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311 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, TN USA 37996-4134

Phone: 865.974.0505
Fax: 865.974.1838

Bob Martineau
Commissioner of TDEC
State of Tennessee

Robert “Bob” Martineau was sworn in as the seventh Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on January 15, 2011. “Bob Martineau is one of Tennessee’s foremost experts on environmental regulation, and I’m thankful he’s come aboard,” Haslam said. “He brings an unparalleled level of knowledge to the field, and he’ll serve Tennesseans well.”

Martineau has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney in the field of environmental law. For seven years, he served as senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. (1988-1994). At EPA, Martineau provided counsel in developing New Source Review (NSR), New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Air Toxics regulations. He continued to build his expertise in air issues and is co-editor of American Bar Association’s The Clean Air Act Handbook and has authored a variety of substantive articles on critical environmental topics. This authorship includes work on drafting administrative rules in Plain English and accidental release prevention programs under the Clean Air Act.

Prior to his appointment, Martineau was a partner at the Nashville firm Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis, LLC, practicing in the area of environmental law. At Waller Lansden, he had extensive experience working with companies on the development and implementation of corporate environmental management programs and auditing programs. He regularly assisted clients in assessing the impacts of proposed legislative or regulatory initiatives at the federal and state level and developing policy positions with respect to those initiatives. “I appreciate the confidence Governor Haslam has shown in me, and I am proud to be part of his administration,” Martineau said. “I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve the state in this role.”

Martineau is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and a former council member of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association. He is also active in the community as past president of First Steps, Inc., a child development center; Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and Community Health Charities, Tennessee Chapter. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and Cumberlands.

Martineau, 52, is married to Pamela Eddy, and they have a daughter, Meredith. He earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and holds a bachelors degree from St. John’s University (Minnesota).

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