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Offering Outstanding Environmental Legal Services

Whether your project is in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, elsewhere in the West, or even international, our large and specialized team offers a unique depth of knowledge of environmental and natural resource issues.

Parsons Behle & Latimer has a proven record of providing exceptional legal services on a diverse range of environmental and natural resource matters. Our environmental law practice represents some of the world’s largest mining and industrial companies as well as small businesses and individuals on matters ranging from permitting new operations (e.g., mines, traditional and renewable power plants, pipelines and transmission lines, and water projects), to ensuring ongoing compliance with an increasingly complicated web of environmental regulations (e.g., Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and TRI), to acquisition or divestment (including related diligence) of large natural resource and industrial projects.

We successfully litigate high-stakes environmental and natural resource cases; help clients deal with liability, apportionment, and insurance issues from contaminated properties (e.g., under Superfund and LUST programs); and defend against alleged environmental crimes. In addition to our substantive legal expertise, we have well-established relationships with state (particularly in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho) and federal regulatory agencies that bolster our ability to provide unparalleled legal services.

Representative Matters

Interim Removal Action on Navajo Nation Lands in New Mexico
Negotiations of CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Agreement at Gilt Edge Superfund Site in South Dakota
Successfully Represented Rio Tinto In Clean Air Lawsuit
Successfully defeated claim by State for increased tipping fees at hazardous waste disposal facility
CERCLA RI/FS Settlement Agreement
Brownfield advice
Defend EPA Enforcement Action
Water rights and availability due diligence on behalf of commercial agricultural interest in California’s Central Valley.
Federal District Court litigation involving petition to modify 1944 Orr Ditch Decree governing Truckee River water use.
Water Rights permitting for eastern Nevada groundwater project from administrative hearing through Nevada Supreme Court appeal.


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