By Casey Sullivan
Feb 15 (Reuters) - Scott Fulton, the former general counsel
of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is expected to join
the Washington law firm Beveridge & Diamond as a principal in
March, the firm said on Tuesday.
Fulton, 58, was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve
as the EPA's general counsel in 2009 and has advised the agency
on legal issues stemming from greenhouse gas emission and on
environmental policy and regulation, such as the Clean Air Act
and Clean Water Act.
He also successfully defended the EPA against a number of
states and industry groups which challenged the agency's
authority to enforce greenhouse gas emission regulations.
At the 100-lawyer Beveridge & Diamond, which specializes in
environmental and energy law, Fulton will advise companies on
environmental policy and compliance issues, he said.
"The clients become different, but it will still be about
understanding what the environmental obligations are," he said.
Fulton noted that he took the EPA general counsel position
in 2009 with the understanding that he would carry out a single
"I spent 30 years with the federal government and am ready
to turn my attention to some other pursuits," he said.
At Beveridge & Diamond, Fulton joins a handful of his former
EPA colleagues, including Steven Herman and Jonathan Cannon.
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