Tavo T. True-Alcala

Environmental & Energy Analyst

  • Overview

    Biography

    Tavo True-Alcalá is an energy and environmental analyst in the firm's Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group (EE+T). He assists attorneys in a variety of areas, including energy, environmental, health and safety, and land use standards. Much of his work centers on helping clients stay up to date on regulatory developments in the energy industry, but he also frequently provides support with environmental compliance and due diligence matters.

    Tavo provides in-depth research and analysis for a diverse range of EE+T clients. He 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. His careful analysis of municipal land use regulations also helped a client prevail in a complex dispute with the local Zoning Board, allowing the client to complete its development project. He also draws on his science background to review data from Environmental Site Assessments and other due diligence documents.

    Tavo writes for the firm’s blogs, covering significant OSHA updates in the Manufacturing Law Blog, and highlighting several intriguing cases under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act in firm’s RLUIPA Defense blog. He also has written articles featured in industry and legal publications, addressing the complexities of competing ballast water regulatory regimes in the shipping industry and discussing ongoing developments in the interpretation of key Clean Water Act provisions.

    Tavo received a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, with a double major in earth and environmental science and environmental studies. Beyond his major, he devoted a semester to studying climate change science and sustainability in Europe. In addition to his experience at Robinson+Cole, Tavo has experience working in the renewable energy sector in multiple capacities, including conducting market research, supporting energy offtake agreements, and project development.

  • 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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    • Legal Updates/Newsletters

      Legal Updates/Newsletters

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