Maria V. Houser

Associate

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3339
Business Fax: 404.962.6581

maria.houser@troutman.com

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Maria Houser is an associate in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders and is a member of the Environmental & Natural Resources practice. Her practice includes providing environmental counsel for air, water and waste issues for clients in the utility, industrial, retail, and municipal governmental sectors.

She has counseled a local government in developing and implementing capacity, management, operation and maintenance (CMOM) programs to address sanitary sewer overflows. She has also represented local county governments in an amici brief filed with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in an appeal of the extent of EPA’s authority to establish TMDLs under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. In addition, she has performed environmental due diligence in support of the purchase, sale, and ownership transfer of electric generating units, manufacturing, and commercial facilities. She also advised a chemical importer regarding compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting requirements and assisted with resolving alleged violations.

Prior to joining Troutman Sanders in 2011, Maria worked in the Environmental Affairs Department of Georgia Power Company. She managed the Environmental Compliance Center where solid wastes, polychlorinated biphenyls, lighting wastes, and regulated equipment are collected and consolidated for disposal in compliance with TSCA and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In addition, she was responsible for handling companywide environmental emergencies in accordance with federal and state regulations.

Maria also has over a decade of experience in the power generation arena. In 1993 she began working in the New Products and Services for Demand Side Management Department of Florida Power Corporation as a co-op student. During her two years at Florida Power Corporation, she branched out into the Plant Performance Testing Department where she participated in heat rate and Continuous Emissions Monitoring acceptance testing. Maria then began working for Georgia Power Company in 1999 as an Engineer and held various leadership roles throughout the company, including serving as a Maintenance Team Leader at Plant Wansley, Operations Team Leader at Plant Scherer and as the Assistant To the Senior V.P. within the company's Generation department. She has also held the role of Compliance Manager for Plant McDonough & Plant Morgan Falls and Engineering and Planning Manager at Plant Yates.

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Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, Georgia State Bar Environmental Law Section
  • Member, Georgia Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2011-present
  • Environmental Affairs Compliance, Georgia Power Company, 2007-2011
  • Power Generating Plants, Georgia Power Company, 1999-2007
  • Engineering Co-op, Florida Power Corporation, 1993-1996

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Education

  • Georgia State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
    Law Review Associate Research Editor
  • University of West Georgia, M.B.A., 2002
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., mechanical engineering, 1999
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.M.E., high honors, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Superior Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit