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CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

Florida Building Owners Going Solar: Legal Considerations

As the cost of customer-sited solar power-generation plummets, more and more commercial and industrial electric customers are turning to solar power to cut their energy costs....more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry tackles financial barriers by merging two key organizations - Greentech Media - Jan 4 - The alphabet soup of solar industry organizations just got a little bit less...more

Super-Typhoon Nock-Ten: Late-Season Abnormality or Harbinger of Larger Changes?

An unusual December super-typhoon made several landfalls in the Philippines on Christmas Day 2016, bringing heavy rainfall, fierce wind gusts, and dangerous flooding to the island nation. While the number of fatalities...more

Too much, too fast, too soon: Stakeholders react to the Government of Ontario's coordinated review of the provincial plans

During the first quarter of 2015, the Government of Ontario (the Province) initiated a coordinated 10-year review of Ontario’s four land use plans (the Coordinated Review): (1) the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe...more

Sustainability: The Road to a Circular Economy

The launch of the Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019, covering the eco-design and energy labelling framework last month is another key milestone in the Commission’s plan to transition the EU to a more circular economy. ...more

Public Decision Making newsletter - Summer Edition 2016

This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Dept. of Energy kicks off net-zero energy program for educational sector - Construction Dive - Dec 14 - The U.S. Department of Energy launched on December 6 the Better...more

Black-Capped Vireo to be Removed From Endangered List, Un-Capping Development in Texas and Oklahoma

On December 15, 2016, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (“USFWS” or “Service”) published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) to remove the black-capped vireo (“BCV”) from the list of endangered and threatened species under...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - PG&E approaches 2.4-GW private rooftop solar milestone - SolarServer - Dec 12 - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will soon reach a milestone of 2,409 megawatts of...more

VDEQ Changes Approach to No Further Action Letters and Officially Launches VURAM

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) has clarified its approach to issuing “no further action” letters (“NFAs”) for sites with both petroleum and non-petroleum contamination. This clarified approach will...more

Vapor Intrusion: EPA is Sharpening Its Focus

On December 8, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the ranking system designed to assess potential Superfund sites will now include evaluation criteria related to contamination threats posed by...more

Bursting at the Seams: Expanded “Purple Pipe” Requirements

Existing on-site water recycling requirements for toilets, urinals and landscaping have applied to buildings of 250,000 gross square feet or larger in the Reclaimed Water Use Map (the “Map”) area since November 2015. The Map...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based...more

Green Energy Can Complicate Real Estate Foreclosures

A quick drive through almost any newer residential community in the Southwest will show that a lot of residents are embracing “Green Energy” or renewable energy by placing solar panels on their properties. While most people...more

Final D.C. Groundwater Well Requirements Will Impact Many Property Owners

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on Oct. 28, 2016, published final rules governing the construction, maintenance and abandonment of wells. The new regulations became effective immediately...more

Just Compensation for Contaminated Land

When a government agency or private party involuntarily takes your property (a proceeding called eminent domain or condemnation), you are entitled to receive "just compensation" for the property. In North Carolina, "just...more

Evaluating a Project’s “Exacerbation” on Existing Environmental Hazards

Substantial Evidence Proving “Exacerbation” Required, California Appellate Court Says - A significant decision interpreting the scope of the California Supreme Court’s ruling in California Building Industry Association...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - ULI Tenant Energy Optimization Program launched Urban Land - Oct 27 - A new ULI program that helps office tenants design and manage their spaces to reduce energy consumption...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain/West Coast Case Law Highlights

Ninth Circuit Issues Major Cercla Decision Finding That Arranger Liability Cannot Be Based On Contamination Deposited On A Site By The Wind - Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, No. 15-35228, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13662 (9th...more

Limitations on Community Association-Imposed Solar and Renewable Energy Restrictions

Due to its climate, Florida – the “Sunshine State” – is ideally situated to take advantage of unlimited and environmentally friendly solar energy. In the last two decades, the price of solar collectors has dropped...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - New LEED version to spur green building - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 20 - Green energy continues to advance, with a major milestone set for November 1. That’s when...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - San Francisco’s Treasure Island project wins top green rating - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 14 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED-ND...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - When it comes to sustainable building, cost still major barrier reports new survey - Proud Green Building - Oct 5 - Sustainable building practices are becoming more common,...more

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