Biography

Mike Nasi is a partner with Jackson Walker LLP where he practices environmental and energy law.  Mike is a nationally-recognized expert in Clean Air Act issues relating to electric power generation and steel manufacturing and recycling.  He has been practicing before state and federal environmental and energy agencies and appellate courts for more than 23 years. Mike coordinates a multi-state outreach effort regarding EPA’s carbon dioxide regulations and has been involved in national and multi-state carbon capture technology development initiatives for the past 14 years.  Based on his extensive environmental regulatory experience, Mike is often asked to act as a resource for state and federal public officials and is involved in legislative initiatives in several states, as well as in Congress.

Mike has been at the ground floor of the development of several air, water, waste, remediation, and recycling regulations. Mike’s extensive technical understanding of the electric power, steel manufacturing, and recycling industries enhances his representation of clients by allowing him to counsel them in a creative, proactive fashion so that regulatory risks are minimized ahead of time through policy reforms or after-the-fact through creative administrative remedies and negotiation.

Practice Expertise

Mike secures air, water, and waste environmental permits for and is active in state and federal policy development on behalf of the electric power generation, mining, steel manufacturing, recycling, and other energy and infrastructure clients.  Among his many areas of environmental regulatory experience are the following:

  • Carbon Trading and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCUS)
  • State and Federal Clean Air Act issues, including Preconstruction and Operating Permits
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting, including NPDES discharge permits and water quality standards development.
  • Underground Injection Control (UIC) Well Permitting.
  • Endangered Species Act Issues, including incidental take permitting
  • State and Federal Solid Waste Disposal Act Permitting & Remediation
  • State and Federal Environmental Enforcement
  • Environmental Audits
  • Brownfields Redevelopment, including risk-based remediation.

Career Highlights

Spotlight
  • Mike is counsel for rural electric cooperatives, mining companies, and other electric generation interests in ongoing EPA proceedings and appeals pending before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States, including recent successes relating to the Mercury & Air Toxics Standards (MATS), the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and EPA’s “Clean Power Plan.”
  • As a result of his involvement in the creation of several hundreds of millions of financial incentives for carbon capture and utilization (CCUS), in 2015, Mike was named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural list of 50 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers. He was featured in the Journal’s April 27, 2015, issue.

Community

Professional:

  • State Bar of Texas – Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Past Chairman
  • TCEQ Pollution Control Property Tax Exemption Advisory Committee, Appointed Member
  • H2O for Texas, Secretary
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

 Civic:

  • The Salvation Army – Central Texas Advisory Board, Vice-Chairman
  • West Austin Youth Association, Board Member
  • Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, Board Member
  • Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, Board Member

News & Events

  • Spotlight

    Mike Nasi to square off in debate about climate change and EPA on Intelligence Squared

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  • Publication

    Walters, Nasi, Arechiga discuss Clean Air Act litigation and ramifications of new 5th Cir. ruling in Law360

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  • Spotlight

    Mike Nasi serves as adjunct professor for energy course offered at Rice University

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  • Attorney News

    Seven JW attorneys designated by Who’s Who Legal 2016

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    A double defeat for EPA on regional haze regulations

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    EPA Finalizes GHG Regulations for the Oil and Gas Industry and Clarifies which Sources May Be Aggregated for Permitting Purposes

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2016 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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  • Publication

    United States Supreme Court Grants Stay of EPA’s 111(d) Clean Power Plan Rule

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  • Mentions

    Mike Nasi Interviewed on Proposed EPA Regulations on Channel 8 News Austin

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    EPA Officially Commences Unprecedented Regulation of Power Plants, Threatening Grid Reliability – Litigation Ensues

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  • Publication

    EPA Finalizes Tougher Ozone Standards

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    Ben Rhem, Mike Nasi, and Mark Walters Featured in ‘Law360’

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  • Publication

    EPA Proposes Methane Rules, Site Aggregation Policies for Oil and Gas Sector

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Lawyers Participate in the 2015 West Texas Legislative Summit

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  • Attorney News

    Mike Nasi to Speak on Clean Power at Environmental Superconference

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2015 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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  • Attorney News

    Mike Nasi Named an Energy & Environmental Trailblazer by ‘National Law Journal’

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  • Highlights

    BLM Announces New Hydraulic Fracturing Rules for Oil and Gas Wells on Federal Lands; Industry Trade Associations and the State of Wyoming Immediately File Challenges

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  • Attorney News

    Mike Nasi to Speak on Federal Intervention & Texas Infrastructure at 49th Annual Texas Legislative Conference

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi Speaks on EPA Clean Air Regulations

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    Mike Nasi Speaks at Texas Economic Development Council 2014 Annual Conference

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi Quoted on EPA Air Quality and Energy Regulations

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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  • Attorney News

    Drew Darby and Mike Nasi Speak at West Texas Legislative Summit

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi Quoted in ‘Law 360’ Article on EPA’s Proposed Carbon Regulations

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi Speaks on Environmental Rules

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2014 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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  • Attorney News

    Committed to Environmental Law

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  • Publication

    EPA Conditionally Excludes CO2 Geologic Sequestration from RCRA Regulation

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  • Press release

    Twelve Jackson Walker Attorneys Selected to ‘American City Business Journals’ “Who’s Who in Energy” List

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker attorneys selected for 2014 The Best Lawyers in America

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2014

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Doubles Down on Data Center Services

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  • Attorney News

    Mike Nasi Elected Chair of State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi Co-Hosts Seminar on Issues in Texas Environmental Law

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Aids in the Passage of Tax Savings for Clean Energy Projects

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    Jackson Walker Helps Pass Bills to Provide Permanent Funding for Texas Water Plan

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Protects Key Tax Exemptions for Power Generation Industry

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    Jackson Walker Protects Truck Stop & Biodiesel Industries

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2013 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi Speaks on Environmental Challenges

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi and Peter Hosey Speak on Energy Issues in Water Rights Law

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Wins Key Victory for Clients Before TCEQ

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 50 “Texas Super Lawyers”

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2013

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  • Press release

    Mike Nasi Speaks at Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Knowledge Sharing Workshop

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  • Publication

    Two Steps Forward for Biodiesel in Texas—New TCEQ Announcements Clear Prior Hurdles & Signal Growth for Biodiesel Blends in Texas

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  • Publication

    EPA Proposes Unprecedented Regulation of Nation’s Power Plants

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  • Publication

    Fifth Circuit Slams Door on EPA Disapproval of Texas’ Pollution Control Project Standard Permit Program, Sends Strong Message to EPA for Exceeding its Authority

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  • Press release

    Leonard Dougal, Cassandra Quinn and Jake Arechiga Published in Essentials of Texas Water Resources

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  • Publication

    EPA Issues Coal Ash Rule Proposal: Requests Extensive Public Comment

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