LaJuana Wilcher presents EPA update

by Mandy Hicks

ELPO Law attorney, LaJuana S. Wilcher, Partner
LaJuana Wilcher
LaJuana Wilcher, an attorney with English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP, presented an update on environmental law and the Environmental Protection Agency on April 12 for the Kentucky Bar Association.

The meeting was held at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. The Kentucky Bar offered continuing legal education credits for attending the day-long workshop, which was offered by the KBA Environment, Energy & Resources Law Section.

LaJuana often handles environmental cases for a range of corporate and individual clients.

LaJuana has extensive experience in environmental law, particularly at the EPA. She has served in top-level environmental policy positions in federal and state government. She has unparalleled knowledge and experience representing clients before environmental administrative agencies and courts throughout the country, including a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court. Regularly pressing cases relating to environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement issues involving wastewater, air, wetlands and hazardous waste, she also counsels clients on the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act.

LaJuana served as the nation’s senior regulatory official for water programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1989 to 1993. She led EPA’s involvement in the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation negotiations, in which the government reached a settlement of more than $1 billion with Exxon for the environmental damage sustained because of the Valdez spill. She was also instrumental in launching EPA’s watershed protection approach and Clean Water Act section 319 nonpoint source grant program, and in major policy decisions involving federal drinking water, wetlands and storm water requirements and permitting.

About ELPO
English, Lucas, Priest, & Owsley, LLP, the largest law firm in Southcentral Kentucky, offers business clients and individuals the experience and depth of a large firm and the personal commitment and attention of a small one. For more than 35 years, the firm has worked with clients to develop creative solutions to difficult legal and business problems. The firm is located in Bowling Green, Ky.