John Riley represents clients in permitting and enforcement matters in the air, water and waste media. He advises entities in the power generation, hydraulic fracturing, chemical, manufacturing and waste disposal sectors in matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has also represented numerous clients in contested case hearings in permit and enforcement matters before the TCEQ at the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Texas.
John served as the director of the Litigation Division at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (now Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) from September 1994 to March 1998. While there, he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of the Texas Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Law and other legislative, rulemaking and policy development affecting the full range of the environmental laws in Texas. He also oversaw the development of the Special Investigations Unit, the TCEQ’s environmental crimes investigation unit. John also served as Deputy Commissioner for Energy Resources, Administrative Law Judge, Director of Audit Hearings: Texas General Land Office, Austin, and as Senior Trial Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn.
In addition, John presents at numerous environmental regulatory conferences. Moreover, he has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as before the Texas, Alaska and Louisiana legislatures.
Lead counsel in the successful representation of companies seeking a Prevention of Significant Deterioration air permit for solid fuel-fired power plants.
Lead counsel in the representation of a company in connection with a federal citizen suit brought under the federal Clean Air Act New Source Review provisions, including successfully negotiating a multiparty consent decree with citizen groups and federal authorities.
Lead counsel for a company seeking Underground Injection Control and related environmental permits for a commercial waste disposal facility.
Successfully represented a client by obtaining an air permit for a facility that was opposed by a citizen group, the county government, and federal, state and local political figures.
Successfully represented a client by obtaining several contested Municipal Solid Waste permits authorizing landfill expansions throughout Texas.
Successfully represented a client in obtaining a TCEQ emergency order authorizing air emissions from an alternative loading device following the catastrophic collapse of the permitted product loading structure.
Successfully represented a client in a time-sensitive matter by obtaining an authorization for a new air emission source through a combination of permit alterations and a permit by rule.
Successfully represented a client in resolving an investigation instigated by a civil lawsuit plaintiff’s complaint to the TCEQ of illegal waste handling without any enforcement action being taken by the agency.
Routinely assists clients in the development of positions in legislative and rulemaking matters.
Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Environmental area by Chambers USA, 2012–2017.
The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Administrative Law, 2016 and Administrative/Regulatory Law and Environmental Law, 2006-2015 and 2018.
Named as a Texas Super Lawyer in Environmental Law in 2003–2004 and 2012–2016 by Thomson Reuters.
Texas Bar Foundation, fellow