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Ahlia
Bethea

Associate

Ahlia
Bethea

Associate

Ahlia’s practice focuses on environmental and land use litigation, renewable energy development, and DEC enforcement matters.

Ahlia has experience representing communities affected by PFAS water contamination and is deeply dedicated to the connection between human health and the environment. Ahlia’s general experience includes supporting renewable energy development projects through the permitting process, advising on environmental regulatory compliance, navigating environmental reviews under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), assisting in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) litigation, and facilitating applications for environmental permits, including the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program.

In 2023, Ahlia received her J.D. and MPH from Columbia Law School and Columbia’s Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, respectively. At Columbia Law, Ahlia served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, interned for the Environmental Law Clinic, served on the board of the Environmental Law Society, and was twice elected to the Student Senate.

Before joining SPR, Ahlia worked for a Michigan-based law firm to support plaintiffs in the Flint Water Class Action. She previously served as a summer clerk for Earthjustice, an environmental organizer for the Sierra Club, and a judicial intern for the Honorable Harold W. Fullilove, Jr. of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA,” Co-Author

For: Syracuse Law Review Vol. 73, No. 717

Article Title: Developments in the Law of SEQRA

July 2023

NYSDEC Publishes Proposed Guidance Incorporating Environmental Justice Considerations into Existing Permit Processes

On September 27, 2023, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) published a draft policy aimed at implementing Section 7(3) of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Developments in Regulation of PFAS

  Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to emerge, so to speak, as a focus of regulatory attention on many levels: health, environmental remediation, and manufacturing. Below, we discuss some of the more recent developments affecting this ubiquitous class of chemicals. Nicknamed “forever chemicals,” PFAS are a family of chemical ...

SCOTUS Invokes Major Questions Doctrine to Restrict EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

On June 30, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its 6-3 decision for West Virginia v. EPA. The majority for the Court held that ...

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2023

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2023

University of Southern California, B.A., 2017, Order of the Laurel and Palm

New York, 2023

New Jersey, 2023

Sierra Club, Member and Volunteer