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

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. Services include:

Advice on permitting requirements and options for air emissions, water withdrawals, wastewater discharges, and waste management
Identify requirements and options for permits and authorizations necessary for business operation including air emissions controls, water withdrawals, wastewater discharges, and waste management.

Stormwater management requirements including construction and operational stormwater permitting
Provide advice on stormwater management requirements during the construction phase and in daily operations of clients in certain industries and who conduct certain business activities.

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 obligations for air, water, and waste

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


Contaminated Property
Represented developer in defense of EPD enforcement action regarding contaminated property.

Enforcement Action
Defense of enforcement action brought by Division of Water Pollution Control of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Environmental Permits
Negotiated environmental permits under various environmental statutes.

Environmental Permits
Assisted with environmental permitting of Developments of Regional Impact.

Environmental Permits
Drafted Title V and other environmental permit applications and renewals.