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Meg
Holden

Associate

Meg
Holden

Associate

Meg’s practice focuses on environmental and land use litigation, regulatory compliance counseling, renewable energy development, and environmental due diligence of development projects.

Meg has challenged and defended projects under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act and represented potentially responsible parties in CERCLA proceedings. She has experience with matters arising under a variety of federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.  Meg also has experience advising clients on permitting and environmental review for offshore wind projects.

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Meg was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Environmental Law Division of the New York City Law Department. During her time at the City of New York, she represented the City and its agencies in federal and state environmental litigation, and assisted City agencies with environmental regulatory compliance.  Before working for the City, Meg clerked on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Meg is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and was a student attorney for the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. Before law school, Meg worked for an environmental nonprofit in New Delhi, India.

“State and Federal Site Contamination Law”

For: HalfMoon Education Seminars

December 2020

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA, ” Co-author

For: 71 Syracuse L. Rev.

forthcoming 2020

“Beyond PFAS 101: Understanding Technical Approaches in PFAS Liability Assessment”

For: Webinar Hosted by Roux Associates (panelist)

October 2020

Sackett v. EPA

For: Harvard Environmental Law Review

2013

Army Corps Reissues Nationwide Permits, Dividing NWP 12 Into Three

On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) published a final rule reissuing and modifying twelve existing 2017 nationwide permits (“NWPs”) and creating four new NWPs.  The rule goes into effect on March 15, 2021. Nationwide permits provide a streamlined process ...

Equinor Becomes Leading U.S. Offshore Wind Developer with 2,500 Megawatt Award from New York State

In his January 13, 2021 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York will contract with Equinor Wind US LLC (Equinor) for 2,490 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy, the largest combined procurement of offshore wind energy ...

Council on Environmental Quality’s New NEPA Regulations: An Analysis

On September 14, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (“CEQ”) Final Rule overhauling its regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) became effective.  The Final Rule represents the first comprehensive revision of the NEPA regulations since their initial issuance in 1978, and introduces process-based and substantive changes to the NEPA regulations, ...

Public Service Commission Issues Two Orders in Furtherance of Renewable Energy Growth

On May 14, 2020 the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) issued two orders designed to further State goals of rapidly expanding renewable energy development.  One, issued in Case No. 20-E-0197, is a preliminary ...

Court Narrows Scope of NWP 12 Ruling; Corps Appeals to Ninth Circuit

Last month, we wrote about a recent decision from the US District Court for the District of Montana vacating Nationwide Permit (“NWP”) 12, the general permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) for pipelines and other utility projects. On May 11, the court ...

Wartime Regulation Does Not Render Government an Operator Under CERCLA, Third Circuit Rules

On May 4, 2020, the Third Circuit issued a decision in PPG Industries v. United States, a case which considered whether the government’s involvement at a chromium processing plant during World War II made ...

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2014

Yale University, B.A., 2009, cum laude

New York, 2015

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Member

New York City Bar Association, Member

New York City Environmental Law and Leadership Institute, Graduate