Dana Stotsky focuses on environmental compliance and regulatory matters.  Dana assists HG’s clients in understanding environmental regulatory obligations, identifying the best way to maintain or re-establish compliance with those obligations, and defending them in enforcement actions.  His practice includes all areas of administrative law, including permitting, licensing, compliance assurance, responding to regulatory inquiries and inspections, responding to notices of violation, and participating in rulemaking proceedings.

Dana has 30 years of experience with federal air, water, waste, and pesticide programs.  He provides compliance training across these areas, including what to expect during inspections and regulatory evaluations.  Dana’s extensive experience allows him to quickly and efficiently negotiate positive outcomes for his clients.

From 1987 to 2014, Dana was a Senior Enforcement Attorney for Toxics with the U.S. EPA regional office in Denver where he was the lead prosecuting attorney for TSCA (toxics), FIFRA (pesticide) and EPCRA (reporting) matters and also served as a litigation consultant to EPA offices nationwide.  He has taught trial practice, negotiations and inspector training for EPA’s national training center over 30 times. 

Dana served a detail from 2011-2012 with the Navajo Nation, during which time he lived on the Reservation and provided legal counsel and litigation advice on legacy uranium mine and milling-related damages in Navajo Indian Country.  Dana provided legal support for the Tribe’s position in the Tronox litigation, which resulted in an award to the tribe of over $1 billion.  In re Tronox Incorporated, et al, Case No. 09-10156 (Bankr. S. D. NY Dec. 16, 2013).

Before his work at EPA, Dana was the law clerk to the water judge in Greeley and worked for the Colorado General Assembly for two sessions, where he focused on municipal tax matters.

Education

1984

Juris Doctor, 1984, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

 

1981

Bachelor of Arts, 1981, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington

Visiting Professor

2011

Civil Procedure, Evidence and Administrative Law; Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint, Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1989

Environmental Law and Policy; University of Colorado Graduate School, Mountain Research Station, Nederland, Colorado.

Honors

2012

Superior Performance Award Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency Honor

2012

Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency In recognition of extraordinary accomplishments in the area of Clean Air Act regulation of oil and gas facilities associated with development of the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana.

2000

Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency In recognition of superior training techniques employed in various EPA NETI courses.

1995

Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency In recognition of extraordinary work with diverse interest groups to preserve the habitat of the Wyoming Toad.

1993

Toxic Avenger Award, United States Environmental Protection Agency Award for Litigation Excellence

1992

Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency For exemplary team approach and innovative techniques that have established beneficial precedents in administrative enforcement actions.

1991

Toxic Avenger Award, United States Environmental Protection Agency Award for Litigation Excellence

1990

Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency For outstanding achievement during the development of the Nation’s first major PM10 State Implementation Plan in a complex urban area.

1994-1996

Attorney – Advisor, Hawaii Department of Health Selected from a national competition of EPA attorneys to assist the State of Hawaii with hazardous waste enforcement actions. Trained inspectors and witnesses; provided case assessments, legal policy analyses, and programmatic instruction.

Speeches & Publications

Author, "Bitter Cold War Legacy Highlighted in “Favorable” Navajo Settlement", Vol. 43, No.2, ABA EnviroTrends Journal (December, 2011)

Author, "Taking Refuge: Policy Changes Affecting Oil and Gas Leasing on National Wildlife Refuges"  64 Or. L. Rev. 739 (1986).