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Environmental Auditing and Risk Management

Thompson & Knight’s attorneys have conducted and supervised environmental, health, and safety compliance audits of facilities in various industrial sectors. We also work with clients in the development and implementation of environmental management systems.

Overview

Thompson & Knight’s attorneys have conducted and supervised environmental, health, and safety compliance audits of facilities in various industrial sectors. Through the years, these sectors have included upstream and midstream oil and gas, steel, cement, petrochemicals, refining, inorganic chemicals, brick and tile, pharmaceuticals, aircraft, and electronics.

We also work with clients in the development and implementation of environmental management systems. This work has included the development of corporate policies and governance, procedures and training, and baseline and periodic assessments, or “gap analyses,” in support of efforts to achieve Environmental Management System certification.

Thompson & Knight is “well respected for its deep environmental expertise” and boasts “notable experience in…air compliance audits.” – Chambers USA 2019

Ranked among the top firms in the nation for Environmental Law in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

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More than 50 years of experience representing clients in environmental legal issues

Honored among the top firms in the nation for Environment: Litigation and Environment: Regulatory in The Legal 500 US 2018 by Legalease

Experience

Compliance Auditing

  • Advised E&P clients in every aspect of environmental compliance auditing, including design and implementation of the audit, regulatory applicability determinations, eligibility for benefits afforded by state and federal audit laws and policies, voluntary self disclosures to state and federal agencies, and representation before state and federal agencies in any resulting enforcement negotiations or actions
  • Assisted clients with conducting audits to assess compliance of upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities with air permitting, spill prevention and control, siting (e.g., wetlands and endangered and threatened species), chemical inventory reporting, waste management, and risk management planning requirements
  • Participated with an in-house environmental audit team in reviewing and responding to audit findings at an aircraft maintenance facility for a major air carrier
  • Represented industrial clients, including in the refining, petrochemicals, inorganic chemicals, steel, cement, brick and tile, pharmaceuticals, airlines, electronics, and manufacturing industries, in environmental audit to assess liability and compliance with environmental regulations and to formulate approaches to self disclosure pursuant to state and federal audit laws and policies
  • Designed and implemented a compliance audit of the largest single site electric arc steelmaking facility in the United States
  • Designed and implemented a compliance audit of domestic operations of a multinational pharmaceutical company
  • Designed and implemented a compliance audit of all domestic cement plant operations of a multinational cement manufacturing company

Environmental Management Systems

  • Advised an independent oil and gas company with upstream and midstream assets in three states on the design, development, and implementation of an environmental management system
  • Advised the Board of Directors of a major oil and chemical company on the company’s environmental management system and the information flow on environmental, safety, and social responsibility issues to the Board and its environmental committee
  • Advised an oilfield services company in its Records Retention Policy for environmental records
  • Counseled an American multinational corporation on the revision of its Sustainability Committee Charter