Krista K. McIntyre

Krista K. McIntyre

Partner & Chair: Environmental, Natural Resources and Land Use Group
Boise, ID

About Krista

Krista McIntyre currently serves as the Practice Group Leader for the Firm’s environment, natural resources, and land use practices.

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.

Krista is a past member of Stoel Rives’ Executive Committee.

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).
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  • Confidential Chemical Processing Client – Led enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Regions 8, 9, 10 and DOJ in matters involving alleged non-compliance under NSR and NSPS regulations at sulfuric acid plants.
  • Confidential Forest Products Client – Led enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Regions 10 and DOJ in matter involving alleged non-compliance under NSPS and NESHAP regulations at pulp and paper mill.
  • Confidential Forest Products Client – Leading enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Region 10 in administrative matter involving alleged non-compliance under Title V, NESHAP and other CAA requirements at wood product mill in Indian Country.
  • Confidential Forest Products Client – Leading enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Region 10 in administrative matter involving alleged storm water violations under the CWA.
  • Confidential Aviation Client – Leading enforcement defense negotiations with Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in matter involving alleged non-compliance under State air rules.
  • Confidential Mineral Processing Client – Leading coordination of response to EPA Region 8 investigation of compliance with CAA permitting and emissions reductions programs.
  • Confidential Forest Products Client – Advising in-house counsel and corporate team on strategy to respond to EPA Region 6 inspection and investigation under the CAA, and local community interest in source compliance and environmental impacts.
  • Confidential Agribusiness Client – Leading team of lawyers who provide national environmental regulatory compliance counseling and enforcement defense to food processing plants.
  • Confidential Agribusiness Client – Advising Idaho potato processing company on permitting and compliance strategy.
  • Confidential Agribusiness Client –  Advising Idaho cheese processing company on permitting and compliance strategy.
  • Confidential Mineral Processing Client – Assists client in developing strategies for historic PSD applicability reviews and presentations of results to permitting agency.
  • Confidential Clients – Advises clients from different industries, such as chemical process, pulp and paper, cement manufacturing, glass manufacturing, acid producers, and food processors, on CAA compliance and implementation.
  • Confidential Clients – Assists clients in self-policing, self-disclosure and prompt correction of deviations from environmental requirements, including reporting under the Environmental Protection Agency’s audit policy and revision to Title V compliance certifications.
  • Confidential Energy Generation Client –  Advised utility client on permitting strategy for natural gas plant construction and compliance during operation.
  • Confidential Manufacturing Client –  Led internal investigation in response to federal inquiry into possible criminal violations.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Boise, 2012 and 2018
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Environmental Law), 2000, 2005-2019
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Idaho) by Chambers USA (currently: Natural Resources & Environment), 2005-2018
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Environmental) 2007-2018
  • Member, Board of Directors, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, 2008-present
  • 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

  • President, Executive Committee (2017-2018); Member, Board of Directors (2009-present); Boise Public Schools Foundation 
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Clean Air Act Compliance: New Winds Blowing at EPA,” Stoel Rives webinar, May 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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