In a world increasingly concerned about the protection and preservation of natural resources, all decision-makers in the environmental field must anticipate and be prepared to manage claims for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) that can result in the aftermath of environmental pollution and contamination. Our environmental attorneys understand the complete life cycle of contaminated sites. Each stage of the cycle—investigation, remedy, insurance, allocation, toxic tort, and NRD—presents a distinct challenge with potentially costly consequences. Our experienced team helps responsible parties maintain their focus on the entirety of the life cycle, including NRD claims, to ensure a satisfactory and comprehensive resolution of the matter.
We represent clients in all phases of an NRD claim and in all types of NRD litigation: in cases arising from hazardous waste and other Superfund sites, spills and other discrete events, and regulatory challenges. We understand the valuation methodologies and critical scientific disciplines that confront a client during a complex NRD matter. Though we often litigate NRD matters successfully, we also know when cooperation with the government can be a more beneficial way to proceed than litigation. Even more importantly, we know how to implement a cooperative approach to avoid common pitfalls, such as waiving future defenses. When executed properly, the cooperative approach can obviate the need for time-consuming, expensive, and uncertain litigation.
Download the Natural Resource Damages chapter from Environmental Law Practice Guide: State and Federal Law.
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