Profile

Steve has advised businesses and energy-sector clients on a broad range of environmental issues, including matters involving water, wastewater, and waste:

  • NPDES permitting and compliance under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) and Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law (“CSL”) and potential liability for unlawful discharges
  • Wastewater management and disposal issues, including for industrial dischargers, municipalities, and publicly owned treatment works (“POTWs”) under pretreatment programs
  • Permitting and compliance for surface and groundwater withdrawals and water rights, including water use for oil-and-gas operations
  • Oil-and-gas rights in and under streambeds
  • Hazardous and residual waste, recycling of wastes, and compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) and Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act
  • Investigations, information requests, and inspections
  • Assisting in the environmental implications of business and real estate transactions

Steve has also assisted clients in the manufacturing and energy sectors regarding workplace safety:

  • Workplace emergencies and compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and OSHA standards
  • Chemical safety in the workplace, the Hazard Communication Standard, and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (“GHS”)
  • Drafting safety data sheets (“SDSs”) and labels, compliance with California Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) warnings, and emergency reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (“EPCRA”)

Steve also litigates environmental matters before state courts and administrative hearing boards, including the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.

Steve has experience in protection of sensitive company information, including defense in Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law (“RTKL”) requests and appeals. He has also handled bid protests and internal investigations for clients in the construction and engineering sectors.


Steve has authored and co-authored articles and treatise chapters in the fields of environmental and energy law, including:

  • Cybersecurity in the Era of Unconventional Development: Is the Energy Sector Ready for Cyber Attacks?, Chapter 28 in Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (36th Annual Institute June 2015).
  • Water Quality, Chapter 4 in Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Environmental Law and Practice (8th ed. 2015).
  • Acquisition of Water for Energy and Mineral Development in the Eastern United States, The Water-Energy Nexus, Paper No. 2A (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. 2012).

EDUCATION

Bucknell University, B.A., 2007; cum laude, majoring in both political science and geography; Bucknell Prize in Geography; Patriot League Football Academic Honor Roll (2004 and 2005)

Widener University Commonwealth Law School, J.D., 2010; magna cum laude; Environmental Law Certificate, Law and Government Institute; Outstanding Law and Government Student Award; Outstanding Service Award; Outstanding Student Article; Internal Managing Editor, Widener Law Journal; President, Environmental Law and Policy Society

MEMBERSHIPS

Environmental and Energy Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

James S. Bowman American Inn of Court (2012-2014)

Knights of Columbus (Third Degree)

Harrisburg Young Professionals

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania