How an EPA Civil Enforcement Action Works and What to Do.
Those who practice real estate law should come as well those who own property. Find out when property owners can be sued by EPA, if you represent property owners or own property you will benefit from this discussion.
Kathleen Johnson, Director of of the Environmental Protection Agency Region 9's Enforcement Division speaks on this during this MCLE event. Join us for an informative and intimate discussion with our esteemed presenter.
As the Director of EPA Region 9’s Enforcement Division, Kathleen Johnson is in charge of EPA’s regulatory enforcement activities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands, as well as on tribal lands in the Pacific Southwest. The Enforcement Division, with a staff of 95, including inspectors, planners and data analysts, consolidates the enforcement of key federal statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Ms. Johnson’s top priority is to achieve high rates of environmental compliance through strategic collaboration with states, tribes, local governments and the U.S. Department of Justice. She also manages the environmental review process for the Region, evaluating the potential environmental impacts of federal projects.
Before heading up the Enforcement Division, Ms. Johnson developed her leadership skills in previous positions at Region 9. Most recently, she served as Public Affairs Director, overseeing the regional communications program. Formerly, Ms. Johnson was a senior manager in the Superfund program, overseeing numerous cleanup projects in communities throughout the region, including military base closures in California and massive groundwater pollution sites in Arizona. For seventeen years prior to that, she served as an enforcement attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel, where she supervised complex multi-party litigation to effect cleanups, notably at Iron Mountain Mine, Operating Industries, Inc. landfill, and the San Gabriel Valley aquifer.
Ms. Johnson earned a law degree from Baylor University School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas. Before beginning her career with the EPA, she was in private legal practice in Houston, Texas.
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