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Chemicals

Chemicals

The Chemicals sector is highly regulated, and businesses need to fully understand the requirements of existing and incoming legislation to ensure they remain compliant and do not cause environmental harm or injury to employees or others.

We have a specialist focus on the decommissioning, mothballing and disposal (for redevelopment) of contaminated manufacturing and chemical sites, including advice on long-term environmental contractual arrangements between chemical companies.

We also advise on permitting and appeals, REACH, day-to-day compliance, enforcement and prosecutions.

Our experience includes advising chemicals companies on the following:

  • The Environmental due diligence and liability allocation in the sale of an E-PVC business in UK and other European jurisdictions
  • The Environmental and Safety issues associated with the re-financing of chemical sites located in UK, USA, France and Thailand
  • Site closure, decommissioning and residual Environmental liabilities and clean up
  • All aspects of brown land transfer and redevelopment (including sale and agreement of the remediation strategy with the regulator)
  • Health and Safety prosecutions brought by the HSE
  • An investigation brought by the EA regarding the misdescription of soda ash waste, and the subsequent disposal at an unlicensed landfill, avoiding enforcement action after a successful PACE interview
  • Regulatory issues arising from the transport of chemicals and waste throughout the UK and into central Europe under the ADR
  • Residual liability issues arising under an Environmental deed, following the divestment of a number of sites throughout the UK and US
  • Proposed joint ventures for the development and operation of a fluorochemicals site
  • The meaning of ‘waste’ and end of waste criteria for certain by-products/production residues of the chemical process, and the associated disposal options (including the transfrontier shipment of waste)
  • Potential liabilities in connection with the Buncefield Oil Storage depot explosion and Environmental cleanup (including attendance at section 108 interviews)
  • Implications of a HSE improvement notice relating to legionella within a site’s cooling towers, and assisting with an appeal of the notice
  • COMAH compliance and how to retain a site’s lower tier classification
  • The duties and obligations of administrators arising from the closure and decommissioning of a chemical plant.