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Ryan Russell Kemper


St. Louis
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Ryan provides in-depth advice to clients dealing with environmental issues on both the state and federal level.

He assists companies with litigation, regulatory and transactional matters arising under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA and their state-law counterparts. He also deals with issues regarding climate change and sustainability initiatives and has been a frequent speaker on environmental policy and politics. Currently, Ryan is handling Clean Air Act enforcement matters, advising clients on carbon credit and sustainability issues, participating in the defense of a major class-action nuisance lawsuit, and handling federal and state regulatory matters throughout the country.

Before attending law school, Ryan was on the staff of the Environment and Energy Committee of the Illinois State Senate where he worked on legislation dealing with voluntary cleanup programs, clean air issues, energy regulation, and invasive species.  In addition, Ryan has worked on Capitol Hill providing research and analysis on a number of environmental and scientific topics, including clean water issues and biofuel development.

Thompson Coburn Publications

What to do when the government comes calling: A checklist for handling facility inspections

Environmental deregulation under President Trump: Business as usual?

Supreme Court overturns EPA’s 'Tailoring Rule,' upholds GHG BACT for 'anyway' sources


Ryan R. Kemper, Note,
Responding to Bioterrorism: An Analysis of Titles I & II of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, 83 Washington University Law Quarterly 385, 2005


"President Obama's Second Term & Energy Agenda";
Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials Managers Spring Seminar, St. Louis, MO, April 2013

"The Client Consultant-Attorney Relationship: Making it Work from Start to Finish";
Crop Production Services' Technology Share Conference, Loveland, Colorado, May 2012

"Accident Investigations: Collecting High Quality Information the Right Way";
Crop Production Services' EH&S Fall Staff Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, September 2011

"Environmental Reports and Consultant Communications: Tips from a Legal Perspective";
Crop Production Services' Technology Share Conference, Loveland, Colorado, March 2011

"Environmental Law 101: Just the 'Acts'";
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Environmental Conference at the Lake, Osage Beach, Missouri, July 2010

"President Obama's Green Team and the Administration's Environment and Energy Agenda: One Year Later";
Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials Managers Spring Seminar, St. Louis, MO, April 2010

"Pending Federal Carbon Cap and Trade Legislation- H.R. 2454: The American Clean Energy and Security Act (panelist)";
Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois Board Meeting, Collinsville, IL, October 2009

"The New Administration: What to Expect from President Obama's Green Team";
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois Seminar: The Musical Chairs Surrounding Air Issues and the New Administration, Willowbrook, IL, March 2009

"USEPA RCRA Enforcement Issues";
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois RCRA Seminar, Fairview Heights, IL, January 2009