Regulatory & Legislative Support

The Horinko Group conducts technical and informational briefings with senior and career staff at all branches and levels of government to properly align and resolve our client’s issues and goals. In particular, our team works closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. EPA HQ and Regions, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HQ and Districts, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Capitol Hill.

The Horinko Group has vast experience advising clients on RCRA, Superfund, and Brownfields issues. We also assist in navigating the federal and state bureaucracies with a host of environmental issues related to rulemakings and permitting.

  • Provide ongoing guidance and tracking to the private sector on rulemakings pertaining to the Definition of Solid Waste, Toxic Reporting Index, and Financial Assurance.
  • Provide clarity and collaborative solutions between U.S. EPA HQ, Regional Offices, and Potentially Responsible Parties on the nation’s largest environmental cleanups, including the Lower Passaic River, Lower Fox River, Kalamazoo River, and Delaware Estuary.
  • Service a range of law firms, financial investment groups, and large-scale, environmental consulting shops seeking timely insight and information on the latest trends and developments impacting the regulated community.
  • Provide insight into U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency culture, capabilities, expectations, and regulatory structure and process.
  • Testify in front of state legislature to inform the debate on the productive reuse of contaminated sites and achieve reform.
  • Advise on public comment development as it relates to new rulemakings and code developments, in addition to preparing written and in-person comments.
  • Conduct direct, ongoing communications between industry and government to spur progress in moving forward environmental cleanups.
  • Provide guidance on the emerging environmental legal developments pertaining to the management of hazardous wastes.
  • Conduct on-site facility visits and provide written analysis detailing compliance standards and process improvements.
  • Serve as a liaison between industry and government on permitting issues related to the launch of new facilities.
  • Assist EPA in identifying successful regulatory approaches to mothballed sites that expedite cleanup and revitalization by coordinating and integrating state and federal processes.
  • Consult state waste officials and EPA Regional personnel to explore alternatives for adopting coordinated cleanup approval approaches to mothballed brownfields.
  • Advise in identifying candidate state programs to pilot the development of coordinated cleanup approaches.
  • Design and organize forums to call attention to the challenges of site revitalization of mothballed properties.

  • Justin Oberst
    Managing Partner, The Horinko Group
    Director, Regulatory & Legislative Support Group
  • G. Tracy Mehan
    Senior Advisor, Water Resources Regulation & Policy
  • Emily Hammond
    Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
    Senior Advisor, Energy/Electricity, Water Quality/Use, & Regulatory Decisionmaking
  • Paul Yaroschak, P.E.
    President of Sustainable Methods, LLC
    Senior Advisor, Sustainability, Contaminated Site Cleanup, & Chemical Risk Management
  • Beth Pitrolo
    Senior Advisor, Permitting & Compliance
  • Amy Schaffer
    Senior Advisor, Hazardous and Industrial Waste Risk Management
  • Geoff Grubbs
    Senior Advisor, Water Quality, Risk Assessment, & Regulation
  • Jeff Denit
    Senior Advisor, RCRA and Remediation