Overview

Kathleen C. Bassi focuses her practice on environmental and energy law. As an attorney at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), she gained invaluable insight, knowledge and perspective on the issues confronting her clients. Kathleen has represented power generation clients in appealing conditions included in Clean Air Act permits, on both the state and federal levels. She also has represented power generation clients in appealing certain provisions of the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule and in challenging the adoption of proposed mercury, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide rules on the state level.

While at the Illinois EPA, Kathleen contributed to the development of numerous state policies and implementation plans involving air and water pollution control. She has extensive experience in rulemaking, particularly in Illinois, and in facilitating consensus building to reach mutually agreeable regulations.

  • Experience

    • Prior to entering private law practice, Kathleen served at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in various positions, including:
      • Staff attorney for the Division of Water Pollution Control
      • Associate Counsel for Regulatory Development for the Bureau of Air
      • Assistant for Program and Policy Coordination for the Bureau of Air
      • Assistant for Program and Policy Coordination Division of Air Pollution Control
    • In these positions, Kathleen helped to develop numerous state policies and implementation plans with respect to air and water quality. She also represented the Illinois EPA before the Pollution Control Board and other bodies in matters involving:
      • Ozone and particulate standards and emissions reduction programs
      • Hazardous air pollutant reduction programs
      • Emissions trading programs
      • Illinois EPA/U.S. EPA partnership agreements
      • Mercury reduction in the Great Lakes
    • Kathleen was also involved in preparing the Illinois EPA's comments on various federal proposals, as well as in preparing various legislative proposals, evaluations and testimony. She coordinated coal/energy summits co-hosted by the Illinois EPA and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, and she advised in the Illinois EPA's Environmental Forum on energy issues and multi-pollutant strategies.
    • While at the Illinois EPA, Kathleen participated in the Ozone Transport Assessment Group (OTAG), which was chaired by the director of Illinois EPA. OTAG was a 37-state ad hoc group that evaluated interstate transport of ozone and made recommendations to USEPA regarding how such transport should be addressed. The approach developed by USEPA in response to OTAG's recommendations has served as the basis for its subsequent regulatory initiatives such as emissions trading programs that address interstate air pollutant transport.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 1985, cum laude
    • Western Illinois University, M.A., Literature, 1981
    • Western Illinois University, B.A., Literature, Education, 1969

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

          Professional Memberships

          American Bar Association

           

          Chicago Bar Association

           

          Chemical Industry Council of Illinois

        • Insights

          Speeches & Presentations

          “EPA’s New NSPS for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants,” Law Seminars International TeleBriefing (May 8, 2012)

          “EPA’s New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards,” Law Seminars International TeleBriefing (January 31, 2012)

          “Background of the Transport Rule” (panelist) Environmental Law Institute (August 26, 2011)

          “EPA's Final Transport Rule,” Law Seminars International TeleBriefing (August 11, 2011)

          “EPA's New Mercury Rules for Power Plants:  Legal Basis” (panelist) Law Seminars International (April 27, 2011)

          “The Proposed new Ozone NAAQS” (panelist) Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (April 15, 2011)