Office of Legal Services
Caroline Sweeney, Deputy Director
Robert Martinez, Director
The Environmental Law Division primarily supports the offices of Permitting and Registration, Water, and the chief engineer. This division provides legal counsel to the agency in all areas of permitting and rulemaking, and represents the executive director in contested permitting matters in accordance with state law and agency rules regarding participation in hearings. The division’s functions also include legal support related to federal program delegation, interpretation of environmental statutes and rules, and support for the Office of the Attorney General in state and federal court litigation.
David Timberger, Director
The General Law Division serves as legal counsel to the agency on issues related to contracts, grants, procurement, employment law and public-service ethics; processing and distribution of information for the public; and records retention. The division director serves as the agency ethics adviser. The division also prepares the administrative records for appeals under the Administrative Procedures Act and supports the Office of Legal Services with administrative personnel (paralegals and legal secretaries).
The division is integral to the agency’s administration, coordinating statewide public hearings; managing its rulemaking, including publishing its rules in the Texas Register; reviewing, tracking and posting information and public notices at its website; and preparing matters for the commissioners’ agenda.
Kathleen Decker, Director
The Litigation Division provides legal representation and support to the Enforcement, Field Operations and Remediation divisions of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement. The division negotiates agreed enforcement orders, litigates enforcement actions, advises the agency concerning cleanup standards and recovery of cleanup costs, and coordinates the programs for Supplemental Environmental Projects and Environmental Audits. Through the Environmental Crimes Section, it investigates and gathers evidence on environmental crimes for prosecution in state and federal courts.
- Criminal Enforcement Review Adopted Rules Help with PDF.
- Office of General Counsel - agenda matters
- Office of Public Interest Counsel - information on contested matters and how to participate in contested case matters
- Office of the Attorney General, State of Texas
- State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)
- Texas Ethics Commission
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Open Records Operating Policy and Procedure
- TCEQ Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) General Information and Application Guidelines
- Enforcement Report to the Commission