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Watkins & Eager PLLC

Environment

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What the team is known for

Broad practice with significant technical expertise. Noted for its in-depth knowledge of water quality and wetlands issues. Recognized for quality representation of public entities and its work on environmental matters involving industrial and commercial real estate, notably in relation to contentious permitting and compliance matters. Also maintains notable environment expertise in relation to the development of greenfield property.

Strengths

Sources highlight the group for its "very strong representation."

Work highlights

Assists Amite BioEnergy with ongoing air permitting issues, as well as the settlement of alleged violations.

Notable practitioners

Betty Ruth Fox is commended for her handling of environmental compliance and enforcement actions, as well as permitting. Clients benefit from her previous experience working within the MDEQ.
"Detail-orientated."

Keith Turner is noted for his experience in water, hazardous waste and groundwater remediation matters, as well as air permitting. He leads the Mississippi practice. 
"He is brilliant and a very effective communicator."

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Overview

Watkins & Eager's Environmental Practice Group offers years of extensive experience from a broad prospective, unlike typical private practice firms. Our attorneys have prior legal and technical experience in environmental consulting and the oil and gas industry, as well as in-house counsel for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This broad range of experience allows our attorneys to provide representation with a solid understanding of the clients' needs and goals. It also allows us to effectively attain success for our clients through favorable permit terms, creative financing and development of contaminated sites, identification of potential environmental issues on the front end, cost-effective solutions to compliance issues and solving third party actions prior to litigation.  Additionally, our firm has unique experience involving environmental issues in bankruptcy. 

This broad base of experience is the foundation of the Watkins & Eager environmental legal practice, including:

  • Air, Water, Solid and Hazardous Waste Permitting
  • Air, Water, Solid and Hazardous Waste Compliance
  • Bankruptcies Involving Contaminated Sites
  • Brownfields Development
  • Federal and State Agency Enforcement Defense
  • Federal and State Grant and Loan Counsel
  • NEPA and ESA Compliance
  • Real Estate Environmental Due Diligence
  • Solid and Groundwater Remediation Issues
  • Water and Sewer Infrastructure Issues
  • Wetlands Permitting and Water Quality Certifications

Members

Turner, Keith (Head of Department)

Fox, Betty Ruth

Clients

Baymont Bathware

City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Entergy Services

Headwaters, Inc.

JTB Furniture Mfg, Co.

Longin Oil, LLC

Mississippi Silicon

Rankin Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District

Team Waste

West Rankin Utility Authority

Industries

Governmental entities, Manufacturers, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Chemicals

Environment

Watkins & Eager PLLC

firm
Location

The Emporium Building

400 East Capitol Street

Jackson

Mississippi

USA

MS 39201

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Mississippi

Environment


Betty Ruth Fox
Band 2
Keith Turner
Band 2