Environmental, Land Use, and Zoning
Our Environmental, Land Use, and Zoning Practice Group's areas of expertise include voluntary cleanups, Brownfield redevelopment, State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) compliance, government permitting, regulatory enforcement and Superfund matters. We also deal with underground storage tank matters, spill cleanups, and toxic torts. To provide our clients with the best service possible, we collaborate with other firm practice groups such as Mergers and Acquisitions
, Real Estate
, and Economic Development
We are well versed in representing developers in regional development projects. In such projects, we have worked through the municipal planning and SEQRA processes, developed sewer and water districts, and obtained permits necessary to construct wastewater treatment plants. Our professionals have worked with the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation, Health, Transportation, Economic Development, and Agriculture and Markets in moving projects through the regulatory process.
We have successfully brought contaminated sites into New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), a comprehensive statutory program administered by New York State DEC. The BCP provides significant refundable tax credits
for the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites in New York State. We assist developers and municipalities in understanding how these tax credits can be used to maximize a taxpayer’s return on capital investment on a contaminated site.
When needed, we collaborate with other law and accounting firms to facilitate the implementation of projects. We work with developers and existing businesses to avoid regulatory problems. If regulatory problems do arise, we strive to solve them in a way that best benefits our client.
In the area of environmental litigation, our attorneys have successfully defended permits issued to clients, represented clients who were sued in Superfund matters, and acted as liaison counsel for various defendants. We have also been retained as advisors to other attorneys in environmental matters.
Anthony J. D'Elia
Sidney L. Manes