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Michael J. Altieri

Michael J. Altieri

Senior Attorney


  • Environmental
  • Energy
  • Air
  • Renewable Energy and Clean Power

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Massachusetts, U.S.A.


Michael’s decades of government experience provide clients a valuable resource for permitting, compliance and enforcement issues relating to air, water and waste.

Prior to joining private practice, Michael worked for natural resources agencies in Massachusetts and New York, where he oversaw permitting, dispute resolutions and enforcement actions involving infrastructure construction projects, energy projects, contaminated lands and much more. Michael’s extensive agency background provides clients with in-depth knowledge of the interplay between state and federal environmental law and compliance requirements across a variety of issues and industries.

Michael’s experience includes issues relating to solid waste, hazardous waste and water resources, as well as renewable energy. He counsels clients on permitting, compliance and enforcement matters arising under the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), common law and more. Michael is also experienced in representing clients throughout utility administrative proceedings, including those relating to rate cases, renewable resources, energy efficiency and other investigations. His extensive experience also includes state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) programs, including compliance obligations, renewable energy certificate markets and technology specific “carve-outs” within state RPS programs.

Michael is admitted to practice before Massachusetts and New York courts.

Relevant Experience

  • Counseled on construction issues, including permitting, claims avoidance and dispute resolution for water, sewer and related infrastructure projects.
  • Drafted and completed negotiation of one of the largest service-based public contracts necessary for the implementation of the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Enhanced Emissions and Safety Test Program.
  • Advised on public access to government records, non-disclosure agreements, data privacy and procurements for renewable energy and energy storage.
  • Advised on clean water and safe drinking water topics, including those subject to New York and Massachusetts clean water laws, as well as the enforcement and permitting requirements under the NPDES and SPDES programs.
  • Negotiated and drafted watershed preservation restrictions, easements and fee interest documents.
  • Counseled various Massachusetts public entities on compliance with M.G.L. c. 21E, the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, and CERCLA, including how these requirements apply to contaminated lands under their care, custody and control.
  • Assisted with environmental audits; environment, health, and safety issues in acquisitions and divestitures; and risk management for new products and services.
  • Provided legal review of electric and gas utility rate tariffs and special utility contracts, including dockets for utility rates and net metering for small hydroelectric facilities and other renewable energy resources.


BA, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1995
Areas of Practice

Air | Endangered Species Act | Energy | Environmental | Renewable Energy and Clean Power | Water


October 2020 Nickel Report Post Summary
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

This alert provides links to the latest insights and commentary on key energy and environmental issues from the Hunton Andrews Kurth team. Links to our most recent posts on the Nickel Report Blog for this month are below. Please subscribe to receive alerts when new posts are published by visiting our blog and entering your email address in the subscribe field or by following us on Twitter.  For current Covid-19 related news updates please read more here...

Additional Articles

  • Massachusetts Races to Decarbonize the Peak, The National Law Review
  • Sitting Still (or How State Anti-Idling Laws Are Landing Transit and Transportation Companies in Federal Court), Pratt’s Energy Law Report
  • Heading Down Different Paths: An Update on PFAS Regulatory Developments in Northeastern States and at the Federal Level, Environmental Law Institute

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