Germano & Cahill, P.C. has developed a significant recognized practice in the field of solid waste management, representing both public and private clients in facility development, permitting and operational issues. We have represented many counties, towns and public authorities across New York State and in Vermont, North Carolina and Mississippi, in matters involving waste regulation and facility development.
In 2007, after 12 years of litigation, we successfully represented the respondent local governments in an argument before the United States Supreme Court. In United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, the Court rejected commerce clause challenges by the private waste industry and confirmed the power of state and government to control the flow of local waste to public facilities.
Our environmental practice also includes representation with respect to environmental impact statements, regulatory applications and enforcement actions involving discharges of petroleum and other pollutants under state and federal law.
Our municipal practice includes representation of public agencies and private clients in matters involving procurement, construction and administrative law. We have assisted many municipalities in the drafting of local codes, and in organizing enforcement and adjudicatory systems.
Our solid waste practice also includes consulting services, offered primarily to government, in the organization and structure of solid waste collection and disposal systems.