John Riley is an environmental and energy attorney who focuses on permitting and enforcement matters in the air, water and waste media. He routinely counsels clients on the development of positions in legislative and rulemaking matters.
Mr. Riley advises entities in the power generation, hydraulic fracturing, chemical, manufacturing and waste disposal sectors. He primarily represents clients in matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He also has represented numerous clients in contested case hearings in permit and enforcement matters before the TCEQ at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) in Texas.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Riley served as the director of the Litigation Division at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), which is now the TCEQ. While there, he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of the Texas Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act, as well as other legislative, rulemaking and policy developments affecting the full range of the environmental laws in Texas. He also oversaw the development of the Special Investigations Unit, which is the TCEQ's environmental crimes investigation group.
Prior to the TNRCC, Mr. Riley served as the Deputy Commissioner for Energy Resources, Administrative Law Judge and Director of Audit Hearings for the Texas General Land Office (GLO). He also worked as Senior Trial Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was a prosecutor in the Homicide Bureau and Trial Cadre.
In addition, Mr. Riley presents at numerous environmental regulatory conferences. He also has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as before the Texas, Alaska and Louisiana legislatures.
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