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The lawyers of Tripp Scott’s environmental practice have extensive experience helping clients to navigate the maze of complex laws governing environmental preservation. Over the last three decades, Tripp Scott has handled clients’ environmental issues on the local, state and federal levels.

Tripp Scott has established reimbursement programs for contaminated sites and has represented numerous parties involved in environmental investigations, remediation and contribution actions. The firm’s representations have ranged from large Superfund issues to small commercial property owners in petroleum contamination clean-up matters. Clients include buyers and sellers of real estate, landlords and tenants, lenders and borrowers, and real estate development firms.

Tripp Scott’s environmental practice includes:

  • Accounting and disclosure compliance

  • Ad valorem issues for contaminated properties

  • Air pollution and Clean Air Act matters

  • Asbestos issues

  • Clean-up reimbursement programs

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Consent decrees, administrative orders and enforcement

  • Contract negotiations and indemnifications

  • Emergency response, transportation and spill programs

  • Environmental hazard mitigation

  • Fiduciary liability protection

  • Groundwater contamination

  • Hazardous materials and waste

  • Insurance liability and coverage

  • Landfills

  • Land use

  • Lender liability protection

  • Lobbying and legislative monitoring

  • National Pollutant discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water regulations

  • Occupations Safety & Health Act (OSHA)

  • Permitting issues

  • Petroleum storage systems

  • Pollution defense matters

  • Private citizens’ lawsuits

  • Real estate development issues

  • Regulatory compliance and enforcement

  • Remediation methods

  • Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA)

  • Risk assessments

  • Site assessments, plant audits and compliance program development

  • Soil contamination

  • State reimbursement programs

  • Superfund, including Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) and SARA Title III (Community Right-to-Know)

  • Tax issues for contaminated properties

  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

  • Waste water management

  • Wetlands regulation


Environmental matters often call for knowledge and experience in specialized and related areas of law. As a multi-disciplinary firm, Tripp Scott has the professional staff and resources to address a broad scope of issues. The firm’s environmental lawyers often work with members of the litigation, insurance, tax, and banking and finance practices.

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