The SmithEnvironment blog is the work of Robin Smith. I am a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in environmental law and policy. Before starting a private environmental law and consulting firm in 2013, I served as Assistant Secretary for Environment at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) for twelve years and had responsibility for the state’s water quality, air quality, sedimentation, mining, drinking water, coastal management, solid waste and hazardous waste programs. Prior to accepting the appointment at NCDENR, I held the position of Special Deputy Attorney General in the Environmental Division of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. There, I provided legal advice to state environmental agencies and litigated environmental cases.
The blog provides nonpartisan discussion and analysis of environmental issues with a special focus on water law and energy policy. The blog has its roots in North Carolina, but follows environmental issues at the state and national level.