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Ame Wellman Lewis

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.

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Trump Track: Federal Environmental Civil Penalties Drop by 60%

Posted in Trump Track
Last 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

Ecology to hold public meetings on updates to human health criteria in Washington’s water quality standards

Posted in Environmental Quality, Health and Safety, Natural Resources, Northwest, Water Law
On September 12 and 16, 2013, Ecology will hold public meetings at its headquarters in Lacey, Washington regarding its rulemaking to update Washington’s surface water quality standards.  The rule making will set new human health criteria and implement regulatory tools to help dischargers comply with water quality standards. … Continue Reading

EPA Releases Proposed Cleanup Plan for Lower Duwamish Waterway

Posted in Environmental Quality, EPA, Federal, Natural Resources
Yesterday, 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

Washington Opens Door to Environmental Sustainability as a Corporate Social Purpose

Posted in Northwest, Sustainability
Starting 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