Paul Sarahan is an Austin litigation attorney who focuses his practice on a wide variety of environmental issues. Mr. Sarahan represents clients in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, transportation, technology and retail industry sectors. He has more than 20 years of experience in the law, policy, regulation and commercial use of the environment.
Mr. Sarahan is well-versed in handling civil and criminal enforcement, permitting, auditing, litigation, workplace safety, air quality, water rights, water quality, waste handling and disposal, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) matters.
In his practice, Mr. Sarahan represents clients before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as before state environmental agencies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Wyoming. He also has handled matters before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sarahan served seven-plus years as the director of the Litigation Division at the TCEQ, and four years as a senior attorney or staff attorney for the TCEQ. Mr. Sarahan was directly responsible for the commission's Environmental Audit and Supplemental Environmental Projects programs.
During his tenure at the TCEQ, Mr. Sarahan litigated complex environmental cases involving enforcement and permitting. In addition, he assisted in rulemaking, compliance history, penalty policy and emissions events issues, and testified before the Texas Legislature on environmental enforcement and compliance issues. He advised TCEQ's Superfund program, voluntary cleanup program (VCP), innocent owner/operator program (IOP) and petroleum storage tank (PST) program. Mr. Sarahan also supervised TCEQ's criminal investigations unit, reviewed criminal cases brought by the state's environmental crimes task force and served on the agency's Homeland Security Task Force.
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