Steven C. Kohl

Partner | skohl@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF SouthfieldT +1.248.784.5141F +1.248.603.9741 Steve Kohl chairs the firm's Resources, Energy and Environment Group. He focuses his practice on permitting, compliance and defense of the federal Clean Air Act and state air pollution control laws. He regularly counsels clients on matters under the New Source Review, NSPS, NESHAP and Title V provisions of the Clean Air Act. In addition, he has nearly three decades of broad national experience in environmental law and litigation in multiple industries... Read More

Steve Kohl chairs the firm's Resources, Energy and Environment Group. He focuses his practice on permitting, compliance and defense of the federal Clean Air Act and state air pollution control laws. He regularly counsels clients on matters under the New Source Review, NSPS, NESHAP and Title V provisions of the Clean Air Act. In addition, he has nearly three decades of broad national experience in environmental law and litigation in multiple industries, including food processing, chemical manufacturing, automotive, utility and cement in matters arising under CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, RCRA, and the Clean Water Act.

  • Experience
  • Biography
  • News
  • Publications
  • Leadership
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Video

Experience

  • Negotiation and implementation of the consent decree resolving the first global NSR enforcement in the cement industry (United States v Lafarge North America Inc.,  Case No. 3:10-cv-00044-JPG-CJP (S.D. Il)
  • Legal counsel for permit prosecution and legal defense of the PSD permit for a 600 MW coal fired power plant, including the first GHG BACT determination for a coal fired plant (Wolverine Clean Energy Venture, Rogers City, MI)
  • Legal counsel for the permit prosecution of the PSD permit for a cement kiln, including the first GHG BACT determination for a cement kiln (Lafarge Building Materials Inc., Ravena, NY)
  • Legal counsel for the permit prosecution and legal defense of the air permit for the first underground nickel and copper mine in Michigan in the last 50 years (Eagle Mine, Michigan)
  • PRP Group Common Counsel, Barrels Inc. NPL site, Lansing, Michigan
  • Counsel for RCRA Corrective Action, former chemical manufacturing facility, Montague, Michigan

Representative Litigation

  • Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council v Department of Env’l Quality, Mich. App. (2013), WL1009096
  • Wolverine Power Supply Coop. Inc. v Department of Env’l Quality, 285 Mich. App. 548 (2009)
  • ITT Indus., Inc. v. BorgWarner, Inc. 615 F. Supp. 2d 640 (W.D. Mich. 2009)
  • State v. Chrysler Outboard Corp., 580 N.W.2d 203 (Wis. 1998)
  • United States v Municipal Authority of Union Twp., et al., 150 F. 3rd. 259 (3rd Cir. 1998)
  • Kelly v E.I. DuPont, 17 F. 3rd. 836 (6th Cir. 1993)
  • Chrysler Corp. v Ford Motor Co., et. al., 972 F.Supp. 1097 (E.D. Mich. 1997)
  • BFI v Ter Maat, 195 F. 3rd. 953 (7th Cir. 1999)
  • Browning-Ferris Indus. of Ill., Inc., et. al., v. Ter Maat, No. 92 C 20259, 1996 WL 67216 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 16, 1996)
  • Browning-Ferris Indus. of Ill., Inc., et. al., v. Ter Maat, No. 92 C 20259, 1996 WL 535539 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 19, 1996)
  • Centerior Services, et. al., v Acme Scrap Metal & Iron, 153 F. 3rd. 344 (6th Cir. 1998)
  • Rospatch Jessco Corp. v. Chrysler Corp., 829 F. Supp. 224 (W.D. Mich. 1993)
  • Rospatch Jessco Corp. v. Chrysler Corp., 962 F. Supp. 998 (W.D. Mich. 1995)
  • U.S. v. Chrysler Corp., 157 F. Supp. 2d. 849 (N.D. Ohio 2001)
  • U.S. v. Chrysler Corp., 168 F. Supp. 2d. 754 (N.D. Ohio 2001)
  • Charter Twp. of Oshtemo v. Am. Cyanamid Co., et. al., 898 F. Supp. 506 (W.D. Mich. 1995)
  • Charter Twp. of Oshtemo v. Am. Cyanamid Co., et. al., 876 F. Supp. 934 (W.D. Mich. 1994)
  • Charter Twp. of Oshtemo v. Am. Cyanamid Co., et. al., 910 F. Supp. 332 (W.D. Mich. 1995)
  • U.S. v. Cello-Foil Prods. Inc., et. al., 848 F. Supp. 1352 (W.D. Mich. 1994)
  • Grand Trunk W. R.R. Co. v. Acme Belt Recoating, Inc., et. al., 859 F. Supp. 1125 (W.D. Mich. 1994)
  • U.S. v. Straits Steel & Wire Co., 810 F. Supp. 208 (W.D. Mich. 1992)
  • Sanford St. Local Dev. Corp. v. Textron, Inc., 768 F. Supp. 1218 (W.D. Mich. 1991)
  • Kelley v. Arco Indus. Corp., et. al., 721 F. Supp. 873 (W.D. Mich. 1989)
  • Kelley v. Arco Indus. Corp., et. al., 723 F. Supp. 1214 (W.D. Mich. 1989)
  • Kelley v. Arco Indus. Corp., et. al., 739 F. Supp. 354 (W.D. Mich. 1990)
  • Kelley ex rel. Mich. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co., 786 F. Supp. 1268 (E.D. Mich. 1992)
  • Abbott Labs. v. Thermo Chem. Inc., 790 F. Supp. 135 (W.D. Mich. 1991)
  • U.S. v. Vermont. Am. Corp., 871 F. Supp. 318 (W.D. Mich. 1994)
  • Auto-Ion Litig. Grp. v. Auto-Ion Chems., 910 F. Supp. 328 (W.D. Mich. 1994)
  • U.S. v. SCA Servs. of Ind., Inc., 865 F. Supp. 533 (N.D. Ind. 1994)
  • City Envtl., Inc. v. U.S. Chem. Co., 814 F. Supp. 624 (E.D. Mich. 1993)
  • U.S. Fidelity and Guar. Co. v. Thomas Solvent Co., 683 F. Supp. 1139 (W.D. Mich. 1988)

Industries

Practices

Education

  • Washington University J.D. 1977
  • Washington University A.B. 1973

Admitted

  • 1977, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors and Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Detroit Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2010-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-Present
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Environmental Law by Dbusiness, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (Member, Air Committee, Vice Chair Air Committee 2011-12)
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Environmental Law Section (Environmental Law Section Council 2012-Present), Administrative Law Section

Publications

One Court of Justice Blog


Ahead of the Curve Auto Supplier Blog


Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Manufacturers Association
  • Michigan Forest and Paper Association
  • Air & Waste Management Association
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Air Advisory Council (2011-), Air Toxics Workgroup (2011-14)

Speaking Engagements

  • Challenges for Implementing Regulatory Reform in Michigan’s Air Program: An Update on the ORR Implementation Process, panel discussion sponsored by the Michigan Manufacturers Association and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Lansing, MI (April 2013)
  • Moderator, Air Hot Topics, ABA Section Environment, Energy and Resources Fall 2012 Conference, Austin, TX (October 2012)
  • Presenter, No Need-Consideration of Alternatives to Deny a PSD Permit, Energy, Utility & Environment Conference, Phoenix, AZ (February 2011)
  • Panelist, Beyond Climate Change-Other Hot Issues under the Clean Air Act, ABA Section Energy, Environment and Resources Conference, New Orleans, LA (September 2010)
  • Moderator, Clean Air Act and Climate Change, ABA Section Energy, Environment and Resources Conference, Chicago, IL (July 2009)
  • GHG Regulation, Michigan Energy Providers Conference (2014)

Steve Kohl discusses with Detroit Fox 2 News a federal plan to cut pollution from coal-fired power plants could have a big impact in Michigan.

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