for Costs of Remediating MTBE Plume in Area Groundwater
Defense of Allegations of Underground Contamination - Case Withdrawn
Won Temporary Injunction Against Illegal Solid Waste Landfill
Defended CERCLA Action by a Competitor at a Superfund Site
Defended Environmental Consulting Firm against Professional Malpractice Allegations
Defeated Negligence Claim against Environmental Consulting Firm over Lead Paint in Auctioned Property
Defended Environmental Legal Malpractice Action
Defended Architectural Firm against Professional Malpractice Allegations
Land Use Approvals and Litigation
Obtained State Environmental Approvals for National Home Builder
Other
Successful Affiliation of Two Major Healthcare Organizations
Manufacturing Client Secures the Largest C-Pace Financed Solar Project
Successful Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for New Haven Hotel Development
Closing of Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Loan Origination
Significant Ruling Clarifies Scope of Environmental Regulation
Environmental Remediation of Contaminated River and Property
$203 Million Financing for University Health Ambulatory Care Center
Green Building
$1 Billion Public/Private Urban Renewal Project
$18.6 Million Development of a Green Parking Facility
Creating a Wastewater Management District
Purchase and Redevelopment of Approximately 400 Acres of Property in the Town of Preston, Connecticut
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Defended Automobile Manufacturer From CERCLA, RCRA Claims
City of Hartford
American School for the Deaf
Wetlands Regulation
Lender Protections
Municipal Energy Counsel
Downtown New Haven Relocation of Gateway Community College
Obtained Permits for Region's Largest Ash Disposal Facility
Application for a CPCN for a Water System
Water Rights Injunction
Acquisition of Potable Water for Condominiums
Environmentally Contaminated Property Remediation Dispute
Environmental Issues and Risks Evaluations for Commercial Properties
Environmental Counsel to $1.6 Billion "Utopia Studios" Development
Water Pollution Control Authority Counsel
Obtained Sewer Extension and Connection Approval
Environmental Compliance Advice
Negotiated a Complex Contract for Electricity Supply Services Resulting in $32,000,000 in Savings
$500 Million Adriaen's Landing Redevelopment Project
$120 Million Hartford Development "The Learning Corridor"
Suit Over Groundwater Contamination Leads to Groundbreaking Legislation
Installation of Water System
Trial Involving Connecticut Environmental Protection Act
Connecticut Transfer Act
Wastewater Permitting Compliance
E-Rate Funding
Multi-Year Development of Major Manhattan Mixed-Use Properties
Environmental Compliance
Indoor Air Quality, Mold and Asbestos Compliance
Settled Civil Complaint in One of the Largest Clean Water Act Cases in Nation
Permitting and Siting of Biodiesel Production Facility
Obtained Transfer of Wetlands and Sewer Appeals
Multi-Party, Residential Oil Spill Litigation

Publications

January 18, 2017  Andrew Davis Published in Environmental Law Handbook
August 9, 2016  Sellers of Certain Connecticut Real Estate Required to Attach Housing Disclosure Form To Purchase Agreements
October 13, 2015  EPA Proposes Long-Awaited Rule Addressing Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals by Healthcare Facilities
September 17, 2015  A Busy Summer for Environmental and Land Use Law
June 26, 2015  More Stringent "Significant Environmental Hazard" Reporting Requirements to Take Effect July 1, 2015
November 10, 2014  State Energy Strategy Includes Boost
November 4, 2014  The Connecticut Transfer Act and Connecticut Environmental Remediation Programs Update
October 2014  Revisions to Connecticut Transfer Act: Connecticut Environmental Law Handbook Chapter Five, Matters Affecting Business and Real Estate Update
Summer 2014  Expanding Clean Energy
February 26, 2014  Make Tenant That Controls Its Space Responsible for Mold Issues
June 18, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
June 6, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
June 5, 2013  Business and Legal Implications for Environmental Consulting Firms
May 30, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 22, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 17, 2013  Connecticut's Historic Gun Bill and Its Impact on Connecticut's Local and Regional Boards of Education
March 5, 2013  Sandbagging & Environmental Issues in Corporate Transactions
February 25, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
January 11, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
October 18, 2012  Lending on Contaminated Properties: Using Environmental Insurance to Manage Environmental Risks & Get the Deal Closed
May 10, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 27, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 2012  U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Discharge Rule: New Requirements and Risks
April 9, 2012  Redeveloping Brownfields: The Need for Risk Transfer Strategies
April 2, 2012  Shoreline Preservation Panel Battles The Elements
March 16, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 8, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 8, 2012  Green Building: Starting To Show Us The Money
June 28, 2011  DEP Completes Hearing on Draft General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewater from Construction Activities
June 9, 2011  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
May 26, 2011  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 20, 2011  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
March 28, 2011  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 4, 2011  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
May 10, 2010  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 21, 2010  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
March 29, 2010  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
March 5, 2010  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 19, 2010  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
January 29, 2010  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
October 6, 2009  2009 Environmental, Energy and Land Use Public Act Summaries
August 21, 2009  Legislature Establishes Remediation Deadlines Under Connecticut Transfer Act
June 4, 2009  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 20, 2009  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
March 30, 2009  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 5, 2009  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
October 17, 2008  Is "Green" The New Gold Standard?
June 24, 2008  Update on Inland Wetlands Caselaw in Connecticut
May 12, 2008  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 29, 2008  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 14, 2008  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 29, 2008  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 2008  Connecticut's Aquifer Protection Program Governs a Wide Array of Business Activities
February 12, 2008  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
May 17, 2007  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
January 17, 2007  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
November 17, 2006  DEP's New Aquifer Protection Regulations
August 11, 2006  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
March 30, 2006  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
March 1, 2006  Aquifer Protection: Coming to a Town Near You
March 8, 2006  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
July-September 2004  The Key Word is 'In': A Summary of the Legislature's Amendment to the Inland Wetlands Act
September 1, 2003  Shifting the Battlefield: Recent Changes in Federal Wetlands Policy
July 24, 2003  Environmental Concerns for Developers: Wetlands
July 1, 2003  Environmentally-Driven Zoning Law
August 9, 2002  Congress Seeking to Restore Brownfields
April 1, 2002  Update on the Law of Wetlands, Vernal Pool Species and Aquifer Protection Areas in Connecticut
2000  Connecticut Environmental Law Handbook, First - Fifth Edition
May 2000  A Critical Evaluation of the Development and Implementation of Forest Preservation Strategies

Events

April 22, 2017  International Municipal Lawyers Association 2017 Mid-Year Seminar - Land Use: Environmental Insurance
March 16, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial & Residential Real Estate Practitioner
February 24, 2017  Stormwater Management: The New MS4 Permit Regulations Are Here - Now What?
February 23, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial Real Estate Practitioner - The Connecticut Transfer Act
November 15, 2016  Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Annual Convention
April 25, 2016  Farm Renewable Energy & Efficiency Seminar
April 21, 2016  The Evolution of Waste Sites: From Industrial Dreams to Wastelands to Valuable Brownfields
March 19, 2016  2016 Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
October 14-15, 2015  2015 Natural Resources Symposium
June 24, 2015  CAMA Annual Meeting
June 5, 2013  Webinar: Business and Legal Implications for Environmental Consulting Firms: Lessons Learned from the Stratus/Chevron Ecuador Debacle
March 20, 2013  Environmental Insurance: Closing Coverage Gaps-Turning Swiss Cheese into Cheddar
April 22-24, 2012  Green Building: Starting to Show Us the Money
April 14-15, 2012  Legal Action Network for Development Strategies
February 8-11, 2012  Green Building: Starting To Show Us The Money
April 9-10, 2011  Navigating Green Building Standards
November 10, 2010  Environmental Considerations in Business and Real Property Transactions: Highlighting the Connecticut Transfer Act
April 1, 2010  Wetland and Environmental Update
December 4, 2009  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funds For School-related Energy Projects
October 7, 2009  DEP's Proposed Electronic (E-Waste) Regulations; and a Review of Environmental Legislation Effective October 1st
April 24, 2009  Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network Conference
March 6, 2009  Energy Consortiums: What You Need to Know When Examining the Pros and Cons
February 26, 2009  Laws, Regulations and Policies Relating to Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professionals
June 3, 2008  CBIA Environmental Conference
May 28, 2008  Environmental Legislation 2008
January 18, 2008  CBIA Environmental Policies Council Monthly Meeting
June 7, 2007  Large Scale On-site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems
October 19, 2006  Commercial Real Estate Financing in Connecticut: : Environmental Considerations in Business and Real Property Transactions
June 7, 2006  Environmental Law Legislation
January 5, 2006  Update on the Law of Wetlands
October 5, 2005  Environmental Law Legislation
April 12, 2005  Environmental and Land Use Legislative Update
October 25, 2004  Connecticut Environmental Laws & Regulations
June 9, 2004  2004 Environmental Legislation
June 7, 2004  New Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Regulations
June 3, 2004  Recent Supreme Court Wetland Decisions and Legislation
May 27, 2004  Wetlands, Wildlife and Public Act 04-209
May 13, 2004  Overview of Final Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Regulations
May 13, 2004  DEP's New Aquifer Protection Regulations
April 29, 2004  Environmental Issues You Need to Know for Today's Successful Land Use Practice
March 19, 2004  Water Resources and Section 22a-19 Environmental Interventions
October 24, 2002  Connecticut Environmental Law Compliance Course
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