Mark C. Hammond
Mark C. Hammond is the President and a founding member of Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC. He concentrates his practice in assisting clients manage today’s emerging environmental issues, as well as assisting clients with environmental regulatory issues at both the state and federal levels. He provides a wide range of counseling to clients, with a special emphasis on Clean Air Act matters affecting industry, including NESHAP, operating permit and regulatory compliance. Mark has been at the forefront of a number of emerging environmental issues, including renewable energy credits, sustainability metrics and communications, and 'green' marketing claims, along with advising organizations on climate change legislation and regulatory efforts. Mark was recently re-appointed by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman to another four-year term on the state’s Climate Change Advisory Committee and was elected in January 2019 as the committee’s Chairman. Mark previously served two terms as the committee’s Vice-Chairman during his previous term. Before practicing law, Mark was an engineer serving as a project manager and a department head at two Pennsylvania-based environmental consulting firms.
Mark had been heavily involved in the development of renewable energy projects, representing both project hosts and developers, including landfill gas to energy, combined heat and power, and solar. Mark has represented entities before the PA Public Utility Commission in a variety of topics relating implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act as well as utility rate cases. Mark has defended the issuance of permits, including air quality permits, in litigation for renewable energy projects situated in Pennsylvania.
Mark frequently guides companies on RCRA and EPCRA compliance strategies. He represents trade associations and individual companies on state and federal air quality and public utility rulemaking, including negotiated rulemakings, submission of formal comments, and less formal interactions such as participation in working groups. He counsels clients on permitting strategies and applications for state and federal environmental permits including minor source permitting, Title V Operating Permits and PSD/NSR permits issued under the Clean Air Act and NESHAP permits. Mark also represents clients in enforcement actions ranging from post-inspection questionnaires to litigation. Mark has successfully obtained full penalty mitigation under US EPA's voluntary audit policy for clients' operations in five US EPA regions, as well under a variety of state analogs.
In addition, Mark regularly advises clients on record keeping and reporting/notification requirements, responses to agency inspections and information requests, as well as environmental audits and internal investigations. Just as important is the development of internal compliance auditing strategies and procedures and Mark has worked closely with organizations to develop comprehensive policies and procedures. He has conducted several internal environmental investigations pertaining to environmental releases, failures of environmental management systems and alleged malfeasance for heavy manufacturing facilities across a variety of industries.
Mark is active in numerous professional and civic organizations and is a Barrister in the Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court, where he has served several terms on its Executive Committee. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law and his B.S. from the Virginia Tech with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Economics. Mark is admitted to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania.