In recent years, the number of environmental laws and regulations applicable to local political subdivisions and municipal authorities has increased dramatically. Babst Calland attorneys are positioned to service the needs of our public sector clients in this increasingly complex and expanding area of the law. The firm currently serves as solicitor for the largest public sanitary authority in western Pennsylvania and as special environmental counsel to other sanitary authorities. Babst Calland attorneys also act as special counsel to western Pennsylvania regional development authorities and industrial development corporations on a wide range of environmental issues including brownfield redevelopment. We routinely counsel municipalities and authorities on managing stormwater, planning for sewage facilities and growth, protecting wetlands, drafting ordinances relating to environmental matters, and applying for funding for public projects.
The extent and range of experience levels within our group also distinguish Babst Calland’s environmental, health and safety practitioners from those in other firms. Many of our attorneys have more than 25 years of environmental experience. These attorneys have had the benefit of participating in the development of the primary Federal and state statutory and regulatory programs, giving them a fundamental understanding of how these environmental programs apply to the firm’s broad spectrum of public and private clients. Our attorneys participated in the initial implementation of, and challenge to, key provisions of what have become today’s air, water and waste regulatory programs. Many of our attorneys have undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science or engineering, which help them to solve complex environmental problems and work with and coordinate the efforts of consultants and scientists.
– Joseph K. Reinhart