More About Licensing & Permitting

From licensing and relicensing hydroelectric power plants to licensing new transmission facilities, Balch & Bingham’s Environmental & Natural Resources Practice has played a part in important energy licensing matters for decades. We work closely with the firm’s Energy Practice to ensure that our clients receive the expertise they need to ensure that the licenses they need to keep running are issued as expeditiously as possible.


Balch’s Environmental & Natural Resources Practice has extensive experience handling environmental permitting matters of all kinds. We regularly advise clients on permitting issues under a wide array of federal and state regulatory programs, including:

Air Quality

  • New Source Review (“NSR”)
  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”)
  • New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”)
  • Title V Operating Permits
  • Synthetic Minor Source Operating Permits
  • National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (“NESHAPs”)
  • Maximum Achievable Control Technology (“MACT”) Standards
  • Clean Air Interstate Rule (“CAIR”) Implementation

Water Quality

  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Program
  • Stormwater Construction Permitting
  • State Indirect Discharge (“SID”) Permits
  • Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) Permits
  • Underground Storage Tanks (“USTs”)
  • Water Withdrawal Permits
  • Section 401 Water Quality Certifications
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Dredge & Fill Permits

Endangered Species

  • Incidental Take Statements/Permits
  • Habitat Conservation Plans
  • Safe Harbor Agreements
  • Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances


  • Landfill Permits

Solid & Hazardous Waste

  • Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (“RCRA”) Permits

Hazardous Materials Transport

  • U.S. Department of Transportation HazMat Requirements


  • Surface & Underground Coal Mining Permits
  • Other Mineral Mining Permits
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