Moving environmental permitting law forward

Getting a project off the ground these days is no simple task. Even a seemingly simple expansion can require permits covering air, land, and water.

That’s where Burnette Shutt & McDaniel comes in. Our lead environmental attorney has helped many clients maneuver through the complicated path of permits and approvals they need to make their plans become reality.

This includes wetlands issues, an ever-changing area of the law that can involve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Often more than one agency has oversight.

Likewise, air quality permits, whether for construction or operating permit, also can involve the SCDHEC and the EPA.

Other approvals, including land disturbance permits, wastewater permits, and solid hazardous waste permits, also require going before a mix of federal, state, and sometimes local agencies. It’s a very exact process, usually requiring public notice and comment periods. Failure to follow complicated rules, regulations, and laws to the letter can result in a permit denied or a project delayed.

That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced attorney from the start. At Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, we begin by going over your project in detail so we can help you move efficiently through all the necessary permits. We stand ready to represent you before regulatory agencies, if necessary. We will battle for you in court if necessary.

Sometimes, though, a little advance work can help avoid a costly legal battle later.  That’s why we often advise clients to reach out to neighbors from the start. That often prevents concerns from turning contentious.