Harding, Nicholas J.

  Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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Nicholas J. Harding’s recent projects include: representation of a private property owner in a US EPA administrative proceeding under TSCA dealing with the disposal of PCB remediation waste from a former scrap yard; representation of  the plaintiff in the final phases of a private party cost recovery action arising from the operation of a creosoting plant including final settlement with the remaining defendants; successful defense and trial of a RCRA penalty case: Holbrook v Birken, 2000 WL 1196498 (Conn. Super.); the successful defense of a defendant in a collection of carbon monoxide poisoning cases; representation of plaintiffs and defendants in private party superfund cases; representation of the redevelopers of the English Station Power Plant, New Haven (70 megawatts of capacity) in air permit proceedings before the Connecticut DEP; the representation of a manufacturer in a US EPA Administrative Proceeding involving the claims of violation of the Clean Air Act regarding the use of seven vapor degreasers; and representation of several defendants in the National Oil Services Superfund Site before the EPA and in the CERCLA litigation commenced by the property owner. Harding has represented  manufacturers and other parties in penalty proceedings brought by the Connecticut DEP in either administrative hearings or in Connecticut Superior Court. He has advised property owners on various remediation projects. Harding has appeared before the US EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, the Connecticut Siting Council and DEP, in Federal and State Courts and before the American Arbitration Association.

After graduation from law school, Nicholas was an associate at a tax law firm in New Haven, Connecticut, and served on the staff of CIGNA Financial Partners, Inc. and the Individual Financial Division of CIGNA Corporation. In 1987, he returned to private practice in a firm that provided a variety of environmental legal services including: the development of a 500 ton per day waste-to-energy plant (Connecticut Siting Council, DEP and Army Corps permits); served as liaison counsel for the transporter class in B.F. Goodrich v. Murtha, et al v. Risdon, et al a 350 party Superfund case; represented PRPs in the Barkhamsted Superfund case and the Old Southington Landfill Superfund Pilot ADR Process; represented the developer of an 18 hole golf course expansion; and represented parties in several private party industrial contamination cases.

Bar Admissions
State of  Connecticut & Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  the U.S. Tax Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court

Boston University School of Law, LLM in Taxation 1979
Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D. 1978
Thomas A. Edison College, B.A. 1978

Nicholas is the author of “A Primer on the Environmental Problems of the Fiduciary and Heir with an Interest in Contaminated Property”, Volume 8, The Connecticut Probate Law Journal, Issue No.1, 25 (January 1994).

Community and Other Pursuits
Prior to attending law school, Harding served as an infantry officer in the US Army from 1966 to 1975; and director of the Madison conservation land trust, 1982-1986. 

Practice Area
Environmental Law, Land Use, Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation, Real Estate