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Christy Law can help your voice be heard

Rulemaking hearings: Would you or your organization like to participate in a hearing but are unsure how to proceed? The language of the rules can often be technical and the rules of procedure confusion. Jessica Christy has participated in both state and federal rulemaking hearings and can help your voice be heard. Past examples include:

  • Representation of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in numerous rulemaking proceedings
    • Oil and Natural Gas: Contributed to submitted written comments in December 2018 and November of 2019 (also including follow up rebuttal and supplemental comments) and participated in meetings with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for EPA’s recent rules addressing emissions standards under its New Source Performance Standards program for sources in the Oil and Natural Gas source category
    • Denver/Front Range Ozone Reclassification: Submitted oral testimony and comments to EPA in support of reclassifying the Denver/Front Range area as serious nonattainment with the 2008 NAAQS standard for ozone in September 2019
    • Landfills: Contributed to written comments submitted to EPA opposing its proposed postponement of due dates for State Implementation Plans related to capturing landfill gas
  • Assisted with drafting comments addressing EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule on behalf of Earthjustice in the spring of 2017
  • Provided support to nonprofit for the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division’s ongoing rulemakings regarding venting and flaring in oil and gas operations

Litigation: Often a last resort, sometimes litigation is the only way to prevent imminent harm. Jessica Christy has significant experience assisting citizen groups with various stages of litigation:

  • Oil and Natural Gas: Assisted EDF with voluminous discovery review and helped colleagues prepare for multiple deposition as well as initial briefing in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a 111(d) challenge to a delay in promulgating standards for methane emissions from existing sources under the Clean Air Act
  • Landfills: Provided EDF with research and drafting assistance for multiple motions and merits briefing rounds in the Northern District of California and assisted with responding to government’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit. Assisted with hearing and argument preparation. Provided research and drafting support to challenge to underlying rule in D.C. Circuit
  • Waste Prevention Rule: Contributed to EDF’s briefing and oral argument preparation in the Northern District of California through legal research and writing and practice mooting sessions

Freedom of Information Act/Colorado Open Records Act/Open Meetings Law: Christy Law can help you at any stage of your FOIA/CORA/OML request, including appeals. Jessica Christy has contributed to every step of these proceedings including:

  • Managed FOIA docket containing over 10 requests for EDF, including drafting request letters, communicating with agency representatives managing requests, ensuring production deadlines were met, and any other necessary follow up
  • Filed two administrative appeals addressing defects in the government’s response, including inappropriately redacted material, documents improperly omitted from the production, and insufficient justification of redacted and withheld material and received a favorable ruling in both

Land Use: Christy Law can help navigate the various stages in the land use, zoning, and annexation process, including appeals

  • Assisted with representation of neighbors who were concerned about a potential land purchase by their town. The town decided to delay a vote to allow more time for public input and legal advice 

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