Siting & Permitting



We use our industry knowledge and “on the ground” approach to assist our clients proactively in identifying and obtaining the necessary permits with livable conditions from federal, state and local authorities.

Our approach

With the flourish of projects being developed around the country and the ever-evolving regulatory landscape, clients need partners who can guide them from the very earliest steps of project development.

We partner with clients during all phases of siting and energy permitting, industrial and municipal facilities in the U.S. and abroad. Our relationships with federal, state and local authorities give our clients the edge—from obtaining permits and guiding them through site proceedings to navigating the application and approval process.

We draft environmental assessments, visual and environmental impact statements, scoping and other documents for developers and other project sponsors. We provide counseling on compliance and strategy and represent them before public and administrative proceedings and assure compliance with regulations governing air, water, solid and hazardous waste, wetlands and drinking water.

Our people know the dynamics and players unique to this industry.

The projects we represent are often the first to negotiate successfully through a new permitting regime. Whether an electric power facility, hazardous waste incinerator, steel mill, solid waste landfill, sports arena, airport or conference center, our team is there every step of the way.

We take a strategic approach to:

  • Air, water use/discharge and Army Corps of Engineers permits
  • Endangered Species Act consultations
  • Environmental impact reviews
  • State siting board certifications
  • Federal and state submerged land leases
  • Local land use and zoning approvals
  • Energy regulatory approvals
  • Site assemblage

We work with

  • Developers
  • Manufacturers
  • Universities
  • Electric, gas and water utilities
  • Energy companies
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Waste management companies

How should discharges to groundwater be regulated?

Rochester Business Journal | November 22, 2018

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column on recent cases involving the Clean Water Act and discharges to groundwater, drawing from an alert by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, Albany associate Dana Stanton and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group.

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