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Environmental Law

PPGMR is one of the prominent environmental law firms in Arkansas. Our attorneys assist clients in permitting, regulatory compliance, enforcement, litigation, business transactions, and administrative proceedings in all areas of environmental law. We take pride in combining environmental law and litigation experience with scientific knowledge to help our clients meet goals, solve problems and avoid disputes. Significant real world technical and industry experience enables us to understand clients' concerns quickly and to communicate effectively with technical personnel, inspectors, consultants, and trial experts.

Environmental litigation at PPGMR includes federal CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA (hazardous waste management), CAA (Clean Air Act), and CWA (Clean Water Act) litigation, and similar state-law-based and administrative actions. Our attorneys have considerable trial experience, particularly in complex environmental cases. We have directed multi-party defense of Superfund enforcement and cost-recovery litigation, clean water, wetlands, endangered species, and citizen suit litigation, as well as a variety of state law environmental actions.  Many cases can be resolved with thoughtful planning and negotiation, without resort to litigation.

Typical representation includes issues involving:

  • Superfund cost recovery
  • RCRA orders
  • oilfield contamination defense
  • hydraulic fracturing
  • underground injection control
  • Clean Air Act (CAA) issues 
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) issues
  • challenges to environmental statutes, regulations, ordinances
  • CWA Section 404 wetlands issues
  • air, water, & hazardous waste permitting
  • real estate
  • environmentally sensitive business transactions
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
  • drafting environmental legislation
  • environmental audits
  • solid waste management
  • regulatory enforcement action defense
  • permit appeals
  • toxic torts
  • underground storage tanks
  • PRP group representation
  • water quality, use, and allocation
  • Environmental Assessments (EA)
  • water quality disputes
  • water pollution
  • air pollution
  • hazardous waste pollution

PPGMR has an extensive administrative and regulatory practice. In addition to state and federal courts, we represent clients before a number of regulatory agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency at the regional and national levels, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Pollution Control & Ecology Commission, US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission, Arkansas Soil & Water Conservation Commission, and others.