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Matthew Kuryla, partner, discusses Challenges in Attaining 8-Hour Ozone Standard

Matthew Kuryla, a partner in the firm’s Environmental practice, gave a presentation earlier this year on “Houston/Galveston/Brazoria Air Quality Plan Developments: Legal and Public Policy Challenges in Attaining the 8-Hour Ozone Standard” at the Houston Bar Association’s Environmental Section Luncheon. Mr. Kuryla’s presentation, part of a panel discussion with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) and environmental attorney Jim Blackburn, focused on the legal, technical and public policy challenges facing the Houston/Galveston/Brazoria region in attaining the federal ambient ozone standard, which was recently made substantially more stringent. The state’s plan for attaining the new eight-hour standard is due in June 2007, and the new attainment deadline is June 15, 2010. 


Mr. Kuryla’s broad-based environmental practice encompasses regulatory counseling, transactional advice, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He has represented clients before state and federal courts in a variety of environmental actions, and has coordinated multiclient litigation and regulatory negotiation and rulemaking as counsel to several Texas industry coalitions formed to respond to emerging air quality requirements.

To read Mr. Kuryla’s presentation on “Legal and Public Policy Challenges in Attaining the 8-Hour Ozone Standard”, please click here.

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