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Inflation Reduction Act Impact on Environmental Compliance

What should companies be paying attention to in the IRA?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was just signed into law, but as the final version trickles out what implications are there for companies around environmental compliance?

Maureen Gorsen, a Partner with Sidley, joined us on Coffee & Compliance dove into the key areas for industrial operations from the IRA as we discussed the provisions and funding on environmental enforcement, data access, monitoring, and environmental justice. Maureen is the former director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the former general counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the California Natural Resources Agency. From her vantage point in private practice, she shared the items on the top of the list for industrial companies around tax breaks related to environmental related capital investments and the risks associated with funding for Environmental Justice and skyrocketing data collection and public data availability.

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Maureen F. Gorsen, Partner, Sidley

Maureen practices at the intersection of public policy, litigation, and regulatory advocacy with a keen sense of her clients’ business objectives. She is a member of Sidley’s Environmental practice, focusing on enforcement defense and regulatory compliance. Maureen has defended clients in both federal and state enforcement matters, including hazardous waste, stormwater, air quality, AB 32, Prop 65, product labeling, food packaging, and business and tax regulation. She develops strategies for regulatory and permit compliance for environmental, financial, tax, consumer products, and supply chain regulation issues. Maureen also assists clients in developing corporate policies to reduce product liability risks and meet sustainability, supply chain, anti-slavery and human trafficking, and conflict minerals statutes. She has a proven track record of coordinating responses to corporate emergencies, surprise government investigations, and catastrophic events, where quick action and strategic insight are critical to protecting a company’s brand.

She is the former director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), where she directed regulation of waste, soil, and water cleanups under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and brownfields laws. Maureen spearheaded the California Green Chemistry Initiative and resulting laws governing chemicals under the California Safer Consumer Products rules and other states’ products programs and federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.

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