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Environmental Business and Litigation Counsel

Where Finance Meets the Environment: N.W. Bernstein & Associates, LLC's lawyers have environmental, financial and litigation experience to help clients solve multi-disciplinary environmental problems, including structuring environmentally sensitive business transactions and planning for EPA's new and upcoming regulations that will affect a wide range of commercial and industrial activities.  We can provide advice on traditional US environmental matters such as CERCLA, Brownfield redevelopment, the Clean Water Act, RCRA citizens' suit defense, and on challenging proposed new government regulations. With two back-to-back wins in the Seventh Circuit, and completion of two briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States within eleven months, we have demonstrated strong federal appellate litigation skills. Our recent successes in representing the White Plains Housing Authority against a major petroleum distributor is illustrative of our District Court abilities. We have relationships with counsel in London, Shanghai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Toronto and Mexico City that provide us with the ability to help international clients. Our 2017 White Paper on EPA's new ozone rules, which are being phased in beginning October 2017, is available upon request. Our firm is now the U.S. New York exclusive representative on environmental matters to IR Global, the prestigious UK based international legal referral network.

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Latest Developments:

June 2016, we achieved a favorable recovery for our client the White Plains Housing Authority (WPHA) in a case in N.Y. Federal Court for contamination interfering with an estimated $300 million WPHA reconstruction project. That case is continuing against other defendants.

In October 2016, Norm Bernstein was a guest speaker at the international Green Bonds Conference at N.Y.'s Bloomberg Center.

In May 2017, Norm Bernstein in his capacity as Trustee to the Duane Marine Site Trust Fund became the named plaintiff in a suit against General Cable Corporation for recovery of costs incurred and to be incurred in cleaning up a former General Cable site in Perth Amboy, N.J.

In August 2017, we brought an action for WPHA against BP Products North America Inc. to compel cleanup of a plume of contamination on WPHA's property.

In September 2017, we released our updated White Paper on EPA's new Ozone Rules which are being phased in beginning October 1, 2017. Companies in over 500 counties are expected to be affected.

Additionally, in September 2017, Norm Bernstein was interviewed at the IR Global Conference in Berlin on the importance of independent cost effective environmental advice on U.S. environmental law. The video will be published to our web site in November 2017.

Also in November 2017, we expect to close, on favorable terms, a settlement of an environmental action brought by ExxonMobil against our client Electric Boat Corporation and other companies.

Since 2013, we have defeated arguments by the United States Justice Department in a leading hazardous waste site case in the United States Court Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago), and filed several briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States - all on environmental issues. For the Seventh Circuit's decision click here. For Bloomberg Toxic Law Reporter on our successful opposition brief in the Supreme Court  click here. For our U.S. Supreme Court Certiorari Petition in the Hobart case  click here.

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N.W. Bernstein & Associates, LLC
800 Westchester Avenue
Suite N319
Rye Brook, NY 10573-1361

Telephone: 914.358.3500
Fax: 914.701.0707

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