The Environmental Law practice at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin consists of experienced attorneys in all facets of environmental law and has grown from a local Suburban Philadelphia practice to one that represents clients throughout Pennsylvania. The Firm’s Environmental Law practice is led by Steven A. Hann, a well known environmental law practitioner in Pennsylvania, particularly with respect to environmental issues involving municipal entities and complex water quality-related matters. Mr. Hann has over twenty years of experience as an environmental law practitioner. The Firm’s Environmental Law team also includes William G. Roark who also focuses his practice on environmental litigation matters. In addition, as a result of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin’s depth in the practice areas of litigation, real estate and business law, the Environmental Law team can utilize these resources, as such issues arise in environmental matters.
Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin represents clients in all aspects of environmental litigation at the federal and state court levels, before administrative hearing boards and local government bodies. Our lawyers have handled government enforcement proceedings; permit appeals; challenges to established TMDLs; soil and groundwater contamination suits; appeals of municipal wasteload management and sewage facilities planning decisions; land use and zoning disputes; toxic tort claims; resolution of cost allocation issues; storage tank actions; and the prosecution and defense of private party actions under various environmental laws. Clients include businesses, individuals and numerous Pennsylvania municipalities and municipal authorities.
Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin provides a wide range of counseling on current and emerging federal and state regulatory and compliance issues related to air and water quality/pollution control, land use, solid and hazardous waste management and occupational safety and health. Our lawyers advise clients on a broad array of environmental permitting issues (air, 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 voluntary cleanup programs. In addition, guidance is provided 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: Transactional Matters
Environmental compliance must be examined in connection with most business and real estate transactions. Our attorneys scrutinize proposed business and real estate transactions and counsel clients on the environmental implications of these transactions, including evaluation of lender requirements, the economic aspects of such transactions and the identification and management of environmental risk. We also guide clients through the complex regulatory maze for both property development and the redevelopment of environmentally impaired and brownfield properties.
In the course of such a review, our attorneys often work closely with environmental consultants on the review and assessment of technical documents.
Municipal Environmental Issues
Our attorneys have developed a specific expertise in environmental matters affecting municipal authorities and municipalities. We represent these entities in environmental litigation matters and routinely advise them on the numerous environmental regulations and policies unique to them. Our attorneys are experienced in issues involving water and sewer service; NPDES permitting and enforcement; wasteload allocation; pretreatment; TMDLs; municipal wasteload management; sewage facilities planning and regulation; wet weather issues (including SSOs and CSOs); storm water requirements; wellhead protection; and the public water supply. In addition, our attorneys have drafted and amended various ordinances for use by municipal entities in the areas of municipal authority enforcement, pretreatment and waste disposal. We also routinely advise municipal entities on emerging environmental and land use legislative and regulatory developments at the federal, state and local levels, and prepare written comments on behalf of such entities on government regulatory and policy initiatives.
From Hann's World, A Survey of What's Making News in Pennsylvania Environmental and Municipal Law:
- *** UPDATE *** Chesapeake Bay TMDL
February 29, 2016
- United States Supreme Court to Consider Whether to Hear Challenge to Chesapeake Bay TMDL
February 25, 2016
- Pennsylvania Water Regulations to be Amended
February 22, 2016
- Update – DEP Water Quality Protocol
February 22, 2016
- DEP Water Quality Protocol Headed for Another Round of Public Comments
February 19, 2016