Tavo True-Alcala

Tavo T. True-Alcala

Environmental & Energy Analyst

Tavo T. True-Alcala

Environmental & Energy Analyst

  • Overview

    Biography

    Tavo True-Alcalá is an environmental and energy analyst in the firm's Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications 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, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, RLUIPA Defense, and Florida Land Use and Development Law. 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.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Helped a client in the mining industry to understand the complex asbestos regulations applicable to their facility and identified possible compliance strategies. 

      • Reviewed numerous environmental documents pertaining to the contamination allegedly caused by a client at a major, multiparty Superfund site. 

      • Researched expert backgrounds and reviewed expert testimony to help an attorney prepare for litigation involving a significant marine fire. 

      • Drafted three chapters of a regulatory guidebook used by a state energy marketing association to help its members with compliance issues. 

      • Researched tax agreements and reviewed permitting procedures applicable to a client developing a new power plant in Connecticut.

      • Researched local zoning and wetlands regulations applicable to New York City waterfront property for a regional petroleum dealer. 

      • Researched local environmental and water quality regulations for a client interested in the development of water resources in upstate New York. 

      • Researched New York City regulations to assist a regional petroleum dealer in challenging a notice of violation from the city. After a hearing, the notice of violation was dismissed and no penalty was assessed to the client.

      • Assemble a bi-weekly tracking report to help a regional energy client stay current with regulatory proceedings.

      • Managing a monthly regulatory and legislative tracking service to help a regional petroleum dealer keep up with any new or upcoming changes in relevant requirements and standards.

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  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Regulatory Complexity and Ballast Water Management," published in The Maritime Executive, co-authored with Peter R. Knight (September 16, 2016)
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      "Who Can Rule on the Clean Water Rule?" co-authored with Megan E. Baroni, in Environmental Litigation, a publication of the American Bar Association's Environmental Litigation Committee (6/7/2016)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • July 5, 2016

        Megan Baroni and Tavo True-Alcala’s Article on the Clean Water Rule Featured in the ABA Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter

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    • Newsletters

      Newsletters

      EPA Report Addresses Voluntary Strategies for Reducing Air Pollution at U.S. Ports, co-authored with Peter R. Knight (October 14, 2016)