"Jennifer Keane is held in high esteem for her CAA (Clean Air Act) Practice"
Chambers USA 2017
Jennifer Keane represents industry groups and companies, focusing on the regulatory aspects of environmental law, particularly Clean Air Act issues.
Her client base includes:
–Upstream Oil & Gas Operations
–Secondary Lead Smelters
–Synthetic Rubber Producers
–Pulp & Paper Manufacturers
–Semiconductor Manufacturing Operations
–Other Types of Heavy Industrial Manufacturing & Operations
She counsels clients throughout the United States on permitting, auditing, enforcement and compliance matters and participates in state and federal negotiations aimed at establishing equitable standards for industry. As a member of the firm's global Climate Change Practice, Ms. Keane regularly tracks state and federal developments related to climate change and advises clients on the potential impacts of climate change legislation on business operations.
"Highly regarded Clean Air Act lawyer"
Chambers USA 2016
Ms. Keane also assists companies seeking to protect trade secret and confidential business information under the Texas Public Information Act and other state and federal freedom of information acts.
Oil & Gas
- Strategic counseling and CAA audit assistance, including obtaining appropriate permit authorizations, associated with upstream acquisitions in Texas
- Enforcement defense (EPA and State) of upstream and midstream emission events
- Strategic counseling on permitting issues associated with refinery expansions and MACT compliance and enforcement defense arising from unauthorized air releases and historical noncompliances identified through inspections and audits; negotiations on behalf of refiners include permits, state compliance agreements, agreed orders and EPA consent decrees
- Defended company in lawsuit brought by state attorney general alleging widespread Clean Air Act violations at multiple chemical plants in Texas
- Provided legal assistance to obtain air permits for the construction and operation of the (then) world’s largest ethylene plant and associated chemical plants
- Fiberglass manufacturer – represented company’s interests in rulemaking to prevent imposition of stringent NOx regulations on manufacturer’s Texas operations
- Insulation manufacturer – provided legal assistance to obtain permits in multiple states to authorize conversion of plants to use VOCs as blowing agent in lieu of ozone-depleting substances
- Battery recycling company – strategic counseling on 2008 lead NAAQS and 2012 MACT implementation issues, including SIP negotiations with EPA and state agency, permitting issues, compliance obligations and enforcement defense
- Forest products company – negotiation of a favorable compliance order to address historic state and federal Clean Air Act violations in Louisiana
Awards & Community
Recommended by Chambers USA, 2005-2018
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.), 2005-2018
Recognized in The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd), 2011 & 2012
Publications, Speeches & Presentations
Institute for Energy Law Annual Oil & Gas Conference
The Ethics of Working with Regulatory AuthoritiesSpeeches & Presentations
Donald Trump's election promises to have a major impact on U.S. environmental policy, as the President-elect has made no secret of his belief that American businesses are overregulated.