Charlie Carter is a partner in the Raleigh office of the Nexsen Pruet law firm, where he focuses on regulatory and environmental matters before Federal, State, and local agencies, including air, water and waste matters. His practice includes permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters involving air, water, waste, brownfields, coastal management, wetlands, and related regulatory programs.
Prior to Nexsen Pruet, Charlie was in private practice in Raleigh and Washington, D.C., environmental counsel for Duke Power Company, Environmental Law Advisor for the Edison Electric Institute, and served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At EPA, he served in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) as Assistant General Counsel and Chief of the National Standards Branch of the Air Division. He also served as Associate Director for the EPA Office of Congressional Liaison. His responsibilities included PM and SO2 SIP implementation, hazardous air pollutants rulemakings and litigation, acid rain litigation and regulation, new source review, enforcement, and radiation matters. He also served as Congressional liaison for OGC and drafted substantial portions of the Bush Administration legislation enacted as the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, for which he received EPA’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service.
Charlie is a Past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association; a member of the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law and Administrative Law Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves as a member of the Council of the EENR Section; and is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the District of Columbia, before the U.S. district courts and courts of appeals for both jurisdictions, and the United States Supreme Court, where he was on the U.S. Government brief in the landmark administrative law decision, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council.