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The Environmental Practice Group provides environmental advice and services associated with all aspects of business planning, development, and operation.

The group seeks to assure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and thereby avoid enforcement actions and litigation. Our area of services are described below:

Permitting Requirements & Options
Identify requirements and options for permits and authorizations necessary for business operation including air emissions controls, water withdrawals, wastewater discharges, and waste management. Advise clients on all facets related to permits and authorizations.

Stormwater Management
Advise clients on stormwater management requirements, including permits, throughout construction and in their daily operations.

Recycling Requirements

  • Environmental site assessment review

Ensure compliance with site assessments primarily associated with innocent purchaser protections available under federal Superfund and similar state laws.

  • Brownfield redevelopment and voluntary property remediation

Secure limitations on liability for prospective purchasers and operators of property.

  • Due diligence investigations of prospective acquisitions

Provide advice on investigations of environmental aspects of real property and business operations prior to acquisition.

  • Wetlands protection and development

Identify regulated wetlands and advise on compliance with requirements for development or protection of wetlands.

Regulatory Compliance
Advise clients on air, water, and waste compliance obligations.

  • Planning and Zoning

Identify and obtain necessary land use approvals and variances under local government zoning codes, regional development impact planning regimes, and state and federal environmental policy regulations.

  • Project management

Assist with applicable environmental requirements associated with a particular project.

We serve as counsel on various types of projects, including:

  • Wind and solar power
  • Mining and energy development
  • Electric power generation, including peaking power sources
  • Industrial development authorities
  • Iron and steel manufacture
  • Automobile manufacture
  • Local governments, including utilities boards
  • Greenfield development
  • Brownfield development
  • Construction activities