Julie Cress

Special Counsel

[email protected]

San Francisco

P: +1.415.291.6242
F: +1.415.291.6342
Julie Cress

Julie Cress is an environmental lawyer with over 15 years of experience in California and federal environmental and safety laws with a primary focus on air quality and climate change, assisting clients on regulatory, advocacy, incident response, and compliance and enforcement matters.

She has represented companies in the oil and gas sector, renewable fuels producers, aftermarket parts manufacturers, retailers, distributors, transportation companies, and other entities on compliance with federal, state, and local laws and permitting requirements.

Utilizing her experience in both the public sector and private sector, Julie is well-versed in responding to government requests for information including under the Clean Air Act Sections 114 and 208 and has represented clients in related enforcement actions, with a specific emphasis on Clean Air Act enforcement surrounding aftermarket defeat devices and California Air Resources Board regulations, including heavy duty mobile source regulations such as the Truck and Bus Regulation, Drayage Truck Regulation, and Transport Refrigeration Unit Regulation. Julie also counsels clients related to general compliance and enforcement defense surrounding federal and local air district requirements related to New Source Review and Title V permitting in California and other states. Having worked for a local air quality management district, Julie is skilled in helping California facilities navigating California's complex regulatory requirements as well as enforcement mechanisms such as variances and abatement orders. Additionally, Julie has assisted clients in various incident response activities such as air-specific reporting requirements and reducing enforcement exposure, along with advising on strategies for return to normal operation and future compliance.

Before entering private practice, Julie served as Staff Counsel to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), where she focused on a range of matters, including CARB's consumer products, fuels, vapor recovery, mobile source and portable equipment regulation and enforcement. In addition to her legal background dealing with environmental matters, Julie maintains strong on-the-ground experience in the plant environment, having been an EHS manager at a steel manufacturing company where she was responsible for two plants. In that role, she implemented environmental and workplace safety requirements and gained extensive experience implementing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) process safety management requirements, and federal, state, and local air permitting, water permitting and waste requirements. Earlier in her career, Julie also served as an inspector with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, where she was responsible for conducting annual inspections, investigating complaints and responding to/investigating air pollution releases at permitted facilities including refineries, chemical plants and other Bay Area manufacturing facilities.

Related Experience

Public Sector

  • Prosecution of violations of regulatory requirements on behalf of CARB.
  • Lead attorney on regulation development of several CARB regulations.
  • Lead attorney on CARB enforcement advisories involving fuels, off-road engines, consumer products, and portable equipment/engines.

Private Sector

Request for Information/Enforcement Defense

  • Represent ethanol producer in response to EPA request for information and resulting enforcement action.
  • Represent manufacturers and retailers of aftermarket performance parts in response to EPA request for information and resulting enforcement action alleging manufacture/sales of defeat devices.
  • Represent transportation company in response to EPA request for information related to CARB mobile source regulations including the Truck & Bus Regulation, Drayage Truck Regulation, and Transport Refrigeration Unit Regulation.
  • Represent food manufacturer and its logistics arm in response to EPA request for information related to CARB mobile source regulations including the Truck & Bus Regulation, Drayage Truck Regulation, and Transport Refrigeration Unit Regulation.
  • Represent foreign mobile equipment manufacturer in response to EPA request for information and enforcement action related to importation of nonroad engines.

Permitting

  • Represent major oil company in pursuit of variance requests before the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
  • Advise major oil company clients on complex permitting requirements related to New Source Review and Title V.

Climate Change

  • Advise major oil company related to compliance with CARB's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
  • Represent ethanol producer providing general compliance advice related to EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard.
  • Advise propane distributor on compliance related to CARB's Mandatory Reporting Regulation and Cap-and-Trade Regulation.

Rulemaking Advocacy

  • Rulemaking advocacy on behalf of oil & gas/chemical trade group surrounding EPA's Risk Management Plan amendments.
  • Advocacy on behalf of manufacturing trade group in relation to amendments to NESHAPs regulations.
  • Rulemaking advocacy related to local air district regulations including the South Coast Air Quality Management District's RECLAIM program.

Incident Response

  • Incident response related to industrial fire with focus on air-specific emergency reporting, seeking of enforcement relief, and compliance obligations.

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