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Ms. Cipriano's practice includes environmental strategic planning and counseling clients with respect to local and national initiatives, with an emphasis on government relations and public law and policy. She also has overseen complex multi-dimensional infrastructure projects, brownfields redevelopment projects, and energy projects. She has lectured on environmental matters for a variety of national and local professional associations, and, as the former Illinois EPA director, she has advised two governors on environmental and energy policy and legislation.
She has extensive experience handling:
Complex regulatory authorization/permitting matters
Local government approvals
Local siting matters
Public hearings and community outreach
She also has overseen complex multi-dimensional infrastructure projects, brownfields redevelopment projects and energy projects.
Notable Cases and Results:
Negotiating innovative and one-of-a-kind alternative regulations with the State of Illinois to implement a multi-pollutant strategy as part of the state's mercury regulations
Assisting a major power plant company with sensitive PSD permitting for a coal-fired power plant in Illinois
Assisting a municipal utility with negotiating an innovative agreement with an environmental group to allow construction of a new coal-fired power plant
Providing comprehensive strategic counsel on permitting and third-party outreach to a specialty steel and forgings plant regarding the relocation and expansion of its facility
Assisting utility clients with the review, drafting and negotiation of legislation impacting Illinois coal-fired plants, including coal combustion waste beneficial use and air rulemaking
Assisting new biomass electric generating facility with PSD permitting, community and government outreach and state legislation
Assisting two major natural gas distribution pipeline companies with an investigation by the U.S. EPA and Illinois Attorney General into PCB Mega Rule compliance
Lobbying for the passage of the state of Illinois law requiring installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all dwellings
Year of Birth: 1963
Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law,J.D., 1988
Undergraduate School: Loyola University Chicago, B.A., sociology, 1985
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (2005-2007)
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, state of Illinois [under the administrations of Governors George H. Ryan and Rod R. Blagojevich] (2001-2005)
Illinois Governor George H. Ryan (1999)
Senior advisor on environment and natural resources
Schiff Hardin (1998-1999)
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (1995-1998)
Associate director and chief counsel
Schiff Hardin (1992-1995)
Illinois Attorney General (1985-1992)
Assistant attorney general, Environmental Control Division
In her capacity as Illinois EPA director, Ms. Cipriano advised the governor on environmental and energy policy and legislation while overseeing a staff of 1,200 and a budget exceeding $1 billion. In this position, she served as an Illinois Commissioner on the Great Lakes Commission; the Environmental Chair of the National Brownfields Association, Illinois chapter; the board of directors for the Clean Energy Community Foundation; and on the Special Task Force on the Condition and Future of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure.
Highlights of Ms. Cipriano's government service include:
Creating the Green Illinois Initiative, a state program to promote environmental stewardship, sustainability, and planning for a healthier and greener future
Launching of the Green Fleets Program, the Green Dealers Program, and Illinois Clean School Bus Program. These efforts promote the use of clean fuel technology and alternative fuels, including specifically bio-diesel and ethanol.
Spearheading the development and passage of the state's comprehensive Right to Know Law. This legislative program makes Illinois the nation's leader in public notification and community relations activities when a release of a contaminant is discovered.
Launching the national recognized program "Green Pays on Green Days." This program was successfully implemented through partnership efforts that included Illinois EPA, WMAQ-TV/Chicago, various Illinois companies, Partners for Clean Air, and others to promote voluntary actions to improve air quality.
Expanding of one of the nation's most successful brownfields program to clean up and redevelop abandoned industrial sites
Creating the Basinwide Management Advisory Group as initiate the review and redefinition of how Illinois plans for the protection of water quality
Creating the first-ever Environmental Justice Officer position in the state of Illinois and Advisory Group to continue development of an environmental justice policy in Illinois
Implementing Illinois EPA's first uniform Enforcement Management System for compliance and enforcement activities
Serving as chair of the Governor's Environment and Natural Resource Cabinet; Governor's Energy Cabinet, and Governor's Balance Growth Cabinet
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Bar Association
Standing Committee for Environmental Law
Section on Environment, Energy and Resources
Past vice chair
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Leading Lawyer: Environment, Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Who's Who Legal-Illinois, Environment
Ms. Cipriano has lectured on environmental matters for a variety of national and local professional associations.