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J. Patrick Runge

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  • University of Notre Dame Law School
    J.D., 2008,

    cum laude; Senior Articles Editor, Notre Dame's Journal of Legislation

  • Emory University
    B.A., Philosophy & Religion, 2000
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2008
About Patrick
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    My clients are the employees of electric utilities and other industrial facilities in the Southeast, from the environmental compliance officer permitting an emission source, to the engineer crafting an operations plan, to the in-house attorney drafting a company-wide policy.

  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    I spend the majority of my time helping people at electric utilities navigate their industry's ever-changing environmental regulatory obligations, with the express purpose of facilitating informed and efficient business decisions.

  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

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  • Clean Air Act (CAA) permitting of an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant: Advised electrical generating company on state and federal permitting issues related to the construction of and operating permits for a first-of-its-kind IGCC facility in Mississippi. (2014-2016)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting of coal-fired power plant:  Worked with an Alabama client to draft national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit renewal application, including anti-degradation analyses, for a coal-fired power plant with a coal ash impoundment. (2015)
  • Waste management at coal ash pond: Worked with an Alabama client to devise a compliance strategy for operation of a coal ash surface impoundment in response to significant changes in EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations.
  • CAA permitting: Worked with client and third-party consultants to draft a plan for measuring and quantifying fugitive emissions generated at an IGCC facility as required by a Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality air construction permit. (2014-2015)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund listing: Drafted comments for potentially responsible parties (PRPs), industry groups, and other clients in opposition to a proposed National Priorities List listing of an Alabama site based on a novel liability theory proposed by EPA. (2014)
  • RCRA hazardous waste disposal: Advised client on RCRA issues arising from the handling, storing, and disposing of potentially hazardous waste generated by a third-party operation at the client's facility. (2015)
  • Industrial stormwater permitting: Drafted comments for businesses and municipalities in state rulemaking revising Alabama Department of Environmental Management industrial stormwater general NPDES permits for Alabama businesses. (2015)
  • Industrial site remediation: Negotiated a restrictive covenant and access agreement with the Florida Department of Environment Protection as basis for a "No Further Action" certification of an industrial facility in Florida.
  • Environmental risk management review for asset purchase: Assessed the potential environmental liabilities of multiple industrial facilities based on historical operational and regulatory documents. (2014)



    • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2008,

      cum laude; Senior Articles Editor, Notre Dame's Journal of Legislation

    • Emory University, B.A., Philosophy & Religion, 2000
    Bar Admissions
    • Alabama, 2008
    Professional Affiliations
    • American Bar Association, Environmental Section
    • Federalist Society
    Awards & Accolades
    • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorneys in Birmingham, 2015