Brian Freeman focuses his practice on environmental compliance counseling, permitting, site remediation, and related litigation regarding federal and state regulatory programs. Areas of particular focus include air quality, climate change, and waste management/recycling issues. He has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 100 conglomerates to individual entrepreneurs, and across a broad spectrum of industries, including aerospace manufacturing, electricity generation, composting and organics management, pharmaceutical, petroleum, and specialty chemicals. His experience includes a several-month assignment working in the legal department of a major industrial client, where he handled a full array of environmental, health, and safety matters.
Mr. Freeman has experience across the breadth of federal and state air programs in varied contexts, including permitting, day-to-day and strategic compliance counseling, facility purchase/sale, private-party claims, and civil and criminal enforcement. Specific areas of experience include: pre-construction permitting of major and minor new sources and modifications; Title V operating permits; federal and state hazardous air pollutant programs; New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for facilities and consumer products; management of refrigerants and other Ozone-Depleting Substances; Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act §112(r); and federal emission standards for nonroad engines. His air experience also includes less conventional issues such as odor, noise, and open burning.
As an active member of the State Implementation Plan Revision Advisory Committee (SIPRAC), he has worked with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to develop, implement, and amend numerous air programs in that state.
Mr. Freeman has long worked with clients in navigating the emerging and uncertain world of climate change. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries in assessing the impact of state, federal and international climate change policy and programs, and developing related strategy, advocacy, and compliance programs. His climate change experience includes both regulatory efforts to address climate change through pre-existing air permit and other programs, and development of entirely new approaches among industry, non-governmental organizations, and regulators.
Another significant part of Mr. Freeman’s experience concerns environmental clean-ups. He has particular experience in complex multi-party Superfund sites, as well as petroleum release sites and underground storage tank (UST) regulation. He has worked with clients in emergency responses to new releases, enforcement actions by state and federal authorities, and claims and lawsuits by impacted drinking water well owners. For several years he has also counseled a client on a multi-faceted hazardous waste cleanup and site redevelopment at a large historic manufacturing facility under the federal Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program.
Mr. Freeman has worked with numerous composting and other organics waste management facilities in achieving permitting, compliance and transaction objectives. He also has served as outside counsel to the U.S. Composting Council (USCC), where he was instrumental in developing the certification programs underlying the “compostable” logo found on many consumer plastic products today, and the “Seal of Testing Assurance” logo for compost products.
Mr. Freeman has been selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2017. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Environmental Law since 2006, and in the area of Litigation - Environmental since 2011. Before joining the firm, Mr. Freeman clerked for Judge Albert J. Engel, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.