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Robert Meyers

Phone: +1 202.624.2967
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Bob Meyers is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring and a member of the firm's Environment & Natural Resources Group, where his practice focuses on federal and state energy and environmental issues, specifically Clean Air Act (CAA), greenhouse gas, and climate change regulation and litigation. Bob has represented clients in related litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit) and the Ninth Circuit.

With more than three decades of Washington experience in energy, utility, transportation, fuel, and climate issues, Bob formerly led the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, serving as Assistant Administrator (Acting) and Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator. In 2019, Bob was appointed to serve on the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

Prior to his work at EPA, Bob served as Deputy Chief Counsel for Energy and Environment and Environmental Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Chief of Staff for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. As a result, Bob has extensive experience in the legislative process and regulatory implementation, including the drafting and negotiation of environmental and energy statutes and the promulgation of Clean Air Act regulations affecting national ambient air quality standards, stationary and mobile source requirements, fuels and fuel additives, hazardous air pollutants, and ozone-depleting substances.

During Bob's tenure with EPA, the landmark case of Massachusetts v. EPA was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Bob oversaw efforts at EPA to respond to the court's ruling, including development of light duty automobile regulations and publication of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Greenhouse Gases in July 2008 (ANPR). The ANPR addressed the seminal issue of regulating stationary sources for greenhouse gas emissions under authority of the Clean Air Act as well as provided extensive analysis of regulatory pathways for mobile and stationary sources. Bob additionally managed Agency efforts to set final primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone; primary and secondary NAAQS for lead emissions, control of emissions from locomotive and marine diesel engines, final rules for small engines and final radiation health and safety standards for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

While at EPA, Bob also closely supervised implementation of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and the development of regulations for the expanded "RFS2" program under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. He also testified before Congress on 12 occasions concerning climate change, regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, mercury regulations, and pending energy legislation regarding alternative fuels, infrastructure, and vehicles. Bob additionally represented the United States Government at international environmental meetings and helped organize U.S. negotiating efforts within the Montreal Protocol process to accelerate the production and consumption phase out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

During his prior service with the U.S. House of Representatives, Bob served as lead counsel for several titles of Energy Policy Act legislation considered between 2002 and 2004, including provisions on climate change, renewable fuels, fuel additives, clean coal technology and research and development. He also represented House Energy Commerce Committee members on the 2002 Farm Bill conference and the 2004 highway funding bill (TEA-LU) and drafted Title IV of the 2001 Bioterrorism Act to establish drinking water security measures.

Bob's significant legislative experience includes  House and Senate conference committees for the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, "TEA-LU," defense authorization bills, and environmental provisions in agricultural legislation. He drafting and negotiating several successful amendments to the Clean Air Act, including measures regarding the State Implementation Plan crediting of vehicle commuting, addressing U.S./Mexico cross-border vehicular traffic, the reform of transportation conformity provisions, authorization of the phase-out of methyl bromide, and measures to limit the number of "boutique fuels" allowed for retail sale. Early in his career on Capitol Hill, Bob authored proposals to address acid rain and negotiated several successful provisions to provide emission allowances for utilities in high-growth states.


  • St. Lawrence University (1976) cum laude
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (1979)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits

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"Biden Administration Publishes Interim Social Cost of Carbon Values," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (March 2, 2021). Contacts: Peter Gray, Byron R. Brown, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Robert Meyers
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Don't Sleep on The Social Cost of Carbon," (February 23, 2021). Contacts: Peter Gray, Byron R. Brown, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Robert Meyers
Client Alert / Newsletter
"What EPA Crackdown On Defeat Devices Means For Cos.," Law360 (January 26, 2021). Authors: Robert Meyers, and Paul Freeman.
"EPA Update: Transition to Biden Administration," Joint Meeting of Diesel Technology Forum and Engine Manufacturers Association (December 16, 2020). Speaker: Robert Meyers.
CAAAC Weighs Hurdles For Ambitious Biden EPA Climate Change Policies InsideEPA (December 10, 2020)
Media Mentions
"Hazardous Air Pollutant Activities," 2020 MEGA Symposium: Navigating the Emerging energy Environment (November 17, 2020). Presenter: Robert Meyers.
Biden Faces Regulatory Challenges to Cut Power Plant Emissions Bloomberg Law (November 13, 2020)
Media Mentions
"Election 2020: Environmental Law and Policy," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 28, 2020). Presenters: David Chung, Robert Meyers, Byron R. Brown, Paul Freeman, Amanda Shafer Berman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, and Amy Symonds.
Elections Might Not Resolve Uncertainty Over Fate Of EPA's RFS Inside EPA (October 5, 2020)
Media Mentions
"How The Election May Affect The Renewable Fuel Standard," Law360 (October 2, 2020). Authors: Robert Meyers, and Elizabeth B. Dawson.

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