Environment Rhode Island Research and Policy Center Staff

John Rumpler
Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center
Senior Environmental Attorney
(617) 747-4306

Mr. Rumpler oversees policy and strategy development the environmental campaigns for Environment Rhode Island and other groups. He has advised advocates on several successful policy initiatives—including California’s first-in-the-nation "polluter pay" law for drinking water contamination, New Jersey's designation of 45 "Category One" waterways, and North Carolina's recent law ordering cleanup plans for key lakes. 

He has served as senior advisor on numerous reports on water quality and enforcement—including TexPIRG's "Asleep at the Wheel," Environment Maine's "Off The Hook: Why Maine Needs Tough Penalties To Protect Its Waters," Georgia PIRG’s "Budgeting For Clean Water: How Polluter Fees Can Increase Georgia's Water Quality Enforcement," Environment California's "Perchlorate and Children's Health: The Case for a Strong Cleanup Standard for Rocket Fuel in Drinking Water," and Ohio PIRG's recent report "Sewage Overflow: Billions Of Gallons Of Sewage Contaminate Lake Erie."

Before returning to work with Environment Rhode Island and our allies, 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 state tobacco litigation, 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.

Education: J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1996; B.A., Tufts University, 1988.