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New EPA Region 6 Administrator Appointed

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. -- Texas Environmental Update, November 2009

On November 5, 2009, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the selection of Dr. Alfredo “Al” Armendariz as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6.  Dr. Armendariz is a Research Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he has taught environmental and civil engineering since 2002.  He received his S.B. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993; his M.E. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida in 1995; and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.  From 1995 to 1998, as a Chemical Engineer at Radian Corporation (now URS Corporation) he assisted natural gas utilities, pulp and paper mills and wood products companies with permitting and air quality compliance.  During 2002 he served as an Environmental Scientist in the Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division of EPA Region 6. 

Armendariz has served as a member of the advisory board of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Texas office, and as technical advisor to the Downwinders at Risk Dallas area citizen group, the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action, and the Santa Fe-based WildEarth Guardians.  Dr. Armendariz has been a vocal critic of various aspects of TCEQ’s air program.  For example, he has asserted that the emissions inventories for the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas significantly underestimate actual emissions.  In advance of his appointment he indicated that EPA should ensure vigorous enforcement of permits and environmental regulations, and -- to that end -- the new Region 6 Administrator should seek to add 20 to 30 additional inspection and enforcement personnel to EPA’s Houston office.  TCEQ Chairman Brian Shaw issued the following statement about Dr. Armendariz’s appointment on the date of the announcement:  “I congratulate Dr. Armendariz on his appointment as Regional Administrator for Region 6.  I look forward to working with him on our common goals of protecting the health and environment of the people of Texas,” Shaw said.  “While he has a long history as an environmental activist, I hope Dr. Armendariz recognizes that this position is too important to be used as a podium for environmental activism.  I urge Dr. Armendariz to use sound science in his decisions.”

EPA’s news release of Dr. Armendariz’s selection is available at