Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Richard’s practice has focused on environmental and natural resources law for more than 25 years. He advises a wide range of clients with respect to the due diligence, strategic planning and environmental and natural resource aspects of their real estate development projects, mergers and acquisitions and natural resource matters including water supply projects. Richard also assists clients with new operations and business expansion plans that require permits and approvals from federal agencies such as the USEPA and the Corps of Engineers, as well as state and local authorities. Find his full bio on

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EPA Brownfields Site Planning Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program grants. With estimated funding of $4 million and a maximum grant amount of $200,000, the USEPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 grants. Funded Tasks EPA seeks to provide successful applicants with funding to conduct research and/or … Continue Reading

NYDEC Proposes Revisions to Brownfield Cleanup Program

The New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEC) has published notice regarding the proposed revisions to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) regulations.  The revisions provide a minor revision to the term “affordable housing project” and substantive changes to “underutilized” term, both of which terms are derived from legislative changes in 2015.   These terms are relevant … Continue Reading

Who’s Responsible for this Project Design? Massachusetts Knows

We wanted to share this timely post by Elizabeth Wright on our Construction Law Zone blog because it affects Construction Manager-At-Risk projects undertaken in Massachusetts, a topic we know is of interest to our readers. In keeping with a growing trend, in 2004, Massachusetts departed from the exclusive use of the traditional “design-bid-build” project delivery method … Continue Reading

Development Update: Maine DEP Proposes Site Development Rule Changes

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a hearing on October 15th to receive comments on three rulemaking changes to the state’s site location of development rules (“Site Laws”).  Additional public comments may be filed before October 26, 2015 (Notice). The Site Law permitting program calls for review of certain development projects that … Continue Reading

Rhode Island Moves to Create Consistency with Statewide Inland Wetlands Standards

Governor Raimondo recently signed legislation that will lead to the creation of statewide development setback standards for freshwater wetlands. The new legislation results from the work of a taskforce created two years ago to marshal information on wetland and water resource management issues from stakeholders ranging from environmental groups to real estate developers. Legislators see … Continue Reading

CT Brownfield Program Fine Tuned – Music to Ears of Project Patrons

On July 2nd, Governor Malloy signed into law new legislation that fine tunes the existing Brownfield Development Program to address the realities of environmental redevelopment projects. The legislation seeks to ensure the success of redevelopment projects moving to completion, and provide funding to address conditions directly when specific remediation programs do not apply. Addressing Project Cost … Continue Reading