Tavo True-Alcala

Tavo True-Alcala

Tavo True-Alcala is an environmental and energy analyst in the firm’s Environmental + Utilities Group. He assists with a variety of environmental and energy issues, as well as health and safety issues, including compliance, due diligence, and sustainability.

Mr. True-Alcala 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.

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New Construction Stormwater Permit Includes Contentious Liability Provision

On January 19, 2017, the EPA published the 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP) which becomes effective February 16, 2017, replacing the 2012 version. The five-year permit includes all stormwater discharges at construction sites over an acre in size. The permit covers sites in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and several other states where EPA is the permitting … Continue Reading

RI Federal Court Sides With EPA On Stormwater Permitting Requirements

A federal court in Rhode Island recently held for the EPA on the scope of its non-discretionary duties regarding stormwater discharges.  The case arises out of the EPA’s failure to (i) notify certain commercial and industrial polluters that they must obtain stormwater discharge permits and install operational controls, and (ii) provide them with applications for … Continue Reading

EPA Updates Penalty Calculation Guidance for Industrial Stormwater Discharges

On September 8, the EPA published Supplemental Guidance to the 1995 Interim Clean Water Act Settlement Penalty Policy for Violations of the Industrial Stormwater Requirements. This new guidance applies only to stormwater discharges—including violations of EPA- or State-granted NPDES permits and unauthorized discharges associated with industrial activity—and is meant to assist EPA staff in calculating … Continue Reading

EPA Brownfields Site Planning Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program grants. With estimated funding of $4 million and a maximum grant amount of $200,000, the USEPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 grants. Funded Tasks EPA seeks to provide successful applicants with funding to conduct research and/or … Continue Reading

NYDEC Proposes Revisions to Brownfield Cleanup Program

The New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEC) has published notice regarding the proposed revisions to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) regulations.  The revisions provide a minor revision to the term “affordable housing project” and substantive changes to “underutilized” term, both of which terms are derived from legislative changes in 2015.   These terms are relevant … Continue Reading
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