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Robert Martineau

Commissioner Robert J. Martineau, Jr.

Robert “Bob” Martineau was sworn in as the seventh Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on January 15, 2011.

Martineau has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney in the field of environmental law. He served as senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. from 1988-1994. At EPA, Martineau provided counsel in developing New Source Review, New Source Performance Standards and Air Toxics regulations. He continued to build his expertise in air issues, 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 including 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, PLLC, practicing in the area of environmental law.

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 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, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and Cumberlands.

Martineau earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and holds a bachelors degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota.

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