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Edward M. Green

Senior Counsel
Phone: +1 202.624.2922
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Edward M. Green is senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring where he concentrates on regulatory and legislative matters affecting the mining and natural resources industries. Mr. Green's practice focuses on safety and health matters arising out of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. He has decades of experience in complex occupational health issues relating to respirable dust, diesel particulate matter, silica, other airborne contaminants, occupational noise exposure, and the approval and certification of respirators and mining machinery and equipment. Mr. Green's background as a senior administrator of the federal mine safety and health agency and then as general counsel of the mining industry's trade association gives him a unique perspective and understanding of the personnel and workings of both the government and the mining industry. This allows him to develop credible pathways to winning objectives for his clients.

Mr. Green also advises mining industry and other clients on compliance issues relating to the regulation of explosive materials by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). He also counsels a variety of clients on issues concerning the National Firearms Act and the Gun Control Act, and the complex regulations which implement those statutes.

In addition to his regulatory and legislative practice, Mr. Green counsels non-profit organizations and trade associations. For example, he is general outside counsel to the International Cyanide Management Institute, which administers a very successful best practices code of voluntary standards for the use of cyanide in the mining of gold.

Before joining Crowell & Moring in 1993, beginning in 1970 Mr. Green was an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Interior working on mining issues. He drafted many of the mine safety and health regulations still in force today. From 1973 to 1975, he served as a special counsel to the Secretary of the Interior, charged with focusing on legal issues relating to the controversial bills being considered by the Congress that were ultimately enacted as the Surface Mining and Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. He received personal recognition for his efforts from President Richard Nixon. He then served as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration predecessor of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), receiving a citation for meritorious service from Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus for that work.

Mr. Green left government service in 1977 to join the American Mining Congress (a predecessor organization to the National Mining Association). At AMC he served as general counsel and secretary. Among his primary responsibilities at AMC were oversight of the Association's work on all Executive Branch regulatory matters and management of AMC's extensive litigation program.

Mr. Green has spoken and written extensively on mining topics. He is a past president of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and continues as a trustee of that organization. He received both his B.A. degree and his J.D. degree from Boston University under the University's Accelerated Combined Degree Program.

Mr. Green is admitted to practice before several U.S. Courts of Appeals and in the District of Columbia.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals

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MSHA and NIOSH Developments During the Trump Administration – There’s More To It Than Meets the Eye, Wyoming Mining Association, Cody, WY (June 5, 2019). Speaker: Ed Green and Monty Cooper.
Boom & Bust – Emerging Occupational Health Issues in Industrial Minerals, IMA-NA’s Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Savannah, GA (March 26, 2019). Speaker: Ed Green and Monty Cooper.
"Out from Between a Rock and a Hard(rock) Place: EPA Declines to Pursue CERCLA Financial Assurance Rule for the Hardrock Mining Industry," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (December 20, 2017). Contacts: Thomas A. Lorenzen, Edward M. Green, Amy Symonds
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Implementing the Energy Independence Executive Order," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (April 18, 2017). Contacts: Jennifer A. Giblin, Edward M. Green, Tyler A. O'Connor
Client Alert/Newsletter
"NIOSH Issues Revised Chemical Carcinogen Policy," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (January 10, 2017). Contacts: Kevin C. Mayer, Edward M. Green, Daniel W. Wolff
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Update on the Health Effects of Diesel Exhaust: DEMS and the Health Effects Institute Diesel Epidemiology Panel Report," The Industrial Minerals Association - North America's 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL (September 17, 2015). Presenter: Edward Green.
"The Mining Law Monitor," Crowell & Moring Publication, Vol. 28, Issue 1 (Summer 2015). Editor: Daniel W. Wolff; Authors: Thomas P. Gies, Christopher Calsyn, Edward M. Green, Sherrie A. Armstrong, Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, and Preetha Chakrabarti.
"Diesel After DEMS: Regulatory Developments on the Horizon for Mining," Mining Law Monitor (Summer 2015). Contacts: Edward M. Green, Sherrie Armstrong Davis
Client Alert/Newsletter
"OSM Announces Plans To Regulate Gases Released During Surface Mine Blasting," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (March 9, 2015). Contacts: Edward M. Green, Sherrie Armstrong Davis
Client Alert/Newsletter
" MSHA Regulatory Update," Mining Law Monitor (Fall 2014). Contact: Edward M. Green
Client Alert/Newsletter

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