Environmental Law

Environmental Law

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. is known for its expertise in environmental law. Our attorneys provide high-quality, specialized legal representation to business, industry, and governmental clients in environmental matters.  Our environmental practice is among the most experienced and comprehensive in New Mexico, with a team of attorneys that provide representation in the full range of environmental compliance, permitting, transactional, enforcement, and litigation matters relating to air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, storage tanks, spills, remediation, corrective action, groundwater contamination, endangered species, NEPA and other environmental matters.

Our state capitol office makes us uniquely positioned to work with state regulatory agencies, and we regularly represent clients before the New Mexico Environment Department, Environmental Improvement Board, Water Quality Control Commission, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (Oil Conservation Division and Mining and Minerals Division), Oil Conservation Commission, and Mining Commission.  We have in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulatory programs and we rely upon our experience, as well as our credibility with government regulators, to develop and implement effective strategies to achieve our clients’ objectives.  In addition, we represent clients before the full spectrum of federal environmental and land management agencies, including the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service. Through continuing contact with our clients, we provide valuable assistance in their efforts to advance their goals through proactive participation in the regulatory process and in rule-making proceedings before various agencies. As part of our continuing commitment to client service, we keep abreast of new appellate decisions, enforcement trends and emerging issues in environmental law and advise our clients on how best to avoid regulatory snares.

The firm represents clients in a wide variety of environmental matters litigated in state and federal court, and before regulatory agencies. These matters include:

  • Ground water contamination and remediation
  • Storage and disposal of hazardous and radioactive material
  • Insurance coverage defense for HAZMAT claims
  • Toxic torts
  • Litigation under the Endangered Species Act
  • Citizen suits
  • Civil enforcement actions by federal, state or local authorities
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Federal Clean Air Act
  • Federal Clean Water Act
  • Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
  • New Mexico Air Quality Control Act
  • New Mexico Water Quality Act
  • New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act
  • CERCLA

Our in-depth knowledge of substantive environmental laws, along with our extensive experience with administrative and judicial procedural rules, allows us to deliver robust representation in a cost-effective manner.