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Robert M. Andersen

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George Washington University

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George Washington University

900 23rd Street, NW

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20037

United States

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In the heart of the nation's capital, with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University, or GW, was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university...more

Background Information

Employment History

Thomas More Society


Clark Hill PLC



Bachelor of Science degree

University of Iowa

Master of Public Administration degree

Harvard University

law degree

University of Iowa

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Clark Hill PLC: Robert M. Andersen [cached]

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Andersen robert | Andersen, Robert M. | Andersen, Robert M. | Andersen robert Robert M. Andersen Home>Meet Our Talent>Robert M. Andersen Robert M. Andersen Robert M. Andersen Robert M. Andersen is Of Counsel with Clark Hill's Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Practice Group. Rob has 38 years of legal experience advising private and public sector clients, as well as representing them before federal court, on a wide-range of EENR issues. Since re-entering private practice in 2004, Rob has handled cases arising under the Clean Water Act (CWA), Superfund (CERCLA),the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, toxic and hazardous materials statutes, the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, and the nation's energy laws. Rob currently assists clients with complex environmental remediations and with the siting and construction of projects requiring permits, licenses, funding, or contracts from such agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Interior (DOI). His recent work includes representation of Nye County, Nevada, in the NRC licensing proceedings for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository; federal permit and approval reviews for the first offshore wind energy farm on the East Coast; conducting environmental due diligence for the successful merger of Republic Services and Allied Waste; assisting mining, oil and gas companies in obtaining the necessary federal permits and clearances to construct or operate facilities in compliance with energy and environmental laws; and providing litigation support for toxic tort actions and environmental cleanups conducted pursuant to RCRA, CERCLA, and nuclear waste statutes. Rob previously served for 25 years in senior environmental positions with the federal government, most recently as the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he directed legal services for more than 400 attorneys worldwide. He advised the Command on civil works projects built on our nation's waterway and military base operations around the world, including nearly nine billion dollars in construction and procurement actions a year. He served as a legal advisor to Corps first responders in New York and at the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Rob's experience with the federal government dates to 1980 with EPA, where he pioneered Clean Water Act and toxic substance enforcement at Region V in Chicago, ultimately becoming a Deputy Regional Counsel in 1984. While Deputy General Counsel to the National Science Foundation from 1986 to 1990, he briefly served as the Senior United States Representative in Antarctica and was credited by Presidents Bush and Clinton with preserving United States science and engineering research opportunities on the Continent after environmental groups attempted to halt U.S. operations. Rob developed pollution control measures including an oil spill prevention plan, a cradle-to-grave waste management program, and a natural resources preservation plan for Antarctica that were approved by NSF and the President, funded by Congress, and implemented on the ice. As the first General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board from 1990 to 1998, he investigated environmental and safety problems at DOE's defense nuclear complex. He was instrumental in the nuclear decontamination and decommissioning of DOE's Rocky Flats nuclear plant, and the opening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project. Rob was twice named a Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General to independently litigate cases involving both environmental and national security issues. A former member of the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Rob has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University since 1994, and regularly teaches graduate level courses including Engineering Law; Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy; Hazardous Waste Management, and Nuclear Waste Management. He is a published author, and his most recent book provides guidance to those wishing to obtain funding, licenses, and permits for offshore research and renewable energy projects. An outdoorsman, he has visited every National Park in the United States and climbed mountains on six continents. Robert M. Andersen & Markian M.W. Melnyk, OFFSHORE POWER: BUILDING RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS IN U.S. WATERS (PennWell 2009) Donald G. Gavin & Robert M. Andersen, Nuclear Power Projects (International Bar Association 2009) Robert M. Andersen & Paul Freeman, Stemming the Tide of Terrorism, Water and Wastewater Products (Jan. 2005) Robert M. Andersen, Leading International Efforts to Improve Environmental Controls in Antarctica While Navigating National Politics, 2 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 303-351 (Volume VI, 1994) Robert M. Andersen, Chapter 11 --Government Searches and Private Inspections, in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRACTICE GUIDE (Matthew Bender & Co., August 1992) Robert M. Andersen & Lawrence Rudolph, On Solid International Ground in Antarctica: A U.S. Strategy for Regulating Environmental Impact on the Continent, 26 Stanford Journal of International Law 931-51(1990) Robert M. Andersen, A National Science Foundation Strategy for Compliance with Environmental Law in Antarctica (NSF Publication No. 90-4, Dec. 29, 1989) Robert M. Andersen, Technology, Pollution Control, and EPA Access to Commercial Property: A Constitutional and Policy Framework, 17 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 1-75 (1989) Robert M. Andersen, Select Legal Provisions Regulating Scientific Misconduct in Federally Supported Research Programs, in PROJECT ON SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT: REPORT ON WORKSHOP NUMBER THREE (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1989) Robert M. Andersen, The Federal Government's Role in Regulating Misconduct in Scientific and Technological Research, 3 Georgetown Journal of Law & Technology 121-48 (1988), reprinted in Hearings on Maintaining the Integrity of Scientific Research before the Subcommittee Investigations and Oversight of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 101st Cong., 1st Sess. at 826-84 (June 28, 1989, U.S. Government Printing Office) Robert M. Andersen, The Past as Both Barrier and Stimulus to Creative Decision-Making in A SHARING OF EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE, Volume V (American Society of Association Executives, 1987) Robert M. Andersen, Freedom of Speech as an Adjunct to the Free Exercise of Religion, in GOD'S THINGS AND CAESAR'S: A REVIEW OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT RELIGION CLAUSES (Thomas More Society, 1979) Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers Business EditionClark Hill Attorneys Named 2015 Washington DC Super LawyersSix Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Washington D.C. Super Lawyers 2014 ListThree Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Washington D.C. Super Lawyers 2013 ListFormer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief Counsel Robert M. Andersen Joins Clark Hill PLC Washington DC

The Spain - U.S. Chamber Of Commerce [cached]

Akerman Senterfitt LLP has expanded its nationwide environmental practice with the addition of attorney Robert M. Andersen, who joins the firm as a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office.
Andersen advises public sector and corporate clients on a broad range of environmental, regulatory, and permitting issues, particularly those related to the siting of major commercial and governmental projects in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. He has also represented clients in nuclear licensing and regulatory matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy; in complex environmental litigation; and during federal contract negotiations and disputes. His most recent environmental work involves cleanups of mixed nuclear and conventional waste, mine reclamation efforts, as well as homeland security compliance for utility and commercial infrastructure projects on the nation's waterways Andersen joins the firm from Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. Prior to that, he served as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he managed a network of four hundred attorneys and was responsible for all legal aspects of the Corps work worldwide, including complex environmental restoration projects, such as the Everglades. He managed a litigation and contract practice that supported $9 billion in procured services annually for navigation and infrastructure development on our nation's waterways. He previously served as the first General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Deputy General Counsel of the National Science Foundation (including service as Senior U.S. Representative in Antarctica), and Deputy Regional Counsel of EPA Region V. Andersen earned his law degree from the University of Iowa, a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Management at George Washington University since 1994. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Courts of Iowa and Ohio, the DC Court of Appeals, the Federal Courts of Appeals for the DC, Federal, 2nd, 6th, and 7th Circuits. He was also a member of the Advisory Council of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1998 to 2004

Akerman - News & Publications - Akerman Senterfitt Serves as Lead Counsel to Republic Services, Inc. in its $6 Billion Merger with Allied Waste Industries, Inc. [cached]

Robert M. Andersen

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Robert Andersen, Chief Counsel, USACE, participated in a 60 Minutes interview today in New York regarding the sole source award of the oil response contract to Kellogg, Brown and Root….

Robert Andersen, an attorney at Clark Hill who is a former chief counsel of the Army Corps of Engineers, said EPA might also rewrite the compliance orders to remove any reference to the double penalty.
The agency would also likely not include language telling property owners what they have to do to restore the property. "You can write a compliance order so it's more like a warning letter," Andersen said. Such a move may limit the ability of property owners to seek judicial review, he added.

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