The Environmental Law practice at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin consists of experienced attorneys in all facets of environmental law. Once a local Suburban Philadelphia practice, our lawyers now represent clients throughout Pennsylvania.
The practice is led by Steven A. Hann, a well-known environmental law practitioner in Pennsylvania with over 20 years of experience, particularly with respect to environmental issues involving municipal entities and complex water quality-related matters. The team includes William G. Roark, who also focuses his practice on environmental litigation matters. Clients have the unique advantage of being able to draw on—not just the firm’s vast experience with environmental law matters– but the expertise of top legal experts in our firm in the areas of real estate, litigation, gas and leasing and business law.
We represent 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 waste-load 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
Our environmental team 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 waste-load management; sewage facilities planning and regulation; storm-water 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; waste-load allocation; pretreatment; TMDLs; municipal waste-load 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.