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NEW TDEC APPOINTMENT -

DOES THE NAME SOUND FAMILIAR?

BY: PAT HUNTER

Governor Bill Haslam recently appointed attorney Robert J. Martineau Jr. as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). He replaces Jim Fyke, Governor Bredesen's appointment. Martineau is a partner with the Nashville law firm of Waller, Lansden Dortch & Davis.

Does the name of Robert J. Martineau Jr. sound familiar; it should?

In his law firm bio, it states, ..."Mr. Martineau defended a large manufacturing facility against a challenge by citizens and environmental groups to air permits issued by the state permitting authority."  As I recall, attorney Steven Stout defended TDEC and attorney Robert  Martineau Jr. represented AE Staley (Tate & Lyle- DUPONT) regarding the air permit expansion matter. Two Loudon County citizen/environment groups including Clean Air Friends - Clean Air Kids and BCAAT challenged the permit and were part of the original Staley's (Tate & Lyle) air permit matter before Clean Air Friends was forced to drop out.

According to the Roane County News, "Robert J. Martineau Jr., once represented TVA in a lawsuit, according to federal court documents."

The bio also notes that for 6 years, he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the US EPA (Washington, DC)

Governor Haslam's appointment to TDEC, I think, sends a strong message to business about the environment.

To learn more about Governor Haslam's TDEC appointment.

 

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01-23-2010