ANDREW STEWART is a member of the firm’s Environmental practice group, which is highly ranked in Chambers USA 2021 nationally, and has a Band 1 ranking in the District of Columbia. He is a former senior official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who helps clients solve a broad range of compliance and enforcement issues. Andrew focuses on complex, high-stakes environmental matters where an insider’s knowledge of the regulatory process is particularly important. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew has advised numerous companies on treating their workplaces with pesticides and managing business risks associated with returning employees to work.
With over 20 years of experience in environmental law, he handles matters arising under all major federal environmental laws, as well as state laws, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). His work includes assisting clients in the oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, life sciences, and vehicle and engine manufacturing industries on permitting requirements, counseling on critical environmental obligations, and defense of government enforcement and citizen suit actions. Andrew counsels clients on addressing site impacts under federal environmental laws and permits, as well as reporting and other obligations under RCRA, the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) (including the Toxics Release Inventory). He regularly advises companies on making voluntary disclosures under both the U.S. EPA Audit Policy and state voluntary disclosure programs.
Andrew draws on his experience as a senior manager at EPA, where he served as an acting division director in the Office of Civil Enforcement. During his tenure at EPA, Andrew led various complex enforcement matters and litigation affecting numerous industrial sectors, including oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, agribusiness, and mining. He handled cases relating to the CWA, CAA, RCRA, and FIFRA, among others. He also had lead responsibility for overseeing implementation of EPA’s Audit Policy and resolution of numerous disclosures under the Policy. His service at EPA also included work as a senior attorney in the Water Enforcement Division, handling enforcement matters related to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure program requirements, as well as matters involving noncompliance with the wetlands program.
Andrew serves as Co-chair of the Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee within the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.