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About Brittany

Brittany Pemberton advises energy, oil and gas, and industrial clients in environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, including handling stationary source enforcement and compliance matters under the Clean Air Act (CAA) before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). She also represents companies and trade associations participating in the federal rulemaking process, including developing comments on a variety of EPA, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) proposals and challenging final agency rules in federal court. Her practice also regularly includes representing companies in administrative appeals before federal agencies, such as the DOI. In addition, Brittany has experience obtaining federal and state authorizations for major projects and transactions.

Brittany’s pro bono work has included representations in immigration-related matters, such as representing unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings and assisting them in attaining legal status.

While in law school, Brittany worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights; the EPA Office of General Counsel’s Water Law Office; and the Division of Mineral Resources within DOI's Office of the Solicitor. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert N. Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims.


Recent Notable Matters

Major terminal operation — defended against EPA flaring and tank emission enforcement using advance monitoring devices such as IR cameras

Various terminals and industrial clients — assisted with responding to EPA information requests issued for regulatory and enforcement proceedings

Various refining companies — assisted with policy and compliance issues regarding EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program

Multinational LNG export facility — conducted comprehensive review of compliance with local, state, and federal permits and approvals

Major chemical company — defended the client on state investigation under Clean Air Act

Various companies throughout the oil and gas industry — assisted with administrative appeals before the Department of Interior’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and Interior Board of Land of Appeals

Industrial trade association — assisted with legal challenges to EPA air toxics regulations under the Clean Air Act and with drafting comments on various EPA policy and regulatory initiatives

Publications and Speeches

"Federal District Court Vacates BLM’s Postponement of the Waste Prevention Rule," The National Law Review, October 6, 2017.

"EPA’s Authority to Postpone Implementation of Existing Rules," 29th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference Air Quality Panel paper, August 3-4, 2017.

"Environmental Litigation Update," 2017 Industrial Emission Control Technology XV Conference, Portland, Maine, August 1, 2017.

"Court vacates EPA’s stay of methane rule," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, August 2017.

"EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards Risk And Technology Reviews: Tight Deadlines and (Some) DC Circuit Guidance," Environmental Quarterly, Summer 2017 edition.

“EPA’s Regional Consistency Regs Tilt The Playing Field,” Law360, October 28, 2016.

“Air Issues Update,” 2016 Industrial Emission Control Technology XIV Conference, Portland, Maine, August 2, 2016.

“From Shale to Sail: Production, Transportation and Export of U.S. Oil & Gas,” ABA SEER Spring Conference, March 31, 2016 - April 1, 2016.

“Environmental Enforcement and Crimes”, ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review, 2014.



The George Washington University Law School,
with honors
James Madison University,
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center

Boiler MACT Litigation - Environmental Law Seminar, Spring 2017

May 4, 2017

An introduction to the history and current status of EPA’s standards addressing hazardous air pollutants from industrial, commercial, and institutional major source boilers.  The presentation discusses the latest developments in federal litigation over the standards.  Then, it describes the issues still pending at EPA and looks ahead to how the agency might resolve them.

Clean Air Act Residual Risk And Technology Review -Environmental Law Seminar, Spring 2017

May 4, 2017

This presentation explains EPA’s responsibility to conduct a Risk and Technology Review (RTR) of nearly 100 standards addressing hazardous air pollutants at various categories of stationary sources.  It describes the components of the Risk Review and of the Technology Review and explains how recent court decisions have increased the agency’s activity in  this area. It provides a brief summary of the types of regulatory changes EPA may consider and the challenges the agency faces as it conducts RTR rulemakings in the near future.

Process Safety Culture and Environmental Management Systems

The presentation provided guidance on developing a corporate culture attuned to process safety and on continuing to assess and adjust over time. It also discussed the legal issues that can arise from adopting an environmental management system, particularly with regard to how a company documents its environmental, health, and safety regulatory compliance policies as well as its internal goals, roles, and responsibilities.



The George Washington University Law School
The George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
Senior Managing Editor, 2012 - 2013