Houston
713.650.2776 Direct
713.650.2400 Fax
rrentz@winstead.com

Rebecca counsels clients on environmental matters in all sectors of industry and real estate development. Representative client industries include chemical plants, refineries, power plants, oil and gas operations, natural gas liquefaction export facilities, commercial real estate developers and other industries subject to air quality, waste and remediation requirements.

In Rebecca’s tenure as special counsel to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Executive Director, she worked within the agency on matters relating to regulatory development, enforcement, air permitting, air toxics and compliance with the federal ozone and particulate matter standards. Since that time her practice has focused on air quality regulations, property remediation, and environmental compliance strategies including environmental audits, enforcement defense and rulemaking advocacy.

Projects ranging from air permits for major industrial facilities to real estate plagued with historical contamination are all subject to a wide range of environmental standards. Rebecca provides comprehensive legal advice to ensure that proposed and existing operations comply with the evolving regulatory scheme and can sustain scrutiny in an era with increased public attention. Rebecca’s petrochemical, industrial and real estate clients rely on her to shepherd complex and often contested state and federal air permit matters and remediation mandates from initiation to completion. 

In addition to her work at TCEQ, Rebecca served as Environmental Policy Director for Harris County Judge Robert Eckels.  Rebecca’s work in both the public and private practice of environmental law gives her a perspective that clients value when facing environmental issues associated with the Clean Air Act, Superfund, audit programs, environmental insurance, remediation, and administrative, civil and criminal enforcement.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully representing industrial clients in contested case proceedings and settlement discussions including:
    • Chemical Plant Expansions
    • Concrete Crushing Facilities
    • Electricity Generating Natural Gas and Biomass Facilities
  • Advising clients in multi-million and billion dollar petrochemical, liquefied natural gas export and mid-stream natural gas pipeline projects to strategically apply for, obtain, and comply with state and federal New Source Review permits, including Greenhouse Gas Permits.
  • Leading a coalition of clients to reverse Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to designate Matagorda County as nonattainment for ozone.
  • Advising in all aspects of state and federal air regulatory requirements:
    • Impending requirements due to the anticipated ozone standard;
    • Federal plantwide applicability limits (PAL);
    • Texas state flexible permits;
    • Federal greenhouse gas permitting requirements;
    • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) related general conformity and cumulative air impact reviews; and
    • State and federal regulatory advocacy, including oil and gas emission standards proposed by the EPA for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) program.
  • Defending civil and criminal environmental air and water quality enforcement actions.
  • Counseling clients on environmental projects relating to real property such as:
    • Municipal Setting Designations
    • Voluntary Cleanup Program
    • Texas Risk Reduction Program
    • Environmental Insurance

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