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W. Blaine Early III

Dr. Early's Ph.D. in Biology and experience as a college professor help set him apart as an environmental lawyer, where technical expertise is an important complement to the practice of law. His legal practice is a broad approach to environmental law that includes a focus on water and land issues, agriculture, natural resources and energy, and the intersection of surety law and environmental regulatory matters. He counsels clients on environmental compliance and environmental considerations in real estate and business transactions and is active in civil and administrative litigation.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Compliance With Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Regulations and Unusual Stormwater Conditions

27th Annual Business and Industry's Sustanability and Environmental, Health & Safety Symposium, Cincinnati, OH, March 27-28, 2018

The Remains of Water Quality Regulation

20th Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference, Lexington, KY, August 10-11, 2017

Best Practices in Sustainability: Zero Waste, Cradle-to-Cradle, Life Cycle Assessment

28th Annual Sustainabilityand Environmental, Health & Safety Symposium, Cincinnati, OH, March 2017

Current Issues and Perspectives on SMCRA Reclamation Bonding

presented before U.S. Dept. of Interior, Office of Surface Mining, Washington, DC, February 11, 2016

Managing the Risks of Climate Change

14th Annual Kentucky Environmental Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Lexington, Ky., February 10, 2016

Complying with your KPDES Permit Part 2: Details

The Goods, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, May 2015

Stormwater is Everyone's Challenge

13th Annual Kentucky Environmental Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, February 10, 2015

Read It, Do It, Document It: Complying with your KPDES Permit, Part 1: Implementing Plans

The Goods, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, January 2015

Waters, waters everywhere: Does the proposed definition of waters of the United States expand the Clean Water Act's reach?

Trends, Vol. 46 No. 2, published by the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, November/December 2014

Facing High-Tide Successfully: Getting Stormwater Policies Put into Practice

participant in a Committee Program Call sponsored by three committees of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, October 2014

Environmental Compliance and Drinking Water Protection: The Roles of Permits, Plans, and Reports

17th Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting & Reporting Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, August 20, 2014

You Thought You Had a Permit for That Discharge?

17th Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting & Reporting Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, August 19, 2014

From Production to Market

Oil and Gas Rights in Kentucky, Lorman Education Services, Louisville (May 16, 2014) and Lexington, Ky. (May 21, 2014)

Kentucky Regulatory Changes in Water Quality Standards

Environmental Law CLE, Kentucky Bar Association, April 2014

Development of Kentucky Water Laws

and "Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations, Kentucky Waters Laws and Regulations, HalfMoon Seminars, Louisville, Ky., January 2014

Stormwater Regulation, It's Time to Get Serious

2013 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual Environmental Permitting & Reporting Conference, August 21, 2013

Legal and tax issues for energy generation in Kentucky

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, May 2013

Natural resources law update: Issues in surface mining

Kentucky Bar Association, April 2013

Water-related initiatives concerning central Appalachian coal mining

Key Environmental Issues in U.S. Region 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 and American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, February 2013

Reclamation Bonds, The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds

Second Edition, American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (with George Thompson), May 2012

Trends in Water Quality Issues for Appalachian Mining

Kentucky Water Resources Annual Symposium, March 19, 2012

The Balancing Act of Biofuels

presented at the Louisville Bar Association, June 8, 2011

Intergovernmental Cooperating and Coercion in Environmental Law

presented at the CLE Seminar sponsored by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Frankfort, Ky., June 1, 2011

Kentucky Water Laws and Regulations

author and presenter, HalfMoon Seminars, Lexington, Ky., March 31, 2011

Environmental/Reclamation Financial Assurances: Back to the Future

56th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institute, Banff, Alberta, Canada, July 22-24, 2010

Big Waters: Everyone's Resource but Whose Responsibility?

presented as introduction to panel discussion on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, Fall 2009 meeting of the American Bar Association Section on Environmental, Energy, and Resources, Baltimore, Md., September 2009

Property Rights in a Sustainable World: More than Minerals and Surface

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, presented at the Annual Institute, Hilton Head, S.C., May 2009

Biofuel Production and Water Quality

Newsletter of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, July 2008

Toilet to Tap and the Clean Water Act

Newsletter of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, April 2008

Carbon Concerns: Law, Policy, and Business

Environmental Law Update, Kentucky Bar Association, August 2007

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed: The Marriage of Nuisance and Environmental Regulation

presented as part of the panel on CAFO Litigation: Anticipatory Nuisance and CERCLA/EPCRA Liability, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Thirteenth Section Fall Meeting, Nashville, Tenn., September 21-25, 2005

Mold Litigation & Risk Management

presented at Concurring Tomorrow Together, hosted by Park Supply at Caesar's Indiana, January 29, 2005

The Blending of Bankruptcy and Environmental Law Issues

19th Annual Environmental Law Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law, November 14, 2003

Managing Risks of Mold

Center for Higher Education Law, Morehead State University October 3, 2003

Regulatory Climate Under the Trump Administration

Sustainability and Biofuels

What do you do with an old power plant?

You don't miss it until it's gone: Drought highlights the importance of water management

Court says the EPA and Corps of Engineers must follow the law

Not All Biofuels are Green

SEC Describes Disclosure Requirements on Climate Change

Surety's Rights and Obligations Under SMCRA

Mold Fundamentals and the Law

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Ethics Committee, member

Memberships
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Kentucky Academy Of Science, President, 1991; Upper Cumberland River Watershed Watch, 1999-present; Interbasin Coordinating Committee, Current Representative
Community Involvement

Lexington Environmental Commission, Vice-Chair

Bluegrass Tomorrow, Executive Board

Upper Cumberland River Watershed Watch, board member and pro-bono legal counsel

Watershed Watch in Kentucky, Inc., board member

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Law is Blaine's second career. He served on the biology faculty of Cumberland College (now the University of the Cumberlands) in Williamsburg, Ky., from 1979 until 1993, chairing the department (1984 to 1993) and earning the rank of full professor. Prior to joining the firm in September 1998, Blaine was Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Jennifer B. Coffman, United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, in London, Kentucky. Blaine is current vice-chair of the Lexington Environmental Commission and is a member of the Executive Board of Bluegrass Tomorrow. He is a member of the board and pro-bono legal counsel for the Upper Cumberland River Watershed Watch and is a member of the board of the state-wide organization Watershed Watch in Kentucky, Inc. Blaine is a fomer member of the Board of Trustees of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. He is a former chair of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources; former chair of the Natural Resources Section of the Kentucky Bar Association; and, a former president of the Kentucky Academy of Science.

Accolades

Best Lawyers in America®,Energy Law, Environmental Law and Water Law (2007-19)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®(2016-18)

International Law Office and Lexology, Client Choice Award for Excellence in Client Service (2015)

Robert N. Clay President's Award, Bluegrass Tomorrow Awards Breakfast (2010)

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Events

28th Annual Business & Industry’s Sustainability & Environmental, Health and Safety Symposium

Date: 3/26/19 - 3/27/19

Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246

The 28th Annual Sustainability and EHS Symposium is the one conference you’ll want to attend. Attendance will give you the competitive edge in meeting today’s complex regulatory challenges and help you manage differently in the changing business world.

Jennifer J. Cave and W. Blaine Early III January 07, 2019
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
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Kentucky Chamber Appoints W. Blaine Early, III as Chair of Energy & Environment Council

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney W. Blaine Early, III as Chair of the Energy & Environment Council. He will serve a two-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 02, 2018
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Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. For...
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27th Annual Business and Industry's Sustainability and Environmental, Health & Safety Symposium

Date: 3/27/18 - 3/28/18

Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

This is the one conference you'll want to attend. Attendance will give you the competitive edge in meeting today's complex regulatory challenges and help you manage differently in the changing business world.

Jennifer J. Cave and W. Blaine Early III January 05, 2018
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 51 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 11, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America honors 79 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 has recognized 79 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The...
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20th Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference

Presented by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s environmental conference is the most complete and comprehensive permitting ...
Jennifer J. Cave and W. Blaine Early III June 05, 2017
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Chambers USA 2017 honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 22 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2017 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 02, 2017
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Regulatory Climate Under the Trump Administration

Stites & Harbison attorneys Rick Vance, Brian Bennett, Blaine Early and Dustyn Jones discuss the regulatory climate under the Trump Administration in this presentation to a live audience at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky.

by Brian M. Bennett, W. Blaine Early III, Dustyn B. Jones, and Richard A. Vance April 13, 2017
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26th Annual Sustainability & EHS Symposium

Presented by Manufacturers' Education Council No other conference will provide you with a better return on your dollar than the 26th Annual Symposium -- gua...
Jennifer J. Cave and W. Blaine Early III January 10, 2017
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 55 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2017 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and L...
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Best Lawyers in America honors 74 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 has recognized 74 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. T...
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 64 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

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Best Lawyers honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

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by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2015
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Hot Topics in Banking and Real Estate Litigation

Stites & Harbison attorneys Rick Vance, Blaine Early, Chrisandrea Turner and Brian Pollock on Hot Topics in Banking and Real Estate Litigation.

by W. Blaine Early III, Brian R. Pollock, Chrisandrea L. Turner, and Richard A. Vance April 23, 2015
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Stites & Harbison Attorneys Earn 2015 Client Choice Awards for Superior Client Service

(image) LEXINGTON, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys Bill Gorton and Blaine Early have each earned Client Choice Awards for 2015 for outstanding client...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 06, 2015
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Sustainability and Biofuels

As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it." This describes the current state of biofuels.

by W. Blaine Early III December 15, 2014
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Best Lawyers honors 89 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 has recognized 89 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 57 areas of ...
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Eighty-nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is pleased to announce that 89 of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 57 areas o...
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Articles

You don't miss it until it's gone: Drought highlights the importance of water management

Click here to read this article. Blaine Early and Kathryn Taylor (a summer associate with the firm) explore how regulators, water users, legislators, and...
by W. Blaine Early III August 01, 2012
Presentations

Current and Emerging Legal Issues on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Click here to view this presentation. Topics Mountaintop Removal "Must Know" Concepts Waters of the United States and Section 404 of the Clean Wat...
by W. Blaine Early III and William T. Gorton III February 28, 2012
Client Alerts

Court says the EPA and Corps of Engineers must follow the law

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down policies and procedures adopted by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the...
by W. Blaine Early III October 19, 2011
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Seventy-five Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 75 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 55 areas of practice in ...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 12, 2011
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Seventy-three Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 73 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 35 areas of practice in ...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 11, 2010
Articles

Not All Biofuels are Green

It seems reasonable. Abundant sunlight, soil, and water are used to grow plants to be harvested and then burned directly or processed to produce liquid fue...
by W. Blaine Early III March 01, 2010
Client Alerts

SEC Describes Disclosure Requirements on Climate Change

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3 to 2 to approve the publication of an interpretative release to provide disclosure guidance to public ...
by W. Blaine Early III February 05, 2010
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Seventy-two Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 72 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 33 areas of practice in ...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 10, 2009
Presentations

Surety's Rights and Obligations Under SMCRA

This outline is intended to accompany and supplement the panel discussion on coal company bankruptcies. It describes the nature of reclamation surety bonds...
by W. Blaine Early III and William T. Gorton III October 14, 2004
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Mold Fundamentals and the Law

Sections I and II of the paper introduce the fundamentals of mold science and describe how those fundamentals interact with the law. Section III reviews se...
by W. Blaine Early III July 24, 2003