Keith Cohon is an experienced environmental attorney currently Of Counsel to Animal & Earth Advocates, where he is involved in bringing environmental cases on behalf of environmental citizen groups. He has recently initiated litigation against the U.S. EPA over its approval of Idaho’s water pollution control program, and the U.S. Forest Service over its Colville National Forest Plan. He been teaching law school courses in Negotiation and Environmental Law at both the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools, and is the supervising attorney for Regulatory Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.
Prof. Cohon retired from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014, where he served as Assistant Regional Counsel in Region 10 (Seattle) for the prior 25 years. The bulk his work at EPA involved the Clean Water Act, including enforcement (NPDES and Oil Pollution Act), the issuance, approval, and defense of NPDES permits and water quality standards, and the approval of state NPDES programs. He also worked extensively on the implementation of federal environmental statutes in Indian Country. Representative matters include the recent Aurora Energy 9th Circuit decision, Red Dog Mine (Alaska) enforcement and permit issuance, Alaska’s NPDES program approval, the Olympic Pipeline oil spill (Bellingham, Washington), and the EPA Region 10 Tribal Consultation Policy.
Prior to EPA, he was an attorney at the Davis Wright Tremaine and the Miller Nash law firms. Prof. Cohon graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Physics in 1980, and obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.