Practice OverviewPeder Larson specializes in advising clients on environmental, regulatory, government relations, energy and land use matters. Peder chairs the Larkin Hoffman Land Use, Real Estate Development and Government Relations Department. He was selected by Best Lawyers in America as the Environmental Lawyer of the Year for 2014-15.
Peder has completed environmental impact statements, environmental assessment worksheets and state and local permitting processes for clients in a wide range of industries including metallic mining, nonmetallic mining, materials processing, ethanol production, residential and institutional land development and waste management. He provides compliance advice and representation in enforcement matters and represents clients at the state legislature where he has drafted and successfully managed the passage of a variety of laws to improve the statutory framework for his clients. He represents clients in environmental matters in trial and appellate courts and provides expert testimony in litigation and legislative forums.
Peder also advises and represents clients nationally. He has served as regulatory counsel for a mercury waste management company, representing the company on environmental and health safety issues throughout the United States and as local regulatory counsel for a major national retailer. He completed a multi-year project for a major automobile manufacturer to reduce the cost and regulatory burdens related to handling hazardous waste at nearly every automobile assembly plant in Michigan.
He reestablished his law practice in 1999 after six years at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the last two and a half as commissioner. He specializes in representing clients in their interactions with government including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Office of Energy Resources, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. Department of Justice, the Minnesota Legislature and local governments.
While at the MPCA, Peder chaired the MPCA Citizens’ board, was a member of the Minnesota Environmental Quality board and was a member of the governor’s cabinet. He led a significant restructuring of the MPCA and was the leader of regulatory innovation efforts for the Environmental Council of the States.
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Professional Associations & Memberships
Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
EPA National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Technology
January 2010 Bench & Bar article, "Reforming Environmental Review"
Ethanol Update - 2010
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