James Aldredge is a regulatory, administrative, and environmental attorney focused on creative solutions for water and wastewater suppliers. James is skilled at navigating the increasingly complicated and confusing tangle of State and Federal regulatory agencies. He focuses on clearing regulatory hurdles while taking the time to explain the nuances of agency processes so that his clients always know where they stand. James represents clients before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), and the State Office of Administrative Hearings, as well as other administrative agencies and state judicial courts.
James’ past experience serving as counsel for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality equipped him with unique insights and a familiarity with the inner-workings of water rights, districts, utilities, and water quality regulation in Texas.
- Administrative law focusing primarily on representation before regulatory agencies and the State Office of Administrative Hearings regarding a variety of water and natural resources matters
- Water rights permitting, including major reservoir projects, indirect reuse, and securing new water supplies
- Water quality permitting, including Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permits and Texas Land Application Permits (TLAP)
- Water utilities authorizations, including CCN applications and amendments, and water rate appeals
- Water districts approvals, including creation of new municipal utility districts
- Represented local governmental entities and private utilities in water rights, groundwater, and wastewater permit authorizations
- Represented local governmental entities in Chapter 1205 bond validation lawsuits
- Represented local entities in CCN service area and decertification actions before the PUC, district, and appellate courts
- Coordinated detailed environmental impact studies for wastewater discharge applicants before TCEQ
- Numerous contested case hearings before SOAH and administrative appeals to state district and appellate courts, as well as the Texas Supreme Court