Environmental Permitting & Compliance

We use our deep experience and integrated legal, scientific and engineering knowledge across all environmental media to move our client’s objectives forward by anticipating, minimizing and developing practical solutions for business and regulatory risks.

Our Approach

Building and operating energy projects requires unavoidable regulatory interaction, permitting and compliance.

With a constantly evolving environmental landscape, you need knowledgeable counsel to guide you through today’s regulations and prepare you for what’s coming tomorrow.

Utilizing our staff engineers and multiple attorneys with former careers in science and engineering, we cost-effectively negotiate and successfully obtain permits, achieving compliance for the following: air, water granting and quality, solid and hazardous waste disposal, recycling, composting and developing quantitative and qualitative systematic processes assessing the potential impacts of proposed projects and acquisitions.

We look for the best possible outcome for our clients and work back from there.

Our deep relationships with regulatory agencies and key technical staff prove invaluable. And, when necessary, we defend our energy clients in administrative and judicial enforcement actions brought by EPA, states or citizens.

We focus on the following aspects of environmental regulation:

  • Air and water pollution control
  • Brownfields redevelopment and site remediation
  • Defense of challenges to permits issued under various environmental programs, both state and federal
  • Defense of enforcement actions including citizen suits
  • Environmental impact reviews
  • Environmental litigation
  • Siting and permitting of industrial facilities
  • Transactional due diligence

Who we work with

  • Developers
  • Independent power producers
  • Electric and gas utilities
  • Electric transmission owners
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Universities

High court decision on review expands landowners' options

Law360 | November 26, 2018

San Francisco Energy and Environmental partner Alison Torbitt is quoted in this article analyzing the Supreme Court’s decision to return to the Fifth Circuit a key case concerning federal agency authority and landowners’ rights in determinations about land protection.

DC Circ. Panel Backs NY In Suit Over Pipeline Permit Delay

Law360 | June 22, 2017

In this article about Millennium Pipeline Co.'s suit against New York environmental regulators, Washington, D.C. energy and environment partner Elizabeth Whittle is mentioned for representing CPV Valley Inc., a company that is building an energy facility that would receive natural gas from Millennium’s pipeline.

Recent Water-related Cases That May Impact NPDES/SPDES Dischargers

ClearWaters | December 20, 2016

A discussion of five cases that might impact wastewater permitting regulations for holders of SPDES permits, written by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, San Francisco Energy and Environmental associate Alison Torbitt, and Albany counsel Peter Trimarchi.

Power co. wants DC Circ. to force action on NY pipeline

Law360 | December 14, 2016

This article highlights the latest development in a case involving New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s delayed approval of a permit to start building a natural gas pipeline, which impacts upstate New York power plant developer CPV Valley LLC’s facility operations. Washington DC Energy and Environmental partner Elizabeth Whittle is noted as representing CPV Valley LLC.

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