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  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
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    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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Education

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2005

  • Temple Law Review, Staff member

Drexel University, B.S. (biology), summa cum laude, 2002

Society of  Women Environmental Professionals of Greater Philadelphia

Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council, Member

Brandywine Valley SPCA, Board Member

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Volunteer

Delaware Valley Earth Force

  • Board of Directors (2009-2011)
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Since joining the firm in 2005, Kate has concentrated on regulatory matters related to air quality for a range of clients, including petroleum refineries, power plants, chemical manufacturers, and commercial entities.  She has extensive experience in counseling clients on compliance issues arising under federal and state air pollution control regulations, assisting clients in securing air permits for a variety of complex industrial and commercial facilities, and negotiating agency enforcement actions alleging violations of regulatory requirements.  In the litigation context, Kate has represented clients in challenging federal air regulations before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, particularly with respect to standards affecting the electricity generation sector.  Kate also has extensive experience in representing clients in administrative appeals of Title V operating permits, state air permits, and enforcement orders, including before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board and the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law.  

Kate graduated from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology summa cum laude from Drexel University, where she was a member of the Honors Program.  Kate was a summer associate with the firm in 2003.  

In the community, Kate serves on the Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors of the Brandywine Valley SPCA. She is an active supporter of Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Delaware Valley Earth Force. Kate is also a 2014 graduate of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia's Core Program. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her family and her two dogs.

Representative examples of Kate’s experience include the following:               

  • Kate counsels major power plants on various federal and state air regulations, with a particular focus on EPA’s regulations establishing emission standards for electric generating units (EGUs), including, most recently, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for fossil fuel-fired EGUs (MATS).  Kate’s work for these clients has included challenging CSAPR and MATS before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Kate advises a variety of clients on federal and state air regulations affecting emergency generators, including the NESHAP for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Internal Combustion Engines.  Kate has assisted clients in obtaining permits addressing these regulations, negotiating agreements involving electricity providers emergency back-up power, and developing operating programs for achieving compliance at the facility level.       
  • Kate spent several years assisting a major petroleum refinery in revising its Title V operating permit.  This process involved New Source Review (NSR), Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR), and greenhouse gas regulations, among other federal and state regulatory programs.  This work included extensive negotiations with the state environmental agency, significant administrative appeals, and the resolution of a variety of enforcement issues.

Kate has written articles on a variety of subjects related to air quality regulation, including the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, EPA’s recent NESHAP regulations for boilers and other combustion sources, and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).  Kate has also presented to legal and technical professionals though national webinars addressing the NAAQS regulations and EPA’s recent standards regulating the combustion of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials in boilers and incineration units (EPA’s “NHSM” and “CISWI” rules).

At the firm, Kate has been an active member of the hiring committee for many years.  She has also been extensively involved in the firm’s summer associate program as a mentor.  

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” listing (environmental law), since 2013. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Click here to view the selection methodology.
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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

"Hot Topics and Advanced Air Permitting" presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum in Harrisburg, April 5, 2017

“Are You Prepared for an Environmental Emergency at Your Camp?” presented at Tri-State CAMP Conference, April 2, 2017

"Environmental Compliance for Camps," an MGKF webinar presented on behalf of AMSkier Insurance, February 25, 2016

"Preparing for and Responding to an Emergency of Casualty Incident," sponsored by MGKF in Bala Cynwynd, PA, June 24, 2014

“Industrial Boiler MACT,” a webinar presented for the McIlvaine Company’s Hot Topic Hour, March 22, 2012

“Impact on Ambient Air Rules for PM2.5 and Ozone,” a webinar presented for the McIlvaine Company’s Hot Topic Hour, December 9, 2010

“Impact of Ambient Air Rules for Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone on Fossil Fuel Power Plants,” a webinar presented for the McIlvaine Company’s Hot Topic Hour, April 22, 2010

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