Debra Jezouit is a partner in the Environmental, Safety, & Incident Response Practice Group in the Washington office. She is widely recognized for her experience in Clean Air Act and Climate Change issues, representing clients in multiple industries, including electric generating companies, cement manufacturers, iron and steel foundries, pharmaceutical companies and chemical companies. She handles such matters as New Source Review and New Source Performance Standard compliance counseling, applicability determinations and enforcement, counseling on hazardous air pollutant requirements, acid rain compliance, emissions monitoring issues, air permitting at the state and federal level, the development of and compliance with emissions trading programs, and emerging issues including environmental justice and Civil Rights Act Title VI complaints.
Ms. Jezouit participated extensively in the regulatory development process for the Clean Air Act's Acid Rain Program and led negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the development of various revisions to acid rain regulations. She has worked with the EPA on other air emissions trading programs, standards for air toxic emissions for several industrial categories, New Source Review rule reform, revisions to the New Source Performance Standards for electric generating units and Portland cement plants, and existing source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from electric generating units as well as several other rulemakings related to Clean Air Act programs. Ms. Jezouit has managed internal audits for several clients to evaluate their compliance with various Clean Air Act programs, including greenhouse gas reporting requirements, National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, and ozone depleting substances requirements, and she has assisted clients both to establish and periodically revise their internal procedures for analyzing New Source Review applicability. In addition, she has written and spoken extensively on New Source Review issues, including conducting New Source Review workshops for various clients. She also has extensive experience in responding to EPA investigations of alleged Clean Air Act violations and has negotiated several settlements of alleged Clean Air Act violations at the state and federal level, as well as with environmental groups.