Northern California

2261 Lava Ridge Court
Roseville, CA 95661
916.780.9050 Fax

Central Coast

200 Sky Park Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
916.780.9050 Fax

Southern California


3401 Centrelake Drive, Suite 670
Ontario, CA 91761
909.937.2034 Fax

Environmental Law

Cota Cole & Huber LLP attorneys have represented public and private parties in all matters involving land use and the environment. We offer skilled counsel to help clients navigate through the complex—and often overlapping—web of federal, state and local regulations governing the use of land and natural resources. Although our clientele in this practice area is broad and diverse, we have special experience in matters involving Toxics Litigation, Agriculture and Surface Mining.

Overall, we advise regarding:

  • Prosecution and defense of CERCLA cost recovery and contribution actions, including representation of numerous municipalities, landowners, dry cleaners, and gas station owners/operators
  • Contaminated site investigations and cleanups
  • Defense against all environmental regulation government enforcement actions
  • State and federal pesticide product registration and enforcement defense
  • Underground storage tank regulations, including obtaining access to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund
  • Contaminated property transactions, including purchase and sale agreements and leasing
  • The local land use entitlement process, including matters involving general plans, zoning, and use permits
  • The Subdivision Map Act
  • The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Air quality
  • Water quality, including NPDES permits and waste discharge requirements
  • Water rights
  • The Williamson Act
  • California Air Resources Board diesel-fueled vehicle regulations
  • The Surface Mining and Reclamation Act and other laws governing surface mining
  • Contaminated site cleanups and prosecution or defense of CERCLA cost recovery and contribution actions
  • All types of land use litigation



On June 3, 2013, Rep. Bill Johnson (R. OH) introduced H.R. 2226 to Congress, seeking amendments to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). The amendments relate to State consultation on removal and remedial actions, State concurrence with listing on the National Priorities List, and State credit for contributions to the removal or remedial action, among other things. Please contact the Cota Cole & Huber LLP Environmental Practice Group for more information.

May 2012: CCLLP attorneys Jennifer Hartman King and Stephanie Alford provide an update on the Eleventh Circuit's ruling re CERCLA Section 113 Contributions