Practice Areas

Environmental Law

The founding of Keane & Beane, P.C. in 1980 coincided with the emergence of modern federal and state environmental laws.  Simply put, our attorneys were there at the beginning, and have been leaders in this practice area for over thirty five (35) years.  The Firm's representative clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and homeowners.  The firm has litigated landmark cases involving New York State environmental review requirements and we have remained on the forefront of emerging trends such as Brownfield’s redevelopment, sustainable development, alternative energy sources and "green" construction. 

Our environmental expertise extends to:

Superfund and Hazardous Waste Litigation – Keane & Beane represents clients in federal and state court litigation against claims from private parties and government agencies seeking cost recovery under CERCLA, RCRA, the state Hazardous Waste Laws and common law claims. Fortune 500 companies have engaged our attorneys to represent their interest in complex federal environmental litigation arising out of the generation, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste at landfills, former factories and other dumping grounds.

Transactional Due Diligence – The purchase and sale of real property and business assets require the performance of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) for the identification of recognized environmental contaminants of concern.  Our attorneys work with environmental consultants to ensure the appropriate due diligence was performed to adequately protect the client and ensure the liability protections afforded by undertaking all appropriate inquiry are obtained.

Brownfield Redevelopment – In conjunction with our Land Use and Real Estate practice groups, Keane & Beane advises clients on the redevelopment of contaminated properties and guide them thought the New York State Brownfield’s Program which offers certain environmental liability protections and tax credits.  The firm has also counseled clients under the New York State's prior Voluntary Clean Up Program.

Gasoline & Heating Oil Tanks – Clients seek advice from our attorneys on the liabilities of underground oil storage tanks and compliance with local, state and federal regulations concerning the abandonment, removal, testing, operation of tanks and remediation of tanks.  Keane & Beane negotiates Orders on Consent with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Westchester County Department of Health and other agencies.  Our attorneys also assist clients with applications to the NYS Oil Spill Fund and defend and prosecute recovery claims under the NYS Navigation Law.

Environmental Insurance - Keane & Beane advises clients as to purchasing tank insurance, environmental liability and pollution clean up insurance.  We have also successfully obtained legal defense costs and indemnification for liability for our clients for environmental contamination from insurance policies issued in the past, either thorough negotiation or litigation in federal and state courts.

Toxic Torts – Keane & Beane's practice includes the defense of parties alleged to have caused personal injuries or property damage from environmental contamination (such as dry cleaner fumes, petroleum, industrial chemicals). 

Mold & Water Intrusion – Keane & Beane attorneys counsel clients on the legal liabilities arising from mold and water intrusion on behalf of cooperatives and condominiums, landlords, commercial and private residential property owners.

Green Construction & Sustainable Development – The redevelopment of land and new construction in today’s building environment requires an understanding of the impacts of development to the environment. Keane & Beane assists our public and private sector clients in achieving sustainable development.

Advantages For Our Clients

Environmental issues transcend a number of Keane & Beane's practice areas and have arisen in the context of real estate and business purchase and sales, land redevelopment, financing transactions, Estate Planning and litigation.  Our attorneys have an extensive knowledge of this area not normally found in regional law firms.  Collaboration with colleagues in our Land Use & Zoning and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice groups provide seamless representation on complex issues for private and public sector clients.