RASCO KLOCK PEREZ & NIETO, P.L.’s Environmental Practice Group represents clients before all regulatory agencies and courts in the state of Florida. Currently, we represent a wide variety of clients in a spectrum of environmental permitting, counseling and litigation matters. At the state level, we have significant experience with state regulatory agencies in water, hazardous waste and industrial discharge issues, as well as having solid relationships with key personnel at federal, state and local environmental regulatory agencies.
Our attorneys have worked for federal and local environmental agencies, as well as a Fortune 100 company as senior environmental counsel. So, in addition to having contacts in the agencies that you would likely deal with, we have intimate knowledge about how those agencies work, as well as corporate in-house priorities on environmental regulatory and enforcement issues. If your matter involves technical or scientific issues, we understand those issues, having graduate level scientific credentials. That background is useful in understanding the science that underlies most of our environmental cases and the experts who develop and interpret that science.
We have been in the forefront of environmental issues throughout Florida, including litigation and administrative proceedings under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act and their state analogs. We have appeared before federal administrative agencies and in federal district and appellate courts throughout Florida and the country on such matters. We are also very well versed in the State’s rulemaking process, having been integrally involved in the development of the both air and water quality regulations and the drafting of Florida’s initial brownfields legislation. We have also prosecuted and defended several “rule challenge” proceedings relating to such diverse matters as water quality standards, water permitting, air-pollution trading and agency operations.
The firm’s environmental group has been involved in many complex, multi-party environmental cases, including past and current lead counsel roles in state administrative proceedings and federal and appellate courts in litigation involving the Everglades and the Clean Water Act,. The litigation involves cutting edge environmental issues, is high profile, involves private parties, state and federal governments and environmental groups and has resulted in continuous media scrutiny. We also have extensive experience in CERCLA matters, having served as “common counsel” at various Superfund sites. Our team also has significant experience in defending complex enforcement cases brought by federal, state and local governmental entities for alleged violations of environmental laws and regulations, from CERCLA matters to Clean Water Act cases, to enforcement of county and local environmental ordinances. Our attorneys serve as group counsel to numerous “potentially responsible parties” or “PRPs” in Superfund cases.
Our environmental team is prepared to assist you with any type of environmental problem, from permitting issues, to regulatory reform, to defending administrative enforcement actions brought by local, state and federal agencies. And, as we are litigators, should those agencies, or another private party, not reach a satisfactory resolution of the issues, we are always prepared to robustly enforce and defend our clients rights in court and formal administrative proceedings.