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Robert J. Martineau, Jr., Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, elected to serve as ECOS President


State Commissioners Elect Tennessee Commissioner Martineau President

Santa Fe, NM – Robert J. Martineau, Jr., Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, was elected by his peers to serve as ECOS President at the organization’s Fall Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joining Martineau at the helm of the national nonprofit, nonpartisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders are newly elected Vice President Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Secretary-Treasurer Henry Darwin, Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and Past President Dick Pedersen, Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. 

“I am honored to lead ECOS at a time when the state-federal relationship is front and center in critical discussions on air, water, and natural resources in our nation,” said Martineau, who was appointed to his Commissioner post by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in 2011. “ECOS is leading conversations on how we collectively are going to deliver a clean and healthy environment to all Americans in a fiscally responsible, modern, and efficient manner.” 

Martineau’s priorities will include advancing the joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-state E-Enterpise for the Environment initiative, building an enhanced relationship between state environmental agency attorneys and EPA’s Office of General Counsel, and advocating for federal funding for state environmental agencies. “States implement 96 percent of the delegable environmental programs in our country. 

This means that the state voice has to be heard and considered, as we are co-regulators with EPA,” said Martineau. “At the same time, state primacy and autonomy must be respected.” 

He also plans to enhance the association’s relationships with the Departments of Defense and Energy. “Silos are breaking down between agencies and departments every day,” Martineau noted. “This opens up new partnerships and opportunities for ECOS to seize.” 

Martineau has spent more than 25 years as an attorney in the field of environmental law, including seven years of service in EPA’s Office of General Counsel and 16 years as a partner in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee.