Tavo True-Alcalá is an environmental and energy analyst in the firm's Environmental + Utilities Group. He assists attorneys in a variety of areas, including environmental, energy, health and safety, and land use standards, often focusing on compliance and due diligence issues. Much of Mr. True-Alcalá’s work centers around staying current in the world of environmental and land use regulation.
Research and Analysis
Mr. True-Alcalá provides in-depth research and analysis for clients of the Environmental + Utilities Group. He recently helped a client in the mining industry understand complex asbestos regulations applicable to its facility and identified possible compliance strategies. For a client developing a new power plant in Connecticut, he researched tax agreements and reviewed permitting procedures. He researched local environmental and water quality regulations for a client interested in the development of water resources in upstate New York. He also recently conducted extensive research of New York City regulations to assist a regional petroleum dealer in challenging the city’s notice of violation, ultimately helping get the violation dismissed.
Mr. True-Alcalá frequently writes for the firm’s blogs that cover Manufacturing Law, Northeast Development Law, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, RLUIPA Defense. He also has written articles featured in industry and legal publications. His projects include management of regulatory activity tracking services for clients in the petroleum distribution and retail energy industries. He also draws on his science background to review data from Environmental Site Assessments and other due diligence documents.
Mr. True-Alcalá received his B.A. from Wesleyan University with a double major in earth and environmental science (Departmental Honors) and environmental studies. Beyond his major, he devoted a semester to studying climate change science and sustainability in Europe. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, he worked with an organization involved in renewable energy markets, researching and evaluating national and local incentives.