Environmental Litigation

The firm routinely handles litigation of agency orders, Penalty Assessments, and Permits, as well as replacement water supply, injunction cases and cases for money damages in state or federal courts. Cases we recently handled include:

Air & Water Permit Appeals - Appeals of permits to construct and operate facilities and mines, usually in the USEPA Environmental Appeals Board, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board or the Allegheny County Health Department.

Asbestos NESHAPS -

  • Litigated injunction against state agency that stopped a construction project due to alleged asbestos contamination that did not exceed state standards. Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
  • Reduced asbestos NESHAPS penalty to 20% of federal agency's claim after trial. US EPA, Region III Appeal.
  • Negotiated settlements with OH EPA and US EPA Region V on asbestos abatement citations.

Eminent Domain - Litigating temporary taking of mineral property due to illegal government agency action. Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.

Mining Permit Appeals - Obtained Writ of Mandamus commanding agency to review a permit application and an award of attorney's fees from the agency for bad faith refusal to process a permit application. State regulations were changed after this case. Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Recovery of Cleanup Costs and Underground Storage Tanks - Recovery of costs of cleaning up tank contamination from oil companies, former owners, fuel suppliers, and the Pennsylvania Tank Insurance Fund. Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny, Beaver, Cambria, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Practice before the Pennsylvania Insurance Department USTIF.

Superfund Matters - Counsel for individuals and companies sued for cleanup costs under federal or state "Superfund" laws in at least 20 cases. We have litigated Super fund cases in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia & Michigan.

Contact our Pittsburgh environmental law attorneys by calling 724-940-4000 to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal matter. Our firm is conveniently located in Wexford, Pennsylvania about 15 minutes north of Pittsburgh. We are pleased to meet our clients either at our offices during normal business hours or at other locations and times that are convenient to them.