Environmental, Land Use, Planning & Zoning

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

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  • Gail Livingston Mills Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 07/06/10

    Gail is extremely responsive and is focused on solving the problem at hand. If conventional avenues won't work then Gail thinks outside the box in se... Read more

    Gail is extremely responsive and is focused on solving the problem at hand. If conventional avenues won't work then Gail thinks outside the box in search for the solution.

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  • Ralph Mangione Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 02/11/11

    Very caring and compassionate. Read more

    Very caring and compassionate.

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  • Rik S. Tozzi Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 11/20/08

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  • Anton F. Mertens Read 1 review

    1.0/5.0 on 01/11/16

    Anton Mertens did not prepare for my case and when he arrived for settlement he begged me to settle. I was young,a single Mom with a 4 yr old Son and... Read more

    Anton Mertens did not prepare for my case and when he arrived for settlement he begged me to settle. I was young,a single Mom with a 4 yr old Son and 1 yr old Daughter. I settled because Anton Mertens did not offer my any alternatives and I was poorly represented by him. My house was taken away from me and I was homeless with my 2 children because of his ineptitude as an attorney.

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    3.0/5.0 on 01/13/14

    The attorney that handled my account did a very nice job. However, his partner padded the billing on the project very blatantly and the associate was unable to get satisf... Read more

    The attorney that handled my account did a very nice job. However, his partner padded the billing on the project very blatantly and the associate was unable to get satisfactory resolution for us in this matter. Messages left with the managing partner of the Jackson, MS branch to discuss the matter went unreturned. Very poor value for the money with very unethical billing issues. Complaint resolution nonexistent.

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