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Kenneth M. Kastner

Washington, D.C.

Kenneth M. Kastner

In the 1980s, Ken Kastner, as the Assistant General Counsel of the Chemical Manufacturers Association, currently the American Chemistry Council, developed and advocated the positions of the chemical industry during the key years when the major hazardous waste programs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) were being adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and challenged in court.

Ken uses this experience to counsel clients on their hazardous waste regulatory requirements, defend them in enforcement actions, represent them as they investigate and remediate contaminated sites, negotiate and appeal their permits, and advocate their positions in rulemakings, litigation, and legislation. As national RCRA counsel to several manufacturers of chemicals and allied products, Ken's practice involves facilities in all of the states and EPA regions. Ken is identified as an outstanding attorney in the environmental area by Best Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer? and Chambers USA.

With 35 years of experience in transportation law, Ken also represents clients on matters relating to transportation of hazardous materials, liability of shippers and carriers for transportation incidents, contracts between shippers and carriers, and the regulation of carriers and shippers by the Surface Transportation Board and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Ken also assists clients on their security requirements under DOT, EPA, and Department of Homeland Security rules.

A regular trainer and instructor, Ken chairs national seminars on RCRA corrective action and advanced RCRA topics.

"He has amassed an incredible knowledge of the chemistry area and has an excellent manner when working with government agencies — he always knows what the best path forward will be."


Representative Experience

Defended and settled two of the largest federal single-facility civil and criminal enforcement actions alleging dozens of hazardous waste violations.

Lead environmental counsel to Kuwait for remediation of its natural resources that were damaged in the Gulf War using US$3bn in reparations.

Handled over 75 RCRA corrective actions, closures, and other remediation projects, including permit appeals and project management.

On PCE contamination, lead counsel settling >1,000 class and non-class claims, two contribution actions, three Pennsylvania orders, and installing water line.

Represented largest marketer of beneficially used coal ash in response to EPA's proposed rules, Congressional legislation, and in citizen suit.

Prepared comments for 11 industrial trade associations in EPA's proposed rulemaking to revise 35-year-old hazardous waste generator rules.

Represents chemical manufacturers regarding recycling of secondary materials and wastes in counseling, enforcement actions, and rulemakings.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Virginia, 1974
  • Visiting Student, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1973


  • Member, Editorial Board, Hazardous Waste Consultant

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia



Chambers USA



Who's Who Legal


Transportation Practice Group of the Year in Washington, D.C.

Global Law Experts


Environmental Law

The Best Lawyers in America

2007-2010, 2013-2015


Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


Environmental Litigation

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


Hazardous Materials Transportation Attorney of the Year in Washington, D.C.

Global Law Experts


Washington Post Top Lawyers


Environment Super League

PLC Which Lawyer?



PLC Which Lawyer?

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Splitting the Difference on Coal Ash

Public Utilities Fortnightly (March 2015)

Published Works

Recycling and the Definition of Solid Waste

RCRA Practice Manual, Chapter 3, American Bar Association (2014 and 2004 Editions)

Published Works

Liability from Hazardous Materials Transportation: Are You Protected?

ACCA Docket (November/December 2002)
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