Clean Air Act

Reed Smith’s Environmental Law Group advises clients operating around the world on federal, state and international clean air issues.

From local emissions to global commerce, we understand the importance of leading the way to clean air compliance. Our attorneys were among the first in Pennsylvania to obtain approvals for emission reduction credits from the EPA and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

We are at the forefront of recent developments in global climate change initiatives. Our attorneys are knowledgeable concerning the business and regulatory implications of the Kyoto Protocol and related developments.

Clean Air Act

Firm lawyers have significant experience assisting clients with Title V permitting issues.

Our attorneys are recognized leaders in the resolution of issues under the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act. They advise on federal New Source Performance Standards, and have worked to obtain variances to air emission regulations to allow for continued operation of facilities.

Firm lawyers have counseled clients on emission reduction credits for future sale and expansion of operation, as well as emission reduction credit trading mechanisms, and issues relating to banking and sale of credits.

Our attorneys also have assisted clients with negotiation and settlement of enforcement actions that have incorporated Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). Through such SEPs, we help clients reduce the cash component of settlements while investing in alternative projects that benefit the environment, and create economic, public relations and tax upsides.

State Regulatory Experience

Reed Smith represents clients on clean air issues in many states, and have particularly strong experience in California, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia.


With offices throughout California, Reed Smith’s Environmental Law Group has extensive experience representing clients with operations in California in a wide range of state and federal clean air compliance and enforcement matters.

Our attorneys have counseled clients on state permitting issues, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s new fleet regulations. We have advised on employee transportation and commuting regulations, and compliance programs.

Firm lawyers have defended a number of entities in enforcement actions brought by the Bay Area and South Coast Air Quality Management Districts. We have helped negotiate gravity-based penalties, and addressed issues such as the alleged benefits from noncompliance and the ability to pay.

Cross-Border Experience

Our attorneys also are versed in issues that arise in border areas. One of our partners served as the United States Special Envoy to Canada on Acid Rain.