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March 6, 2017


ATLANTA – (March 6, 2017) – GreenLaw is pleased to announce that Atlanta environmental attorney Keri Powell will join the firm as Senior Attorney, effective March 6, 2017. Powell comes to GreenLaw from private practice. Up until the end of 2016, she served as Senior Attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4. She joins GreenLaw and assumes leadership of its Clean Air & Clean Energy practice.

“Keri is a proven leader in environmental law who has shown tremendous leadership in the area of Clean Air Act enforcement,” GreenLaw Executive Director David M. Paule said. “She served as a national expert for the EPA, particularly focusing on National Ambient Air Quality Standards, Clean Air Act permitting, and Title V citizen petitions. We consider ourselves quite fortunate to have her join our team.”

At the EPA, Powell served as lead attorney for region 4’s regulation of Greenhouse gases and was the recipient of the 2011 Greenhouse Gas Team award from the Federal Executive Board. She provided legal counseling and handled enforcement of the Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. She also managed and coordinated the Region’s defensive litigation arising from regional air program activities, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice and the EPA Office of General Counsel.

“I’m excited to be joining GreenLaw,” Powell said. “In the last year, the organization has had some really impressive wins in the areas of clean water defense and fighting the abuse of eminent domain. We are well positioned to have the same kind of impact in the field of clean air defense, and continuing the battle against coal.”

Powell went on to add, “These are uncertain times, when years of environmental progress are at risk due to the current administration’s policies. The State of Georgia as a whole and the environmental community in particular have never needed GreenLaw more.”

This has been an active year for GreenLaw. In October, representing Altamaha Riverkeeper, GreenLaw won their petition challenging the pollution discharge permit recently granted to Rayonier Advanced Materials, claiming that the permit’s limits on odor and color do not go far enough to uphold state water quality standards. And, in March of last year, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams ruled against Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, in their appeal case against the Georgia Department of Transportation. The company sought the right to use eminent domain to seize private property along the route of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline, which GreenLaw opposed.

“The GreenLaw Board of Directors could not be happier to see Keri join our team,” said Board Chair Norman Slawsky. “We seek to be both a great law firm and a well-run 501(c)(3). Towards that end, we have spent a lot of time and energy finding the right people to join the organization. Keri is an excellent fit for our legal team.”

A native of Macon, Powell holds a B.A. in earth science from Trinity University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining the EPA, she spent eight years with Earthjustice as staff attorney, where she advocated on behalf of environmental, public health, and community organizations in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies. Her victories include defeating a U.S. EPA rule prohibiting state permitting authorities from requiring facilities to perform air pollution monitoring as needed to assure compliance with Clean Air Act requirements; obtaining a court ruling that a facility’s air pollution permit must include a schedule for achieving compliance with Clean Air Act New Source Review requirements; and defeating U.S. EPA rules that would have made it easier for facilities to make changes that increase air pollution levels without installing up-to-date controls.

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