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Charles B. Howland
New York
PHONE: +1 212 696 8870
FAX: +1 212 697 1559

Charlie Howland is partner and head of Curtis’ Environmental group, which helps clients find and implement creative, cost-effective means to comply with U.S. and foreign environmental statutes, regulations and policies. Charlie’s work focuses on providing practical advice in the acquisition and sale of facilities and the re-development of brownfield sites; counselling, enforcement, and litigation matters involving facility cleanups under federal and state laws; risk management plan preparation and emergency release/spill reporting; crafting real estate and other commercial transactions to address environmental concerns; and helping businesses identify ways to advance their operations in accord with national and international sustainability initiatives.  He is nationally known for his work helping to facilitate the development of renewable energy projects on environmentally impaired land. 

Prior to joining Curtis, Mr. Howland served as a Senior Assistant Regional Counsel at the U.S. EPA’s Mid Atlantic Regional office, where he worked on some of the Region’s most complex site cleanups and enforcement actions, as well as on several workgroups which wrote national EPA enforcement guidance (municipal solid waste, tenant liability, formerly used defense sites).   In 2018 before joining Curtis he served as Senior Advisor to EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance as lead or participating attorney on several workgroups implementing Superfund Task Force reforms (Enforcement, Environmental liability transfer mechanisms, Groundwater policy).

In 2008 and 2009 on a leave of absence from the EPA, he served as general counsel for a utility scale renewable energy project development firm. He also has extensive experience serving in private practice as well as in academia. Additionally, he recently completed three terms as a member and co-chairman of the Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania Planning Commission.

Mr. Howland frequently publishes and lectures on environmental and energy law and policy, and was appointed to the U.S. State Department's Fulbright Specialist Program Roster for a three year term beginning August 2017.  He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Navigating the Regulatory State) and Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (Energy Law).


American Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Leadership Council, Environmental Law Institute
Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court


EPA Silver Medal (EPA OECA) 2017 , for “effectively and efficiently collaborating, internally and externally, to facilitate and expedite the remediation and redevelopment of the Tradepoint Atlantic Facility”
Gold Medal, 2015, Service Excellence, Philadelphia Federal Executive Board, for leading EPA team negotiating coordinated federal and state agreements to clean up the Sparrows Point Steel Mill site
EPA Silver Medal (EPA OSWER), 2013, for leadership in EPA’s RE-Powering America Renewable Energy Initiative
EPA Region III Public Service Award, 2006, and Philadelphia Area Federal Executive Board Excellence in Government Awards Program, Bronze Medal, 2006, for work as board member of the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission, the Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania, and BlackGold Biofuels
EPA Bronze Medal (EPA OSWER), 2002, for leadership in EPA workgroup which drafted EPA’s 2002 “Policy Towards Privately-Owned Formerly Used Defense Sites”
EPA Bronze Medal (EPA OSWER), 2001, for leadership in EPA’s negotiation with the Department of Defense regarding its proposed RCRA Range Rule

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