This course, taught by Sidley Austin LLP partner David Buente and Benjamin Tannen, a senior staff attorney in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.’s Law Department’s environmental group, will provide an overview of recent developments in federal Clean Air Act law. The program will look at proposed and finalized regulatory changes and guidance in areas such as climate change regulations under Section 111, the New Source Review Program, the Risk Management Program, and others. The course will also discuss litigation surrounding some of these changes, and highlight recent Clean Air Act enforcement trends, such as a focus on mobile sources under Title II of the Act.
DAVID BUENTE, co-leader of Sidley’s Environmental group, represents clients in complex environmental litigation and rulemaking matters, with an emphasis on Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund) and RCRA, environmental criminal and toxic tort litigation. Building upon his 15 years as an environmental prosecutor, including at the Department of Justice (DOJ) where he served as Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, corporations—including American Electric Power, CSX, Duke Energy, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Ford Motors, Honeywell, Norfolk Southern, Tyson Foods and Verizon —turn to David for representation in complex federal environmental enforcement matters with DOJ and EPA and in defending toxic tort claims by states and private parties.
David's recent experience includes:
A recognized leader in his field, David has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Washington, D.C. Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year,” an accolade awarded to only a single lawyer in each practice area and geographic region; he also received this recognition in 2012–2014. He has been named by Chambers USA as one of the nation’s Leading Lawyers since 2006. In the 2015 edition of Chambers, David is praised as “extremely well grounded in the substance of a matter, and is somebody you can turn to in a situation as he keeps his head and keeps his focus.” The Legal 500 lists David as a leading lawyer in the product liability and mass tort defense: toxic tort category. The 2015 edition of Chambers includes David in its top-tier of Washington, D.C.’s environmental lawyers, noting that “According to his peers, in the area of civil and criminal enforcement, ‘no one has as much knowledge of the issues and history of those issues as’ David Buente.” Chambers also includes David in its nationwide list of top Product Liability & Mass Torts lawyers, acknowledging that he “is highly regarded throughout the market, earning praise as a fantastic litigator.”
David also regularly is named in other surveys of private sector lawyers, including: Who’s Who Legal USA: Environment, PLC: Which Lawyer? and The Legal 500 US. In 2016, Who’s Who Legal named David the 2016 Environmental Lawyer of the Year. David is an elected member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and of the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100.”
Benjamin Tannen is a senior staff attorney in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.’s Law Department’s environmental group, where he works on issues related to environmental compliance and remediation. Previously, Ben worked as an associate in Sidley Austin LLP’s environmental group in its Washington, DC and then New York, NY offices. At Sidley, Ben represented clients in regulatory environmental matters and in civil and criminal environmental enforcement, including matters involving the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review and Section 111 programs. Ben is a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee and a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee.
Very well done , timely & informative.
Very timely program on recent developments.
Very good program. Thank you.