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Attorneys at N.W. Bernstein & Associates, LLC, have experience handling a wide range of environmental law issues, including trusteeship of Superfund sites, landfill litigation, and counseling of groups potentially responsible parties at hazardous waste sites. The experience of attorneys at N.W. Bernstein & Associates, LLC, in the area of environmental law include:

  • Trusteeship of Superfund sites and lead role in Superfund site management
  • Environmental litigation including defense and also contribution claim litigation
  • Toxic tort defense
  • Defense of demolition site environmental claims
  • Defense of landfills litigation
  • Advising venture capital firms on environmentally sensitive investments
  • Clean air matters
  • Emissions from coal-fired boilers
  • CAM regulations
  • Glass New Source Performance Standards
  • Clean water cases
  • Electroplating and Metal Finishing Pretreatment issues
  • NPDES issues
  • Air Inhalation Matters
  • OSHA presentations on the alleged carcinogenicity of rock wool, slag wool, and other fibers
  • Successfully litigating against OSHA on the treatment of silica as requiring hazard (cancer) warning on wall board and joint compound
  • Successfully defending demolition contractor from contribution claims related to lead fume inhalation brought by its workers against third parties
  • Brownfield cleanup including transferring a major pigment manufacturing plant from New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) RCRA enforcement proceedings to its approval for site redevelopment under New York's then Voluntary Cleanup Plan
  • Appellate representation in environmental litigation in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second Circuit (New York); Third Circuit (Philadelphia); Eleventh Circuit (Atlanta); and the D.C. Circuit (Washington, D.C.) and the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Counseling on business activities involving environmental law and risk management
  • Authorship of numerous articles and presentations
  • Guest Lecturer on hazardous waste matters at Yale Law School, and the Michigan Department of Health.

Protecting and advising clients in matters related to the environmental is a core strength of N.W. Bernstein & Associates, LLC. Contact the law firm.

Firm News & Articles

For Norm Bernstein's views on the CERCLA 107/113 issue as expressed in the "Voluntary vs. Compelled Cleanup" section of the recent Bloomberg BNA article (p. 2) titled "Finding the Divide Between CERCLA Cost Recovery and Contribution Actions," click here. Reproduced with permission from Toxics Law Reporter, 30 TXLR 235 (March 5, 2015). Copyright 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) < http://www.bna.com>

On January 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States denied a petition for certiorari that sought to overturn our defeat of DOJ's arguments in the Seventh Circuit in Bernstein, et al. v. Bankert, et al. For the front page article in Bloomberg's Toxics Law Reporter, click here. For the Seventh Circuit's decision, click here.

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