Laura’s apply has centered on Clear Air Act issues for over 20 years.
Laura’s air high quality expertise contains advising and representing entities on a broad vary of allowing, compliance, and coverage points. She has represented chemical manufacturing operations, electrical utilities, petroleum refineries, oil and gasoline pipelines and terminal amenities, various/renewable vitality operations together with photo voltaic vitality initiatives, landfills and waste combustors, metal manufacturing amenities, mining operations, and different facility sorts relating to federal and state allowing and compliance points.
Her complete NSR and Title V allowing apply contains counseling on the numerous and sometimes advanced points related to federal NSR (prevention of great deterioration/PSD and nonattainment) and Title V allowing, together with single supply/aggregation analyses to find out the applicability of these packages. Laura assists shoppers with Title V allowing, together with counsel relating to required cheap inquiry, deviation reporting, and compliance certification. She additionally assists with MACT/NESHAP and NSPS commonplace compliance and responding to Part 114 requests.
Laura advises shoppers relating to compliance audits and disclosing violations pursuant to Environmental Safety Company and state audit packages, together with the Texas Environmental, Well being & Security Audit Privilege Act. She additionally offers counsel and illustration on enforcement issues and represents regulated entities in administrative hearings. She has represented particular person entities and commerce associations on federal and state coverage points and offers counsel relating to fireplace prevention necessities and equivalency determinations.
She is a previous Chair of the agency’s Air Observe Group.
Earlier than getting into personal apply, Laura served as an assistant legal professional normal within the Pure Sources Division of the Workplace of the Lawyer Basic of Texas. She additionally labored for the Texas Pure Useful resource Conservation Fee (now the Texas Fee on Environmental High quality or TCEQ), the place she rose from the place of a employees legal professional within the Air High quality Part to senior legal professional.
Upon commencement from regulation faculty, Laura served as a decide advocate in the USA Air Power. As a decide advocate, she acquired intensive litigation expertise prosecuting army felony trials by court-martial and representing the Air Power in administrative hearings and in addition supplied counsel on environmental points and help with environmental compliance audits at numerous Air Power bases.
She beforehand served as a member of the State Bar of Texas Public and Administrative Regulation Council. She studied piano efficiency on the Oberlin Conservatory of Music earlier than transferring to Duke College.