Environmental and Natural Resources

Environmental and Natural Resources


Cable Huston’s environmental and natural resources law practice is one of the strongest in the region. We represent municipal governments, major businesses, and individuals in all aspects of environmental and natural resources law. Our work includes:

Air quality

Complex litigation


Contaminated sites

Endangered species

Environmental assessments and impact statements

Environmental cost recovery

Facility siting and permitting

Legislation and rulemaking


Natural resource damages

Pesticide regulation

Solid and hazardous waste landfills

Toxic Substances

Waste cleanup and management

Water rights and appropriation

Water quality

Wet lands assessment and permitting

We have been active in the development of environmental and natural resources statutes, rules and policies in Oregon. Our attorneys have drafted legislation in every session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly since the firm was founded in 1990. Many have served on numerous advisory committees for agencies in Oregon, assisting in the development of rules and policies in areas such as chemical process mining, dry cleaning, environmental cleanup, environmental enforcement, geothermal development, greenhouse gas reporting, hazardous waste, hazardous waste/toxic use reduction, mined land reclamation, pesticide waste, oil and gas development, orphan site funding, pollution tax credits, spill management, water quality, and water resources.

Our attorneys work with clients to obtain the necessary authorizations for the financing, construction, and operation of large-scale and complex projects, including biomass, coal, cogeneration, geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, plasma gasification, and wind electric generation facilities, solid and hazardous waste landfills, and water and wastewater treatment plants. When problems arise, our attorneys have been at the forefront of complex environmental and natural resource litigation.  Several of our attorneys have technical backgrounds, including one who worked as a chemical engineer and one as a biologist for the federal government.

Representative Clients

Bayer CropScience, Inc.

Chemical Waste Management of the Northwest, Inc.

Clackamas River Water District

Eugene Water & Electric Board

JH Baxter

McMinnville Water & Light

Rockwood Water People’s Utility District

Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.

Sanofi-aventis U.S., Inc.

Tualatin Valley Water District

Waste Management of Oregon, Inc.