Environmental

The attorneys of Cantrell, Strenski & Mehringer, LLP are experienced environmental lawyers. One of our attorneys has been named as an Indiana Super Lawyer, included in the Best Lawyers of America® in the field of Litigation, and was selected as Indianapolis’ “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Environmental by Best Lawyers of America®.

We represent clients before the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to investigate and remediate Impacts to the environment from industrial and commercial operations, including gasoline stations and dry-cleaning facilities. We work closely with environmental consultants whom we retain on behalf of our clients to investigate and remediate the environmental impacts to soil and groundwater and vapor intrusion into buildings, with oversight by IDEM in the Underground Storage Tank, State Cleanup or Voluntary Remediation Program.

Because environmental impacts to soil and groundwater can migrate to other properties and can also result in vapor intrusion impacts in buildings, the owners or operators of impacted sites may be sued by occupants or residents of adjoining commercial and/or residential properties for alleged bodily injuries arising from ingestion of contaminated groundwater or exposure to vapors from substances such as petroleum products, chlorinated solvents, and other chemicals. To mitigate against such exposures by third parties that may result in such lawsuits, we work closely with the chosen environmental consultant to undertake actions that eliminate such exposures. If, however, such exposures do result in toxic tort litigation, then we are experienced in defending clients sued for liability for exposure to those substances.

Often environmental impacts also result in cost recovery and/or contribution litigation among property owners and/or potentially responsible parties to recoup the significant costs involved in investigation and remediation of the environmental impacts. We represent clients in state and federal courts in environmental litigation involving cost recovery and/or contribution claims under the Indiana Environmental Legal Action and Underground Storage Tank statutes, common law theories of liability (including negligence, trespass, and nuisance), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

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