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The environmental sector is growing in importance, as the restrictions and sanctions under environmental laws and regulations become more particular, specific, and strict. Likewise, the energy sector is drawing more attention with the stability of nuclear power plants, construction of private thermal power plants, and search for alternative energy sources grabbing headlines.

Yulchon’s Environment & Energy Team has provided advice on numerous disputes arising from the environment and energy sectors and represented clients at countless administrative lawsuits.  Consisting of lawyers who have served as presiding judges at administrative courts and research judges at the Supreme Court and other highly experienced lawyers who have dealt with cases related to environment and energy disputes, the team has a track record of excellence in plant licensing disputes, construction suspension cases, and other types of environmental and energy related cases.

Major Practice Areas

  • Advice on environmental and energy laws and regulations
  • Administrative lawsuits related to license appeals and approvals
  • Advice on licenses and approvals including prior environmental review 
  • Defending lawsuits brought by related parties

Environment Sector

  • Successfully represented the Korean government in an administrative lawsuit related to the license for the Four River Project 
  • Advised agrichemical and fertilizer manufacturer on administrative sanctions, including a restriction on participation in government-sponsored projects  
  • Won a favorable ruling in a suit seeking suspension of a mine’s construction on behalf of landowner and residents in connection with the civil and administrative dispute over the mining right   
  • Successfully represented the funeral facilities project owner in a Supreme Court case regarding the license for the funeral facilities  
  • Advised on satisfaction of project license requirements of the administrative authority relating to prior environmental review and post environmental impact assessment 
  • Advised on potential design change and suspension of construction in connection with the newly built building's infringement of the right to enjoy sunshine of neighboring buildings 
  • Successfully represented the apartment owner in a lawsuit brought by apartment residents seeking construction warranty and damage claim including installation of soundproofing walls due to road noise

Energy Sector

  • Advised on legal issues regarding the preparation of construction and licenses for private thermal power plant and won a favorable ruling against residents in the preliminary injunction seeking the suspension of license procedures  
  • Successfully represented the applicant for license in an administrative suit involving the license of the Jeju LPG project 
  • Advised on the response to energy performance improvement measures by project developer in connection with energy efficiency rating certification system 
  • Advised Korean companies in its nuclear power plant project in the Middle East
  • Represented a power company in an arbitration over a dispute arising out of power supply contract

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