Steven A. Hann

Steven A. Hann
P: (215) 661-0400
F: (215) 661-0315
E: shann@HRMML.com

Steven Hann is a Principal at the Pennsylvania law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, where he focuses his practice on environmental and municipal law and chairs the firm’s Environmental Law Department. With respect to environmental issues, Steve personally deals with and is experienced in every facet of a wide ranging environmental law practice. Steve represents a diverse client base, including municipalities, municipal authorities, business entities, individuals, builders and developers, all of whom are affected by the complex web of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Steve handles all aspects of environmental litigation with government agencies and private parties. Steve also advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues, environmental permitting, environmental issues arising in business and real estate transactions, the land development process, and land use and zoning issues. Steve also provides clients with experienced counseling on environmental legislative and regulatory developments at the federal and state levels.

In addition to his environmental law practice, Steve has developed a practice in the area of municipal law with a specific emphasis on municipal authorities. Steve is the Eastern Solicitor for the Pennsylvania Municipal Authority Association, the statewide organization representing the interests of municipal authorities in the Commonwealth. In this position, Steve assists PMAA staff in various functions, such as addressing member questions and dealing with proposed legislature and regulatory initiatives. He also answers calls directly from member authorities on a variety of issues, such as authority resolutions, tapping fees, developer agreement, reservation of capacity agreements, rate issues, water and sewer regulations and compliance with bidding and procurements, as well as Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act requirements. In his daily practice, he represents and advises municipalities and municipal authorities on a wide array of issues unique to these entities, including environmental issues such as stormwater management, and water and wastewater specific issues, such as sewage facilities planning and wasteload management, as well as municipal issues, such as compliance with Pennsylvania’s Municipality Authorities Act, Sunshine Act, Right-to-Know Law and conformity with state law bidding and procurement requirements.

Prior to law school, Steve was an environmental consultant. Following his graduation from Penn State, Steve was employed as a meteorologist focusing on air quality and air pollution issues. Thereafter, Steve was hired as a member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Field Investigation Team under the federal Superfund program, where he was engaged in various activities related to the investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites. In the latter position, Steve was selected by EPA Headquarters to travel throughout the country as a speaker for an EPA hazardous waste site inspection training course.

Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Municipal Authority Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Litigation
  • Zoning and Land Use

Education

  • Temple University School of Law (J.D. 1989)
  • Law Journal: Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal, Articles Editor
  • Penn State University (B.S. Meteorology)
  • Rutgers University (Graduate Courses in Water Law and Land Use Planning)
  • Mississippi State University (Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology).
  • Mississippi State University (Courses in Geoscience Program).

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Publications

  • Contributed to the Tenth Edition of the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Economic Development's publication entitled Municipal Authorities in Pennsylvania, published January, 2015
  • Update on recent cases impacting municipal authorities, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. 44, No. 6, p. 28, December, 2013
  • Is The Regulation of Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water on the Way?, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XL, No. 5, p.10, October, 2009.
  • New Case Law Could Affect Treatment Plant Discharges in Pennsylvania, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. VIII, No. 6, p. 33, December, 2007
  • TMDLS: Are Daily Limits on the Horizon?, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXVII, No. 6, p. 15, December, 2006
  • TMDLs Coming Soon (If Not Already) To A Watershed Near You, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, p. 26, June, 2004
  • The Environmental Hearing Board: A Primer for Municipal Authorities, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXIV, No. 5, p. 26, October, 2003
  • Questions and Answers About the State's New Right-to-Know Law, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, p. 20, February, 2003
  • The Right-to-Know Act and Your Authority's Records; Are Records Associated with Internal Deliberative Aspects of a Municipal Authority's Decision Making Process Considered Public Records?, The Authority Magazine (Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association), Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, p. 16, February, 2002

Continuing Legal Education Courses

  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2016 Board Member Training session (East location), 03/10/16
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2016 Board Member Training session (Central location), 03/03/16
  • Enforcement Issues Facing Municipalities Under the Clean Water Act, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, 04/09/15
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2015 Board Member Training session, Central location, 03/24/15
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2015 Board Member Training session, East location, 03/12/15
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 72nd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2014
  • Municipalities and Clean Water Act - CSOs and SSOsm Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, 4/11/14
  • Training and Updates on issues related to Municipal Authorities Act, Sunshine Act, Right to Know Law and other relevant state laws, PMAA's annual Board Member Training Session, 3/11/14
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 71st Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2013
  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2013 Board Training Session, 03/13/13
  • Panel Member for seminar entitled "What You Need to Know About Public Records & the Right to Know Law," Lorman Education Services, 02/14/13
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 70th Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2012
  • Permitting and TMDLs, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Annual Environmental Law Forum, 03/28/2012
  • Speaker on the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2012 Board Member Training session, 03/08/12
  • Tell it to the Judge, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 69th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2011
  • Permitting and TMDLs, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Annual Environmental Law Forum, 04/07/11
  • Speaker and Moderator of the Solicitor's Panel at Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 2011 Board Member Training session , 03/10/11
  • Regulation of Municipal Storm and Waste Water Discharges - MS4s and TMDL Issues and MPC Consequences Explored, Montgomery Bar Association, 04/29/10
  • Chesapeake Bay, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, 04/23/10
  • Local Environmental Regulation, Environmental Issues Impacting Municipalities and Municipal Authorities, Montgomery Bar Association, 08/08/07
  • Legal Review for Pennsylvania's Municipal Authorities, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association and Governor's Center for Local Government Services, 06/20/07
  • TMDL's, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum, 04/12/07
  • Eminent Domain In Pennsylvania: The Aftermath of Kelo v. City of New London, Montgomery Bar Association, 08/10/06
  • Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, 08/18/05
  • New and Timely Environmental Law Topics: Stormwater Regulation in Pennsylvania, Montgomery Bar Association, 08/02/05
  • Timely Environmental Law Topics TMDL Litigation Issues, Montgomery Bar Association, 08/19/04
  • Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, 08/17/04
  • Environmental Practice Update-2003, A Primer on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs); A Primer on Wetlands, Montgomery Bar Association, 08/21/03
  • Environmental Update, Pennsylvania's Safe fill Program, Montgomery Bar Association, 08/21/02
  • Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions (Due Diligence & Other Pre-Transaction Activities), Montgomery Bar Association, 08/15/01
  • Cyberspace Law: Legal Issues and the Internet, Montgomery Bar Association, 04/25/01
  • Environmental Law for the General Practitioner, Montgomery Bar Association, 08/17/00

Seminars

  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authority Association, Spring Management Workshop, 04/13/16
  • Speaker, Stormwater Landscape in Pennsylvania – What Your Municipality Needs to Know, PSATS 2016 Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show
  • Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations, Half Moon Education, Inc.'s PA Water Laws & Regulations Seminar, 02/04/16
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, 04/07/15
  • Webinar: Ask the Solicitor: FAQs from Municipal Authorities, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, 03/04/15
  • Speaker on Stormwater Management, Montgomery County Association of Township Officials' Annual Spring Convention, 02/27/15
  • Speaker-Panel on Stormwater, When Rain and Not Money Falls from the Sky, Chester County Association of Township Officials' 2014 Fall Conference, 11/06/14
  • The Legal Perspective, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's Stormwater Workshop for Authorities & Local Governments, 10/28/14
  • Stormwater Authorities: Options for Expanding Stormwater Programs, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 72nd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2014
  • DEP Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 72nd Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2014
  • Legal Issues to be Considered in Forming a Stormwater Authority, Lafayette College, 5/8/14
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, 04/22/14
  • Panel Member, Overview of Water Termination Laws: Which Law Applied Depending on Type of Customer, Type of Service (water/sewer), PMAA Webinar, 4/9/14
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, 10/22/13
  • Creating a Municipal Stormwater Authority - Basic Steps, Benefits and "Pitfalls", PEC-TVSSI Municipal Workshop at Villanova University, 10/16/13
  • Wastewater - Sewer Connection Moratoriums: All You Need to Know, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 71st Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2013
  • Speaker and Panel Member, MS4 Made Simple 4-U, PSATS Annual Conference, 04/22/13
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, 04/15/13
  • Update on Pennsylvania's New Stormwater Management Regulations, Chester County Association of Township Officials, Annual Spring Meeting, 03/14/13
  • Member of Panel Discussion on the Role of Authorities in Stormwater Management at 21st Annual PA Housing & Land Development Conference, 02/21/13
  • Gas Leasing in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors conference, 01/29/13
  • Pennsylvania's New Stormwater Management Regulations, Chester County Association of Township Officials, Annual Fall Conference, 11/08/12 (Panel member)
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Annual Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, 10/23/12
  • Half Moon Seminar; Current Issues in Shale Gas Development, 09/11/12
  • Wet Weather II: Regulatory Updates, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 70th Annual Conference and Trade Show, August, 2012
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, 04/16/12
  • Sewage Facilities Planning in Pennsylvania, (Luncheon Keynote Speaker), Pennsylvania Association of Sewage Enforcement Officers, Grantville, PA 03/06/12
  • Understanding Pennsylvania's Existing and New Stormwater Requirements, Lafayette College Meyner Center, Easton, PA 11/04/11 (Sole Presenter)
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, 10/25/11
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 69th Annual Conference and Trade Show, What State and Federal Regulators Foresee During the Next Five Years, September, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 69th Annual Conference and Trade Show, Expanding Roles of Sewer Authorities - Are Stormwater, OLDS, and Other Responsibilities in Your Future?, 09/12/11-09/13/11
  • Pennsylvania Water Laws and Regulations, Half Moon Seminar, 08/26/11
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop, 04/26/11
  • Comprehensive Strategies for Stormwater Management, Review of the Pennsylvania Regulatory Framework, CDM Workshop, 03/16/11
  • Understanding and Complying with DEP’s New Chapter 102 Regulations, Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties, 11/02/10
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, 10/26/10
  • New Fire Sprinkler and Suppression Regulations and Emerging Issues for Municipal Authorities - 2010 and Beyond, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 68th Annual Conference and Trade Show, September, 2010
  • Solicitor's Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Spring Management Workshop 04/27/10 (Panel Member)
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Board Member Training Seminar, 03/11/10
  • Water Quality and Water Management Regulations, Half Moon Seminar, 12/17/09
  • NACWA 2009 Law Seminar: Developments in Clean Water Law: A Seminar for Public Agency Attorneys & Managers. Seminar Topic: Chesapeake Bay TMDL, 11/12/09
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, Solicitor's Panel, 10/27/09
  • Stormwater Authorities, Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference, 10/09/09
  • Authorities and Stormwater Management, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association 67th Annual Conference and Trade Show, 09/14/09
  • Water Reuse Workshop: A Legal & Regulatory Overview, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association, PennTec 2009 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 06/09/09
  • Stormwater Authorities, Penn Future Sixth Annual Watershed Workshop, 04/25/09
  • Wastewater Regulations Update (TMDLs), Pennsylvania Rural Water Association 2009 Annual Conference, 04/02/09
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Board Member Training Seminar, 03/12/09
  • What a Lender Must Do to Avoid Environmental Liability, Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation/RT Environmental Services, Inc., 02/04/09
  • Managing Stormwater Locally, A Workshop for Municipal Officials, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 10/29/08
  • Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, 10/27/08
  • Emerging Contaminants, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 66th Annual Conference and Trade Show, 09/09/08
  • TMDL Issues Update, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 66th Annual Conference and Trade Show, 09/08/08
  • Laws & Regulations Applicable to Wastewater Treatment Plants, PennTec 2008 80th Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, 06/02/08
  • Establishing TMDLs in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Management Workshop, 04/28/08
  • Solicitor's Update on Recent Cases and Legislation Impacting Municipal Authorities, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Management Workshop, 04/28/08
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Board Member Training Seminar, 03/12/08
  • Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, 10/22/07
  • Emerging Issues for Authorities: 2008 and Beyond, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's 65th Annual Conference and Trade Show, 09/24/07
  • Legal Issues Involving Stormwater Authorities in Pennsylvania, Stormwater Management Symposium, University of Maryland Stormwater Financing Forum, 06/26/07
  • Solicitor's Update on Recent Cases and Legislation Impacting Municipal Authorities, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Spring Management Workshop, 04/23/07
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Board Member Training Seminar, 03/08/07
  • Stormwater Authorities, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Fall Engineers' Conference, 11/17/06
  • Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, 10/23/06
  • Water Quality Issues Affecting Wastewater Treatment Plants: 2006 and Beyond, Lorman Education Services, teleconference, 09/20/06
  • Storm Water Utilities in Pennsylvania The Solution?, Storm Water Phase II Revisited, Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter ASCE Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 03/24/06
  • Water Quality Issues Affecting Wastewater Treatment Plants: 2006 and Beyond, Lorman Education Services, teleconference, 03/10/06
  • TMDLs Past, Present and Future, 8th Annual Wetlands and Watershed Workshop, 10/25/05
  • Administrative/Environmental Issues Seminar, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, 10/24/05
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Stormwater Authorities, 2005 Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium, 10/11/05
  • Sewage Treatment Plants and Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, 08/25/05
  • Tapping Fees: Your Questions Answered (Panel Member) and Authority Liability, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Spring Management Workshop, 04/22/05
  • Municipality Authorities Act and Related Laws, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's Board Member Training Seminar, 03/10/05
  • Title V Compliance Managing Your Risk, Society Of Women Environmental Professionals National Forum, 10/21/04
  • Environmental Issues Seminar (environmental issues affecting municipal authorities), Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, 10/18/04
  • Tapping Fees-Challenges/Changes/Conclusions, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's Annual Conference, 8/24/04 (Panel Member)
  • New Tapping Fee Legislation, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Workshop, 06/07/04 (Panel Member)
  • New Tapping Fee Legislation, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Workshop, 05/19/04 (Panel Member)
  • New Tapping Fee Legislation, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Spring Management Workshop, 04/28/04 (Panel Member)
  • Litigation Before the Environmental Hearing Board, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), MTBE/Groundwater Contamination, Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Spring Management Workshop, 03/23/04
  • Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act and Ethics for Board Members, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Board Member Training Seminar, 02/23/04
  • Right to Know Law, 6th Annual Fall Conference sponsored by The Solid Waste Association of North America Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Pennsylvania Host Municipal Inspectors, 9/3/03
  • Tapping Fees-Challenges/Changes/Conclusions, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's Annual Conference, 8/26/03 (Panel Member)
  • The Internet and You: Protecting Your Rights in Cyberspace, Montgomery County Paralegal Association, 6/19/03
  • Toxic Mold Overview, Montgomery Bar Association Realtor/Attorney Joint Liaison Committee Meeting, 6/18/03
  • Mold in Buildings, Construction Specifications Institute, General Membership Meeting, 4/28/03
  • Right-to-Know Law and Ethics for Board Members, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Board Member Training Seminar, 2/25/03
  • Brownfields and Other Potential Environmental Issues Impacting Commercial and Industrial Real Estate, Bucks County Realtors Commercial/Industrial Exchange, 11/15/02
  • Mold: Fact or Fiction, What Every Realtor Needs to Know, Montgomery County Association of Realtors, 6/13/02
  • Remedial Action Decision-Making Workshop, Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies in cooperation with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., 03/27/02
  • Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act and Ethics for Board Members, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Board Member Training Session, 03/04/02
  • Mold Update, Montgomery County Association of Realtors, 1/23/02
  • Pennsylvania's Safe Fill Regulations, Sponsored by RT Environmental Services, 1/22/02

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2007-2009)
    • Chair (2001) and Vice-Chair (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2010) of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee and Vice-Chair (2001) of its Internet Law Committee.
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association
    • Pennsylvania Sewage Advisory Committee, Alternate Member (2011-2013)
    • Legislative Committee
    • Wastewater Subcommittee
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • American Water Works Association
  • Water Resources Association
  • Pennsylvania Water Environment Association
  • Water Environment Federation
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award from Penn State Great Valley where he has taught numerous classes in Environmental Law, Environmental Compliance, Brownfields and Engineering Law.

Personal Interests

While in college, Steve worked as a Weather Forecaster, providing on-air forecasts for numerous radio stations. He continues forecasting the weather today, and is the official Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin meteorologist for all severe weather events. Steve is an avid fan of all of Philadelphia’s major sports teams and spends many a warm summer night at Citizens Bank Park, cheering on the Phillies. He also put his baseball background to good use as a little league coach in Bucks County.

Steve also played high school and college sports and was selected to two All Conference teams while playing basketball for Penn State Beaver Campus.

Environmental Litigation

  • Steve represents clients in all aspects of environmental litigation at the federal and state court levels and before administrative hearing boards. He also represents clients in various environmental and land use/zoning matters before local government bodies.
  • Environmental litigation matters handled by Steve include government enforcement proceedings; permit appeals; TMDL challenges; appeals of municipal wasteload management and sewage facilities planning decisions; land use and zoning disputes; toxic tort claims; soil and groundwater contamination suits; resolution of cost allocation issues; storage tank actions; and the prosecution and defense of private party actions under various environmental laws.
  • Steve is counsel to the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association in its role as an Intervenor in litigation challenging EPA’s establishment of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. He recently argued PMAA’s position before the Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. American Farm Bureau Federation, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency No. 13-4079.
  • Steve was co-counsel to nearly eighty municipalities/municipal authorities in a challenge involving Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy. In this case, Steve successfully argued against a DEP motion to dismiss the municipal entities challenge before an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court. Borough of Bedford, et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection; Kathleen McGinty, Secretary of Environmental Protection, 972 A.2d 53 (Pa.Cmwlth.2009)
  • Steve is counsel to various municipal entities in a challenge to the Indian Creek Watershed TMDL, which is presently before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Lower Salford Township Authority, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011-cv-6489. EPA sought and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted a remand of the sediment TMDL for Indian Creek following letters sent to EPA by Steve raising technical concerns regarding the approach used by EPA to develop the Indian Creek sediment TMDL.
  • Steve represented a number of municipal entities in appeals of TMDLs, including the first two major appeals of TMDLs in Pennsylvania involving the Skippack Creek Watershed and Neshaminy Creek Watershed, respectively. Lower Salford Township Authority and Upper Gwynedd-Towamencin Municipal Authority v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, EHB Docket No. 2005-100-K; and Hatfield Township Municipal Authority, et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, EHB Docket No. 2004-046-L. Significantly, these TMDLs were withdrawn by the government prior to being implemented and prior to being incorporated into the NPDES permits of those wastewater treatment plants in the respective watersheds.
  • Steve represents various municipal entities in cases involving the recovery of attorney fees in TMDL litigation. In Hatfield Township Municipal Authority, et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, 1983 C.D. 2010 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2011), Steve successfully obtained a reversal on appeal of an Environmental Hearing Board decision denying attorneys fees to municipal entities under the Clean Streams Law.
  • Steve filed two (2) separate challenges to EPA rulemakings under the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. (1) Hatfield Township Municipal Authority, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011-1167, which was before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and decided in August, 2013 Nat’l Ass’n of Clean Water Agencies v. EPA, 734 F.3d 1115 (D.C. Cr. 2014); (2) Hatfield Township Municipal Authority, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011-1235, which is currently before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
  • Steve was counsel to municipal entities in a challenge to Pennsylvania’s issuance of a general stormwater permit in connection with the Indian Creek Watershed TMDL. Lower Salford Township Authority, et al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.D.Pa.), 2011-CV-6489. This matter has since settled.
  • Steve represented the prevailing party in a landmark case decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in which the Court held for the first time that a private cause of action existed under the Pennsylvania Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act. Centolanza v. Lehigh Valley Dairies, Inc., 658 A.2d 336 (Pa. 1995).
  • Steve obtained a significant penalty reduction for a client in a federal administration action before the federal Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In the Matter of Rybond, Inc., Docket No. RCRA-III-247.
  • Steve represented a local water authority in a private cost recovery action brought in federal court pursuant to various environmental laws. North Penn Water Authority v. BAE Systems, et al, (E.D.Pa.) 2005 WL 2304736, 2005 WL 1715718, and 2005 WL 1279091.
  • Steve represented a local municipality in underlying zoning litigation involving the expansion of a landfill and a constitutional challenge to the municipality’s zoning ordinance. Steve prevailed at the local government level, which decision was eventually affirmed by the Pennsylvania appellate courts. SECCRA v. Zoning Hearing Board of London Grove Township, et al, 898 A.2d 680 (Pa. Cmwlth 2006), allocatur denied, 591 Pa. 740, 921 A.2d 499 (Pa.2007).
  • Steve successfully represented a local municipality in underlying zoning litigation regarding a conditional use application to develop and construct a mushroom growing substrate and composting facility, which decision was affirmed by the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Superior Growers, L.P. v. Board of Supervisors, London Grove Township, (No. 2009-15011-LU, 2011).
  • Steve has filed amicus briefs on behalf of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association on issues related to tapping fees and biosolids. Hornstein v. Lynn Township Sewer Authority, 586 Pa. 508 (2006); Gilbert, et al v. Synagro, et al,(Superior Court No. 119 MDA 2013).
  • Steve has represented various clients in nearly 50 appeals to Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board on a broad range of issues, including air and NPDES permitting TMDLs, stormwater management, sewage facilities planning and municipal wasteload management.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Steve provides a wide range of counseling on current and emerging federal and state regulatory and compliance issues related to stormwater and stormwater management; air and water quality/pollution control; land use; solid and hazardous waste management; and occupational safety and health.
  • Steve advises clients on a broad array of environmental permitting issues (air, NPDES, pretreatment, stormwater, wetlands, landfill, radiation protection, solid and hazardous waste), government reporting obligations, waste disposal and site remediation requirements and the regulatory process under federal and state voluntary cleanup programs.
  • Steve provides guidance on numerous land use-related issues involving water and sewer service; municipal wasteload management; sewage facilities planning and regulation; stormwater management; wetlands and natural resources; and erosion and sediment control.
  • Steve has advised a number of Pennsylvania municipalities in connection with Pennsylvania’s revision to the state stormwater permitting program.

Environmental Due Diligence / Transactional Matters

  • Steve counsels clients on environmental matters in real estate and business transactions, including the evaluation of lender requirements, the economic aspects of such transactions and the identification and management of environmental risk.  He also guides clients through the complex regulatory maze for both property development and the redevelopment of environmentally impaired and Brownfields properties.
  • Steve prepares environmental provisions for transactional documents and negotiates prospective purchaser and buyer-seller agreements with federal and state government agencies.
  • Steve is experienced in assisting clients in addressing environmental due diligence, land use and zoning issues, and works closely with environmental consultants on the review and assessment of technical documents.

Municipal Environmental Issues

  • Steve has developed a specific expertise in environmental matters affecting municipal authorities and municipalities. He represents these entities in environmental litigation matters and routinely advises them on the numerous environmental regulations and policies unique to them.
  • Steve is experienced in issues involving water and sewer service; stormwater management; NPDES permitting and enforcement; wasteload allocation; pretreatment; TMDLs; municipal wasteload management; expansion and upgrade of sewage treatment plants; sewage facilities planning and regulation; wet weather issues (including SSO’s and CSO’s); interjurisdictional agreements; wellhead protection; and the public water supply.
  • Steve has drafted and amended local ordinances for use by municipal entities in the areas of municipal authority enforcement, pretreatment and waste disposal.  He also routinely advises municipal entities on emerging environmental and land use legislative and regulatory developments at the federal, state and local levels, and prepares written comments on behalf of such entities on government regulatory and policy initiatives. Steve has submitted comments on various Pennsylvania regulatory initiatives, including proposals addressing NPDES permits, wastewater treatment requirements and Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards Implementation. He also submitted comments on Pennsylvania’s draft Watershed Implementation Plan in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. In addition, he submitted comments to the EPA on initiatives dealing with stormwater and the development of TMDLs, and on EPA’s draft strategy for protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay, and subsequently, on the draft Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Steve has also provided written and oral comments to EPA’s Science Advisory Board in connection with its peer review of EPA’s draft guidance document entitled Empirical Approaches for Nutrient Criteria Derivation.
  • Steve served as co-counsel to numerous municipal entities on issues relating to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the most complex TMDL ever developed in the United States.
  • Steve served as the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association’s alternate member to the Pennsylvania Sewage Advisory Committee (April, 2011 to March, 2013).
  • Steve served as the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s representative to Pennsylvania’s Sewage Advisory Committee (April, 2009 to March, 2011).
  • Steve was appointed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to serve on an advisory committee to a legislative task force on sewage management and treatment established pursuant to House Resolution 88 of 2005, and has testified before the task force on the impact of TMDLs on municipal authorities and impending statewide nutrient water quality criteria.
  • Steve served as a member of the Point Source Workgroup established by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which was designed to address point source issues related to Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy.
  • Steve was a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Needs Work Group established in 2008 under Governor Rendell’s Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force.
  • Steve is a frequent speaker on issues related to municipal entities and has presented two national teleconferences that he developed on water quality issues affecting wastewater treatment plants.

Municipal Law Issues

  • Steve is the East Region Solicitor to the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA) and regularly interacts with PMAA staff and PMAA member Authorities across Pennsylvania on a diverse range of legal and legislative issues. In this capacity, Steve handles numerous telephone inquiries from PMAA member Authorities on issues impacting municipal authorities.
  • Steve routinely handles a wide range of issues unique to municipal authorities under the Municipality Authorities Act and other laws, and works closely with municipal authority engineers and staff.
  • Steve frequently attends municipal authority meetings in a solicitor capacity.
  • Steve provides annual training to municipal authority Board Members on such topics as state ethics requirements, Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act and Right-to-Know Law and the Municipality Authorities Act.
  • Steve presents annual Solicitor updates to PMAA member Authorities on case law and legislative developments impacting municipal authorities.
  • Steve contributed to the Tenth Edition of the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Economic Development’s publication entitled Municipal Authorities in Pennsylvania, published January, 2015.

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