New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently proposed an environmental “audit incentive” policy, which is similar to the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long standing self-audit policy. In its draft policy, DEC encourages participation by waiving or reducing penalties for environmental violations that regulated entities discover through an environmental audit, and expeditiously report… Continue Reading
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is currently accepting public comments on several proposed changes to the DEC’s regulations governing New York’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). DEC’s proposed changes, which are based on updates to… Continue Reading
On Friday, March 15, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced an Agreement in Principle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the new criteria for Florida’s waters that would limit nitrogen and phosphorus, two nutrients commonly blamed for algae blooms and other water quality problems. The EPA Agreement in Principle is intended to resolve a lengthy and contentious dispute between EPA and environmental advocacy groups… Continue Reading
Section 613 of the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act (“SWMA”), Pa. Stat. Ann. tit. 35, § 6018.613, allows the Commonwealth or any municipality to recover the “costs of abatement” of “a public nuisance” under SWMA from a person who “causes a public nuisance” if the plaintiff government has in fact abated the nuisance. This provision… Continue Reading
Pennsylvania has been making news recently for being friendly to natural gas development, or at least more friendly than New York. However, examination of recent decisions suggests that the courts may be a little more plaintiff-friendly than, for example, the current administration. I look at some litigation issues arising from natural gas development in my… Continue Reading
The Commonwealth Court, one of Pennsylvania’s two intermediate appellate courts, invalidated provisions of the Oil and Gas Act Amendments of 2012 (“Act 13″) intended to limit local regulation of natural gas development, particularly development of the Marcellus Shale. The court issued its opinion in Robinson Township v. Public Utility Comm’n, No. 284 M.D. 2012, on… Continue Reading
The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill preventing waste treatment facilities from accepting wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations.
from Reggie L. Bouthillier, Kenneth Metcalf*, Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice, and Todd Sumner of GT Tallahassee
The 2012 Florida Legislative Session focused on the redistricting process and passage of the State budget. Despite these challenging priorities, the Legislature passed several bills addressing energy policy, environmental regulation and growth management that are intended to benefit businesses and industries throughout Florida.
In my monthly column, I examine the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has released final rules for the Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites and Technical Requirements for Site Remediation, under its Site Remediation Program.
In my monthly colum, I examine the impact of Pennsylvania Act 17 of 2011 on environmental claims.
The Director of California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control, Debbie Raphael, has set mid-October as the target date for draft regulations implementing California’s Green Chemistry Law, with final regulations set to be in place by the end of 2011.
In his monthly column in the Legal Intelligencer/Pennsylvania Law Weekly, David Mandelbaum explores the recent trend of seeking attorney fees under the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law.
Pennsylvania’s State Water Plan, and its ability to resolve water resource conflicts, is analyzed.
An examination of West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Inc. v. Huffman, No. 09-1474 (4th Cir. Nov. 8, 2010), which required a permit for a mine reclamation project.
On November 29, the New York Assembly passed A1143B/S08129B which had previously passed the Senate. Governor Paterson is reported to be prepared to sign the bill, although the New York Times blog reports that industry groups are still pushing for a veto. The bill, if signed, would impose a moratorium on new permits for natural gas wells that… Continue Reading