About Krista

As a leader and a lawyer, Krista McIntyre routinely asks, “how can I help?” Krista actively listens to clients and colleagues to identify others’ motivations and goals, then she summons the right resources to achieve the desired outcome. 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. Using her strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, Krista builds constructive working relationships with client and agency representatives at all levels of an organization to facilitate communication and complete projects.

Krista served as the practice group leader for the firm’s environment, natural resources, and land use practices from 2011 to 2020. She is a past member of Stoel Rives’ Executive and Compensation Committees. Krista leads cross-office, cross-discipline client teams to ensure excellent and efficient execution of client work.

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.


“According to a source, Krista McIntyre ‘is highly personable and a very, very good lawyer.’ Other interviewees add: ‘She is very responsive to our needs and very easy to work with. She always tries to find ways to provide extra benefit to her clients.’ She is best known for her expertise in permitting and regulatory matters relating to the CAA, as well as for her prior experience working at EPA and the DOJ.”
 - Chambers 2019                   


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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 Risk Management Plan (RMP), 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

  • 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).


  • Assisted frozen fruit and vegetable processor on enforcement defense of EPA Region 5 action for alleged RMP non-compliance.
  • Assisted frozen fruit processor on enforcement defense of EPA Region 9 action for alleged RMP non-compliance.
  • Assisted sugar beat processor with response to agency evaluation of potential Regional Haze controls for three factories.
  • Assisted potato processor with reviews of EPCRA, RMP, PSM and air emissions control programs; advise on internal standards to assure compliance.
  • Led enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Regions 8, 9, 10 and DOJ in matters involving alleged noncompliance under NSR and NSPS at sulfuric acid plants.
  • Led team of lawyers who provide national environmental regulatory compliance counseling and enforcement defense to potato processing plants located in five states.
  • Advised Idaho potato processing companies on permitting and compliance strategies.
  • Advised Idaho cheese processing company on permitting and compliance strategy.
  • Assisted food processing clients in self-policing, self-disclosure and prompt correction of deviations from environmental requirements, including reporting under the EPA’s audit policy and revisions to Title V compliance certifications.

Timber, Forest Products

  • Assisted pulp mill operators with enforcement defense response to EPA Region 6 investigation of alleged RMP non-compliance following fatal accident.
  • Assisted pulp mill operators with enforcement defense response to EPA Region 10 alleged non-compliance with industry sector NESHAP requirements.  
  • Assisted integrated pulp, paper, converting operations on compliance strategies, agency intervention and enforcement defense in multiple states.
  • Advised plywood manufacturer on federal PSD and Tribal air permitting strategy to obtain EPA Region 10 permits to construct new lumber dry kiln.
  • Led negotiations with EPA Region 10 in administrative enforcement matter involving allegations of noncompliance under pulp and paper requirements.
  • Assisted forest products (lumber and paper board) companies in environmental due diligence associated with corporate transactions.
  • Led enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Regions 10 and DOJ in matter involving alleged noncompliance under NSPS and NESHAP regulations at pulp and paper mill.
  • Led enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Region 10 in administrative matter involving alleged noncompliance under Title V, NESHAP and other CAA requirements at wood products mill in Indian Country.
  • Led enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Region 10 in administrative matter involving alleged storm water violations under the CWA at wood finishing mill.
  • Advised in-house counsel and corporate team on strategy to respond to EPA Region 6 inspection and investigation under the CAA; EPA and DOJ enforcement; and local community interest in impacts from co-located pulp, paper and chemical plants.


  • Advised aggregate rock producer on enforcement defense of alleged non-compliance by EPA Region 10 at facility located on Tribal lands.
  • Advised stibnite mine developer on air permitting strategy for federal land manager and state agency reviews.
  • Advised phosphate ore processor on air permit strategy and compliance programs.
  • Provide training to project engineers at mineral processing plants on CAA framework and drafting tips for capital expenditure requests.
  • Led coordination of response for trona ore processor to EPA Region 8 investigation of compliance with CAA permitting and emissions reductions programs.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers, 2018–present; co-chair, Outreach Committee, 2019–present
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Environmental Law), 2000, 2005–2021
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Idaho) by Chambers USA (currently: Natural Resources & Environment), 2005–2020
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Environmental), 2007–2020
  • Named by Mountain States Super Lawyers® as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2020
  • Co-founder and past chairperson of the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the Idaho State Bar, 1993–1995
  • Recipient, EPA Gold Medal, 1994

Civic Activities

  • Past president, Executive Committee (2018–2020); Member, Board of Directors (2009–2020); Boise Public Schools Foundation
  • Board Member, Rock on Wheels, 2017–present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Clearing the Air,” Idaho State Bar Update on Environmental and Water Law, January 2020
  • Article, “No Right Way to Do the Wrong Thing,” ACOEL Blog, November 2019
  • Speaker, “Regulatory Update: Trump Administration,” Food + Beverage Environmental Conference, April 2019
  • Speaker, “Three Leadership Questions,” Idaho Lawyers Leadership Academy, April 2019
  • Speaker, “Gender in Leadership,” Boise State University, April 2019
  • Article, “Going All In,” Featured Legal Insights, Best Lawyers, Jan. 2019
  • Speaker, “Executive Leadership” Session, Women in Agribusiness Conference, Sept. 2018
  • Speaker, “Clean Air Act Compliance: New Winds Blowing at EPA,” Stoel Rives webinar, May 2018
  • Speaker, “What Do Leaders Need to Succeed?,” Idaho Lawyers Leadership Academy, April 2018
  • Speaker, “Responding to EPA Information Request Letters: Mitigating Further Agency Scrutiny,” Strafford CLE Webinar, Jan. 2018
  • Back to Basics – EPA Enforcement,” ABA Air Quality Newsletter, Nov. 2017

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