Permitting & Compliance
A significant environmental issue for our clients is whether their operations need environmental permits. The issuing agencies could include the U.S. EPA, the state agency, and local entities. Similarly, our clients are concerned that they obtain permits with reasonable conditions, without unduly burdensome requirements and that accurately reflect existing and new environmental laws.
We assist our clients involved in business start-ups, expansions, and equipment or ownership changes by guiding them through the process to determine which permits might be needed, working with consultants to develop the appropriate applications, and ensuring that the client’s permits are appropriate for operating the business. On a day to day basis, we respond to client questions and concerns about permit limits, agency site inspections, releases, reporting and recordkeeping obligations and other compliance matters. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and commit to responding to a client the same day, or within 24 hours at latest.
Ms. Franzetti has specific experience in CleanWater Act permitting matters, representing both industrial and municipal dischargers. She has been extensively involved in the negotiation and appeal of NPDES permits, including permit issues related to monitoring requirements, mixing zones, whole effluent toxicity, 303(d) impaired waters, antidegradation evaluations, water-quality based effluent limitations, categorical effluent limitations guidelines for wastewater discharges, wet weather management issues for CSO’s and SSO’s, removal credits as well as other water quality and wastewater issues.
Ms. Nijman has assisted clients with developing company-wide compliance audit programs to ensure ongoing compliance and reviewing and commenting on air and waste permits. She regularly counsels clients on issues relating to agency inspections, reporting obligations and waste handling. Ms. Nijman served as hearing counsel in a five-week RCRA permit hearing for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in New Mexico.