Areas of Practice

Across the spectrum of environmental law, we offer advice and representation with practical, results-oriented lawyering in the following practice areas...
Category: Areas of Practice

We appear on behalf of our clients before all levels of government, on matters from permitting to legislation to policymaking. Sometimes this is on clients’ projects, operations, licenses, contracts, grants, enforcement, hearings and appeals.

At the federal level the agencies are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Federal Energy Regulatory Administration (FERC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Justice Department, and United States Attorney.

Federal environmental protection for New England is provided by Region 1 of EPA. EPA administers federal clean air, clean water, hazardous waste, and other regulatory, construction and grant programs. Region 1 jurisdiction covers New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

At the state level the agencies include the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Unit, Office of Coastal Zone Management, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Agricultural Resources, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Energy Resources, Department of Public Utilities, Department of Public Health, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council, Water Resources Board, Environmental Crimes Strike Force, and Office of the Attorney General.

Headquartered in Boston, with staff in four regional offices, DEP officials with whom we interact, include the Commissioner, General Counsel, Deputy Commissioners for Policy and Program Development, Operations, Administration, and Municipal Assistance, Assistant Commissioners for Resource Protection, Waste Prevention, and Waste Site Cleanup; and Director of Public Affairs.

DEP Program areas are Air Quality, Drinking Water, Great Ponds, Municipal Assistance, Solid Waste, Stormwater, Tidelands, Wastewater, Watersheds, Wetlands, Recycling, and Hazardous Waste.
We enjoy good relations with these agencies of government and their dedicated employees, among whom we count many acquaintances, several colleagues, and some good friends.

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