Barry focuses his practice in the area of environmental law. He has a varied and extensive environmental practice, including federal and state regulatory compliance and enforcement matters. In this regard, Barry has been involved most recently in counseling college/university clients on a range of regulatory compliance issues in the context of EPA Region 2's Regulatory Compliance Initiative at higher education institutions.
One regulatory issue of interest to industrial and institutional clients centers on the bulk storage of oil. In July of 2002, EPA amended its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan regulations, which specify the management practices that must be implemented for oil storage above regulatory thresholds. Barry spoke at the 2002 Annual Industry-Environment Conference of The Business Council of New York State on this regulatory initiative and he continues to monitor EPA's changes to this regulatory program.
Barry's practice also extends into the area of brownfields development, remediation of sites impacted by petroleum and hazardous wastes/substances, claims under federal and state Superfund provisions and environmental regulatory issues associated with mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to concentrating his practice in environmental law, Barry practiced in the area of construction law, addressing a range of construction management issues for owners, contractors and subcontractors.
In July 2000, Barry participated in the creation of the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center, Inc. (NYIEQ), a not-for-profit corporation (www.nyieq.org) in Syracuse, New York that will help provide the research base to spur economic development associated with indoor environmental quality. NYIEQ partnered with Syracuse University in the creation of the New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (CoE). The CoE coordinates the research and development of better environmental systems for built and urban environments. Barry served as Secretary for NYIEQ from 2000 to 2006 and was a NYIEQ Board Member from 2000 to 2007.