Joan Sasine's environmental engineering background augments her recognized experience in legal counseling, problem solving and advocacy. Her broad base of experience makes her particularly suited to handle complex regulatory issues concerning all the major environmental statutes. Ms. Sasine is certified by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice as a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).

Ms. Sasine began working in 1974 with the Clean Air Act (CAA) state implementation plans for the eight southeastern states. She represented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the first case in the nation to enforce new source performance standards and supervised the enforcement of administrative cases for violation of prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) standards. Ms. Sasine served as Chief of the Air and Toxic Law Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 4), from 1983-1986. In private practice, Ms. Sasine has advised clients regarding CAA, Title V requirements, PSD permits, banking of emission credits and other CAA issues.

In the area of water pollution, Ms. Sasine's experience includes enforcement of the public water supply and underground injection control programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), enforcement of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and coordination and review of the Clean Water Act Section 404 dredge and fill matters in litigation with the Corps of Engineers. She successfully represented the EPA in the first CWA Section 404(C) permit veto and the first discretionary contractor debarment. She has helped clients obtain NPDES permits, including stormwater discharge permits, stream buffer variances, SDWA underground injection control permits and water withdrawal permits. Ms. Sasine served as Chief of the Water and General Law Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 4), from 1986 to 1987.

In the area of hazardous waste, Ms. Sasine has provided advice and counsel concerning hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal under RCRA. Specific issues include land ban, offsite policy, contaminated media and underground storage tanks. Under the Superfund law, she negotiated innumerable administrative orders and consent decrees for the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. She has managed cases dealing with single and multi-party defendants for both remedial action and cost recovery. The first prospective purchaser agreement in the nation allowing a new company to continue operating an existing facility and cash out its liability was negotiated by Ms. Sasine on behalf of the EPA. Ms. Sasine served as Chief of the Hazardous Waste Law Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 4), from 1987-1991.

Ms. Sasine also advises clients and real estate attorneys on many environmental issues related to real estate matters and mergers and acquisitions. She assists in negotiating favorable terms regarding environmental liability in real estate and asset purchase agreements. In addition, Ms. Sasine counsels clients on compliance with state and federal environmental statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and the Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act. She provides advice regarding prospective purchaser due diligence, including the hiring and supervising of environmental engineers, and has successfully obtained Brownfield limitations of liability for numerous prospective purchasers of contaminated properties in many states. Ms. Sasine also provides solutions to avoid listing of environmentally contaminated sites on state hazardous site inventories and has drafted conservation easements and deed restrictions.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Best Lawyers (Environmental, 2010-2014)
    • Chambers USA, Georgia (Environment, 2009 - 2013; 2017)
    • Georgia Super Lawyer (2011 - 2014)
    • Georgia Institute of Technology Mentor Program
    • TICS (Tourette Syndrome Association) of Georgia
    • Georgia Super Lawyer (2011 - 2014)
    • Georgia Institute of Technology Mentor Program
    • TICS (Tourette Syndrome Association) of Georgia
    • TICS (Tourette Syndrome Association) of Georgia
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Professional Affiliations

    • Air & Waste Management Association – 2012 Board, Director (GA)
    • Association of Women Environmental Professionals – Founding Member
    • Atlanta Bar Association – Environmental and Toxic Tort Section, Past Chair
    • Atlanta Geological Society – Member
    • State Bar of Georgia – Environmental Law Section, Past Chair
    • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee
    • Atlanta Bar Association – Environmental and Toxic Tort Section, Past Chair
    • Atlanta Geological Society – Member
    • State Bar of Georgia – Environmental Law Section, Past Chair
    • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee
    • State Bar of Georgia – Environmental Law Section, Past Chair
    • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee
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Publications

  • "Limiting Liabilities at Hazardous Waste Facilities in Georgia," Air & Waste Management Association, Georgia Chapter Newsletter, co-authored with Matthew Mattila, Spring 2008
  • "New, Phase I Environmental Standards: All Appropriate Inquiries Under CERCLA," The Georgia Engineer, co-authored with Matthew Mattila, December/January 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • "Identifying Construction Waste Management Issues," Construction Waste Management Seminar, March 2009
  • "Legal Issues Related to Global Warming," Georgia Association of Water Professionals 2008 Industrial Conference
  • "Use of the Georgia Brownfield Program to Accelerate Redevelopment," QORE Property Science, August 2007
  • "All Appropriate Inquiries – EPA Alters Standards for Environmental Due Diligence," Association of Women Environmental Professionals, September 2006
  • "Understanding Georgia's ‘Superfund’ – The Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act," Lorman Waste Management Seminar, September 2006
  • "Update on Air Enforcement Trends," 2006 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Industrial Expo
  • "Complying with the New Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standards," Commercial Real Estate CLE, November 2006
  • "Criminal Implications Related To Environmental Infractions," Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association, March 2005