- Environmental & Natural Resources
|University ||Drake University, B.A., 1970|
|Law School||University of Maryland, J.D., 1976|
|Admitted||1976, Maryland; 1989, District of Columbia|
George currently works on a number of Clean Air Act regulations analyzing proposals and final regulations for compliance with the law, adequacy of technical support, and adherence to procedural requirements. As a well known environmental law and Clean Air Act expert, he helps the firm to develop a larger presence in its Washington, DC Office.
As Chief Minority Counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, George was responsible for legal issues covering the breadth of the Committee's jurisdiction. Activities did not involve only legislation as the Committee has a government oversight responsibility which required involvement in a number of EPA, DOI, and other agencies' policy and regulatory development. He also analyzed and made recommendation on a number of greenhouse gas legislative efforts.
As Counsel for the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, George advised the Assistant Administrator on numerous legal and policy issues covering the entire Clean Air Act. These included, National Ambient Air Quality Standards, motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards, State Implementation Plan development, permitting for new construction and operating permits. He worked with the Interior Department to set policy on greenhouse gas impacts on polar bears and coral in the Caribbean Sea. George worked on approving construction permits for Arctic seas drilling facilities, and the construction of new coal fired electric generating units on and off Indian reservations. He was also responsible for negotiating with various Federal Agencies, including the Energy Department, to get approval to issue revised health-protective standards of the Yucca Mountain Disposal Facility. George accomplished this task which had languished for 5 years in less than one year.
George's private practice involved activities related to regulatory and policy development; legislation (Clean Air Act and administrative law); enforcement defense on issues involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, solid and hazardous waste issues, NEPA and Endangered Species Act. He also represents clients in a number of environmentalists' citizen suits. George advised on compliance with environmental laws, performed due diligence on various construction projects (coal fired power plants, steel mill), and provided environmental opinion letters. He represented clients on obtaining necessary permits for new and modified facilities.
Of Counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2012-present
Chief Minority Counsel, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 2009-2012
Attorney-Advisor, Counsel to Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2007-2009
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 1994-2006
Partner, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, 1986-1994
· Air and Waste Management Association
· American Association for the Advancement of Science
· Editorial Advisory Board, "Environmental Forum"
· Board of Directors, University of Virginia Environmental Policy Center
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Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 Refocuses TSCA Reform
Douglas A. Henderson,John H. Johnson,Angela Levin,H. R. Bert Peña,George Y. Sugiyama, May 27, 2013
This week, Senators Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ and David Vitter, R-LA introduced a bipartisan bill that would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). While the Senate has debated the concept of TSCA reform for several years now, the introduction of this bipartisan bill represents the start of...
EPA Requires 36 States to Overhaul Longstanding Air Rules Governing Source Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction Events
Randy E. Brogdon,Margaret Claiborne Campbell,Carroll "Mack" W. McGuffey,George Y. Sugiyama, February 14, 2013
On February 12, 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a proposed rule that requires states to virtually eliminate longstanding, previously EPA-approved air rules governing emissions from “startup, shutdown, or malfunction” (SSM) events. These rules are relied on by...
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