Advise mining, energy development, and corporate clients on Clean Water Act Sections 402 and 404 and SMCRA permitting, US Army Corps of Engineers Jurisdictional Determinations and mitigation requirements, NEPA analysis, and NHPA Section 106 compliance and litigation
Karen C. BennettKaren Bennett Clark Hill
Karen C. Bennett
Karen C. Bennett is a Member in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources practice group where she represents clients on environmental and administrative law matters, focusing primarily on permitting, compliance, litigation and legislative and regulatory policy under the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Karen has also guided clients through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cost recovery actions and appeals.
Karen is recognized as a skilled strategist, with experience in obtaining federal approvals for complex projects that face multi-front regulatory hurdles and public scrutiny, with special emphasis on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Prior to entering private practice, Karen was Vice President for Environmental Affairs at the National Mining Association (NMA), the Washington, D.C. based trade association that represents the coal and hardrock mining industry before Congress, the Administration, and regulatory agencies. Karen earned her J.D. from the University of Denver, College of Law, where she was the Editor of the Water Court Reporter, and is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.
- Co-author, "White House Deregulation Push Is Just Getting Started," Law 360, January 2018
- Author, CWA Citizen Suits Seek to Erode the Permit Shield, National Association of Clean Water Agencies Legal Perspective, July 2016
- Author, Avoid Project Delays by Understanding the National Historic Preservation Act, NSSGA Magazine, April 2016
- Author, Obama's Coal Moratorium Likely To Have Long-Term Effects, Law360, February 11, 2016
- Co-author, Redefining "Waters of the United States": Is EPA Undermining Cooperative Federalism?, The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, Engage Volume 16, Issue 1, May 5, 2015
- Co-author, Lessons Learned from Coal, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, October 2012
- Co-author, Environmental Update: Keeping the Issues Straight in the Mining Industry, Institute Proceedings, July 2012
- Speaker, “Regulatory Reform: Now What?” Energy Mineral Law Foundation, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, October 18-19, 2017
- Speaker, “Changing the Regulatory Landscape Through Executive Action”, Tennessee Mining Association, October 2, 2017
- Speaker, “Leveraging Natural Capital to Manage Risks and Create Opportunities for U.S. Sites” Webinar, Karen C. Bennett and Jane C. Luxton, September 28, 2017
- Speaker, “NEPA, Dealing with Potholes in the Regulatory Road”, ACEC Environment and Energy Committee Summer Meeting, August 23-24, 2017.
- Speaker, "The State of Compensatory Mitigation," 2017 National Wetlands Awards, Environmental Law Institute, May 18, 2017
- Speaker, ACEC Environment & Energy Committee Winter Meeting
- Speaker, "Nexus Between Water Quality and Quantity," Arizona Rock Products Association, Critical Issues Forum, December 15, 2016
- Speaker, 2016 National Clean Water Law Seminar, November 1, 2016
- Speaker, "The EPA’s Growing Influence Over State and Federal Section 404 Permits," October 19, 2016
- Speaker, “Hot Topics in Clean Water Law,” National Association of Clean Water Agencies, June 15, 2016
- Speaker, "Waters of the U.S.' Impose New Impacts on Project Planning," EBI Fall Strategy Summit, October 2, 2015
- Speaker, "Avoiding National Historic Preservation Act Problems," Environment Committee Meeting, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), September 17, 2015
- Guest, Joe Miller Radio Show, "Redefining Waters of the United States: Is EPA Undermining Cooperative Federalism?", May 19, 2015
- Speaker, Proposed "Waters of the US" Rule, US House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Washington, DC, April 2, 2014
- Speaker, Changing Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Implication on Permitting, ICSC Strategic Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C.
Advises corporate clients on CWA compliance, including voluntary detection and reporting
Advises large export terminal developers on NEPA, CWA, Section 106 and tribal consultation matters
Advise industry clients on water quality criterion development
Advise mining clients on environmental citizen suits and opposition tactics
Serve as counsel to national trade association on CWA policy and regulatory matters
Files amicus briefs on behalf of national trade associations in key CWA litigation
Advise state regulators on CWA matters affecting mining states
Advises mining clients on EPA financial assurance rulemaking
Advise financial institutions on environmental due diligence for acquisitions
Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) recovery
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) compliance counsel