Meagan Moore

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Counsel

Cleveland
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Overview

Meagan Moore brings an in-depth knowledge of environmental laws and regulations to her practice, focusing on regulatory compliance counseling, environmental litigation and the resolution of environmental liabilities identified in the course of transactions. She studies each situation to gain a clear picture of the issues involved and works with both clients and attorneys to provide well thought out and practical solutions that will result in the best outcome possible. Meagan has experience providing compliance guidance to support industrial, real estate and municipal clients in matters regarding environmental, health and safety, both domestically and internationally. 

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  • Counseled county solid waste management district in matters related to drafting and negotiating waste agreements, drafting and approval of waste plan, and securing property and development of waste facilities within county.
  • Represented a private centralized wastewater treatment facility in matters related to environmental compliance, permitting and enforcement, including industrial wastewater discharge permits, air permits and alleged violations of hazardous waste rules which include defending against federal claims filed by U.S. EPA before the Environmental Appeals Board.
  • Represented multiple PRPs in connection with remediation conducted pursuant to the Great Lakes Legacy Act and related claims for natural resource damages under CERLCA.
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Experience

  • Counseled county solid waste management district in matters related to drafting and negotiating waste agreements, drafting and approval of waste plan, and securing property and development of waste facilities within county.
  • Represented a private centralized wastewater treatment facility in matters related to environmental compliance, permitting and enforcement, including industrial wastewater discharge permits, air permits and alleged violations of hazardous waste rules which include defending against federal claims filed by U.S. EPA before the Environmental Appeals Board.
  • Represented multiple PRPs in connection with remediation conducted pursuant to the Great Lakes Legacy Act and related claims for natural resource damages under CERLCA.
  • Successfully defended client in CERCLA contribution action by establishing lack of successor liability based on terms of purchase agreement.
  • Represented a major oil company in connection with negotiating remediation under Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program of prior refinery site.
  • Successfully negotiated with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to reduce penalty for allegations against waste management company for solid waste handling violations.
  • Successfully negotiated with state and federal environmental agencies to reduce and eliminate potential penalties for violations discovered pursuant to facility wide environmental compliance audits.
  • Negotiated the transfer and indemnification of environmental liabilities in purchase agreements.
  • Successfully defended client in Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission proceeding involving penalties related to the removal of underground storage tanks.
  • Counseled local townships and municipalities during negotiations with solid waste disposal companies.
  • Assisted clients in obtaining grant funding for remedial investigations and cleanup of newly acquired property and navigating Ohio's Voluntary Action Program.
  • Advise clients regarding handling of hazardous materials to ensure compliance with state, federal and international laws.
  • Review and update local regulations addressing environmental matters such as air quality regulations, water pollution, solid waste management and asbestos.
  • Successfully worked with the FAA and a municipality to install a wind turbine.
  • Assist client in securing insurance coverage for liabilities related to environmental contamination at a former operation.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2016 to 2021)
    • Ohio: Environmental Law
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" Rising Star (2017 to 2019)

Memberships

  • Women in Manufacturing
  • U.S. Green Building Council: Regional LeadershipTeam
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section: Chair (former)

Pro Bono

  • Conducted pro bono work for the Cleveland Port Authority to ensure regulatory compliance.

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Ohio

Education

  • Honors B.S.B.A., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2005
  • B.S., Ohio University, 2002

Blog

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Pillar and Post: Energy Law in the 21st Century
The Section 401 Water Quality Certification Program and Its Impacts on Energy and Infrastructure Projects
By Meagan Moore
September 10, 2021
Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) requires applicants for federally permitted projects “that may result in any discharge into the navigable waters” of the United States to seek water quality certifications from the local certifying...
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