Ame Wellman Lewis practices in the areas of business, corporate law, finance, real property transactions, and environmental law and compliance assistance.
Ame represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions transactions, including stock and asset sales, and counsels clients on entity formation, structure and corporate governance matters, and general business issues. She assists clients with private securities offerings, including debt and equity offerings, and with general corporate transaction documents. Her environmental experience includes state and federal Superfund laws, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Clean Air Act with regard to environmental and real estate due diligence, environmental indemnity agreements, permitting, and environmental compliance.
By Ame Wellman Lewis on Posted in Trump TrackLast week, the Environmental Integrity Project released its report on environmental enforcement during the first six months of the Trump administration. The Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group founded by former enforcement attorneys at EPA, found that civil penalties are down 60% on average compared to past administrations. The Environmental Integrity Project reviewed civil… Continue Reading
By Ame Wellman Lewis on Posted in Environmental QualityThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) announced that in March 2017, it will launch a pilot program to take a second look at 25-30 randomly selected sites that received a No Further Action (“NFA”) determination where the owner agreed to institutional or engineering controls in lieu of cleanup. The purpose is to assess the… Continue Reading
By Larry Burke and Ame Wellman Lewis on Posted in EPAYesterday, EPA announced the first ten chemicals to be evaluated for their potential risk to human health and the environment under the new Toxic Substances Control Act as amended by the Frank R. Launtenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the “Act”). As we previously reported, the Act amended TSCA on June 22, 2016,… Continue Reading
By Ame Wellman Lewis on Posted in Environmental Quality,EPA,Federal,Natural ResourcesYesterday, EPA released a proposed plan for cleanup of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site. The release kicks off the 105-day public comment period. EPA estimates that the cleanup will cost $305 million. Approximately 156 acres of contaminated sediments will be addressed using a combination of dredging, capping and enhanced natural recovery. The proposed cleanup… Continue Reading
By Ame Wellman Lewis on Posted in Northwest,SustainabilityStarting June 7, 2012, Washington state will recognize a new form of for-profit corporation, the social purpose corporation. The social purpose corporation will be able to incorporate one or more broader goals of social responsibility into its DNA in addition to its pursuit of profits and the creation of economic value for its shareholders. Clean… Continue Reading