Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. represents numerous states and municipalities, directly or through their agencies. The Firm provides legal assistance on water and wastewater treatment, solid waste, hazardous waste, and resource recovery issues, and defends municipal governments against federal and state enforcement actions. We also assist municipalities in drafting requests for proposals, preparing contracts, and litigating environmental and construction contract disputes.
In matters relating to water and wastewater treatment plants, for instance, we have represented numerous municipal clients in NPDES permit negotiations and defended others against enforcement actions based on permit requirements applicable to their treatment plants. The Firm has also published a comprehensive NPDES permitting manual for use by our clients, and regularly conducts seminars for attorneys and administrators on Clean Water Act developments.
We are also familiar with the issues involved in public solid waste planning, including recycling and source separation requirements, transportation issues, and disposal alternatives. We have been involved in the design, construction, operation, and closure of various public solid waste management facilities, including landfills, transfer stations, and resource recovery facilities.
In a number of cases, the Firm has represented municipal clients in suits against the designers, contractors, and equipment suppliers of water and wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and other public facilities that have not met environmental requirements or have otherwise failed to perform to specifications. We also have extensive experience in obtaining state funding for municipal projects. The Firm has represented municipal clients in federal and state grant disputes, negotiations, and appeals.
The Firm has detailed knowledge of public procurement requirements, and is experienced in the development of requests for qualifications, requests for proposals, and other bid documents, as well as the evaluation of vendor qualifications and proposals. We also negotiate and draft memoranda of understanding, intermunicipal agreements, and contracts for design, construction, operation, and ownership of facilities. In addition, we provide advice on environmental impact review requirements and facility permitting.
The Firm’s broad environmental and project development practice allows us to provide cost–effective assistance on a wide array of issues affecting municipal governments. Examples of our representation of both nationally significant and smaller municipalities are readily available upon request.