Mullen Taylor’s environmental law practice includes land use, water-related regulation and permitting, and sustainable development issues. With her experience representing both public and private sector clients, Mullen applies her understanding of entities on each side of a matter to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. On the public side, Mullen represents local and municipal governments, with a particular emphasis on land use, zoning, water rights, stormwater management and municipal utilities. In the private sector, she has assisted residential, commercial and industrial landowners and developers on a variety of issues involving federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Mullen has productive working relationships with state and federal government officials that can help move projects forward. She can help clients reach a practical solution to a client’s problem, or help a client realize a big idea.
The world of environmental law is changing and Mullen stays on top of these trends such as the following in order to better advise her clients:
- Increasingly, government and private entities are incorporating practices within their operations intended to reduce their impact on the natural and built environment through strategies such as smart growth, green building, innovative stormwater management, energy and water conservation and other efforts to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Going "green" is no longer viewed by business or government sectors as fluff. In the 21st century, sustainable development and practices is a necessity in order for cities and businesses to succeed in the future.
- Nationally and in South Carolina, smart technology will enable better decision-making. Clemson University’s Intelligent River project will put real-time data in the hands of water managers concerning water temperature, flow, chemical composition and oxygen levels. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently awarded a contract to CDM Smith to develop hydrology modeling for all basins in the State.
- The controversial proposed rule released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ defining waters of the United States, issued in April 2014, has engendered a range of responses, from praise to outrage. Public comment is open until October 20, 2014. In September, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an act prohibiting the EPA and USACE from moving forward with finalizing the rule. Where this rulemaking leads will have important repercussions in South Carolina.