Attorney Profiles - Thompson and Pugsley, PLLC 
Thompson and Pugsley, PLLC

Attorney Profiles

Anthony J. Thompson - email

Anthony J. Thompson has been practicing environmental and occupational health and safety law since the mid-1970’s. His practice includes legislation, regulatory counseling and litigation involving development of and compliance with environmental and natural resources, law and regulations, occupational health and safety law and regulations, and human and ecological risk assessment and management.

As primary outside counsel to the American Mining Congress (AMC), now the National Mining Association (NMA), for radiation-related issues, he has represented virtually the entire domestic uranium mining and milling industry either as counsel to AMC/NMA or as a counsel to individual licensees since the late 1970s. Thus, for over two decades, his practice has encompassed uranium recovery legislative, regulatory, licensing and litigation issues for both conventional and in situ leach (ISL) facilities, radiation health and safety and radioactive waste disposal issues, Clean Air Act (CAA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) issues related to releases of radionuclides and hazardous substances, and constitutional issues related to federal preemption of Atomic Energy Act (AEA) materials. Mr. Thompson is the prime author of the NMA White Paper entitled “Recommendations for a Coordinated Approach to Regulating the Uranium Recovery Industry” and the NMA/ Fuel Cycle Facilities Forum (FCFF) joint White Paper entitled “Direct Disposal of Non-11e.(2) Byproduct Materials in Uranium Mill Tailings Impoundments“.

Mr. Thompson also represented AMC/NMA in CAA hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), regulatory proceedings and litigation, coal and metal/non-metal mine safety and health regulations and litigation. He has also represented various clients, including major corporations, in legislative, regulatory, and litigation proceedings involving occupational and environment health and safety risk, and risk management issues. He has published and lectured extensively on many of these issues. Because of his expertise, Mr. Thompson was selected by President George H. W. Bush to serve on the National Risk Assessment Commission, created under section 303 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.

Mr. Thompson received his B.A. degree in History from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association; Virginia Bar Association; American Nuclear Society; Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity; The Lawyers Club of Washington; The Alfalfa Club; and an Associate Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration of AIME.

Chris Pugsley - email

Christopher S. Pugsley focuses his legal and political practice on environmental and energy issues, as well as government contracting and regulation and constitutional issues. Many of the issues his practice involves include drafting and implementing legislation, regulatory and contract counseling and litigation, contract and license drafting, occupational safety and health counseling, and risk assessment and management.

On the legal side, Mr. Pugsley spent several months as a clerk with the Department of Justice’s Commercial Litigation Branch on issues related to the federal Commerce Clause and preemption of State regulation of various issues. Mr. Pugsley’s litigation experience also includes working with private attorneys on the ongoing litigation between the Department of Energy and private electrical utilities regarded the proposed construction of Yucca Mountain and compensation from the Nuclear Waste Fund.

Mr. Pugsley’s environmental practice consists of statutory and regulatory analyses of Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency issues related to the possession and use of nuclear materials and the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Mr. Pugsley has worked with the National Mining Association, the Food Irradiation Processing Alliance, and the Gamma Industry Processing Alliance and other NRC and Agreement State licensees on issues of concurrent federal/state regulation of nuclear facilities, federal preemption of State regulatory authority under the Atomic Energy Act, licensing under and compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission and State regulations, and transportation of hazardous materials.

With respect to political issues, Mr. Pugsley currently works with several commercial companies and industry groups in assisting them to achieve legislative goals and improvements to regulations and policies with federal and State entities such as the United States Congress, NRC, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Transportation. Mr. Pugsley also serves as a consultant for these companies and groups on international radiation and transportation issues.

Mr. Pugsley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Washington and Lee University in 1998 and his Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University School of Law in 2001. He is currently licensed to practice in the State of Maryland and is the author of the recently published article entitled The Game of “Who Can You Trust?”—Equitable Estoppel Against the Federal Government, 31 Pub. Cont. L.J. 101. Mr. Pugsley is also the co-author of several speeches and presentations including entitled Trusts and Long-Term Stewardship at Decommissioned Nuclear Facilities given at the Department of Energy’s Long-Term Stewardship Workshop in July of 2001. In addition, Mr. Pugsley is the co-author of the book OSHA Environmental Compliance Handbook: Third Edition, which was published in the summer of 2004 and which has been updated each year since.

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