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    Allyn Turner concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental law, environmental litigation, and environmental policy issues. Her practice involves permitting, enforcement, state and federal water issues, coal and non-coal NPDES permitting, SMCRA issues, and CWA Section 404 permitting and 401 certification issues. She represents coal, oil and gas, industrial, municipal and commercial interests on environmental matters, including state Environmental Quality Board (“EQB”) and Surface Mine Board (“SMB”) appeals, state and federal court litigation, and assisting clients' involvement in legislative and rulemaking processes. Ms. Turner also has extensive regulatory experience, having previously served as Director of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water and Waste Management as well as the Department's Managing Attorney for its Office of Legal Services.

    Memberships & Awards

    Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Best Lawyers® 2021 Charleston, WV Water Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2018 Charleston, WV Water Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers 2017 Charleston, WV Environmental Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers 2015 Charleston, WV Litigation - Environmental, Lawyer of the Year
    Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association
    Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, International Environmental Law, American Bar Association

    Key Experience

    Represented numerous coal, oil and gas, industrial, and municipal clients in administrative and civil litigation related to NPDES permitting, water quality standards, WVSCMRA permitting, oil and gas permitting, state and federal compliance issues, and groundwater issues
    Represented industrial, commercial, energy, and municipal clients in stormwater compliance and permitting issues
    Assisted clients with development of LTCPs and pre-treatment planning and laws

    Work Experience

    2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2005-2014 Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
    2000-2005 Director, Division of Water & Waste Management, WV Dept. of Environmental Protection

    Speaking Engagements

    Presenter, “Stormwater Permits,” WV Chamber of Commerce Environmental Conference (May 2019)

    Presenter, “WV LRS Training,” Air & Waste Management Association, West Virginia Chapter, (September 2018)

    Presenter, “Rare Earth Elements Regulatory and Ownership Issues,” NACBM Conference (April 2018)

    Co-Presenter, “Rare Earth Minerals – Who Gets to Recover Them and How?” EMLF (October 2017)

    Presenter, “Coal Regulatory Reform,” WV Chamber of Commerce Annual Environmental Conference (May 2017)

    Presenter, “The Congressional Review Act’s Impact on the Regulated Community,” February 2017)

    Presenter, “Jurisdictional Determinations and Due Process Under the Clean Water Act,” EMLF (October 2016)

    “Water Treatment Plant Sludge and Residuals: Regulatory Flexibility for Disposal?” WV-AWWA & WVWEA 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (co-authored with Armando Benincasa) (June 2016)

    Presenter, “Climate Change: The Implications of the Paris Agreement,” NACBM Forum (May 2016)

    Presenter, “MS4 Obligations for Inspections and Enforcement” (April 2016)

    Co-Presenter, “MS4s, LTCPs, and the Move Toward Integrated Planning,” EXPO West Virginia (March 2016)

    Presenter, “Endangered Species Act Update: Bats and Crayfish,” (January 2016)

    Presenter, “Endangered Species Act Update: Bats, Crayfish and other Species,” (October 2015)

    Co-author, “OSM’s 'Stream Protection' Rule” (September 2015)

    Presenter and Author, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, "Post-Freedom Industries: A New Era for Above Ground Storage Tanks and Source Water Protection Laws," (June 1, 2014)

    Presenter, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, "404 Permitting and Enforcement for Oil and Gas Operations," (October 24, 2013)

    Presenter, West Virginia Coal Association Annual Symposium, "Options for Water Quality Compliance," (March 2013)

    Presenter, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, "Water Issues for Coal Permitting" (October 2011)

    Presenter, Marcellus Shale Gas Environmental Summit, "State Specific Environmental Regulation and Water Policies in Appalachia" (October 2011)

    Presenter, Marcellus Shale in West Virginia, "Water Issues" (WVCLE Series June 2011)

    Presenter, West Virginia Coal Association Annual Symposium, "NPDES Permitting in the New Era of EPA lnvolvement" (February 2011)

    Presenter, West Virginia Coal Association Annual Symposium, "Update and Comparison of Water Quality Standards," (February 2, 2011)

    Presenter, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, "Coal Permitting Panel Discussion" (October 2010)

    Presenter, "The Regulatory Environment's Effect on Coal Mining and the Coal Industry's Response," 2nd Annual Miner's Celebration, Glade Springs, WV (June 17, 2010)

    Presenter, Coaltrans Americas 2009, Clean Water Act 404 Permits and Litigation

    Presenter, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2009 Environmental Academy (Selenium Issues)

    Presenter, Energy & Mineral Law Annual Institute 2008 (Clean Water Act Litigation Issues)

    Allyn G. Turner and Jason C. Pizatella, "Section 404 Permits, Valley Fills, and In-stream Ponds: What's Next?," 29 Energy & Min. L. lnst. ch. 8 (2008)

    Allyn G. Turner and Andrew McCallister, "Survey of OSM's Use of Ten Day Notice Letters," ABA, Mining Committee, Newsletter (December 2006)

    Allyn G. Turner, "Beneficial Uses for Water Plant Residuals: West Virginia's Propose Rule," Mountain State Water Line (WV Rural Water Association Magazine) (Summer 2006)

    Allyn G. Turner and Kelly B. Kibble, "Industry's Role in Challenging the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Process," 26 Energy & Min. L. lnst. ch. 12 (2005)

    Presenter at national meetings of ASIWPCA, ASDWA and GWPC (2003)