Gov. Perry Appoints Rio Grande Watermaster Carlos Rubinstein to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Carlos Rubinstein of Austin to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality effective Aug. 31, 2009, for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015, and appointed Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D., of Round Rock as presiding officer of the commission effective Sept. 10, 2009. The commission oversees and establishes policy for the state’s lead environmental permitting and enforcement agency.
“Texas is making great strides toward improving our air quality, without the heavy hand of mandates, thanks to efforts by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and leaders like Buddy Garcia and Bryan Shaw. I appreciate all the significant improvements made under Buddy’s direction as chairman and look forward to continuing those efforts with the team of Buddy, Bryan and Carlos leading this important agency,” said Gov. Perry. “Water is a precious resource in Texas and I’m pleased to have someone of Carlos’ caliber and expertise in water issues joining the commission.”
Texas continues to make tremendous improvements in air quality even as our population increases by 1,000 people a day. The air we breathe in Texas is cleaner today than it was 20 years ago. Statewide, ozone levels have decreased by 22 percent from 2000 to 2008.
Rubinstein is deputy executive director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. His responsibilities include assisting the executive director in all major capacities such as directing operations of all employees in 17 statewide offices, administrative oversight of agency budget, legislative activity, and implementation of agency policies. He serves on the Governmental Advisory Committee that provides advice to the EPA Administrator on environmental concerns regarding NAFTA, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He also serves as a Texas representative in the Border Governors Conference Water worktable and, as Rio Grande Watermaster, he was instrumental in finding a solution to Mexico’s water debt to the United States. Rubinstein is a former city manager of Brownsville. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pan American University.
Shaw was appointed to the commission in 2007. He is chair of the Texas Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulations, a member of the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group, and a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. Shaw is also a member of several committees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board including the Environmental Engineering Committee. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University and a doctorate degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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