Environment Illinois Research & Education Center Staff
Mr. Rumpler coordinates Environment America’s state and federal work on clean water, toxics pollution, and land preservation. His recent work includes successful campaigns to restore the Chesapeake Bay, halt the expansion of offshore oil drilling in the wake of Deepwater Horizon, and protect the Grand Canyon from toxic mining. His current efforts also include safeguarding our beaches from runoff pollution and sewage overflows, and protecting our drinking water from gas drilling.
In addition, Mr. Rumpler has either advised or co-authored numerous research reports – including Corporate Agriculture and America’s Waterways, Toxics on Tap, and Quietly Paving Paradise (see our Reports section). He has also testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure regarding enforcement of the nation’s clean water laws.
Prior to his position at Environment America, Mr. Rumpler practiced public interest and environmental law, representing community organizations in land use, zoning, and permitting matters. In 1998, he represented local activists in Lowell, Mass.—defeating a proposed trash transfer station in a low-income neighborhood after an all-out battle that included more than 15 public hearings. At the height of the states’ litigation against Big Tobacco, Mr. Rumpler prevailed in discovery matters against high-powered law firms representing R.J. Reynolds and Phillip Morris. In 2002, he represented a coalition of community organizations and transit riders in Boston, Mass., in negotiations with the MBTA—winning bus-to-bus transfers and commitments to reduce diesel bus emissions.
Mr. Rumpler began his environmental advocacy work as a student activist with MASSPIRG in 1985, and he served as director of OhioPIRG before earning his law degree.
Education: J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1996; B.A., Tufts University, 1988