Air Quality Practice Area

Decades of experience navigating the Clean Air Act and ever-evolving federal, state, and local regulations and air quality issues.

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Overview

Since the Clean Air Act’s inception, air quality regulation has been a complicated and ever-evolving field.

Hopping Green & Sams has over four decades of experience navigating this complex practice. Our lawyers represent clients in all facets of air quality regulation – from legislative advocacy, to agency rulemaking, to construction and operation permitting, and through compliance and enforcement.

Areas of Service

Our air quality practice involves a wide array of issues and industries.

Hopping Green & Sams routinely represents clients in connection with air quality related state and federal legislative and rulemaking developments. Our lawyers monitor regulatory developments on behalf of clients, and represent client interests in the legislature and in agency rulemakings, including challenges to agency action in federal court and state administrative forums. Examples include federal greenhouse gas regulations, new source review permitting, state implementation of Regional Haze requirements, and the appeal of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

Our lawyers also assist clients in obtaining construction and operation permits, navigating the complex applicability criteria of numerous state and federal rules, and ensuring that necessary permits are no more burdensome than required. This advocacy includes initial project scoping, pre-application review and counseling, negotiations with agency officials, and, if required, representation in formal administrative proceedings, typically before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.  We also have extensive experience counseling clients on compliance-related issues and defending clients in local, state, and federal enforcement actions, including in response to Section 114 information requests.

Our experience also includes work for companies in a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Electric generating companies
  • Oil and natural gas companies
  • Renewable energy and biofuel companies
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Pulp and paper companies
  • Landfill and waste management companies
  • Cement manufacturers
  • Phosphate mining and fertilizer companies
  • Steel manufacturers
  • Boat manufacturers

An air quality practice requires an extensive understanding of both science and policy, and our attorneys have the experience and intellectual curiosity to tackle what is often described as the most complicated area of environmental law.  From New Source Review, to interstate transport modeling, to market-based trading programs, to regional haze assessments (ever heard of a deciview or an inverse megameter?), Hopping Green & Sams has proactively created programs and advanced our clients interests in a manner that has lessened costs and improved compliance.

And our lawyers understand the long game.  Permittees intend to remain in business, and we often help balance the desire for a short-term win with the reality that permits will be needed for the life of the facility or project.  In addition, we have developed respected relationships at all levels of state government, from policy makers to permit writers, based on our honest, knowledgeable, fair, and collaborative communication. 

HGS Air Quality News
Nov 1, 2019
HGS named in 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers®”Best Law Firms”
Aug 15, 2019
HGS attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
Jul 15, 2019
Twelve HGS Attorneys among Environmental Permitting Summer School Faculty
by Carl Eldred
Jun 14, 2019
2019 Florida Super Lawyers Recognizes Eight HGS Attorneys

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