ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
& SAFETY

FisherBroyles’ Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) group works closely with clients to develop practical and cost effective solutions to matters arising under federal, state and international EHS laws and regulations. Our experience includes providing interpretation and guidance, structuring company policies and practices, contributing to industry programs and initiatives, advising on real estate and property contamination matters, permitting plants and facilities, responding to and investigating incidents, and handling inspections and enforcement actions with EPA, OSHA and other federal and state EHS agencies. We have special expertise in the area of OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard and are committed to working with our clients to prevent catastrophic events.

We also have substantial experience in CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, California’s Prop 65, PRP groups, CEQA/NEPA, defense of Natural Resource Damages (NRD) actions. allocation proceedings, hazardous waste requirements, water rights, cap and trade, environmental due diligence, remediation and treatment, environmental insurance, brownfields redevelopment, underground storage tank, hazardous materials transportation, and environmental issues arising out of bankruptcy.

Acquisitions and divestitures have significant EHS aspects, and we have supported sales, purchases and closures of major facilities and businesses here and abroad. We are experienced in structuring and supporting EHS and PSM audits and reviews, and we can serve as the contact EHS attorney for plants and businesses. Our experience also encompasses structuring and implementing EHS management systems for US and global operations.

EHS attorneys have served as environmental counsel for major corporations, have worked with and chaired committees for national and local trade associations, and have been directly involved in the legislative and regulatory process for major federal EHS initiatives. We have prepared presentations for company, trade association and legal meetings, and we can conduct in-house training on EHS topics for your organization.

BASIC PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Regulatory Compliance Counseling
  • Air Quality & Resources
  • Water & Groundwater Quality
  • Waste, Remediation & Superfund
  • Occupational Safety
  • Process Safety Management
  • Audits & Investigations
  • Permit Drafting & Negotiation
  • Enforcement & Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Proceedings
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • Product Stewardship
  • EHS Management Systems

INDUSTRY AREAS:

  • Manufacturing
  • Refining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemicals
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources
  • Real Property
  • Transactions

LAWS & REGULATIONS:

  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • CAA Title V
  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
  • General Permits
  • Maintenance, Startup and Shutdown (MSS)
  • Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • RCRA Part B Permits
  • CERCLA or Superfund
  • EPCRA or SARA Title 3
  • Release Reporting Regulations
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Green Chemistry Initiatives
  • Product Stewardship Regulations
  • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
  • Security Regulations
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)
  • Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
  • Toxic Substance Regulations
  • Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)

FEDERAL, STATE & INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES:

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Corps of Engineers (COE)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Mineral Management Service (MMS)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Texas General Land Office (GLO)
  • Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)
  • Georgia Environmental Protection Division
  • North Carolina Department of Labor (OSHA)
  • Indian Tribal Organizations
  • Other State EHS Agencies
  • EHS Agencies in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific