Roy M. Harsch

Of Counsel Chicago
Phone: (312) 569-1441
Fax: (312) 569-3441


Roy M. Harsch provides comprehensive environmental counsel to a broad array of clients, including municipalities, sanitary districts, manufacturing facilities and developers located throughout the United States.

Roy’s experience includes significant air pollution practice encompassing all aspects of new source review, permitting, and enforcement. These issues affect a wide variety of industrial companies including chemical manufacturing, food processing, iron and steel and utility clients. His extensive air pollution background also includes a thorough understanding and participation in rulemaking at the state and local levels in response to the Clean Air Act requirements. Roy has also actively represented a number of clients engaged in rulemakings before the U.S. EPA.

Roy has continued an active water pollution practice for both municipal and industrial clients including all aspects of NPDES permitting and enforcement including pretreatment programs and requirements. Roy also counsels clients with respect to the evolving focus of U.S. EPA and the state to that of combined sewer discharges, sanitary sewer overflows and storm sewer permitting and enforcement. He is actively involved in the development of state effluent requirements and water quality standards including water toxins, ammonia and nutrients. Roy also has established himself as a unique counselor in the area of agricultural related problems including the representation of numerous grain elevators, grain processors, chemical applicators and livestock operations including feed lots and dairies. In addition, he has actively represented utilities with respect to manufactured gas plant issues, and has participated in the development of risk-based cleanup objectives and Brownfield redevelopment programs.

Based upon this range of environmental representation, Roy is uniquely suited to assist his clients in the establishment of effective environmental management systems and the implementation of environmental audit programs. He has worked closely with the U.S. EPA’s regional and national offices to resolve noncompliance issues through U.S. EPA’s environmental audit policy.

Roy is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of environmental regulation including recent speeches to the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies, Water Environment Federation, Mid-West Energy Group, American Gas Association, Illinois Wastewater Operator’s Association and many firm environmental seminars.


  • Served as the hearing officer at the Illinois Pollution Control Board when the State’s NPDES permit regulations were adopted and then overseeing the delegation from U.S. EPA to the State of Illinois.
  • Represents clients with respect to Title V permitting and enforcement.
  • Counsels clients with respect to public water supply issues and the Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.
  • Represents clients in response to the issues of antidegradation and establishment of total maximum daily load allocations.
  • Counsels clients with respect to wetland permitting and enforcement.
  • Counsels clients with respect to hazardous waste management and permitting under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act.
  • Defends citizen complaints under the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation Recovery Act and private cost recovery actions.


Chambers USA, Illinois, Environment: Mainly Transactional (2005; 2007–2015)

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Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • University of Iowa, M.S., 1973
  • University of Iowa, J.D., 1972
  • Iowa State University, B.S., 1968


  • Chicago Environmental Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee (Past Chair)
  • Delnor Community Hospital Foundation, Board Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee