Harris County Attorney's Office Featured At Public Interest Environmental Conference

 
Harris County Attorney's Office Environmental Protection Group Managing Attorney Sarah Utley delivered a presentation at the Third Annual Public Interest Environmental Law conference on Friday Sept. 6, at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston.

Harris County Attorney's Office Environmental Protection Group Managing Attorney Sarah Utley delivered a presentation at the Third Annual Public Interest Environmental Law conference on Friday Sept. 6, at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston.

 

The Harris County Attorney’s Office was featured as a guest presenter at the Third Annual Public Interest Environmental Law conference on Friday Sept. 6, at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston.

Environmental Protection Group Managing Attorney Sarah Utley delivered a presentation entitled, “Harris County: The US's Third Largest County Takes the Lead in Protecting the Environment Locally,” at the conference hosted by Air Alliance Houston, Bayou City Waterkeeper, Lone Star Legal Aid, Public Citizen and The Powis Firm.

“We wanted to discuss some of the environmental group's recent litigation efforts, and identify ways non-profit organizations can facilitate the office's work,” said Utley.

Utley discussed the enforcement of laws regulating air pollution, water pollution, sewage disposal, hazardous and other solid waste disposal, drinking water contamination, and flood plain management to address a range of environmental problems.

Utley’s presentation is part of the County Attorney’s initiative to educate others about the County Attorney’s Office and how it helps residents of Harris County. The Office will be hosting a symposium on October 10th entitled, “Environmental Disasters in Harris County”.

County Attorney Ryan has filed environmental enforcement actions against a number of companies in Harris County, including ITC, KMCO, Valero, and ExxonMobile, this year alone. He was granted authority last week by Harris County Commissioners Court to commence legal work to help develop the Galveston Bay Park project to combat storm surge.

“As the nation’s third largest county we have no choice but to be leaders in environmental protection,” said County Attorney Ryan. “Our Office will continue to hold polluters accountable and protect the people of Harris County.”