Krista McIntyre currently serves as the Practice Group Leader for the Firm’s environment, natural resources, and land use practices and is a member of the Firm’s seven-person Executive Committee.
As a leader and a lawyer, Krista routinely asks “how can I help?” Actively listening to clients and colleagues, Krista seeks to understand others’ motivations and goals, and works to remove obstacles or to summon the right resources for the desired outcome. Krista’s recipe for success is proven: understand the goal, collaborate on a course of action, adapt or adjust as needed to succeed. Krista is considered among the region’s leading environmental lawyers, because she is responsive to clients, knows how government agencies work, and she gets results. She is described by clients as “the most knowledgeable air quality lawyer in the state of Idaho” in a Chambers USA survey.
Krista’s client work allows her to see how things are manufactured, fulfilling an innate curiosity. Early compliance auditing experiences in engineered wood products mills trained her for site visits to other industrial plants. Krista’s work boots have walked production lines in the agribusiness (fertilizer and food production), chemicals, energy, forest products, and mining industries, strengthening her industry knowledge and making Krista a more effective advisor and advocate. This experience fuels her ability to blend business strategy, problem solving, and risk assessment into successful results.
Before joining Stoel Rives, Krista was an attorney/advisor at EPA, and a special trial attorney at DOJ. These experiences make Krista an effective enforcement defense lawyer, and allow her to share valuable insights with clients and colleagues about the agencies that write, interpret, and enforce environmental regulations. Using her strong interpersonal and problem solving skills, Krista builds constructive working relationships with agency representatives.
Krista focuses her law practice on enforcement defense and permitting under the Clean Air Act (CAA), regularly defending clients in EPA and state enforcement actions involving alleged violations of CAA programs, such as the permitting requirements under new source review (NSR), prevention of significant deterioration (PSD), Title V, plus New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). She participates in state rule development and contested case proceedings before the Board of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Clients call on Krista in other compliance areas, too, such as EPCRA reporting, CWA reporting, and agency enforcement under those statutes. She counsels clients in the development of corporate environmental management systems, participates in multimedia environmental compliance assessments, and provides customized training to engineers, operators, and management on CAA permitting, compliance, and enforcement.
Prior Work Experience
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- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement, Water Division, Washington, D.C. (1990-1992).
- Special trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington, D.C. (1991-1992).
- Special assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I (Spring 1991).