Maureen N. Harbourt

Maureen Harbourt is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller.  She joined the firm in 1983 and has over 25 years of experience in Louisiana environmental law.  Maureen represents local, national and international industrial and commercial clients in a wide variety of substantive environmental areas such as Title V, PSD and CAIR/CATR air permitting, emissions trading, greenhouse gas and climate change,  stratospheric ozone regulation, underground injection including gas storage and carbon sequestration projects, hazardous waste and remediation, RECAP, environmental compliance and audits, environmental aspects of project financing, due diligence and environmental issues in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, and with respect to regulatory and legislative development.  

Maureen works with the Louisiana Chemical Association and other trade associations and individual clients with regard to environmental permitting and project planning, as well as rulemaking and legislative issues.  She regularly advises clients with regarding to compliance issues. Maureen has particular experience in creating in-plant environmental training programs.  She also works extensively with other members of the firm on energy and alternative energy development projects.

Maureen was a founding member of the firm’s Diversity Council and regularly participates in activities to encourage diversity within the legal profession.  She is listed in  Louisiana Super Lawyers (2008-2014) and in 2010 listed as one of the top 25 women attorneys in the state. She was recognized as one of Baton Rouge Business Report's nine most Influential Women in Business for 2010. She is listed in Chambers USA (2013) in the specialty of environmental law.  She is listed by Best Lawyers as the Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law for 2012.

Representative Experience

  • Counsel to a national chemical company on environmental issues with regard to a multi-million dollar acquisition of a Lake Charles facility
  • Successful defense of a major international petrochemical company in litigation upholding new source air permits for plant expansion
  • Counsel to major energy company in a $590 million acquisition of a Louisiana refinery
  • Counsel to major petroleum-coke gasification project in permitting and environmental assessment issues
  • Counsel to several clients in obtaining PSD, acid rain, and Title V permits for new power units and other “greenfield” plants
  • Successful reclassification of hazardous waste stream to a recyclable material for a Louisiana chemical manufacturing company
  • Counsel to trade association for development of carbon sequestration legislation in Louisiana
  • Counsel to pipeline client for environmental permitting associated with major new natural pipeline and associated compressor stations

Education

Maureen earned her B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1979.  She earned her J.D. in 1982 from the LSU Law Center where she was a staff writer for the Louisiana Law Review.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1983

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State (Environmental Law Committee) and American (Section on Energy and Environmental Resources and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession) Bar Association; Air and Waste Management Association; Women's Energy Network, Louisiana Chapter

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • The Expanding Scope of Environmental Crimes, Louisiana State Bar Association, Annual Seminar on White Collar Crime (with Dee Thomas AUSA E.D. La, Tricia Jones AUSA M.D. La., and Walter Becker) New Orleans, LA, November 2009.
  • Update on Climate Change Regulatory Activities, presentation to Southwest Chapter, Air and Waste Management Association, Lake Charles, LA, September 2009.
  • Enforcement Considerations Under the EPA Vessel General Discharge Permit, Offshore Marine Safety Assn. Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, July 2009.
  • The Status of NESHAP Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction Rule Post-Sierra Club v. EPA, Air and Waste Management Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2009.
  • Developments in Climate Change Law in the United States, LSU Law Center Environmental Law Seminar, April 2008.
  • "Training Your Responsible Official and Supervisory Personnel-The Reasonable Inquiry Process," Air & Waste Management Association, Louisiana Section, Fall Conference, 2007.
  • Title V: Reporting of Permit Deviations, Semiannual Monitoring and Annual Compliance Certifications, Air & Waste Management Association, National Conference, June 2006.
  • The Energy Policy Act-LSU Law Center Advanced Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues Conference, 2006.
  • Responding to Audit Requests and Other Legal Ethics Issues, LSU Law Center Advanced Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues Conference, May 2002.
  • Environmental Assessments and Environmental Justice Issues in the Louisiana Permit Process, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Annual Conference, March 2002.
  • Ozone Reclassification Issues Affecting Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association, Environment Committee Annual Winter Seminar, 2001.
  • Co-author, Air Pollution Control (Chapter 6) Louisiana Environmental Handbook, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing.
  • Kaplan: Continuing Problems With the Constant Acknowledgment Rule, 41 Louisiana Law Review 746.

Community Service

  • Board Member, Louisiana Resource Center for Educators
  • United Way, Gottlieb Association
  • Past Chairman of Kean Miller Committee, Volunteers in Public Schools, Glen Oaks Middle School
  • Baton Rouge Green
  • Steering Committee for Economic Development Campaign, Educational Council, Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce
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Education

J.D., LSU Law Center, 1982
Louisiana Law Review

B.A., Louisiana State University, 1979

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Louisiana, 1983

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Baton Rouge Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association
Environmental Law Committee

American Bar Association
Section on Energy and Environmental Resources

Air and Waste Management Association

Women's Energy Network, Louisiana Chapter

Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2012

Chambers USA

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