Water Quality

Water Quality

Montgomery & Andrews’ environmental lawyers have broad experience with state and federal regulatory programs governing water quality. We assist clients on a range of water quality matters, including permitting, enforcement, rulemaking, compliance, and litigation. Areas of expertise include:

  • Permitting under federal and state regulatory programs, including groundwater discharge permits under the New Mexico Water Quality Act, surface water discharge permits under the federal Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, including state certification of NPDES permits issued by EPA, and industrial stormwater permits. We also have extensive experience in appealing permits, both at the administrative level, and in the appellate courts.
  • Representing clients in rulemaking proceedings before the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission, including the triennial review of state water quality standards mandated under the federal Clean Water Act. In such proceedings, we coordinate the necessary technical experts to complement our legal expertise in advocating for regulatory standards that are protective of both the environment and our client’s business interests.
  • Representing business and governmental clients in defending against enforcement actions and civil penalty assessments.
  • Negotiating with state and federal regulators on remediation of groundwater contamination
  • Representing clients in negotiating conditions in underground injection control permits and compliance.