Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. provides expert assistance in environmental law to the firm’s private and public sector clients and other attorneys and has experience under the full range of state and federal clean air, water, noise and hazardous substance statutes and regulations including CERCLA, RCRA, LUST and the Illinois Site Remediation Program (commonly referred to as the Brownfields Program). The firm assists our clients in responding to sites containing hazardous substances and waste including contaminated quarries, public utilities, gas stations, former manufactured gas plants (MGP), incinerators, abandoned landfills and abandoned, idled, or underused industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment has been hindered by real or perceived contamination. Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. represents the Village of Oak Park in one of this nation’s largest remediation projects of an MGP site.
Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. is involved in complex environmental and toxic tort litigation, including compliance and enforcement actions under the federal and state regulations. It represents both private and public purchasers and sellers of properties in due diligence ranging from individual buildings through corporate-wide asset acquisitions, in crafting the appropriate instruments to effect the transfer of environmental liabilities as intended by the parties to the transaction, and has supervised all levels of environmental assessments (Phases I, II and III). The firm’s attorneys counsel our municipal clients on highway authority agreements, groundwater ordinances, deed restrictions and other institutional controls under the Illinois Tiered Approach to Cleanup Objectives (TACO) and eminent domain issues involving contaminated properties. Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. has been involved in corporate acquisitions, real estate transactions, environmental compliance audits and underground storage tank and hazardous waste remediation planning and oversight. It is experienced with negotiating environmental insurance coverage and has worked with policyholders in determining the obligations to defend and indemnify with respect to environmental matters. The firm assists clients through the maze of local siting requirements for new pollution control facilities, permit and environmental compliance audits and assists municipal clients in obtaining grants under the Illinois Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program.