Natural Resource Damages

Arnold & Porter offers one of the nation's leading NRD practices, with unsurpassed experience in all phases of the site contamination life cycle—investigation, remedy, insurance, allocation, toxic tort, and NRD. We have been involved in major NRD cases across the country, including leading the defense of the Deepwater Horizon NRD matter. We represent clients in all aspects of an NRD claim and in all types of NRD litigation: in cases arising from hazardous waste and other Superfund sites, spills and other discrete events, and regulatory challenges. Based on our understanding of the valuation methodologies and critical scientific disciplines inherent in complex NRD matters, we are able to implement the most effective strategies to achieve our clients' objectives.

Read and download a comprehensive guide to NRD programs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Download the Natural Resource Damages chapter from Environmental Law Practice Guide: State and Federal Law.
Read our Advisory "NRD Regulatory Reform—The Time is Now"

Experience Highlights

  • BP, as lead counsel, in NRD matters relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Successfully negotiated a global consent decree with the US Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, NOAA, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas, resulting in a final resolution of BP's NRD and CWA liability.
  • Honeywell International, as lead counsel, in resolving NRD claims at Onondaga Lake, one of the largest Superfund sites in the United States.
  • Dow Chemical, as lead NRD counsel, representing the company at the Tittabawassee River and Saginaw River outside of Midland, Michigan.
  • Honeywell International, as lead counsel, in resolving NRD claims in Buffalo, New York, involving federal, state, and tribal trustees.
  • Multi-national agricultural corporation related to potential NRD claims resulting from phosphate mining operations in the western United States.
  • Solutia/Eastman Chemical, as lead counsel, with respect to potential NRD liability at PCB manufacturing plants in Alabama and Illinois.
  • CBS, as lead counsel, for natural resource damages claims at the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site near the Appalachian Trail in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.
  • Motorola, as lead counsel, for a successfully resolved natural resource damages case in Puerto Rico.
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