Cynthia L. Taub leads Steptoe’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting and litigation practice, and handles a wide range of environmental and chemical regulatory and litigation matters. Cynthia guides clients through the permitting, consultation, and NEPA processes for complex projects, then represents them if and when the project, permit, or federal funding decision gets challenged.
Cynthia works with clients during the permitting/NEPA process to help ensure the final agency decision will be defensible, while also helping resolve inter-agency disputes that can delay the project. Clients turn to Cynthia for her ability to develop effective NEPA compliance strategies, and for her influential relationships with numerous industry consultants and agencies.
Cynthia works with clients on the integration of the NEPA review process with other statutory requirements, including Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations, Clean Water Act (CWA) permits, Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) consistency determinations, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act reviews, and National Historical Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 reviews.
She also assists clients with related statutes, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In addition, she handles litigation of NEPA, CWA, ESA, and NHPA cases, both at the district court and appellate levels.
In the area of chemical regulation, Cynthia’s practice includes compliance counseling, regulatory development and challenges, and enforcement. She counsels clients on a full range of chemical regulatory statutes, including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). She also comments on regulatory decisions on behalf of clients and has successfully challenged numerous regulatory actions in federal court.
- J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1993, Recipient of Environmental Certificate, Associate Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly
- B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986, with honors, Political Science
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