We provide regulatory and environmental compliance counsel to several leading companies in biotechnological research and production of biotechnological and chemical products of agro industrial application. We support in the procedures for obtaining authorizations and concessions for accessing genetic material, as well as in the import and authorization processes for the release of genetically modified organisms into the environment.
We have participated in processes for the creation of Private Wildlife Refuges and ecological easements for the creation of biological corridors. We have supported initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity and other resources on private farms, which have subsequently been incorporated into the environmental services programs. We currently support members of the communities of Manzanillo and Punta Uva in the controversy that exists with the changes of the delimitations of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.
We advise the industrial sector in the processes of discussion of regulation that regulates air emissions. Batalla has had an active participation in the commissions of the Ministry of Health that have discussed the regulatory proposals of co incineration of waste in cement kilns and in the current analysis of possible modifications to the regulation of boilers and indirect combustion furnaces.
We use a preventive approach to help companies generate environmental policies and environmental management protocols for the proper management of their products, solid waste, liquids and air emissions, as well as the rational use of water resources and mining resources. We have supported companies as Monsanto, GDF Suez, Cemex, GEEP, Collin Street Bakery, El Ángel, amongst others with legal audits and environmental requirements under standards such as ISO 14001, carbon neutrality (INTE 12-01-06), blue flag, fair trade, ISO 26000, OHSA 18001, organic certification systems, among others.
We have also represented a large number of companies such as Total Petróleo, Irex de Costa Rica, Collin Street Bakery, El Ángel, Ecológica, among others, in criminal, civil, administrative and agrarian procedures, in which damages are claimed for environmental damage. We also support the practice of dispute resolution when there is any controversy with facts or claims of an environmental nature. In the last year, the environmental practice has supported the dispute resolution team in an international arbitration process held in ICSID for violation of CAFTA rules by the State.