Steven A. Hann

Steven A. Hann
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Steven Hann is a Principal at the Pennsylvania law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, where he focuses his practice on environmental and municipal law, and chairs the firm’s Environmental Law Department. Steve personally deals with and is experienced in every facet of a broad based environmental law practice. Steve represents a diverse client base, including municipalities, municipal authorities, business entities, individuals, builders and developers, all of which are affected by the complex web of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Steve handles all facets of environmental litigation with government agencies and private parties. Steve also advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues, environmental permitting, environmental issues arising in business and real estate transactions, and land use and zoning issues. Steve also provides clients with experienced counseling on legislative and regulatory developments at both the federal and state levels.

In addition to his environmental law practice, Steve has a sophisticated practice in the area of municipal law, with a specific emphasis on municipal authorities. Steve is the East Region Solicitor for the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (responsible for the eastern half of Pennsylvania), an organization representing the interests of over 700 municipal authorities in the Commonwealth. In this position, Steve assists the Association’s staff on a daily basis with various tasks, such as addressing member inquiries and dealing with proposed legislative and regulatory initiatives. He also provides frequent guidance directly to member authorities on a variety of subjects, such as general water and wastewater matters, stormwater, authority agreements and resolutions, board member issues, tapping fees, developer agreements, reservation of capacity agreements, rate issues, water and sewer regulations, and compliance with state law bidding and procurement requirements, as well as insight on various statutes, such as the Municipality Authorities Act, Right-to-Know Law, Ethics Act, Sunshine Act and Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act. Moreover, in his daily practice, Steve represents and advises municipal clients of his law firm on the aforementioned issues, as well as environmental issues, such as permitting, compliance, water quality, and stormwater management; water and wastewater issues, such as sewage facilities planning, pretreatment and wasteload management; and, the drafting of agreements and resolutions used by municipal authorities in their daily operations. Steve is frequently appointed as special counsel for municipal entities, and has likewise been retained as both an expert and mediator in matters involving municipal authorities. Steve was a significant contributor to the latest edition of the Department of Community and Economic Development’s publication, Municipal Authorities in Pennsylvania. (Tenth Edition, 2015)

Moreover, during his career, Steve has also litigated cases of significant import in both the federal and state court systems. He recently litigated the well-publicized case involving the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the most extensive TMDL ever developed in the United States. This case was  ultimately appealed to the United States Supreme Court. He has also litigated numerous water quality cases in Pennsylvania, including those involving NPDES permits and TMDLs, and the recovery of attorneys’ fees. In addition, he has recently filed an amicus brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on issues of first impression involving the land application of biosolids. He has also been an advocate on behalf of municipal entities before Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board, where he has litigated over fifty (50) appeals, most of which involved Pennsylvania municipal authorities. Steve has also been a frequent author and speaker on both environmental and municipal law-related issues. Since 2010, he has participated in or was the sole presenter at over fifty (50) seminars/webinars and continuing legal education courses.

Prior to law school, Steve was an environmental consultant. Following his graduation from Penn State, Steve was employed as a meteorologist focusing on air quality and air pollution issues. Thereafter, Steve was hired as a member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Field Investigation Team under the federal Superfund program, where he was engaged in various activities related to the investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites. In this position, Steve was selected by EPA Headquarters to travel throughout the country as a speaker for an EPA sponsored training course on hazardous waste site inspections.

Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Municipal Authority Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Litigation
  • Zoning and Land Use

Education

  • Temple University School of Law (J.D.)
    • Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal, Articles Editor
  • Penn State University (B.S. Meteorology)
    • On-air Weather Forecaster for University’s Campus Weather Service
  • Rutgers University (Graduate Courses in Water Law and Land Use Planning)
  • Mississippi State University (Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology)
  • Mississippi State University (Courses in Geoscience Program)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Publications

  • Contributed to the Tenth Edition of the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Economic Development's publication entitled Municipal Authorities in Pennsylvania, January, 2015
  • Update on recent cases impacting Municipal Authorities, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. 44, No. 6, p. 28, December, 2013
  • Is The Regulation of Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water on the Way?, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XL, No. 5, p.10, October, 2009.
  • New Case Law Could Affect Treatment Plant Discharges in Pennsylvania, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. VIII, No. 6, p. 33, December, 2007
  • TMDLS: Are Daily Limits on the Horizon?, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXVII, No. 6, p. 15, December, 2006
  • TMDLs Coming Soon (If Not Already) To A Watershed Near You, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, p. 26, June, 2004
  • The Environmental Hearing Board: A Primer for Municipal Authorities, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXIV, No. 5, p. 26, October, 2003
  • Questions and Answers About the State's New Right-to-Know Law, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, p. 20, February, 2003
  • The Right-to-Know Act and Your Authority's Records; Are Records Associated with Internal Deliberative Aspects of a Municipal Authority's Decision Making Process Considered Public Records?, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, p. 16, February, 2002

Continuing Legal Education Courses

  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2018 Board Member Training session (East location), March, 2018
  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2018 Board Member Training session (Central location), March, 2018
  • Stormwater Landscape in Pennsylvania - A Primer for Local Government, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 75th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2017
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 75th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2017
  • Stormwater Landscape in Pennsylvania - Local Government Issues, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, April, 2017
  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2017 Board Member Training session (Central location), March, 2017
  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2017 Board Member Training session (East location), March, 2017
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 74th Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2016
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2016 Board Member Training session (East location), March, 2016
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2016 Board Member Training session (Central location), March, 2016
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 73rd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2015
  • Enforcement Issues Facing Municipalities Under the Clean Water Act, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, April, 2015
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2015 Board Member Training session (Central location), March 2015
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2015 Board Member Training session (East location), March 2015
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 72nd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2014
  • Municipalities and Clean Water Act - CSOs and SSOsm Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, April, 2014
  • Training and Updates on issues related to Municipal Authorities Act, Sunshine Act, Right to Know Law and other relevant state laws, at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2014 Board Member Training Session, March, 2014
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 71st Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2013
  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2013 Board Member Training Session, March 2013
  • Panel Member for seminar entitled "What You Need to Know About Public Records & the Right to Know Law," Lorman Education Services, February, 2013
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 70th Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2012
  • Permitting and TMDLs, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Annual Environmental Law Forum, March, 2012
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2012 Board Member Training session, March, 2012
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 69th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2011
  • Permitting and TMDLs, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, April, 2011
  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2011 Board Member Training session, March, 2011
  • Regulation of Municipal Storm and Waste Water Discharges - MS4s and TMDL Issues and MPC Consequences Explored, Montgomery Bar Association, April, 2010
  • Chesapeake Bay, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, April, 2010
  • Local Environmental Regulation, Environmental Issues Impacting Municipalities and Municipal Authorities, Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2007
  • Legal Review for Pennsylvania's Municipal Authorities, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's and Governor's Center for Local Government Services, June, 2007
  • TMDL's, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, April, 2007
  • Eminent Domain In Pennsylvania: The Aftermath of Kelo v. City of New London, Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2006
  • Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, August, 2005
  • New and Timely Environmental Law Topics: Stormwater Regulation in Pennsylvania, Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2005
  • Timely Environmental Law Topics: TMDL Litigation Issues, Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2004
  • Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, August, 2004
  • Environmental Practice Update-2003, A Primer on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs); A Primer on Wetlands, Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2003
  • Environmental Update, Pennsylvania's Safe fill Program, Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2002
  • Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions (Due Diligence & Other Pre-Transaction Activities), Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2001
  • Cyberspace Law: Legal Issues and the Internet, Montgomery Bar Association, April, 2001
  • Environmental Law for the General Practitioner, Montgomery Bar Association, August, 2000

Seminars

  • All You Need to Know About Privatization, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's Management Workshop Conference, April, 2018
  • Stormwater Compliance - What Your Municipality Needs to Know!, PSATS 96th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, April, 2018
  • So You Think You Know the Municipality Authorities Act, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, December, 2017
  • Stormwater Landscape in Pennsylvania - A Primer for Local Government, PWEA/PAWWA/PMAA 2017 Joint Stormwater Management Summit, Penn State University, November, 2017
  • Overview of Water Terminations, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, November, 2017
  • Privatization, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 75th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2017
  • DEP Regulatory Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 75th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2017
  • Stormwater Landscape in Pennsylvania - What Your Municipality Needs to Know, PSATS 2017 Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, April, 2017
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2017
  • Stormwater, the Legal Perspective: What Your Municipality Needs to Know, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, September, 2016 (Webinar)
  • DEP Regulatory Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 74th Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2016
  • Ten Things Authority Board Members and Management Employees Should KnowSolicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2016
  • Stormwater Landscape in Pennsylvania – What Your Municipality Needs to Know, PSATS 2016 Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, April, 2016
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2016
  • Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations, Half Moon Education, Inc., February, 2016
  • Approaches to Stormwater Management, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 73rd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2015
  • DEP Regulatory Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 73rd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2015
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2015
  • Ask the Solicitor: FAQs from Municipal Authorities, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, March, 2015 (Webinar)
  • Stormwater Management, Montgomery County Association of Township Officials' Annual Spring Convention, February, 2015
  • When Rain and Not Money Falls from the Sky, Chester County Association of Township Officials' 2014 Fall Conference, November, 2014
  • The Legal Perspective, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's Stormwater Workshop for Authorities & Local Governments, October, 2014
  • Stormwater Authorities: Options for Expanding Stormwater Programs, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 72nd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2014
  • DEP Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 72nd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2014
  • Legal Issues to be Considered in Forming a Stormwater Authority, Lafayette College, May, 2014
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2014
  • Overview of Water Termination Law, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, April, 2014
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2013
  • Creating a Municipal Stormwater Authority - Basic Steps, Benefits and "Pitfalls", PEC-TVSSI Municipal Workshop at Villanova University, April, 2013
  • Wastewater - Sewer Connection Moratoriums: All You Need to Know, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 71st Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2013
  • MS4 Made Simple 4-U, PSATS Annual Conference, April, 2013
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2013
  • Update on Pennsylvania's New Stormwater Management Regulations, Chester County Association of Township Officials, Annual Spring Meeting, March, 2013
  • Panel Discussion on the Role of Authorities in Stormwater Management at 21st Annual PA Housing & Land Development Conference, February, 2013
  • Gas Leasing in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors conference, January, 2013
  • Pennsylvania's New Stormwater Management Regulations, Chester County Association of Township Officials, Annual Fall Conference, November, 2012
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Annual Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2012
  • Current Issues in Shale Gas Development, Half Moon Education, Inc., September, 2012
  • Wet Weather II: Regulatory Updates, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 70th Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2012
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2012
  • Sewage Facilities Planning in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association of Sewage Enforcement Officers, Grantville, PA, March, 2012 (Luncheon Keynote Speaker)
  • Understanding Pennsylvania's Existing and New Stormwater Requirements, Lafayette College Meyner Center, Easton, PA, November, 2011
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2011
  • What State and Federal Regulators Foresee During the Next Five Years, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 69th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2011
  • Expanding Roles of Sewer Authorities - Are Stormwater, OLDS, and Other Responsibilities in Your Future?, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 69th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Water Laws and Regulations, Half Moon Education, Inc., August, 2011
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2011
  • Comprehensive Strategies for Stormwater Management, Review of the Pennsylvania Regulatory Framework, CDM Workshop, March, 2011
  • Understanding and Complying with DEP’s New Chapter 102 Regulations, Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties, November, 2010
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2010
  • New Fire Sprinkler and Suppression Regulations and Emerging Issues for Municipal Authorities - 2010 and Beyond, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 68th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2010
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2010
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2010 Board Member Training Seminar, March, 2010
  • Water Quality and Water Management Regulations, Half Moon Education, Inc., December, 2009
  • Chesapeake Bay TMDL, NACWA 2009 Law Seminar, November, 2009
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2009
  • Stormwater Authorities, Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference, October, 2009
  • Authorities and Stormwater Management, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 67th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2009
  • Water Reuse Workshop: A Legal & Regulatory Overview, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association, PennTec 2009 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, June, 2009
  • Stormwater Authorities, Penn Future's Sixth Annual Watershed Workshop, April, 2009
  • Wastewater Regulations Update (TMDLs), Pennsylvania Rural Water Association's 2009 Annual Conference, April, 2009
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2009 Board Member Training Seminar, March, 2009
  • What a Lender Must Do to Avoid Environmental Liability, Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation/RT Environmental Services, Inc., February, 2009
  • Managing Stormwater Locally, A Workshop for Municipal Officials, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, October, 2008
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2008
  • Emerging Contaminants, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 66th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2008
  • TMDL Issues Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 66th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2008
  • Laws & Regulations Applicable to Wastewater Treatment Plants, PennTec 2008 80th Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, June, 2008
  • Establishing TMDLs in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Management Workshop, April, 2008
  • Solicitor's Update on Recent Cases and Legislation Impacting Municipal Authorities, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Management Workshop, April, 2008
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2008 Board Member Training Seminar, March, 2008
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2007
  • Emerging Issues for Authorities: 2008 and Beyond, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 65th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2007
  • Legal Issues Involving Stormwater Authorities in Pennsylvania, Stormwater Management Symposium, University of Maryland Stormwater Financing Forum, June, 2007
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, April, 2007
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2007 Board Member Training Seminar, March, 2007
  • Stormwater Authorities, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Fall Engineers' Conference, November, 2006
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2006
  • Water Quality Issues Affecting Wastewater Treatment Plants: 2006 and Beyond, Lorman Education Services, teleconference, September, 2006
  • Storm Water Utilities in Pennsylvania The Solution?, Storm Water Phase II Revisited, Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter ASCE Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, March, 2006
  • Water Quality Issues Affecting Wastewater Treatment Plants: 2006 and Beyond, Lorman Education Services, teleconference, March, 2006
  • TMDLs Past, Present and Future, 8th Annual Wetlands and Watershed Workshop, October, 2005
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, October, 2005
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Stormwater Authorities, 2005 Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium, October, 2005
  • Sewage Treatment Plants and Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 63rd Annual Conference, August, 2005
  • Tapping Fees: Your Questions Answered and Authority Liability, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Spring Management Workshop, April, 2005
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2005 Board Member Training Seminar, March, 2005
  • Title V Compliance Managing Your Risk, Society Of Women Environmental Professionals National Forum, October, 2004
  • Environmental Issues Seminar (environmental issues affecting municipal authorities), Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, October, 2004
  • Tapping Fees-Challenges/Changes/Conclusions, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's Annual 62nd Conference, August, 2004
  • New Tapping Fee Legislation, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Workshop, June, 2004
  • New Tapping Fee Legislation, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Workshop, May, 2004
  • New Tapping Fee Legislation, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Spring Management Workshop, April, 2004
  • Litigation Before the Environmental Hearing Board, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), MTBE/Groundwater Contamination, Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Spring Management Workshop, March, 2004
  • Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act and Ethics for Board Members, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2004 Board Member Training Seminar, February, 2004
  • Right to Know Law, 6th Annual Fall Conference sponsored by The Solid Waste Association of North America Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Pennsylvania Host Municipal Inspectors, September, 2003
  • Tapping Fees-Challenges/Changes/Conclusions, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 61st Annual Conference, August, 2003
  • The Internet and You: Protecting Your Rights in Cyberspace, Montgomery County Paralegal Association, June, 2003
  • Toxic Mold Overview, Montgomery Bar Association Realtor/Attorney Joint Liaison Committee Meeting, June, 2003
  • Mold in Buildings, Construction Specifications Institute, General Membership Meeting, April, 2003
  • Right-to-Know Law and Ethics for Board Members, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2003 Board Member Training Seminar, February, 2003
  • Brownfields and Other Potential Environmental Issues Impacting Commercial and Industrial Real Estate, Bucks County Realtors Commercial/Industrial Exchange, November, 2002
  • Mold: Fact or Fiction, What Every Realtor Needs to Know, Montgomery County Association of Realtors, June, 2002
  • Remedial Action Decision-Making Workshop, Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies in cooperation with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., March, 2002
  • Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act and Ethics for Board Members, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2002 Board Member Training Session, March, 2002
  • Mold Update, Montgomery County Association of Realtors, January, 2002
  • Pennsylvania's Safe Fill Regulations, Sponsored by RT Environmental Services, January, 2002

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2007-2009)
    • Chair (2001) and Vice-Chair (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2010) of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee and Vice-Chair (2001) of its Internet Law Committee.
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association
    • Pennsylvania Sewage Advisory Committee, Alternate Member (2011-2013)
    • Legislative Committee
    • Wastewater Subcommittee
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • American Water Works Association
  • Water Resources Association
  • Pennsylvania Water Environment Association
  • Water Environment Federation
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the L.W. “Red” Davis Award at the 75th Annual PMAA (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association) Conference. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and provided exceptional service to PMAA and its authority members.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award from Penn State Great Valley where he has taught numerous classes in Environmental Law, Environmental Compliance, Brownfields and Engineering Law.

Personal Interests

While in college, Steve worked as a Weather Forecaster, providing on-air forecasts for numerous radio stations. He continues forecasting the weather today, and is the official Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin meteorologist for all severe weather events. Steve is an avid fan of all of Philadelphia’s major sports teams and spends many a warm summer night at Citizens Bank Park, cheering on the Phillies. He also put his baseball background to good use as a little league coach in Bucks County.

Steve played high school and college sports and was selected to two All Conference teams while playing basketball for Penn State Beaver Campus. He also played adult ice hockey in various leagues throughout the Pennsylvania-New Jersey area.

Environmental and Municipal Litigation

  • Steve represents clients in all aspects of environmental and municipal litigation at the federal and state court levels, and before administrative hearing boards. He also represents clients in various environmental and land use/zoning matters before local government agencies.
  • Environmental and municipal litigation matters handled by Steve include wastewater and water quality issues; permit appeals; TMDL challenges; appeals of municipal wasteload management and sewage facilities planning decisions; land use and zoning disputes; tapping fee challenges; government enforcement proceedings; soil and groundwater contamination suits; resolution of cost allocation issues; storage tank actions; and the prosecution and defense of private party actions under various environmental laws.
  • Steve represented the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association in its role as an Intervenor on behalf of EPA in litigation involving EPA’s establishment of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the most extensive TMDL ever developed in the United States. He successfully argued PMAA’s position before the Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals (American Farm Bureau Federation, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., 792 F.3d 281 (3rd.Cir. 2015)), and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (American Farm Bureau Federation, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., 984 F. Supp. 2d 289 (M.D. Pa. 2013)). Steve subsequently filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court opposing a Petition for Certiorari, which Petition the Supreme Court ultimately did deny in 2016. American Farm Bureau Federation v. E.P.A., 136 S.Ct. 1246 (2016)
  • Steve was co-counsel to nearly eighty municipalities/municipal authorities in a challenge involving Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy. In this case, before an en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Steve successfully opposed a motion filed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, seeking to dismiss the municipal entitities’ challenge to the Tributary Strategy.  Borough of Bedford, et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection; Kathleen McGinty, Secretary of Environmental Protection, 972 A.2d 53 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2009)
  • Steve is counsel to various municipal entities in a challenge to the Indian Creek Watershed TMDL, which is presently before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Lower Salford Township Authority, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011-cv-6489. In this case, Steve successfully challenged the approach used by EPA to develop the Indian Creek Watershed sediment TMDL, which compelled EPA to request that the District Court remand the sediment TMDL back to EPA for further consideration.
  • Steve represented numerous municipal entities in the first two major appeals of TMDLs in Pennsylvania, which appeals involved the Skippack Creek Watershed and the Neshaminy Creek Watershed. Lower Salford Township Authority and Upper Gwynedd-Towamencin Municipal Authority v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, EHB Docket No. 2005-100-K; and Hatfield Township Municipal Authority, et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, EHB Docket No. 2004-046-L. Significantly, following the legal arguments made by Steve challenging the development of these TMDLs, they were withdrawn by the federal/state government agencies prior to being implemented, and prior to being incorporated into the NPDES permits of those wastewater treatment plants in the respective watersheds, resulting in a major cost savings to these entities.
  • Steve represented various municipal entities in cases involving the recovery of attorney fees in TMDL litigation. In Hatfield Township Municipal Authority, et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, 1983 C.D. 2010 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2011), Steve successfully obtained a reversal on appeal of an Environmental Hearing Board decision denying attorneys fees to municipal entities under the Clean Streams Law.
  • Steve filed challenges to EPA rulemakings under the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act on behalf of a municipal authority. Nat’l Ass’n of Clean Water Agencies v. EPA, 734 F.3d 1115 (D.C. Cr. 2014).
  • Steve represented municipal entities in a challenge to Pennsylvania’s issuance of a general stormwater permit in connection with the Indian Creek Watershed TMDL. Lower Salford Township Authority, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EHB Docket No. 2011-151-L. This matter has since settled.
  • Steve represented a local municipality in underlying zoning litigation involving the expansion of a landfill and a constitutional challenge to the municipality’s zoning ordinance. Steve prevailed at the local government level, which decision was eventually affirmed by the Chester County Court of Common Pleas (2005 WL 6426176) and by the Pennsylvania appellate courts. SECCRA v. Zoning Hearing Board of London Grove Township, et al., 898 A.2d 680 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2006), allocatur denied, 5911 Pa. 740, 921 A.2d 499 (Pa. 2007).
  • Steve successfully represented a local municipality in underlying zoning litigation regarding a conditional use application to develop and construct a mushroom growing substrate and composting facility, which decision was affirmed by the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Superior Growers, L.P. v. Board of Supervisors, London Grove Township, (No. 2009-15011-LU, 2011).
  • Steve represented the prevailing party in a landmark case decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held for the first time that a private cause of action exists under the Pennsylvania Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act. Centolanza v. Lehigh Valley Dairies, Inc., 658 A.2d 336 (Pa. 1995).
  • Steve filed an amicus brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, regarding an issue of first impression involving the land application of biosolids under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Farm Act. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted the position asserted by Steve in the amicus brief, which is that the application of biosolids is a normal agricultural operation under the Right-to-Farm Act. Steve’s brief was cited by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in its decision. Gilbert, et al. v. Synagro, et al., 131 A. 3d 1 (Pa. 2015)
  • Steve filed a Statement in Support of a municipal authority with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of amicus curiae Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association regarding a challenge to the authority’s adoption of a resolution establishing tapping fees. Hornstein v. Lynn Township Sewer Authority, 586 Pa. 508 (2006). The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the lower court decision in favor of the authority.
  • Steve obtained a significant penalty reduction for a client in an administration action before the federal Environmental Appeals Board under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In the Matter of Rybond, Inc., Docket No. RCRA-III-247.
  • Steve represented a local water authority in a private cost recovery action brought in federal court pursuant to various environmental laws. North Penn Water Authority v. BAE Systems, et al, (E.D.Pa.) 2005 WL 2304736, 2005 WL 1715718, and 2005 WL 1279091.
  • Steve has represented various clients in over fifty (50) appeals to Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board on a broad range of matters, including water quality issues, air and NPDES permitting TMDLs, stormwater management, sewage facilities planning and municipal wasteload management.
  • Steve has advocated on behalf of and successfully represented municipal authorities on various tapping fee issues. Lisa J. Sankbeil, Executrix of the Estate of Jack Lanehart v. Greencastle, Franklin County Authority and Greencastle Area, Franklin County, Water Authority, Docket No. 2005-2428 (CCP, Franklin County) (Motion for Summary Judgment Granted). Strausser Enterprises, Inc. v. Easton Suburban Water Authority, Docket No. C0048CV200203756 (Plaintiff terminates own action for Declaratory Judgment).

Environmental and Municipal Regulatory Compliance

  • Steve provides experienced counseling on current and emerging federal and state regulatory and compliance issues related to water and wastewater; stormwater and stormwater management; air and water quality/pollution control; land use; solid and hazardous waste management; and occupational safety and health.
  • Steve advises clients on a broad array of environmental permitting issues (air, wastewater, NPDES, pretreatment, stormwater, wetlands, landfill, radiation protection, solid and hazardous waste), government reporting obligations, waste disposal and site remediation requirements and the regulatory process under federal and state brownfields and voluntary remediation programs.
  • Steve provides guidance on numerous land use-related issues involving water and sewer service; municipal wasteload management; sewage facilities planning and regulation; stormwater management; wetlands and natural resources; and erosion and sediment control.

Environmental Due Diligence

  • Steve counsels clients on environmental matters in real estate and business transactions, including the evaluation of lender requirements, the economic aspects of such transactions and the identification and management of environmental risk. He also guides clients through the complex regulatory maze for both property development and the redevelopment of environmentally impaired and brownfields properties.
  • Steve prepares environmental provisions for real estate and transactional documents, and negotiates prospective purchaser and buyer-seller agreements with federal and state government agencies for environmentally impaired properties.
  • Steve is experienced in assisting clients in addressing environmental due diligence and land use and zoning issues, and works closely with environmental consultants on the review and assessment of technical documents.

Municipal Specific Environmental Issues

  • Steve has developed a specific expertise in environmental matters affecting municipal authorities and municipalities. He represents these entities in environmental litigation matters and routinely advises them on the numerous environmental regulations and policies unique to them.
  • Steve is experienced in issues involving water and wastewater; water quality; stormwater management; NPDES permitting and enforcement; pretreatment; TMDLs; municipal wasteload management; expansion and upgrade of sewage treatment plants; sewage facilities planning and regulation; wet weather issues (including SSOs and CSOs); interjurisdictional and intermunicipal agreements; wellhead protection; and, the public water supply.
  • Steve has drafted and amended various ordinances, resolutions and agreements that relate specifically to municipal environmental issues (e.g. pretreatment ordinances). He also routinely advises municipal entities on emerging environmental and land use legislative and regulatory developments at the federal, state and local levels, and prepares written comments on behalf of such entities on government regulatory and policy initiatives. Steve has submitted comments on various regulatory initiatives in Pennsylvania, including proposals addressing NPDES permits, wastewater treatment requirements, Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards Implementation and Pennsylvania’s Watershed Implementation Plan in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Steve has also provided written and oral comments to EPA’s Science Advisory Board in connection with its peer review of EPA’s draft guidance document entitled Empirical Approaches for Nutrient Criteria Derivation.
  • Steve was appointed in 2017 as a member of the Wastewater workgroup for the Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan, which workgroup efforts are ongoing in 2018.
  • Steve served as the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association’s alternate member to the Pennsylvania Sewage Advisory Committee (April, 2011 to March, 2013).
  • Steve served as the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s representative to Pennsylvania’s Sewage Advisory Committee (April, 2009 to March, 2011).
  • Steve was a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Needs Work Group established in 2008 under Governor Rendell’s Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force.
  • Steve was appointed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to serve on an advisory committee to a legislative task force on sewage management and treatment established pursuant to House Resolution 88 of 2005, and testified before the task force on the impact of TMDLs on municipal authorities and impact of statewide nutrient water quality criteria.
  • Steve served as a member of the Point Source Workgroup established by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to address point source issues related to Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy.
  • Steve is a frequent speaker on issues related to municipal entities and has also presented two national teleconferences that he developed on water quality issues affecting wastewater treatment plants.

Municipal Law Specific Issues

  • Steve is the East Region Solicitor to the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association and interacts regularly with the Association’s staff and member Authorities across Pennsylvania on a diverse range of legal, regulatory and legislative issues. In his capacity as Solicitor, Steve provides guidance directly to member authorities (as well as clients of his law firm) on a variety of issues, such as general water or wastewater matters, authority agreements and resolutions, board member issues, tapping fees, developer agreements, reservation of capacity agreements, rate issues, water and sewer regulations, stormwater authorities and compliance with state law bidding and procurement requirements, as well as the Municipal Authorities Act, Right-to-Know Law, Ethics Act, Sunshine Act, and Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act.
  • Steve routinely handles a wide range of issues unique to municipal authorities under the Municipality Authorities Act and other laws, and works closely with municipal authority engineers and staff.
  • Steve frequently attends municipal authority meetings in a solicitor and special counsel capacity.
  • Steve provides annual training to municipal authority Board Members on such topics as Municipal Authorities Act, Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act and Right-to-Know Law, and state ethics requirements.
  • Steve presents annual Solicitor updates and seminars on timely topics impacting municipal authorities at conferences, seminars and webinars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association.
  • Steve was a significant contributor to the Tenth Edition of the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Economic Development’s publication entitled Municipal Authorities in Pennsylvania, published January, 2015.

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