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National Law Journal recently published its third annual issue of Energy and Environmental Trailblazers, which recognizes individuals who make a mark in energy and environmental law. Among those recognized in this year's issue is Venable partner Doug Green.

Discussing his interest in environmental law, Green said, "I recognized early on that environmental law offers a wide spectrum of experience – administrative, statutory, federalism and constitutional law issues, and, of course, litigation. It's an interesting and relevant area in which to practice law – that's why I've always enjoyed it." In recent years, his practice has focused heavily on regulatory issues involving fossil fuels. "I've been particularly busy representing clients before the EPA, Congress, and the courts with respect to the proper management of coal combustion residuals, a by-product of the combustion of coal for energy production," he said. "I've worked with our clients to develop strategies for encouraging the beneficial use of this important by-product and for the development of proper disposal options when beneficial use is not available."

Looking ahead, Green is watching the EPA as it redefines its role in implementing and enforcing federal statutes. "As the agency looks to the states to play a more active role in administering federally delegated programs, NGOs will likely play a greater role in supplementing state and EPA enforcement of federal environmental programs."