Yin Zhou is an associate in the Land Use and Environmental practice groups at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Numerous businesses and developers benefit from her regulatory and engineering background and extensive knowledge on alternative energy to handle some of their most challenging projects that involve regulatory hurdles, including solar siting permits and approvals as well as natural gas pipeline applications.
In addition, Ms. Zhou advises her clients on brownfield redevelopment, regulatory compliance, and obtaining permits and funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and other federal, state and local authorities. In connection with her real estate practice, she focuses on counseling clients on the environmental issues emerging from property transfers and development projects.
Previously, Ms. Zhou served as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Law, where she counseled NJDEP across several program areas, including site remediation, solid waste, energy and sustainability, surface water permitting, safe drinking water, and water quality management planning. Among other responsibilities, she advised NJDEP and coordinated with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on solar projects and the Solar Act of 2012. She also litigated matters on behalf of NJDEP at the trial and appellate levels. In 2016, Ms. Zhou secured a key decision in the Appellate Division defending state agency regulation. Her appellate practice also included natural gas pipeline cases. in addition, she litigated numerous contested cases involving New Jersey Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits, and has significant experience enforcing orders in connection with violations of cleanup laws and regulations.