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We have gathered a distinguished list of professionals to provide you with resourceful information and guidance. Their years of experience as environmental specialists will help guide you. Learning from those with practical experience will better prepare you to navigate the potential obstacles range developers and owners might face.

Ethan R Ware, Partner, Williams Mullen



1986, J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law
1982, B.S., Biology, Wofford College

1996, Tennessee
1986, South Carolina
1996, U.S. District Court, District of Tennessee
1987, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Ethan Ware is a Partner at Williams Mullen. His practice is limited to representation of industry and business in environmental and health and safety legal matters. He has appeared on behalf of business in negotiations relating to environmental permits, in defense of environmental and OSHA enforcement actions by state and federal agencies, in defense of toxic tort lawsuits, and on behalf of industry in criminal and civil environmental actions.

Ethan's practice also involves review of environmental issues in transactions and environmental and health and safety training and auditing programs. Ethan has an active Southeastern practice and has authored many articles on timely environmental issues for the South Carolina publication, Business Journal, and the South Carolina Law Journal. He is also past President of the South Carolina Bar, Natural Resource Section. He works with Western Carolina Industries, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Manufacturers Association, the Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council (Raleigh), South Carolina Mining Association, and other business related trade associations, providing environmental and OSHA council and guidance. Ethan is best known for his accomplishments in air, hazardous waste, and wetlands law.

In 2001, EPA withdrew allegations of noncompliance with the Clean Air Act NSPS requirements against a steel mill based on Ethan’s successful arguments on applicability of the coil coating regulations to a coil process. In 1994, he secured an often cited OSWER opinion from EPA that allowed a web coating concern to transfer hazardous waste into multiple containers during treatment without violation of RCRA’s 90-day treatment exemption. Ethan also successfully negotiated a variance to VOC emissions standards (RACT) for a Tennessee paper coater in 1998 allowing the plant to emit three times the regulatory standard of VOCs. In 1992, he received the definitive ruling on South Carolina’s 401 Water Quality Certification regulations,obtaining a decision holding that program violated the Clean Water Act when used as part of a wetland permit review. From 1999-2003, Ethan negotiated site-specific water quality criteria for a river in Mississippi, allowing a discharger in the state to increase permit limits by ten times the permit level.

Representative Engagements

  • Air Permitting/NSPS Regulations Applicability/PSD Permitting for many manufacturers and
  • Air Permitting/NSPS Regulations Applicability/PSD Permitting for many manufacturers and secured restrictions on 401 Water Quality Certification Authority
  • Secured beneficial outcomes in OSHA Exposure Case
  • Secured beneficial outcomes in Air Permitting/PSD/Flexible Permitting
  • Secured beneficial outcomes in TSCA Registration
  • Defense of nuclear and solid waste landfill permit appeal
  • Defense of EPA action to fine a company for alleged violations of TSCA premanufacture notification requirements.
  • Successful challenge against State enforcement of 401 water quality standards for wetlands filling project.
  • Successful defense of OSHA benzene exposure allegation and enforcement action.
  • Successfully obtained a variance to State RACT standards for VOC air emissions.
  • Assisted in successfully filing State and Federal voluntary disclosure for environmental violations.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Chairman, Natural Resources and Environmental Section of the South Carolina Bar (1994-95)
  • Technical Committee, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management

Awards and Recognition

  • Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Environmental, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Law, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Selected for inclusion in the Greater Columbia Business Monthly® 2010 - 2011 Legal Elite
Erica Moncayo, MBA, SSH, CSHO

Erica Moncayo brings to the program her MBA education and position as a Risk & Safety Consultant for Worker's Compensation, a dual certification as a certified Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) in General Industry and Construction, a dual Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO), and an OSHA-authorized General Industry and Construction trainer through the University of Texas at Arlington. With eight-plus years of experience in addressing and abating OSHA citations, Erica has helped her clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Her passion for assisting her clients in identifying hazards, developing and implementing effective Safety and Health Programs, has provided the ability to create and maintain lasting relationships built on trust and mutual respect.

Moncayo was instrumental in assisting the New Mexico Department of Health in creating a brochure published in NIOSH E-news in advocacy of advising the public about the hazards of lead in the indoor shooting range industry.  She has assisted numerous shooting ranges in developing, implementing and training on the required OSHA standards, standard operating procedures and employee policies and provided guidance for EPA compliance.

Bill Bergiadis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Troy Acoustics

Bill Bergiadis invented and owns the patented Troy System which is used in law enforcement, military, federal municipal and commercial indoor and outdoor shooting ranges worldwide. The Troy System is independently rated by the US Army Corps of Engineers as the only acoustic material given an excellent rating for use in a firing range. Bergiadis co-developed the sound testing procedure for military shooting ranges which assured compliance with OSHA CFR29 noise exposure limits. He has testified as a shooting range noise SME Subject Matter Expert due to his extensive experience handling onsite acoustics testing/studies in indoor and outdoor ranges as it relates to noise ordinances and OSHA guidelines.