Our team is led by a former senior EPA attorney who helped write the initial rules upon which the national CERCLA Natural Resource Damages (NRD) enforcement program is based. With this valuable insider-insight, we offer clients unparalleled knowledge of federal and state regulatory processes and a deep understanding of the scientific, technical and economic methodologies typically used to assess and establish NRD claims. Our extensive experience in this field gives us the advantage in navigating and litigating NRD matters under CERCLA and helps us limit our clients’ exposure and liability. Since the inception of CERCLA, Preti Flaherty’s environmental attorneys (including its talented team of litigators) have been at the forefront of environmental liability matters throughout New England and the U.S.

Our extensive knowledge and experience in Natural Resource Damages includes:

  • Federal and state regulatory processes
  • Streamlining the NRD assessment process
  • Negotiating and settling NRD claims
  • Defending NRD claims
  • Coordinating cooperative assessments and settlements
  • Risk management
  • Damage assessment analysis
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Estimating potential NRD exposure

Leaders toward the best possible outcomes.

We’re here to minimize risk, liability and exposure. Our decades of experience handling NRD claims across the region and country show first-hand Preti Flaherty’s significant capabilities in simplifying the complex, translating data and science into economics, quantifying losses and creatively navigating regulatory frameworks to arrive at favorable outcomes for our clients. We provide guidance through the assessment process, help determine the best course of action, and advise on crisis communications to offer comprehensive solutions in this always-evolving legal environment.

Firm Highlights

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Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Tim Bryant Named to Franchise Times 2021 “Legal Eagles”

For the thirteenth consecutive year, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among the...

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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

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Maine HR Convention

Last March, work as we know it, turned on a dime. The basics of where and when people work shifted dramatically. Many workers across Maine are uncertain of their employment status. Furloughed? Laid off...

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

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Deadline for PPP Loan Applications Extended to May 31, 2021

On March 30, 2021, President Biden signed H.R. 1799, known as the “PPP Extension Act of 2021,” extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline by 60 days – from March 31, 2021 to...

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...