Scott M. Turner - Nixon Peabody LLP

Scott M. Turner

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 585-263-1612

Scott Turner, who chairs the Energy and Environmental practice group, concentrates in energy and environmental law, particularly in the permitting and regulation of energy and other infrastructure facilities (e.g., electric power plants, transmission lines, pipelines and landfills).

What do you focus on?

I have helped clients obtain permits for energy facilities in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Oklahoma. For example, I represented an energy client in obtaining its California Energy Commission certification and PSD permit for a 500 MW gas-fired merchant power plant in northern California and led the successful defense of that PSD permit before EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board.

In New York, I played a lead role in the Article X certification and PSD permitting process for the Athens Generating Project, an 1100 MW gas-fired power plant (the first project to be successfully certified under the state’s then-current power plant siting statute). I later represented another energy client in obtaining an Article X certificate and PSD and SPDES permits for the 1816 MW Astoria Generating Station repowering project.

One particularly complex effort that I led was the successful permitting of a major landfill expansion that involved the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the municipality. Four state permits, four local permits, a federal permit, and an Endangered Species Act consultation were required.

My enforcement work has included the defense of air pollution enforcement proceedings brought by EPA, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I successfully litigated, in federal district court and the Third Circuit, a major enforcement matter arising from EPA’s challenge to a PSD permit issued by Pennsylvania for a six-unit gas turbine facility.

Washington and Lee UniversityJ.D. Colgate UniversityBA

Client Comments

"Scott is the finest lawyer I have worked with. He must never sleep with the great responsiveness he demonstrates. He is very knowledgeable on most environmental related issues, and works well with technical consultants and regulators. He is highly regarded with regulators and always conducts himself in a professional manner. He has great practical ideas and provides good workable strategies on issues. I have worked with Scott for around 25 years!"

-Thomas Hasek
Seneca Meadows, Inc.

"Scott Turner is simply the most experienced, hardest working, most efficient, and well respected energy and environment lawyer I have ever worked with in the northeastern U.S. It is always a pleasure to work with Scott and his team at NP!"

-David Klinch
UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC

"I have worked with Scott over the past 9 years, mostly concerning water issues at our nuclear facilities. He is an extremely knowledgeable, reliable, and effective lawyer who is also one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. I hope to have the opportunity to work more extensively with Scott, as I know his capabilities go well beyond what we have done together so far."

Office Location

1300 Clinton Square
Rochester, NY 14604-1792
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Rochester-NY Metro Area
Scott M. Turner has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Environmental Law