The attorneys of Environmental Law Group LLP, formerly known as Opper & Varco teamed with CCDC staff to accomplish one of the most complex and ambitious redevelopment and environmental cleanup and cost recovery matters in San Diego County history. Environmental assessment and clean-up costs approached $20 million, but by pursuing cost recovery claims against responsible parties, our clients incurred approximately less than 3% of this amount. This project created a model for teaming with regulatory agencies and performing environmental investigation, remediation and redevelopment as a combined effort through the use of a Master Work Plan. The project provided a “Clean Footprint” to the Padres, and was a regulatory and economic success that won an “Award of Excellence” from the California Redevelopment Association, an “Alonzo” award from the Downtown Partnership in 2002, and a prestigious Phoenix Award in 2006.
Environmental Law Group LLP, formerly known as Opper & Varco represents the City of San Diego in the administrative proceedings that are ongoing as a result of Kinder Morgan’s release of over 250,000 gallons of petroleum related products at the Mission Valley Terminal, adjacent to Qualcomm Stadium. This matter has required ongoing negotiations with San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board staff, appearances at multiple Board hearings, and administrative petitions challenging agency action.
An Environmental Law Group LLP, formerly known as Opper & Varco client acquired property for a redevelopment project that turned out to be heavily contaminated. After conducting extensive historic research, the attorneys of Opper & Varco located a responsible party for some of the contamination at the site and recovered approximately $800,000 in cleanup costs from the responsible party. Environmental Law Group LLP also applied for and received one of the first grants from the Orphan Site Cleanup Account for additional clean up funds of approximately $600,000. Between the settlement and the grant, Environmental Law Group LLP recovered all of the cleanup costs incurred by the client for the project.
Environmental Law Group LLP, formerly known as Opper & Varco represented Protea Flower Hill West, LLC, successfully defending challenges to its Environmental Impact Report prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and jurisdictional challenges before the California Coastal Commission. The opening of Whole Foods in the Promenade was a great success for the community.
Environmental Law Group LLP, formerly known as Opper & Varco assists private developers in the management of environmental issues during urban development. Our work begins during due diligence in assisting with the identification of environmental challenges. Our goal is to reduce the environmental uncertainties that can negatively impact a project by allocating responsibility for cleanup costs, pursuing responsible parties, negotiating with regulators to achieve appropriate cleanup goals, providing comfort to lenders regarding the environmental obligations, and finding available money to assist with cleanup costs. Environmental Law Group LLP has secured over $10 million in grant funding to assist our various clients with site assessment and cleanup.