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MGKF's climate change practice draws upon the practical experience of its attorneys and in-house technical consultants to represent our clients in the full range of matters affected by climate change programs implemented at the federal, state, and even local levels. To that end, we have worked with clients in evaluating strategic opportunities for enhancing their position with respect to current and probable greenhouse gas regulation. Our experience includes providing advice to clients on initiatives related to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ("RGGI") in the Northeast, Pennsylvania's climate change initiatives, New Jersey's Executive Order No. 54 and Global Warming Response Act, and developing EPA regulations concerning monitoring, reporting, permitting and control of greenhouse gas emission sources. We are also familiar with complex issues related to carbon trading, efforts to achieve "carbon neutral" status, climate change adaptation initiatives and climate change risk disclosure. Our attorneys have written articles and spoken publicly about climate change issues, and serve on local commissions and task forces charged with addressing climate change programs.

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Examples of representative climate change matters in which our professionals have assisted clients include the following:

  • MGKF advised a major refinery concerning the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and other climate change programs.
  • We advised a major waste disposal company regarding reporting obligations under EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
  • We represented a commercial developer in New Jersey with respect to the development of a wind farm at a shopping center project.
  • The firm counseled an industrial development corporation on the development of a possible photovoltaic field in the City of Philadelphia.
  • An MGKF attorney served as a member of the Montgomery County (PA) Climate Change Task Force.
  • We assisted developers of a proposed ethanol refining facility in Pennsylvania.
  • The firm advised international refineries on legislative developments and potential requirements of forthcoming climate change programs.
  • MGKF evaluated climate change implications for landfill gas projects.
  • We advised lending institutions with respect to available grants and tax incentives for solar projects.