Barry helps guide his clients in the successful implementation of environmental remediation projects.
He has focused his practice in the area of environmental law since the mid-1980s and has varied and extensive environmental experience in the full range of environmental regulatory programs, including hazardous waste management, wastewater (both industrial and storm water discharges with involvement in industrial pretreatment and most recently in the implementation of best technology available for cooling water intake structures), asbestos, PCBs and bulk petroleum storage.
Prior to concentrating his practice in environmental law, Barry practiced in the area of construction law, addressing a range of construction management issues for owners, contractors and subcontractors similar to what his clients can face today in implementing environmental remediation projects.
Barry's practice has extended into the area of brownfields development, remediation of sites impacted by petroleum and hazardous wastes/substances, claims under federal and state Superfund provisions and environmental regulatory issues associated with mergers and acquisitions. In terms of client sector representation of note, Barry has been involved in counseling college/university clients on a range of regulatory compliance issues and in particular, in the context of EPA Region 2's Regulatory Compliance Initiative at higher education institutions.
It is critical to conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) when contemplating the purchase of real property in a commercial or industrial setting and in March 2015, Barry teamed up with a GZA Environmental representative in presenting a two-part seminar on the most recent ASTM standard of the Phase I ESA protocol. These webinars can be viewed here.
In July 2000, Barry participated in the creation of the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center, Inc. (NYIEQ), a not-for-profit corporation in Syracuse, New York that was created to help provide the research base for spurring economic development associated with indoor environmental quality. NYIEQ subsequently partnered with Syracuse University in the creation of the New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (CoE). The CoE coordinates the research and development of better environmental systems for built and urban environments. Barry served as Secretary for NYIEQ from 2000 to 2006 and was a NYIEQ Board Member from 2000 to 2007.