Rachel Hoffman Cox

Rachel Hoffman Cox

Partner
Seattle, WA
Overview

About Rachel

Rachel Cox advises clients in permitting, compliance and enforcement matters arising under state and federal environmental laws. Rachel helps clients navigate and comply with complex regulatory schemes, with a results-oriented approach. Rachel has a developed specialized expertise in the Clean Air Act, and routinely assists clients with developing air permitting strategies for new major projects. She represents a broad range of clients that span multiple industries, including: oil and gas, mining, utilities, manufacturing, pulp and paper, landfills, agricultural, and technology. Rachel also provides legislative and rulemaking support to trade industry clients.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Rachel graduated with honors from Lewis and Clark Law School, earning a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. During law school, she worked as a law clerk at Bonneville Power Administration in the Transmission Section of the Office of the General Counsel providing legal support in various areas related to electrical transmission. Rachel also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tulane University in Environmental Engineering. Her background and experience provide a solid basis in the highly technical scientific issues that often underlie questions of environmental law.

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Experience

Experience

  • Represented technology client in successful defense of multiple challenged air permits before the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board.
  • Represented major oil and gas client in successful defense of challenged PSD air permit before the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board.
  • Counsel industrial clients and trade associations on state and federal air-related rulemakings, including the Washington Department of Ecology’s Clean Air Rule.
  • Represented manufacturing client in significant EPCRA enforcement action and successfully negotiated resolution with EPA Region 10.
  • Assist MSW landfill clients in Title V permitting and compliance matters related to EPA’s new source performance standards.
  • Assist with permitting and provide advice on compliance with the Clean Air Act new source review and prevention of significant deterioration programs, as well as local air quality regulations.
  • Track and advise clients on regulatory updates to EPA’s New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.
  • Counsel industries and trade associations in rulemaking proceedings for air regulation, including greenhouse gas reasonably available control technology rules and the Washington regional haze SIP.
  • Represent clients in enforcement proceedings, including responding to Clean Air Act § 114 information requests, negotiation of civil penalties and defense of non-compliance allegations.
  • Assist data centers nationwide with Clean Air Act compliance and other applicable environmental regulatory requirements, including RCRA, EPCRA and CWA.
  • Defend appeal to industrial client’s CWA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
  • Advise Native Alaska regional corporation on State of Alaska’s development of proposed new hydroelectric dam on its lands.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Vice-Chair of Membership for American Bar Association Air Quality Committee, 2017-present
  • Board Member of Air & Waste Management Association, Puget Sound Chapter, 2014-2018
  • Volunteer with King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics
  • Volunteer with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • McCoy 5-day RCRA Hazardous Waste Seminar, 2014
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Western States Proceed with Climate Legislation Regardless of Trump’s “ACE” Rule” (coauthor), Renewable Energy World, Sept. 4, 2018
  • “Climate Change: Pushing Aside Rhetoric in Search of a Practical Path,” Alaska Oil and Gas
    Association Conference, Anchorage, AK, May 31, 2018
  • “Clean Air Act Compliance: New Winds Blowing at EPA,” Stoel Rives webinar, May 16, 2018
  • “Climate Change Litigation and Policy Development in Washington and Alaska,” Annual Arctic
    Encounter Symposium, Seattle, WA, April 19, 2018
  • “How Many Consultants, Lawyers and Years Does it Take to Permit a Project in Washington?” Northwest Construction Consumer Council, May 18, 2017
  • “Symposium on the Washington Clean Air Rule,” Air & Waste Management Association, Dec. 14, 2016
  • “RCRA 101,” Environmental Law Institute’s 11th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law, March 18, 2015
  • “Recent Developments in Clean Air Act Enforcement Litigation,” King County Bar Association Roundtable, Seattle, Washington, Jan. 22, 2014
  • “Developments in Air Regulation Facing Natural Gas Producers and Users,” Tenth Annual Energy Conference, Stevenson, Washington, June 6, 2013



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