Overview

We represent buyers and sellers in complex transactions involving site remediation issues and brownfield development projects. Clients benefit from our experience with identifying and solving potential environmental problems that block projects from moving forward quickly and cost-effectively.

While state and federal governments encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of environmentally impaired areas, these projects can be complex. We routinely provide counsel on issues in connection with the federal Superfund law and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and analogous state laws, and we use this knowledge to help clients effectively evaluate the risks and benefits of participating in brownfield transactions.

Industrial companies, lenders, real estate developers and public bodies rely on us for guidance on obtaining land use approvals, structuring transactions, complying with requirements under U.S. EPA and state and local statutes, and negotiating financing agreements. We also are called to collaborate with environmental consultants on site assessments and audits, and coordinate other critical aspects of site remediation and brownfield projects.

Our efficient, multidisciplinary team approach offers clients a single resource for the range of real estate, environmental, public finance, tax and business issues typically associated with developing brownfields.

Podcasts
Environmental L.A.W.S.: Learning from the Past and Planning for the Future
August 5, 2020

A discussion between Thompson Hine partners Devin Barry and Joel Eagle

In this podcast, Devin shares some observations on clients’ compliance challenges arising from COVID-19, and discusses with Joel how these challenges can be used to develop future COVID-19 compliance and enforcement defense strategies. Join us for this lively discussion that will be of interest to in-house counsel and EHS managers interested in proactively addressing compliance as the pandemic continues to create challenges throughout 2020.

Environmental L.A.W.S.: Manufacturing Plant Closures: Legal Compliance & Strategic Decision-Making for Investigation, Remediation & Sale
September 1, 2020

A discussion between Thompson Hine partners Andy Kolesar and Wray Blattner.

In this episode, Andy shares his insights on strategic considerations for companies closing former manufacturing plants (something happening more frequently as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) that can lead to favorable outcomes in terms of complying with legal requirements, conducting cost-effective cleanups and maximizing the sale price. Andy and Wray discuss the pros and cons of mothballing former manufacturing properties, the risks and benefits of Phase II sampling to help quantify cleanup costs, long-term risk management considerations, and the key elements of effective corporate-wide plant closing and remediation programs. Join us for this lively discussion that will be of interest to in-house counsel, EHS managers and corporate real estate professionals who are facing (or will face) the challenges presented by plant closures.