Chuck D. Barlow is Vice President, Sustainability and Environmental Policy, of Entergy Corporation, an integrated electric utility company based in New Orleans. Barlow supports the Entergy companies from offices in Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans. Prior to accepting this position, Barlow acted as Associate General Counsel – Environmental at Entergy. Previously, he worked as General Counsel of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality from 1996 to 2003. From 1990 through May 1996, he was associated with the Jackson office of Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P., where he practiced environmental law and general litigation. In 1989-1990 Barlow clerked for former Chief Judge Charles Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Barlow holds the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in environmental and natural resource law from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1995. In 2007, he was honored with Lewis and Clark’s Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Barlow received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College in 1984 with special distinction and high honors, the Master of Arts in English from the University of Virginia in 1986, and his law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law in 1989 (magna cum laude).
In June 2001, Barlow was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the United States Department of Justice for his work as lead counsel for the State of Mississippi in the environmental enforcement action styled United States of America and State of Mississippi v. Morton International, Inc. (S.D. Miss. 2001). The action resulted in the largest civil environmental penalty assessed against a single facility in the United States at that time and the largest nationwide environmental audit program required by judicial order. In 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal named Barlow one of the State’s top ten leading attorneys.
Barlow is the author of “State Environmental Justice Programs and Related Authorities” in The Law of Environmental Justice (ABA 1999) (Michael Gerrard, ed.), “Why the Christian Right Must Protect the Environment: Theocentricity in the Political Workplace,” 23 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Rev. 781 (1996), and “The Proposed Management of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker in the Southern National Forests: Analysis and Suggestions,” 17 Univ. Ark. Little Rock L.J. 727 (1995). He has taught environmental ethics as a summer adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark and Environmental Law, Hazardous Waste Law, and the Clean Water Act as an adjunct professor at the Mississippi College School of Law.
At Entergy, Barlow has directed the company’s participation in several cases of national significance, including Massachusetts v. EPA (in the Supreme Court, regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act), Entergy v. Riverkeeper (in the Supreme Court, concerning the applicability of cost-benefit analysis under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act), North Carolina v. EPA, (in the D.C. Circuit, challenging the fuel adjustment factor included in the Clean Air Interstate Rule), and EME Homer City Generation, L.P. v. EPA (in the D.C. Circuit, challenging aspects of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule). More recently he has managed the company’s policy response to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Waters of the U.S rule, and regional haze program.
Barlow served for two terms as a member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and as a member of the governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. He is currently chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s environmental executive advisory committee.
Barlow is married to the former Deleslynn Lentz of Jackson and is the father of Tristan, a noted contemporary painter in London, and Jordan, an elementary gifted-and-talented teacher in Texas. He teaches high school Sunday school at his local church and, in 2016, was named to the advisory board of the Anti-Defamation League’s south-central region.