John W. Carroll is a partner in the Harrisburg office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and chairman of the firm’s Environment and Energy Practice Group. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Carroll joined Pepper in September 1987, after serving three years as chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER). His current environmental practice involves litigation, counseling, transactional representation and government relations.
Mr. Carroll’s practice includes complex litigation and advice in various environmental law disciplines, involving such air issues as VOC and NOx RACT, NSPS, Title V, NOx allowance trading, NESHAPs (asbestos, benzene and others), opacity (Method 9) and malodors; such waste and land use issues as RCRA corrective action, CERCLA, Act 2 and other voluntary remediation activities; wetland regulation; groundwater contamination; and such natural resource areas as oil and gas leasing, gas storage rights, SMCRA and non-coal mining.
Mr. Carroll began his legal career in 1972 as a Special Assistant Attorney General with DER and served in a number of capacities with the agency during 15 years of government service, including the position of Associate Deputy Secretary. As Chief Counsel of DER, he was responsible for overseeing a caseload of 1,100 active enforcement cases and a staff of 50 lawyers.
Mr. Carroll has served on the Legal Committee of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, on the Teaching and Coal Program Committees of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation and as a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee. He is chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section, and past chair of the section’s Oil and Gas Committee.
He served as an adjunct assistant professor of law at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law for many years, where he taught courses in Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Compliance, Environmental Litigation, and Toxic Torts. He has lectured at seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Attorneys General, the American Bar Institute, the Environmental Law Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the National Business Institute, Executive Enterprises, and the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation on such topics as RCRA corrective action, HSCA (Pennsylvania Superfund), hazardous waste regulation, Brownfields redevelopment, indoor air pollution, wetlands regulations, groundwater protection, the Clean Air Act Amendments (including Title V permitting and enforcement), Act 2 of 1995 (Pennsylvania’s Brownfields Program), SARA implementation, and oil and gas leasing and pooling and unitization. He served as a representative of the National Association of Attorneys General on several EPA Superfund Workgroups.
Mr. Carroll is highly rated for environmental matters by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was selected for inclusion on the 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Best Lawyers as the Harrisburg “Lawyer of the Year” for Environmental Law (2015).
Mr. Carroll served as editor of “Pennsylvania Environmental Laws,” published in 1991 by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and as a contributing author to “Pennsylvania Environmental Law and Practice,” published in 1994 by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, as well as in the 6th Edition of the text published in 2010. He served as co-author of “Pennsylvania Environmental Guide” (1997) and “Pennsylvania Air Permitting Guide” (2000) published by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Educational Foundation. Mr. Carroll also authored the chapter “Environmental Issues Arising from Development of the Marcellus Shale” in Aspatore Special Report: Navigating Legal Issues Around the Marcellus Shale (2011 Thomson Reuters/Aspatore).