Austin
512.370.2806 Direct
512.370.2850 Fax
aaxe@winstead.com
Houston (secondary office)
713.650.2651 Direct
713.650.2400 Fax

Al Axe has more than 30 years of experience representing business and industrial clients in environmental, administrative, related litigation and legislative matters. He has provided legal advice and counseling to clients in the following industries: construction, pulp, paper and forestry, electronic, semiconductor, nonferrous metals, chemical (including agricultural chemicals), petroleum refinery, flexographic printing, lime and cement, beef slaughtering and processing, waste disposal and mining.

Al provides general business and regulatory counseling related to the permitting of new and existing industrial plants and solid and hazardous waste management facilities, federal and state enforcement proceedings and property contamination issues. He advises clients with regards to federal, state and local regulation of air pollutants, wastewater discharges, hazardous waste management facilities, injection wells, fuel blending plants and cement plants that burn waste derived fuels. He handles business-related and regulatory-related litigation, including superfund and toxic-tort cases.

Unique Lawyer Experience

  • State Implementation Plans
  • Nuisance and groundwater contamination cases
  • Combustion of hazardous waste
  • Risk assessment
  • Stormwater issues associated with real estate development projects
  • Compliance audits

Representative Experience

  • Over 30 years of experience in representing business and industry in administrative proceedings at TCEQ and EPA, including:
    • Representation of permit applicants in contested case hearings and other permit issues involving commercial hazardous waste landfill, salt dome storage, and injection well facilities, municipal solid waste/medical waste and wastewater discharge matters, hazardous waste combustion and air permit proceedings
    • Representation of in situ uranium mining facilities
    • Environmental enforcement proceedings and investigations, including responses to Clean Air Act §114, RCRA §3007 and CERCLA §104(e) requests for information
    • Successful negotiation of Consent Agreements and Final Orders, Agreed Orders and other administrative settlements involving CAA, RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA, CWA, UST and TSWDA claims
    • Representation of industry trade associations and individual companies in administrative rulemakings
  • Successful representation of business and industry in environmental litigation, including:
    • Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Disposal Act citizen suits
    • Toxic tort cases involving allegations of damages for exposures to various air contaminants
    • Civil investigative demands from the Texas Attorney General’s Office
    • Environmental enforcement actions by the US Department of Justice, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and local governments
    • Property damage cases alleging environmental contamination
    • Appeals from administrative agency decisions
    • CERCLA cost recovery actions
    • Actions by municipal governments for criminal fines under local wastewater and stormwater ordinances
  • Involved in the substantive evaluation of environmental bills filed in the Texas Legislature since the 1981 Session
  • Representation of industrial clients in environmental audits, due diligence investigations, Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program, TRRP and Innocent Owner/Operator issues
  • Representation of clients in environmental criminal investigations
  • Representation of association of cement companies in State Implementation Plan proceedings under the Clean Air Act

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