Member Information

Thomas Burack

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green

1000 Elm Street
Manchester, NH03101

Tom practices environmental, energy and nonprofits organization law and also consults for various organizations on related topics, including scenario planning for climate change and other challenges. Practice foci include brownfields, CERCLA, RCRA, CAA, CWA, climate change, dams and water resources, and disaster preparedness, response and recovery. He served as Commissioner of the NH Department of Environmental Services from 2006-2016, as President of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), and as the first State Co-Chair of the E-Enterprise Leadership Council, the shared governance body of E-Enterprise for the Environment, a collaborative effort among US EPA, states and tribes to modernize the delivery of environmental protection services in the United States.

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EPA Region:
Region 1 – (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT)
Year of induction:
Dartmouth College, A.B., 1982; University of Virginia School of Law, 1988
New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine
Court Admissions:
Supreme Court of New Hampshire; US District Court for the District of New Hampshire
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Commissioner, NH Dept. of Environmental Services 2006-2016; Director, Executive Cmte Member, Audit Cmte Chair, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (2009-2016); Legislative Assistant for Environmental Matters to U.S. Sen. Gordon J. Humphrey (R-NH) (1982-1984); Law Clerk to the Honorable David H. Souter, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Hampshire
Representative Publications:
"Collaborative Federalism," with A. Stanley Meiburg, The Environmental Forum, May/June 2016, pp. 22-27
Illustrative Projects:
Counsel to renewable energy company in brownfields redevelopment of former municipal landfill; assisted manufacturer in obtaining first RCRA contained-in determination for a liquid waste stream issued by NHDES; counsel to Superfund PRPs; conducted environmental due diligence in support of acquisition of energy generation, solid waste, and manufacturing facilities;