Our environmental law practice regularly assists municipalities and school districts to resolve environmental issues arising under local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations.
Regulatory Compliance. From the regulatory compliance perspective, we have experience in every New York State and federal environmental program. Our attorneys are proficient in all aspects of permitting and compliance under air quality, water quality, wetlands, hazardous and industrial waste management, storage tank, emergency planning and toxic substance programs, among others. Our permitting and regulatory compliance experience extends to successful representation of clients in proceedings before state and federal regulatory agencies, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
We have assisted municipalities and school districts to address legal requirements associated with site development initiatives, such as permit modification, historic preservation and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) procedures applicable to facility construction and expansion. In the event of a release of petroleum or hazardous substance, our attorneys assist clients to comply with reporting requirements, and help implement any necessary investigation and remediation activities.
In addition, we have extensive experience in connection with the redevelopment of brownfield sites, and have represented municipalities under the Brownfield Cleanup Program and the Voluntary Cleanup Program. We regularly provide advice on the legal and financial structure of brownfield redevelopment projects, and have provided counsel to Empire State Development under the ReBuild Now-NY program.
Environmental Enforcement and Litigation. Our environmental attorneys have represented clients in numerous administrative enforcement proceedings brought by the DEC and EPA, as well as other agencies. In these enforcement proceedings, our attorneys work to eliminate or mitigate monetary penalties that might otherwise be imposed, and to negotiate favorable terms in consent orders or settlement documents. They have an intimate understanding of New York State and federal penalty policies and procedures, and use their experience with, and knowledge of, the enforcement process to secure favorable results for each client.
As appropriate, attorneys in our environmental law practice have also represented clients in environmental litigation in New York State and federal court, including SEQRA litigation. Environmental litigation is complex, and the lawyer must understand the procedural rules that are particular to litigation, as well as the environmental laws and regulations forming the basis of a claim, and prepare technical and scientific arguments that are critical to a case. Our attorneys are well-versed in all of these areas.
As a result of our experience and involvement, our attorneys are well known, and are respected by state and federal regulatory representatives, both at the regional and headquarters level. Our environmental attorneys will be pleased to assist in the resolution of your legal concerns.