Chad Baker blends extensive legal and scientific experience to solve complex problems in mining, industry, manufacturing, major infrastructure, and development. Representing multinational conglomerates, public entities, and small businesses. Chad helps clients clean-up historic releases, manage environmental liabilities, and develop and prepare for tomorrow’s energy systems.

Capabilities

Biography

Chad Baker is a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer where he helps clients identify and implement practical solutions to address environmental, natural resource and energy issues throughout all phases of a project’s lifecycle, including due diligence, permitting, compliance, regulatory enforcement and divestment or closure. Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Mr. Baker held in-house roles with Rio Tinto, an international mining company, and Brown and Caldwell, a national environmental engineering firm. Mr. Baker holds a Juris Doctorate as well as a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering. He currently serves on the executive committee and board of the National Ability Center – an adaptive organization making recreation and outdoor adventures accessible to people of all abilities; on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Utah Resource Advisory Council; and on the Executive Committee and Board of the Utah Mining Association, where he is the past Board Chair.  

Representative matters include:

Superfund, Closure, and Redevelopment:

  • Obtained a ready for reuse (RfR) from EPA to facilitate a utility scale solar development within a Superfund Site study area. The RfR is only the second RfR to be issued by EPA before it had completed the Superfund Site’s record of decision.
  • Representing a Fortune 100 company in the development and approval of a final reclamation and closure of a legacy uranium mine in New Mexico.
  • Representing a Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (Lesee) in negotiations with EPA and State Regulators for an AOC to manage environmental liabilities associated with exploration and potential mine reopening of a historic mine currently on the National Priorities List
  • Represented innocent landowner in working with DOE and State of Utah to respond to discovery of buried uranium mill tailings, under UMTRCA Title 1, at the landowner’s property.   

Climate Change and ESG:

  • Assist international mining company with shutting down 175 MW coal fired power plant, negotiating special contract with local utility, and acquiring renewable energy credits (RECs) equal to “offset” energy to advance company’s carbon neutral goals.
  • Advise Fortune 500 company on potential climate change requirements and implications related to investment in a large capital, long-life project.
  • Advise companies on FTC Green Guides, sustainability marketing, and product labeling.

Crisis Response and Management:

  • Managed legal response as a member of a business resilience team during Manefy slide, believed to be the largest landslide in mining history.
  • Advice and assist clients with regulatory reporting and response to industrial upset events and releases of hazardous substances. 

Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement:

  • Represent mining company in EPA investigations relating to TRI and RCRA.
  • Defend clients in regulatory investigation alleging violations of FIFRA.
  • Represent mining company in response to agency demands and orders regarding off-site releases from pipeline failures and in response to significant storm events.

Government Affairs:

  • Assisted international mining company in preparing public comments and regulator engagement challenging EPA’s proposed rule for CERCLA 108(b) financial assurance requirements for the hardrock mining industry.
  • Represented trade association in working with Utah Division of Oil, Gas, & Mining to develop rules governing suspension of large mining operations.

 

Accomplishments

Academic

Arizona State University College of Law (2004, J.D.)

Cum laude
Center Scholar, ASU Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology
William H. Pedrick Scholar
Honors Legal Method and Writing
Dean’s Advisory Committee on Student Recruitment
Editor, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology  

Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology (M.S., Environmental Science & Engineering, 1998)

University of Wisconsin – EAU Claire (B.S., Biology, 1997)

 Magna cum laude

Associations

Professional

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council – Energy and Minerals

Utah Mining Association - Executive Committee and Past Board Chair

American Bar Association

National Mining Association
(Former) co-chair water quality subcommittee

Community

National Ability Center - Executive Committee and Board Member

Insights

Credentials

Licensed

Arizona
California
Utah
Minnesota (voluntarily inactive)
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

Education

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law