Jackson Walker’s environmental attorneys are skilled in all areas of water quality regulation and have the experience to efficiently and effectively guide clients to their goals. We help clients develop effective reuse, disposal, and pollution prevention strategies to tackle challenges before they become problems. We assist clients in their dealings with various state agencies and represent them before the TCEQ and, if contested, before the State Office of Administrative Hearings to obtain water quality permits, and we are prepared to defend those permits in state court. We are knowledgeable on all aspects of the Clean Water Act, including implementation of Section 316(b) rules for cooling water intakes, know how to avoid the pitfalls of water quality laws and regulations, and can provide practical advice and assistance to operate in compliance with those laws, regulations, and applicable permits.
In addition, our attorneys are regularly involved with the state legislature and rule-making bodies in monitoring and influencing decisions that affect our clients. We have the both connections and insights to advise you about new issues and can help you voice your concerns to decision-makers.
- Wastewater Discharge Permitting
- Clean Water Act § 316(b) Cooling Water Intakes
- Flood Management
- Environmental Flows
- Demonstration before TCEQ that a proposed listing of Lake Arlington as thermally impaired under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act was unnecessary.
- Representation of a surface coal mining facility in a contested case hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings in obtaining a new industrial wastewater discharge permit.
- Representation of a major dairy CAFO, located in the environmentally sensitive North Bosque River watershed, in a contested permit hearing, resulting in the issuance of a new TPDES water quality permit.
- Representation of a large poultry egg operation in a contested case hearing resulting in issuance of a new TPDES water quality permit and defending that permit on appeal.
- Representation of a national developer of resort communities in a contested case hearing in obtaining a TPDES discharge permit for a new domestic wastewater plant by unanimous decision from the TCEQ Commissioners denying the protestants’ hearing request and ordering the issuance of the permit.
- Representation of a large multi-state agricultural operation in a Clean Water Act enforcement action brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and two state attorneys general resulting in an innovative Consent Decree.