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Former Southern Company Chief Environmental Counsel Karl Moor Joins Balch & Bingham; Bolsters Environmental Practice

Balch & Bingham LLP today announced that Karl Moor, former senior vice president and chief environmental counsel for Southern Company, has joined Balch as counsel in the Environmental & Natural Resources Section. Mr. Moor has more than three decades of experience providing counsel on federal environmental regulatory and legislative matters regarding environmental issues related to the energy industry.

“Karl’s significant experience providing counsel on environmental litigation and evolving public and legislative environmental policies combined with his government background and experience in the energy industry will bring tremendous value to our clients at a time when businesses are experiencing increased environmental compliance pressure,” said Steve McKinney, chair of Balch’s Environmental & Natural Resources Section.

Mr. Moor joined Southern Company in 1998, where he provided legal advice and policy guidance on environmental matters affecting the operation of Southern Company's fleet of generating plants. Prior to joining Southern Company, he was managing partner of Balch’s Washington, D.C. office. Additionally, Mr. Moor has served six years in the U.S. government, holding various positions on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and in the Reagan Administration.

Early in his career, Mr. Moor played a lead role in the development of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the still seminal version of that Act. During his time at Southern Company, Mr. Moor led industry efforts to fight EPA’s New Source Review enforcement initiative and to defend against global climate change mass tort suits. He has extensive experience advising on climate and carbon dioxide (CO2) policy, including international negotiations on the control and use of CO2. At Balch, he will advise clients on CO2 policies and international economic and regulatory developments related to CO2 policies and carbon capture utilization and storage.

Mr. Moor earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his M.S. in technology and public policy from The George Washington University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and studied Middle Eastern studies at the University of Haifa in Israel.

He is a member of the board of directors for the Atlantic Council, and also served as chair of the Edison Electric Institute Task Force on Carbon Capture and Sequestration.

Mr. Moor joins an environmental practice at Balch that is anchored by a team of veteran environmental attorneys and government agency alumni who help clients across a broad range of industries navigate complicated environmental matters, including air quality, water quality, contaminated land and groundwater, land use, renewable-energy issues and complex litigation matters covering a wide range of federal, state and local environmental issues.