The collective voice of business is often more persuasive than one or two lone company voices, particularly when the industry voice represents thousands of company, employee and shareholder opinions forged into a thoughtful consensus. Our environmental coalitions give our clients effective tools in advocacy efforts, as well as avenues to track new legislation, regulatory initiatives and litigation trends. Our groups afford interactive platforms to benchmark emerging issues and industry responses--in a time-sensitive and cost-effective manner.
Our environmental coalitions include:
- The Class of ‘85 Regulatory Response Group: The Class of ‘85 is composed of approximately 30 investor-owned, municipal and co-operative electric generating companies from around the country. Since implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) amendments, this group has actively participated in the development of regulations and policies implementing the CAA.
- The Texas Industry Project (TIP): TIP consists of 65 companies, including a number of Fortune 100 companies, in a wide variety of industries with operations in Texas. For more than 30 years, this group has leveraged its members’ collective voice on a number of environmental agency proceedings.
- The 8-Hour Ozone Coalition: The 8-Hour Ozone Coalition is a broad industrial coalition focused on honing atmospheric modeling and other tools used to develop current and future strategies to reduce ozone in Houston and other Texas areas.
- BCCA Appeal Group (BCCAAG): BCCAAG is a Texas non-profit corporation that supports the common goals of clean air and a strong economy. BCCAAG is involved in a number of advocacy issues, including recent legal actions that led to the U.S. EPA’s approval of the Texas Flexible Permits program. In earlier proceedings, BCCAAG commissioned a study demonstrating that proposed new regulations that would cost Houston businesses $13.8 billion in new capital expenditures and was not as effective a strategy for reducing Houston’s ozone. BCCAAG’s efforts succeeded in achieving approval of significantly more cost-effective emissions controls and reduced the impacts on the Houston economy. History has validated BCCAAG’s advocated approach, as Houston attained the 1-hour federal ozone standard in 2013.
- The Texas MSS Working Group: This Working Group includes members from several industry segments and is focused on preserving Texas’s framework for addressing emissions during startup, shutdown, and maintenance activities and emissions events.
- The Texas SO2 Working Group: This coalition advocates for the use of ambient monitoring data and traditional state implementation planning methods for the national ambient air quality standard for sulfur dioxide (“SO2”).
- Business and Environmental Laws in Latin America Group (BELLA): BELLA provides companies an opportunity for tracking environmental laws and regulations in Latin America. The group also serves as an active participant in formulating and enacting environmental legislation, rulemaking and policy development.
- Red Interamericana de Especialistas en Legislació n Ambiental (RIELA): RIELA is cost-effective network of law firms representing a number of jurisdictions throughout the Americas that serves as an environmental resource and provides competent in-country law firms when specific legal representation is needed.
Baker Botts lawyers host this semi-annual meeting consisting of a group of electric generating companies to discuss key developments, network with key contacts, and leverage relationships in the power sector.
The Class of ’85 Regulatory Response Group will hold its first quarterly meeting of the year on February 1, 2018.