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Patrick Traylor
Patrick Traylor
Partner — Environmental & Natural Resources
Partner — Environmental & Natural Resources

Patrick Traylor

Patrick Traylor
Washington

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037

Patrick Traylor

Environmental Enforcement Defense

  • Represents multiple independent oil and gas producers in Clean Air Act enforcement matters brought by the EPA related to the companies’ upstream production assets

  • Represents a private equity portfolio company in a Clean Air Act enforcement matter at a petrochemical facility initiated by Harris County, Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Represents a major industrial manufacturer with respect to compliance with the EPA’s nonroad engine rules

  • Represents multiple entities under investigation by the EPA for potential violations of Clean Air Act tampering and defeat device prohibitions

  • Represents a major engine manufacturer with respect to compliance with Clean Air Act certification matters

  • Represents multiple companies in making significant environmental audit disclosures to EPA and state environmental agencies

  • Represented a West Virginia wind energy facility in a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) criminal enforcement case under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

  • Represented a gas-fired power plant operator in Texas in an internal investigation under the CAA

  • Represented a chemical manufacturer in Texas in an internal investigation under the CAA

  • Represented a Wyoming wind facility in a U.S. FWS criminal investigation under the Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act

  • Represented a Maryland wind facility in a citizen suit case under the ESA

  • Represented a surface coal mine operator in New Mexico in a citizen suit case under the National Environmental Policy Act

  • Represented an underground coal mine operator in New Mexico in a citizen suit case under RCRA

  • Represented a coal-fired power plant operator in North Dakota in an EPA and North Dakota enforcement case under the CAA

  • Represented importers of tropical hardwoods in citizen suit cases under the Convention for the Import of Threatened and Endangered Species

  • Represented numerous coal-fired power system operators across the country in EPA, state, and citizen suit enforcement cases under the CAA

  • Represented automobile and engine manufacturers in EPA enforcement cases under the CAA

  • Represented coal-fired power plant operators in judicial challenges to their CAA construction permits

  • Represented a pork processing company in Virginia in an EPA enforcement case under the CWA

  • Represented a hazardous waste disposal company in a CERCLA cost reimbursement action against EPA

  • Represents a major natural gas transmission pipeline company in obtaining a Clean Air Act permit for a compressor station that is the subject of intense opposition

  • Represents a major oil refining company in the Clean Air Act permitting of an offshore crude oil export terminal

  • Represents a private equity portfolio company in Clean Air Act permitting of a liquified natural gas regasification and power production project

  • Represented an energy company in a major expansion of its refining capacity in Texas by securing a PSD permit

  • Represented a chemical manufacturing company in obtaining a PSD permit that would allow the continued use of its on-site power island

  • Represented an oil company regarding its use of anthropogenic CO2 in enhanced oil recovery operations

  • Represented a fertilizer manufacturing company in obtaining a PSD permit that would allow for a major expansion of its manufacturing operations in the Midwest

  • Represented a major international mining company in the expansion of coal mines in the American Southwest, including evaluating climate change-related impacts of coal combustion

  • Represented an ammonia manufacturing company in obtaining a PSD permit that would allow for the construction of a major new facility on the Texas Gulf Coast

  • Represented a waste-to-energy facility in obtaining a PSD permit that would allow for the construction of a new unit in an eastern state

Credentials

  • The George Washington University Law School, LL.M, Environmental Law, 1996
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D. (Member, South Texas Law Review), 1994
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., History, 1991
  • Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, 2017–2019
  • Chambers USA, Environment (District of Columbia), 2012–2013
  • Selected to the Washington, DC Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), 2014–2015
  • Legal 500 U.S., Environment: Regulatory, 2020
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • “EPA’s National Compliance Initiatives: Understanding EPA’s Enforcement Priorities in 2020-2023,” American Bar Association National Enforcement Conference, November 12, 2019 (panelist)