Our work and experience in the waste treatment, recycling, and disposal industry covers dozens of countries on all seven continents.
Beveridge & Diamond has been at the forefront of hazardous and solid waste issues since the inception of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) federal regulatory program in 1980. We have participated in virtually every major RCRA rulemaking, and have had considerable success in advocating for regulatory changes that are favorable to our clients’ interests.
We understand the waste industry beyond its rules and regulations and use a pragmatic approach to help clients manage legal complexity while developing and advancing successful business strategies. Our deep understanding of the economic realities of the waste industry enhances our broad capabilities to address air, water, and hazardous materials regulations throughout the product life-cycle.
As leaders in addressing waste treatment, recycling, and disposal challenges in the U.S. and around the world, our applied experience helps companies minimize exposure to liability, develop business opportunities, decrease costs, and enhance profitability.
Increasingly, the solid waste management industry faces stringent environmental and land use regulation, sophisticated opposition to facility siting and operation, and more complex interstate and international transport requirements. Our work on many sides of the waste industry, as legal advocates for public and private companies and governments and as former in-house counsel to solid waste companies and government regulators, gives us a 360-degree view of sound waste management practices and successful project development.
When devising legal solutions for clients, we balance their desire to pursue new opportunities and protect existing assets against the need to maintain critical business relationships. We seek to minimize negative effects in contentious matters without resorting to litigation. But, when litigation is the only possible solution, we are prepared to take cases to court for our clients and win.
B&D represents public and private owners and operators of landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities, sludge management facilities, and municipal waste combustors, as well as national solid waste trade associations, on the full range of compliance, permitting, enforcement, and litigation matters arising under federal, state, and global waste treatment regulations. We also work extensively with companies in the retail, electronics, petroleum, mining, and chemicals industries, among others, on recycling and disposal issues related to products, facilities, and waste transportation.
Our work sometimes involves collaboration with non-legal experts such as consultants and engineers to help clients with matters that include:
- Environmental impact reviews
- RCRA issue advocacy
- Federal, state, and local permitting (air, effluent, landfill expansion, and more)
- Appeals to permit conditions, challenges, or denials
- Contract negotiation for facility siting, construction, and operation
- Development of requests for qualifications (RFQs) and requests for proposals (RFPs)
- State procurement requirements and applications for public funding of projects
- Development and implementation of compliance management systems
- Audits of solid waste facilities
- Defense against citizen suits, mass torts, and other types of litigation