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EDWARD "NED" WITTE

  
 

 
One East Main Street
Suite 500
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (414) 287-9518
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Ned Witte is a shareholder in the Environmental Strategies Practice Group. He represents clients in the service and manufacturing industries as well as government bodies in a wide range of environmental matters in Wisconsin and across the U.S.

Ned has broad, nationally recognized experience in counseling clients concerning the emerging contaminants Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS (including PFOA and PFOS ). Ned and Godfrey & Kahn represent clients with interests in numerous PFAS sites in Wisconsin including at disposal sites, manufacturing sites and locations where PFAS-containing aqueous film forming foam (AFFF ) has been discharged. In late 2020, Ned was selected by the Biden-Harris Agency Review Team for the United States Environmental Protection Agency to consult on PFAS issues.

The Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently invited Ned to serve as a member of the newly formed Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources PFAS Policy Advisory Group. Ned served as Co-Chair of Citizens and Public Interest Committee for the State of Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC ), which generated the 2020 Wisconsin PFAS Action Plan. Ned is a member of the ASTM Collaboration Area AC417 ¯ PFAS Real Estate, Legal, Due Diligence Focus Group supporting the Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment and Risk Management. Ned has presented on PFAS issues before the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the 2020 Emerging Contaminants Summit in Westminster, Colorado, national seminars, and state and federal bar association continuing legal education seminars.

Ned has extensive experience in the development and redevelopment of environmentally sensitive and contaminated properties, including Brownfields, coordinating Superfund site response activities, including as chair of steering committees, siting and permitting of manufacturing facilities and renewable and traditional energy projects. Ned also has structured and served as lead counsel in environmental due diligence and liability allocation in real estate, financing and corporate transactions, defense of government- and private party-lead enforcement actions and, conversely, enforcement of environmental contractual rights against third parties.