John Epperson

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California-Southern, USA
    Local Time: Tuesday 10:33

Practice Expertise

  • Energy & Natural Resources Law
  • Government, Regulatory & Administrative Law

Areas of Practice

  • Energy & Natural Resources Law
  • Government, Regulatory & Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law Practice


Mr. Epperson is a member of the Firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Group in the San Francisco office. Mr. Epperson has a wide range of experience in environmental, health and safety law. He counsels clients regarding regulatory compliance, transactions, and permitting/entitlement issues.  In addition, he represents clients in administrative enforcement actions and advises clients in their efforts to investigate and remediate contaminated properties, including associated cost recovery efforts and regulatory agency oversight.  Mr. Epperson provides transactional due diligence, identifying and resolving environmental and natural resource issues to facilitate transactions, including for renewable energy projects.

Mr. Epperson has extensive experience before federal, state, and local regulators and district attorneys regarding environmental, health and safety issues. His practice includes; the Clean Water Act (including stormwater, discharge permits, and citizen suits), RCRA, CERCLA, and their state law equivalents; green chemistry/sustainability issues; California’s Proposition 65; and investigation of occupational accidents, workplace inspections and enforcement actions under federal and state OSHA(s).

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington (Inactive)


  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Purdue University

Areas of Practice

  • Energy & Natural Resources Law
  • Government, Regulatory & Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law Practice


Additional Articles
  • Update: EPA Takes Fast-track to Adopt New Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard
  • Changes Coming to Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Rules
  • EPA Announces Comprehensive PFAS Strategic Roadmap
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: COVID-19 Infection May Be an OSHA Recordable Work-Related Illness
  • New “Warehouse Indirect Source Rule” Requires Action Now
  • Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Safety Rules to be Revised
  • General Permit for Winery Process Water Discharge Issued
  • Major Changes Coming to Prop 65 “Short-Form” Warnings
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standard Takes Effect
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: California Employers Will Soon Have to Take Action upon Notice of Potential Covid-19 Exposure within One Business Day
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Guidance in Implementing San Francisco Department of Public Health COVID-19 Health Screening Forms
  • Some Relief for Generators of Retail Hazardous Waste in Sight
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: UPDATE: San Francisco’s Emergency Ordinance on Cleaning Commercial Office Buildings and Hotels Signed by Mayor and Became Effective July 17, 2020
  • Draft General Permit for Winery Wastewater Discharge Released for Comment
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Supervisors Pass COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance on Cleaning Hotels and Commercial Office Buildings
  • Federal Court Prohibits Prop 65 Warning on Glyphosate-based Herbicides
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Continues “Shelter in Place” Order with Limited Expansion of Essential Business Operations
  • Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Planning for Re-Opening: What Owners, Property Managers and Users of Office and Retail Properties Should Consider
  • Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Environmental Compliance during COVID-19 (Hint: EPA did not Suspend Environmental Laws)
  • CalEPA Draft Vapor Intrusion Guidance Released for Public Comment
  • Businesses Must Now Demonstrate Storm Water Permit Compliance to Get a Business Permit

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