A leader in environmental law

Steve is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

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A veteran of the EPA

Before entering private practice, Steve was an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III.

An "incredibly insightful and a diligent expert"

Steve is ranked in the top tier of Chambers USA for Environmental Law, which also states that his experience “covers the full spectrum of environmental issues.”

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Steven T. Miano has been exclusively practicing environmental law for more than 25 years. His practice includes all facets of environmental law and litigation, including federal and state cases arising under the Clean Water Act, Superfund, brownfields redevelopment statutes, Hazardous Waste laws, the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and energy development.

His clients include large industrial corporations, commercial entities, municipalities, and not for profit organizations. Steve is the former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, a bar association with more than 9,000 members nationwide and in numerous foreign countries

Before entering private practice, Steve was an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, Hazardous Waste Branch, where his practice focused on Superfund, hazardous waste laws and criminal enforcement. He is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University Law School – Camden, where he teaches courses on environmental law. He is a frequent lecturer and has written about environmental legal issues for a variety of publications. He also regularly serves as a course planner for regional and national environmental law programs.

Honors & Awards

Named a “Watershed Hero” by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership in recognition of his longtime environmental advocacy, 2017

Named a Leader in Environmental Law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1)

Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Environmental Law

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law as a result of a peer review survey by attorneys in the United States

Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Environmental Law as a result of a statewide poll of lawyers and judges conducted by Law & Politics

Support Center for Child Advocates, Distinguished Child Advocate, 1997

Award Methodologies

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Teaching, Lecturing & News

Panelist, “Environmental Law in the United States,” Pennsylvania Bar Association, September 6, 2017

Steve was quoted in the article “PA Supreme Court’s Landmark Environmental Ruling Faces First Test,” State Impact PA, June 28, 2017

Panelist, “Briar Bush and Penn State Present: An Environmental Forum,” Pennsylvania State University – Abington, May 15, 2017

Panelist, “Negotiating the Environmental Provisions in a Real Estate Contract” Webinar, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, April 18, 2017

“Why the 800th Anniversary of the Charter of the Forest Matters to Section Members,”  PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 7 Issue 1

“Water Law Update,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2017

Steve was quoted in the article “Repealing Waters Rule Would Take a While, Maintain Uncertainty,” which appeared in the BNA Environment Reporter, February 28, 2017

“Why the 800th Anniversary of the Charter of the Forest Matters to Section Members,” Trends, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, January/February 2017

Steve was quoted in the article “Clean Water Crisis – What’s On Tap,” which appeared in The Legal Eagle, published by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

“Brownfields 101,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2016

Steve was quoted in the article, “Pennsylvania Court Decision May Upturn Water Pollution Penalties?,” which appeared in the BNA Environment Reporter, January 13, 2017

“The Preservation of Open Space Through Unique Partnerships,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2016

Steve was quoted in the article, “Will Justices Review Question of Venue for Water Rule Case?,” which appeared in the BNA Environment Reporter (October 12, 2016)

“Negotiating the Environmental Provisions in a Real Estate Contract,” ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Annual Fall, Denver, Colorado, October 7, 2016

Speaker and Moderator, Water Update Panel, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 6, 2016

Podcast Speaker, “Dealing with Difficult Personalities,” American Bar Association Section of Energy, Environment, and Resources’ Leadership Development Program Podcast Series, February 25, 2016

Steve was quoted in two articles on the impact of late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the BNA Environment Reporter: “Standing, Administrative Law Define Scalia’s Legacy” and “Scalia’s Influence Extends Over Water Rule Opponents” (both February 17, 2016).

Adjunct Professor, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, 1997 – Present

Panelist, “Becoming an Environmental Lawyer,” Pace University Law School Annual Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Moot Court Competition, White Plains, New York, February 18, 2016

“Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions,” Guest Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2012 – 2015

“Water Regulation in the United States: Background and Current Major Issues,” Environmental Law & Management (UK), December 2015

“Managing Vapor Intrusion Risks,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2015

“Brownfields 101,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2015

“Water Law Update,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2015

“Defense Strategies For Vapor Intrusion Toxic Torts,” Law360.com, May 16, 2014

“Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment Given New Life,” Westlaw Journal – Environmental, February 20, 2014 (with Jessica R. O’Neill)

“Water Law Update,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2014

“Environmental Management Systems for Brewers,” 2014 Brewers of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, January 27, 2014

“Rainmaker Q&A,” Law360.com, July 30, 2013

“Brownfields 101,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 2013

“Water Law Update,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2013

“Brownfields 101,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012

“Water Law Update,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2012

“Sorting Through the Politics and Environmental Legal Issues Associated with Wind Energy Developments in the United States,” Corporate Live Wire: Guide to Energy and Natural Resources (July 2011)

Co-author with Kelly Gable, “TMDLs,” The Clean Water Act Handbook, 3rd. ed. (May 2011)

“Brownfields Basics,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, State College, Pennsylvania, 2011

“Mock Brownfields Site Development,” Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, State College, Pennsylvania, 2011

“From Air Toxics to Marcellus Shale: Issues and Priorities in Government Enforcement of Environmental Law,” American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Environmental Crime Subcommittee of the White Collar Crime Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2011

“Water Law Update,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2011

Planning Committee, ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Annual Summit and Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 29 – October 2, 2010

“Legal and Financial Incentives of Redevelopment,” Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, Allentown, Pennsylvania, September 28 – 29, 2010

Speaker and Organizer, “TMDLs and Stormwater…Are You Prepared?”, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 10, 2010

“Water Law Update,” PBI Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 22 – 23, 2010

Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties panel, Business of Brownfields Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 20, 2010

Co-author with Joseph Litvin, “Rapanos’ Reach: Jurisdictional Effects on the TDML Program,” Natural Resources & Environment, Summer 2007

Co-editor with Prof. Robert H. Abrams, Richard S. Davis, Esq., Prof. Noah D. Hall, William A. Wilcox, Jr., Esq., Jill N. Willis, Esq.; Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter, 2006

Co-author with Michael Crane, “TMDLs: Ignore Them at Your Peril,” The Legal Intelligencer, Environmental Law Special Section, May 2, 2005

“Superfund Redux: Will EPA’s New Post Construction Policy Reopen Site Remedies?”, 50 Environmental Reporter, 2005

Co-author with Michael E. Crane, “Eastern Water Law: Historical Perspectives and Emerging Trends,” Natural Resources & Environment, Fall 2003

“Clean Water Act Jurisdiction: Where Is It Now?,” Water Quality and Wetlands Committee Newsletter, ABA Section of Environment Energy and Resources, March 2003

Co-author with Mary M. Maloney Huss and Sarah Wills, “Protecting Environmental Claims in an Era of More Frequent Bankruptcy Filings,” 40 Environmental Reporter, 2003

Co-author with Sylvia Quast, “Wetlands: Section 404,” The Clean Water Act Handbook, 2nd ed., 2003

“Law Takes a Major Step Toward Water Resources Management,” The Legal Intelligencer, December 19, 2002

“Developers Beware: Endangered Species Ahead,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 19, 2001

“EHS Crisis Management In the New Millennium: An Opportunity to Partner With Outside Counsel,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, November 1999

“Can You Define A Wetland? Significant Changes In Wetlands Jurisdiction Under The Clean Water Act,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Peer Reviewer for American Bar Association Basic Practice Series book on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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Memberships & Community

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
Chair, 2014- 2015
Chair-Elect, 2013-14
Vice Chair, 2012
Executive Committee Member, 2010 – Present
Publications Officer, 2010 – 2012
Co-Chair, Governance Committee, 2010 – 2011
Executive Committee Secretary, 2007 – 2009
Council Member, 2004 – 2007
Co-Chair, Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, 2001 – 2003
Editor-in-Chief, Trends, 1997 – 2001

American Bar Association – Liaison to the Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

West Virginia Bar Association

Support Center for Child Advocates, Board Member and Vice President, 1998 – 2005

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Arts & Business Council, Business on Board Program, Graduate

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