Our attorneys are at the forefront of New York energy issues including siting (Article 10), transmission and regulatory compliance of energy projects and alternative energy development.

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Young/Sommer LLC is a recognized leader in environmental and energy law in New York. Our attorneys’ decades of experience in private practice and State government allow us to understand the challenges facing small businesses, municipalities, large corporations and individuals. Our knowledge and skill in environmental law puts us at the forefront of our field, ensuring that we deliver the best and most cost-effective advice.

Young/Sommer has been ranked for twelve consecutive years among the top ten New York State environmental law firms by Chambers USA, for the leading lawyers for businesses.  Dean Sommer and Kevin Young have been consistently listed as top New York State environmental lawyers in the Chambers review and Mr. Sommer is listed among the top four “Leading Individuals” in environmental law.

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Douglas H. WardDouglas H. Ward

Douglas H. Ward has extensive federal and state civil practice experience at both the trial and appellate levels. As an Assistant Attorney General from 1984 to 1995, he served as either the lead attorney or the supervising attorney in hundreds of environmental cases, including air, water, wetlands regulation and the State Environmental Quality Review Act. … Read More

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Environmental Regulatory Update – April 2017

Executive order rolls back Obama administration climate change initiatives; DEC proposes changes to radioactive materials rule; updated MSGP stormwater permit available for review; DEC seeks comment on updated New York Environmental Leaders policy … Read More

EBC Meeting on April 7, 2017

Please join us for our next meeting of the Environmental Breakfast Club where the topic will be “SEQRA – Proposed Regulatory Changes” presented by Kevin M. Young,… Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – March 2017

DEC proposes major changes to SEQRA regulations; DOH proposes drinking water rule updates; DEC accepts comment on water withdrawal guidance document … Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – February 2017

Presidential transition affects EPA rulemaking activities; EPA proposes key TSCA implementation rules; major changes to RMP rules adopted … Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – January 2017

EPA adopts formaldehyde standards for composite wood products; OSHA issues recommended safety practices for construction job sites; EPA takes steps to implement new TSCA law … Read More