- The Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1982, with general honors)
- New York University School of Law (J.D., 1985)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
- District of Columbia
- American Bar Association
- Boston Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar
- Member, Board of Directors (2009 - present); Chairperson, Land Protection Committee (2010 - 2013); Sudbury Valley Trustees
- Past Chair, New England Regional Chapter, Audit Roundtable
- Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals (2002 - 2007); Chairman (2005 - 2007)
- Member, Board of Directors (2007 - 2011); Chairperson, Solid Waste Committee (2006 - 2011); Program Chair, Annual Construction and Demolition Materials Summit (2006 - 2010); Environmental Business Council of New England.
Stephen M. Richmond is an environmental lawyer and a Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. He is resident in the Firm’s Massachusetts office where for eight years he was the Managing Principal. Mr. Richmond's practice is focused on regulatory compliance counseling, and he concentrates on complex air, waste, and permitting issues. He has significant experience working on facility siting and due diligence projects, negotiation of transactional documents, and enforcement defense on federal and state environmental cases.
Mr. Richmond's experience includes the evaluation of major source air permitting projects, NSPS and NESHAP compliance counseling, the siting and development of waste processing and recycling facilities, the permitting of industrial facility expansions, and the purchase and disposition of industrial assets.
Mr. Richmond brings to his work the practical experience gained from serving previously as in-house environmental counsel at two multinational corporations, and from a government enforcement role as Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Mr. Richmond represents clients on projects throughout the country, and has extensive experience with environmental issues arising within several industrial sectors, including independent power generation, chemical production, materials recycling, solid and hazardous waste management, manufacturing, pipeline and intermodal transportation, and oil and gas production.
He has been included for many years in the Thomson Reuters list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers in Environmental Law, is identified as one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in Environmental Law by Martindale-Hubble (2012), and is listed as a leading environmental practitioner in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Mr. Richmond's counseling experience includes the following representative cases:
- Provided advice and conducted many training programs on the requirements of the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule to industrial facility owners and operators throughout the country.
- Led teams responsible for responding to many Clean Air Act Section 114 document production orders from US EPA.Represented chemical company in the settlement of Clean Air Act claims brought by US EPA and the Department of Justice.
- Negotiated consent decree governing agreement to implement enhanced leak detection and repair program.
- Coordinated defense and negotiated multiple consent orders between metals foundry and state enforcement agency to resolve allegations of air compliance issues at a metals foundry in New England.
- Discovered new source review and new source performance standard issues at a Midwestern mineral services company, advised client on the filing of governmental disclosures, and successfully resolved enforcement negotiations.
- Advised Gulf Coast chemical company on air evaluation resulting in discovery of new source review issue, disclosure to US EPA and state, and negotiation of a low-penalty resolution, including submittal of after-the-fact PSD permit application.
- Advised industrial company on the discovery of complex benzene NESHAP compliance issues, coordinated audit disclosures, provided advice and support on issue resolutions.
- Counseled on the drafting, negotiation and implementation of Clean Air Act Title V operating permits at industrial facilities in many locations throughout the country, on the establishment of reasonable inquiry processes for ongoing compliance, and on continuing semi-annual deviation reporting and annual compliance certifications.
Waste and Recycling Matters
- Obtained site assignments in Massachusetts for many solid waste and recycling facilities, including a 950 ton per day solid waste landfill and recycling facility, a 600 ton per day materials resource recovery facility, and a 1500 ton per day construction and demolition debris recycling facility.
- Negotiated several long term landfill development contracts authorizing development and operation of landfills subject to revenue sharing agreements. Experience includes representing both private developers and municipal facility owners.
- Represented several coalitions comprised of solid waste industry trade associations, private companies and government partners in proceedings before the federal Surface Transportation Board and federal courts to force all transfer station developments to adhere to same rules. Proceedings have involved facilities proposed in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
- Represented coalition of construction and demolition debris processors and recyclers in negotiations with state agency on proposed enforcement initiatives.
- Counseled a chemical manufacturing facility in the Midwest on closure and corrective action permit negotiations and permit implementation. Settled simultaneous federal and state RCRA permit appeals.
- Ongoing representation of hazardous waste recycling facility located in the Southwest in RCRA Part B permitting. Negotiated successful dispositions of several enforcement initiatives brought by US EPA.
Acquisition and Disposition Matters
- Performed environmental due diligence reviews on the assets of an independent energy producer with fifteen facilities throughout the country.
- Led teams responsible for identifying permit transfer requirements for several large corporate reorganizations involving hundreds of facilities across the United States.
- Conducted permit transfer evaluation for acquisition of manufacturing company with multiple facilities.
- Negotiated environmental liability transfer provisions for sale of chemical company with multiple facilities.
- Negotiated environmental liability transfer provisions for acquisition of a power plant in the Mid Atlantic region.
- Represented biosolids management company in the public bidding of biosolids recycling facility projects, and in the negotiation of teaming agreements and design/build/operate contracts.
Environmental Health and Safety Audits
- Counseled large national industrial company on the implementation of its environmental audit program, and assisted with the preparation of audit reports and the conduct of post-audit notifications and corrective actions.
- Served as Director of EHS Audit for independent power producer and environmental infrastructure company. Responsible for planning, staffing and implementing domestic and international environmental, health and safety audits at solid waste, hazardous waste, water treatment, and manufacturing facilities, and for reporting and tracking results