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Robert A. Manning

A native Floridian, Robert has been practicing environmental law with Hopping Green & Sams since 1994.
Robert’s practice focuses primarily on air quality-related issues, including policy development, legislation, rulemaking, permitting and enforcement. Although his practice recently has focused on issues affecting the electric utility industry, he also works for many other industrial and municipal clients, including phosphate, solid waste management, oil and gas, chemical, fuel distribution, and cement. When not practicing law, Robert enjoys outdoor adventures with friends, including mountain biking, boating, hiking and golf. In the last few years, Robert has also roamed over 50,000 miles around the country on his Harley-Davidson. Robert is also very grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community, most recently as a member of the United Way’s Community Resource Team, and as a temporary host parent for the Children’s Home Society.
Education
  • University of Tennessee, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Florida, B.A.
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court (Northern District of Florida)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit, Eleventh Circuit)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section (member of Executive Council, 1998-2008; Chair, 2007-08), Administrative Law Section
  • Air & Waste Management Association, Board of Directors (Chair of State Section, 2006; chair of Big Bend Chapter, 2005)
Community Involvement
  • United Way’s Community Resource Team, member
  • Children’s Home Society, temporary host parent
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Administrative Law & Environmental Law 2021 edition
Legal Experience
Manages issues related to air quality regulation for the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, Inc. Recent complex actions include New Source Review permitting, Regional Haze Rule submittals, climate policy development, creating approaches to recent revisions to National Ambient Air Quality Standards, and commenting on a barrage of federal air-quality regulations.
Counsel in protracted, multi-party litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
Represents public and private industrial clients in matters before local, state and federal agencies, primarily relating to air quality regulation, permitting, and enforcement.
Experience with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency information requests under Section 114 of the Clean Air Act and the national New Source Review enforcement initiative.
Assisted clients in preparing construction and Title V air permit applications and negotiated permits with local, state, and federal permitting authorities.
Defended clients against local, state, and federal enforcement actions alleging noncompliance with environmental laws.
Frequent lecturer at public conferences and client seminars on various environmental and administrative law issues.
Representative Published Decisions
North Carolina v EPA, 531 F.3d 896 (D.C. Cir. 2008)
EME Homer City Generation, L.P. v EPA, 696 F.3d 7 (D.C. Cir. 2012)
EPA v EME Homer City Generation, L.P., 134 S. Ct. 1584 (2014)
EME Homer City Generation, L.P. v EPA, 795 F.3d 118 (2015)
State of Wisconsin v EPA, 16-1406 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 13, 2019)
In the News
Aug 20, 2020
Hopping Green & Sams attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021
Robert Manning mentioned
Jul 15, 2019
Twelve HGS Attorneys among Environmental Permitting Summer School Faculty
Robert Manning mentioned
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