Environmental law in Latin America is evolving at a rapid pace. Progressive new environmental measures are proposed at the legislative and administrative levels nearly every day, public demand for meaningful and improved environmental policy is high, and enforcement of existing environmental laws at both the civil and criminal levels is increasingly aggressive. Environmental protection agencies in many countries are better funded than in the past, have technically sophisticated staff, play active roles in international environmental fora, and often emulate the environmental policies of the United States and the European Union.
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.’s Latin American practice group helps our multinational clients navigate this dynamic and unprecedented time in the history of Latin American environmental law. Reflecting the comprehensiveness of our domestic practice, our Latin American group attorneys have extensive experience counseling clients from various industrial sectors on a wide range of issues arising under the domestic environmental regulations of most Latin American countries with emphasis in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.
Our work has involved in-depth legal analyses, risk reduction strategy assessments and compliance counseling on a variety of environmental health and safety issues; environmental impact assessments; development and implementation of environmental compliance audits of manufacturing units for a range of industry sectors; product stewardship; air quality control; hazardous and nonhazardous waste management (including transboundary waste shipments); surface and ground water use and protection; use and release of toxic substances; contaminated property liability and remediation; pollutant release, transfer and reporting requirements; and noise pollution.
The core practitioners of our Latin American group are fluent in either Portuguese or Spanish, have studied, lived or worked in the field of environmental law in Latin America, and have written articles or co-authored treatises relating to this area of law. They also continue to maintain practices in domestic or international law that inform their analysis and approach to problem-solving on regional matters. That practical expertise is enhanced by our close working relationships with leading in-country environmental counsel and consulting firms with specialties in Latin America. Beveridge & Diamond has one of the most experienced, diverse, and dynamic Latin American environmental law practice groups in the United States.
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