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Infrastructure and Regulation

Infrastructure and Regulation

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Belin McCormick’s expertise in the areas of infrastructure and regulation helps clients quickly maneuver through the myriad of governmental regulations applicable to their businesses or in their efforts to supply assets and services essential to the public welfare.  The attorneys of Belin McCormick represent many of the major players in these industries, providing advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of business and individual regulation.

Administrative Law

Belin McCormick represents individuals and businesses before local, state and federal administrative agencies in conjunction with licensing, permitting, certification, declaratory ruling, ratemaking, rulemaking, investigation and contested case proceedings and on appeal from final agency action in such proceedings in state and federal courts.  Examples of local and state administrative agencies before whom our attorneys have practiced include the Des Moines Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners, Iowa Board of Medical Examiners, Iowa Board of Optometry Examiners, Iowa Ethics and Campaign Finance Disclosure Board, Iowa Utilities Board, Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Insurance Division (including the Securities and Regulated Industry Bureau), Iowa Real Estate Commission, Iowa Division of Banking, Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Department of Administrative Services, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, Iowa Commissioner of Labor, Iowa Employment Appeal Board (Job Service), Iowa School Budget Review Committee, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, Labor Services Division-Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Workers' Compensation Commission and Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

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Environment Law

Belin McCormick regularly represents all parties in environmental matters, including major corporations, environmental groups, and individuals. The Firm provides legal counseling to corporations on regulatory compliance, permits, site cleanups, land use, and other environmental issues. Belin McCormick regularly handles plaintiff and defense litigation throughout the state involving all of the following areas: environmental cleanup and superfund, oil spills, civil enforcement actions, criminal investigation and prosecution of environmental violations, underground storage tank cleanup, environmental permits, national resources and land use, administrative rulemaking, EIS/EAW litigation, and professional liability. The Firm advises corporate clients on environmental regulations and permit requirements in all aspects of business, including manufacturing, real estate, construction, and development. The Firm's areas of practice include: environmental investigations and due diligence; purchase, sale, and leasing of contaminated properties; permits under Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and other federal and state environmental laws; lending issues and lender liability; regulatory compliance; EIS/EAW preparation; UST and AST permits; closures and cleanups; zoning and land use planning; environmental audits; product labeling; financial reporting; and taxation. The Firm's lawyers regularly negotiate on behalf of corporations with governmental agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, and state pollution control agencies. The Firm assists clients with federal and state regulations regarding air quality, hazardous and solid waste, water and wetlands, land use, and the Endangered Species Act.

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Water Law

Belin McCormick represents major water public utilities, municipal utilities, developers and other business entities in water utility-related matters.  Our experience includes the organization, acquisition, sale and merger of utility-related businesses and properties, the development of utility projects, contractual negotiations between water utilities, siting, certification, condemnation, declaratory ruling, ratemaking, rulemaking, merger, reorganization and compliance proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.  We have also been involved in representing clients before the Iowa Department of Natural Resourses for the purpose of negotiating the terms of water withdrawal permits and water well drilling permits.  Our attorneys, in addition, represent clients in litigation involving utility-related disputes in state and federal district courts and in the appeal of such matters to state and federal appellate courts.

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