Water Quality and Water Resources

Water-related challenges are on the rise. Greater emphasis is being placed on water quality, permitting and water-supply concerns, all of which are gaining increased attention from government agencies and environmental groups. At Troutman Sanders, we draw on our extensive experience to help companies navigate these complex legal issues without sacrificing their business objectives.

Our lawyers provide substantive, ongoing water quality representation for clients throughout the United States and in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions across the country. We have counseled clients in virtually every issue related to water quality, from resource and systems planning to permitting, compliance and litigation. Our lawyers have been recognized by Chambers USA as having particular, in-depth knowledge of Clean Water Act (CWA)-related issues, as well as water-quality and coastal-development matters.

In particular, our experience includes the following core areas: 

We believe in taking a proactive approach to business concerns. We work with clients to reduce potential liabilities, avoid permitting delays and develop good relationships with regulators. We facilitate the negotiation of practical, long-term settlement of enforcement actions, and help our clients understand and comply with applicable water-quality laws. When appropriate, we represent our clients in water-related litigation, always keeping their business interests at the forefront of our litigation strategies.

We represent national and international Fortune 500 companies and work with the public and citizens groups on cutting-edge water supply and quality issues. We have served at the top of state and federal governmental water programs and participated in courtroom disputes over competing water supply and quality issues. Our lawyers have developed permits and regulations, defended against government or citizen enforcement, and negotiated with members of Congress over regional water issues.

When appropriate, we represent our clients in water related litigation, always keeping their business interests at the forefront of our litigation strategies. Recently, we successfully represented a major restaurant chain seeking damages from groundwater vapor intrusion from the largest petroleum company in the world. We also represented one of the world’s largest passenger airlines in a multi-party cost recovery suit in which another airline alleged damages of over $100 million from jet fuel contamination originating from an underground hydrant fueling system at JFK airport in New York.

Representative Experience

  • Represented utilities in the Steam Electric Effluent Guidelines rulemaking process, including drafting extensive comments, and providing ongoing compliance advice regarding compliance with the final rule.
  • Represented utilities in the 316(b) rulemaking process and providing ongoing advice regarding same.
  • Represented utilities in the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking process, including drafting extensive comments.
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