Regulatory Matters

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Environmental Matters

We offer assistance in energy and environmental regulatory compliance, permitting, acquisition and redevelopment of environmentally distressed properties (e.g. Brownfields), and environmental litigation in state and federal courts where we have obtained multiple record setting verdicts and judgments. We are also available to assist in-house and outside counsel on a variety of environmental policy related matters. Michael Carvalho is a former environmental consultant who specialized in environmental due diligence, permitting and remediation of some of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the U.S.

We are experts in understanding complex and occasionally seemingly contradictory environmental local, state and federal regulations. We use our experience as in-house counsel for major corporations and as former governmental regulators to advise our clients on obtaining environmental permits and maintain compliance.

Our areas of regulatory expertise include the following:

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or “Superfund”)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • National Environmental Policy (Act)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act (OSHA)
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Clean Air Act
  • Renewable Energy
  • Construction Permitting
  • Coastal Development
  • Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Oil Pollution Act

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Renewable Energy Matters

The Renewable Energy marketplace represents and exciting and dynamic shift in energy policy. Our Renewable Energy Practice provides clients with practical and pragmatic advice on complex legal and regulatory matters. We advise clients on solar energy, wind turbines and natural gas alternatives. We work with clients to promote policy initiatives to make the case for the cost-effective, reliable and renewable energy strategies.

 

Our firm practices in the following Renewable Energy areas:

  • Representing Clients before Public Utility Commissions and Public Service Commissions, including appeals
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • Regulatory Permitting
  • Solar Power Production on Landfills
  • Site Development and Permitting for Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Power Plants
  • Water Use Permitting
  • Underground Injection Well Permitting
  • Tax Incentives and Credits for Renewable Energy

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We are experts in understanding complex and occasionally seemingly contradictory environmental local, state and federal regulations. We use our experience as in-house counsel for major corporations and as former governmental regulators to advise our clients on obtaining environmental permits and maintain compliance. We represent both buyers and sellers of Superfund sites and we are active in negotiating liability agreements providing for the redevelopment of contaminated land such as Brownfields. Michael Carvalho has extensive experience in representing clients in the purchase and sale of contaminated and environmentally distressed properties. He expressly understands the nuances of the regulations surrounding these matters. Through the years, Michael Carvalho has been successful in maximizing our clients’ chances of significant environmental liability. Michael Carvalho is an active member of the National Brownfields Association and periodically is a guest speaker on State Regulatory Programs and Superfund Sites throughout the United States.


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Given the onerous liability scheme of state and federal environmental law it is critical to assess and managing environmental risk. We regularly advise clients engaged in the acquisition and divestiture of environmentally impaired real estate on how to reduce and mange environmental risk using tested strategies developed over decades of experience in such matters. We advise REITS, local, regional and national developers, banks and real estate asset managers on successful sales strategies, internal policy initiatives and risk management products, including insurance. Our advice is tailored to meet specific client goals and objectives, while reflecting varying levels of risk tolerance and ROI.

 

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Construction Permitting

We have extensive “boots on the ground” experience in construction matters, including site planning, permitting, due diligence and regulatory compliance. We are experts advising clients on the redevelopment of environmentally distressed properties. Our clients include local, regional and national developers, REITS, lenders and individual investors. When necessary, our attorneys litigate claims on behalf of clients in state and federal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration.

 

 

Let us help you or your business resolve your regulatory issue. We can be reached at (678) 354-0066 or Toll Free at (855) 273-1920. You may also contact us by email. Give us the opportunity to show you how our client centered approach to environmental issues can help you or your business.