Practice Areas

GreenSpring Legal practices in the state of Maryland and at the Federal level, primarily focusing on issues related to:

Federal
The Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251, et seq.)
The Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C. § 1451 et seq.)
The Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552)
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq.)
The Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a)
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq.)
The Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 300f to 300j–26)

State
The Maryland Environment Article (Titles 4, 5, 9, and 16)
The Maryland Public Information Act (MD Code, General Provisions § 4-101 et seq.)

Local
Land use and zoning
Agricultural issues

GreenSpring is also available for consultation services regarding regulatory compliance, the marine environment, contract law, and transactional work.

Recent Posts

D.C. Circuit Rules that FERC, In Some Circumstances, Must Consider Downstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resulting from Projects It Approves

Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Sierra Club, et al. v. FERC, No. 16-1329. The case primarily concerned the analyses of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and environmental justice in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Sabal Trail Project National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. Writing for the majority, Judge Griffith announced an update to the Court’s black-letter NEPA jurisprudence:
“We conclude that at a minimum, FERC should have estimated the amount of power-plant carbon emissions that the pipelines will make possible.”

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