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Holly K. Austin

Holly K. Austin

Partner

P: (315) 565-4500 (ext. 4503)
F: (315) 565-4600
haustin@hancocklaw.com

Holly K. Austin is a partner in the Environmental Practice. She focuses on all aspects of environmental law, including permitting, state and federal environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance and enforcement, remediation, zoning and land use. Ms. Austin has negotiated enforcement and permitting issues with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Public Service Commission, New York State Department of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and New York State Department of Labor.

Ms. Austin’s legal experience includes:

  • Brownfield and related cleanup programs
  • Petroleum and chemical bulk storage
  • Wastewater
  • Storm water
  • Wetlands
  • Hazardous waste
  • Air permitting
  • Environmental compliance of health care and industrial facilities
  • Cost recovery and contribution
  • Mining
  • Environmental impact review (SEQRA)
  • Environmental, zoning and land use litigation
  • Obtaining approvals from local zoning, planning and historic preservation boards

Ms. Austin served as the pro se law clerk for the Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York, under the supervision of the Hon. Gustave J. DiBianco from November 2004 through May 2005.

  • Resolved myriad air permit, petroleum storage and discharge violations at a major oil storage facility through a global consent order, and negotiated modifications of an air permit to allow the owner to maximize its facility capacity and revenue.
  • Favorably resolved various OSHA violations for a tank manufacturing facility with a substantially reduced penalty.
  • Negotiated favorable agreements requiring a newly constructed landfill to purchase homes of nearby property owners.
  • Assisted in obtaining a favorable settlement during trial jury deliberations in a matter seeking compensation for the faulty installation of a tank liner that caused environmental contamination at a metals plating facility.
  • Assisted in leading facility-wide environmental audits and developing comprehensive environmental compliance programs at various manufacturing, health care, and warehouse distribution facilities.
  • Assisted in resolving violations and obtaining required permits for a construction facility accused of mining topsoil without a permit.
  • President, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Member, Mid-Atlantic States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association, Board of Directors
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Onondaga County Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Member, Syracuse City Court Small Claims Arbitration Program
  • Member, Central New York Women's Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Central New York Air & Waste Management Association, Board of Directors
  • Past President, Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake Park, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Mohawk Valley Environmental Information Exchange, “Freedom of Information Law – Process and Protection” (2011)
  • Lorman Education Services, “Administration & Enforcement of Wetlands in New York” (2010)
  • Syracuse University College of Law, Environmental Law Class, “New York State Brownfield Program” (2010)
  • Lorman Education Services, “Stormwater Regulation and Compliance” (2007 and 2008)
  • Lorman Education Services, “Phase II Stormwater and Compliance” (2006)
  • “Will Reason Finally Govern Pharmaceutical Disposal?”, Central New York M.D. News, February 2009
  • “Mercury-Containing Equipment: New Handling and Disposal Options”, Central New York M.D. News, April 2007
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 2004
  • Colby College, B.A, magna cum laude, 1998
  • New York
  • United States District Court (NDNY)