Charles McPhedran

Senior Attorney Clean Energy Program


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Charles McPhedran is a senior attorney in Earthjustice’s Clean Energy Program, where his work focuses on air quality and energy matters. He has appeared on behalf of environmental organizations in federal appellate and district courts, in state courts, and before administrative agencies.

Previously, Charley worked for PennFuture on litigation and policy matters regarding air quality, clean water, and energy, and served as in-house counsel on corporate issues. He also worked for EPA, where he enforced federal statutes and twice received the coveted Toxic Avenger award.

Charley is a past president of the Environmental Inn of Court. He has also served on Pennsylvania advisory committees on air quality and on hunting, fishing, and conservation.

Charley received his J.D. from the University of Michigan and his A.B. from Princeton University, where he wrote his undergraduate thesis on pesticide regulation.

When not at work, Charley coaches soccer, runs, bikes, and enjoys wild and scenic New Jersey, from the Pinelands to the Highlands.

The Latest from Charles McPhedran

April 1, 2024

In the News: E&E News

Deal forces EPA to act on 33 state haze cleanup plans

"This moves EPA forward."
May 22, 2023

In the News: WHYY

Philadelphia changed how it regulates toxic air pollution. Here are 3 things to know

“Cumulative impacts reflect the full range of actual risk from a polluting source. That’s how we understand the risk the people are actually exposed to.”
March 28, 2023

In the News: DeSmog

Crypto Mining at Gas Wells Sparks Regulatory Headaches, Outcry in Northwestern Pennsylvania

“The question is whether DEP can make a forceful response to rogue crypto operators.”
Split view of clear and hazy days in Shenandoah National Park.
October 5, 2015

EPA Must Do More for Clean Air in Parks

The Third Circuit orders the EPA to protect national parks from Pennsylvania air pollution.
October 30, 2013

Court Sends Pennsylvania Haze Rule Back to EPA

Agency has an April deadline to rework standard