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Baker Botts’ 31st Environmental Seminar Features Government Officials, Leading Insiders for Industry Issue-Spotting

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HOUSTON, February 22, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, hosted its 31st annual Environmental Seminar in Houston on February 21, 2018. Senior-level government officials, Baker Botts’ industry leading lawyers and other prominent figures in the environmental field were among the speakers who provided insights to promote issue-spotting and benchmarking to more than 100 event attendees.

“Our seminar is a mainstay for industry-insiders and helps them gain perspective on the policy and regulatory changes affecting their companies across the country,” said Scott Janoe, Baker Botts partner and Environmental Department Chair. “Baker Botts lawyers from many firm offices and Departments joined with high-ranking agency staff from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to provide insight into the changes that will most impact the companies and clients affected by the array of challenges arising from D.C., Austin, and elsewhere.”

Substantive panel discussions covered:
  • Crisis Management and Incident Response
  • Clean Air Act Risk & Technology Review Rulemaking Developments
  • Regulatory Infrastructure Impediments and Developments
  • Whistleblower Response Strategies
  • Superfund Recommendations and Litigation Developments
  • CWA Jurisdiction Developments and Litigation
  • 2015 Ozone NAAQS and Texas Nonattainment
  • Climate Litigation

“The high level of client attendance, interest and engagement at the seminar shows how dynamic the law is in the environmental field,” said Matt Kuryla, Baker Botts partner. “Recent court decisions and upcoming deadlines on air quality and water have created substantial uncertainty for many of our clients. Our agency speakers were great at signaling avenues for dialogue on the toughest issues, but a lot of hard work and engagement lie ahead. Our clients gave us many good ideas for further work by our Texas Industry Project coalition, which meets next week.”

“It was another great seminar,” said Jennifer Keane, firm partner out of the Austin office. “Our seminar attendees were fully engaged in these cutting-edge topics, helping share industry perspectives and real-world experiences. And our agency speakers provided the very latest insights on key developments in federal and state policies. We were thrilled to be able to assemble such a lively group.”

Among the outside speakers was Anne Idsal, Regional Administrator for Region 6, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who was the featured keynote for the program. Other guest speakers included Steve Hagle, Deputy Director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) who presented on, “The View from TCEQ,” and Ilan Levin, Associate Director, Environmental Integrity Project who presented on, “Current NGO Priorities.”

The annual event also included various plenary and breakout sessions where Baker Botts lawyers and attendees focused on environmental developments across industries including upstream; midstream; downstream; chemicals; power; and manufacturing, transportation and waste management.

To speak with a panelist or for additional information about the event, please contact Brecke Boyd,


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