Thomas Cmar

Senior Attorney Clean Energy Program

Thomas Cmar, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice

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Thomas Cmar is a senior attorney for the Clean Energy Program, and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Thomas first joined Earthjustice in 2012 after working for six years as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he specialized in energy and water issues. Thomas was deputy managing attorney of the Earthjustice Coal Program from 2018 to 2021. In 2021, Thomas moved back home to Ohio and spent a year working in private practice before rejoining Earthjustice in 2022.

Thomas has also worked as an adjunct lecturer in the Environmental Policy & Culture Program at Northwestern University, as an attorney with the International Labor Rights Fund in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School and has a B.A. in Politics & Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Latest by Thomas Cmar

A coal-fired power plant in central Wyoming.
November 2, 2020

Stopping the EPA’s Attack on Clean Water Protections

Earthjustice files a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's giveaway to the coal power industry.
Power plants are the largest source of toxic water pollution in the U.S., but the EPA has issued new regulations that will require power plants to use affordable, state-of-the-art technologies to reduce their pollution.
September 30, 2015

EPA Updates 30-Year-Old Water Quality Standards

After 30-plus years of inaction, the EPA recently issued requirements that power plants use affordable, state-of-the-art technologies to reduce their pollution—or eliminate it where feasible.
Power plant next to a stream
June 17, 2015

Don’t Let Dirty Industries Sell Our Health Down the River

The EPA—prompted by an Earthjustice lawsuit—is considering stronger rules to keep coal-burning power plants from polluting our rivers, lakes and streams.
Power plant near St Joseph MO
January 30, 2015

Cleaner Energy is Coming to Missouri as Utility Announces Coal Plant Retirements

Kansas City Power & Light announces plans to retire three power plants and reduce coal-generating capacity by nearly 20%.
A mother and child near an industrial plant.
August 7, 2014

Politics and Lobbying Influence EPA Rules on Coal Ash Wastewater

ProPublica investigation shines a light on political interference in regulatory rulemaking