Jackson Walker partner Mike Nasi was quoted in a Law 360 article published on June 4, 2014. The article, titled “Texas Headed For Showdown With EPA Over Carbon Regs,” discussed statewide backlash over the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposed rules to cut carbon emissions from power plants.
Mr. Nasi told the publication that the EPA proposal violates the Federal Clean Air Act and makes unrealistic assumptions about Texas’ ability to undergo a massive conversion of its power plant fleet which effectively punishes the State of Texas for having a diverse power mix.
“The EPA has unrealistic expectations about how that diversity can respond in shifting from one asset to another.” Mr. Nasi said.
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Mr. Nasi is a partner with the Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group in the Austin office of Jackson Walker, where he practices environmental law in the areas of air, water, reclamation and waste management and manages the firm’s air quality practice. As part of the firm’s Environmental and Energy practice groups, Mr. Nasi secures environmental permits for and is active in state and federal policy development on behalf of corporations, governmental entities, and cooperatives in the electric power generation, mining, oil & gas, steel manufacturing, and recycling industries. Mr. Nasi has been practicing before state and federal environmental and energy agencies and the Texas Legislature for more than 19 years in Austin. He received his B.A. in Government and History from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. in Environmental Law from the University of Houston Law Center.