Matthew Cohen is a partner of Stoel Rives who practices in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group, where he represents industries, electric utilities and trade associations in legislative, rulemaking, permitting and enforcement matters arising under state and federal environmental laws. Since 1990, Matt has represented industries and trade associations in the development of state rules to implement the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. He has served on Washington and Alaska advisory committees created to guide state agencies in the development of air regulations, currently including a Washington advisory committee established to draft greenhouse gas reporting rules. He supports clients applying for NPDES permits, Title V air operating permits and Prevention of Significant Deterioration permits for complex industrial facilities and represents clients facing enforcement proceedings and citizen suit litigation.
Matt also represents nonprofit organizations and local governments seeking to develop bicycle trails on inactive railroad rights-of-way. He represented the Rails-to-Trails conservancy in Dave v. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 79 F.3d 940 (9th Cir. 1996), a Fifth Amendment takings claim, and recently assisted King County, Washington, in efforts to acquire a 47-mile railroad right-of-way in the east suburbs of Seattle.