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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy

The attorneys of Stites & Harbison's Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Service Group integrate their knowledge of complex statutory programs with an understanding of the principles of administrative law, constitutional law, and the common law to provide legal advice on issues that touch air, land, or water.

Several of our group’s attorneys have experience as regulatory attorneys and managers. Many of our attorneys also have technical backgrounds in scientific and engineering fields that provide valuable insight to environmental problems.

We strive to build practical solutions in all environmental representations. Our attorneys work closely with our clients' management and technical staffs to develop strategies that are both legally sound and consistent with our clients' goals and strategic business plans.

When disputes arise, our lawyers seek to negotiate settlements that achieve these goals and minimize exposure while avoiding litigation. Meanwhile, we are also prepared to litigate in any forum, from specialized administrative bodies to state and federal trial and appellate courts.

We routinely advise clients in natural resource sales, acquisitions, and corporate and commercial transactions, including the complicated aspects of mineral and related property rights.

We have negotiated key environmental covenants, coordinated due diligence in corporate transactions, and provided counsel in the development and operation of gas- or coal-fired power plants.

In representing private clients and trade associations, we also have significant experience in developing or challenging state and federal rulemaking under numerous environmental and natural resources related statutes.

Our group supports finding beneficial uses for major industrial waste streams, and in developing ways for our clients to minimize disposal costs while protecting the environment.

We are familiar with and represent clients in matters where sustainability and/or green construction are central concerns. Clients with assets or operations having an environmental component rely on Stites & Harbison attorneys to listen and then identify and resolve issues to assure compliance, mitigate risk, and limit exposure to environmental liability.

With significant representations in the manufacturing, agriculture, surety, construction, power generation, waste, and the extractive industries – including minerals, coal, oil, gas, timber, and water – our attorneys are accustomed to working with business and regulatory communities.

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Air Pollution and the Clean Air Act
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Clean Water Act
  • Common law nuisance, trespass, and toxic torts
  • Conservation easements
  • Endangered Species Acts
  • Energy & electrical power law
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
  • Hazardous Waste and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Mining and natural resources
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Resource development, production & regulation
  • Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  • Solid waste
  • Solid waste and municipal solid waste
  • Sustainability
  • Surety
  • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)

Stites & Harbison is a proud partner in the Law Office Climate Challenge Program, a joint effort of the American Bar Association and the EPA targeted at developing and implementing sustainable business practices in a law-office setting.

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28th Annual Business & Industry’s Sustainability & Environmental, Health and Safety Symposium

Date: 3/26/19 - 3/27/19

Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246

The 28th Annual Sustainability and EHS Symposium is the one conference you’ll want to attend. Attendance will give you the competitive edge in meeting today’s complex regulatory challenges and help you manage differently in the changing business world.

Jennifer J. Cave and W. Blaine Early III January 07, 2019
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Stites & Harbison Recognized as Client Service Leader in BTI Client Service A-Team 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—BTI Consulting Group recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC as a client service leader in the prestigious BTI Client Service A-Team 2019: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 27, 2018
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Jennifer Cave Appointed to GLI's Environment and Energy Committee

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Jennifer Cave as Chair of its Environment and Energy Committee.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 13, 2018
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
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Benchmark Litigation 2019 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and four as “Future Stars” in Kentu...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 07, 2018
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Kentucky Chamber Appoints W. Blaine Early, III as Chair of Energy & Environment Council

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney W. Blaine Early, III as Chair of the Energy & Environment Council. He will serve a two-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 02, 2018
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Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. For...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
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Best Lawyers names eight Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named eight attorney...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
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Jennifer Cave selected to Leadership Louisville Class of 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Leadership Louisville Center has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Jennifer Cave to participate in the Leadership Louisville Clas...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 26, 2018
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Chambers USA 2018 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 18 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2018 guide. The Chambers USA guid...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2018
Client Alerts

Waters of the United States Forecast: Continued Cloudiness, No End in Sight

In previous alerts we addressed the continued national confusion about the nature and extent of federal jurisdiction over properties exhibiting “waters of the United States” asking, “What Are Waters of the United States” and “Why It Matters.”

by William T. Gorton III March 19, 2018
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Opens the Door for Energy Storage Development

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously issued Order No. 841¹ which has the potential to dramatically alter the ele...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 23, 2018