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Regulatory Challanges When Bringing a Vehicle to Market in the United States
Pacific Northwest Positioned to Be Hub for Great Sustainable Transportation Economy
New Consumer Product Regulations: Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Need to Prepare
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Vermont Becomes the First State to Outlaw Fracking—Stone Pigman's Keith Hall
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
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Potential buyers and sellers take note — on April 16, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued draft guidance that would require more evaluation of "vapor intrusion" (migration of any hazardous vapors...more
In a decision in Kawartha Lakes (City) v. Ontario (Environment), on May 10, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the appeal of the City of Kawartha Lakes (the City), which sought to overturn a decision of...more
On May 8, the Boston City Council approved an ordinance requiring building owners to report annual energy and water use. The final ordinance is slightly different from the one about which we posted in February. Highlights...more
Repetitive CEQA review and analysis is expensive, unnecessary, unproductive, and inimical to the goals of certainty and finality in the environmental review process. In 2011, to address these concerns in the infill...more
After being taken to task by states and its own Inspector General for lack of final guidance on Vapor Intrusion, EPA has just released draft guidance documents for hazardous substances and petroleum products for comment. The...more
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) took emergency action to reduce approval backlogs and to make it easier for those seeking to rebuild in wake of Hurricane Sandy to obtain regulatory approvals by...more
Lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia have approved the imposition of certain new fees on property owners in various jurisdictions. Maryland property owners in nine counties and one city face the imposition of a Stormwater...more
The “good old days” of formal redevelopment are over. Real estate developers no longer can negotiate to assemble development sites under the threat of condemnation. Silicon Valley developers now face serious challenges in...more
As reported earlier today by a number of news outlets (see for example this KCET article by Chris Clarke), the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") will be issuing a Final Rule to facilitate right-of-way applications for lands...more
In this issue:
- The Green Deal - Impact on Commercial Real Estate
- High Value Residential Property Tax
- Announcements and Events
- Transaction Profile - Focus on Henderson Global Investors...more
In 2012, the government of B.C. passed legislation that would eliminate any limitation period previously applicable to actions to recover the costs of environmental remediation under the Environmental Management Act, S.B.C....more
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released and is seeking comments on draft general guidance on methods of addressing indoor vapor intrusion (VI) from contaminated soil and groundwater plumes (Draft VI Guidance)...more
On February 19, 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a revised Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Construction General Permit TXR150000 (Permit). This new Permit, effective...more
In This Issue:
Green Building Focus - Father of LEED offers insight into rating system; AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica; Los Angeles to promote adoption of "cool roof" technology; PA bundles residential energy...more
Originally Published in Law360 on March 28, 2013.
Howard Nelson, chairman of the environmental practice group at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, has experience in environmental and land use law and zoning and...more
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), as part of its effort to modernize and reinvigorate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), released two handbooks on March 5, 2013, that provide regulatory guidance to...more
The Remedial Action Guidelines (RAGs) are useful – if conservative – default cleanup guidelines used by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP proposed changes in 2012, and has just proposed changes...more
California has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to environmental protection. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the adoption and implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act, frequently referred...more
In our last real estate tip, we reminded energy-conscious tenants that some rental spaces may have obtained LEED certification with few, if any, energy-efficiency points. If the owner built with energy efficiency in mind, ask...more
Today, Mayor Menino forwarded to the Boston City Council proposed amendments to the City of Boston Code that would require owners of many city buildings to report their energy and water use annually. That information would...more
Originally published in Green Building News, February 20, 2013.
Successful green building requires more planning and, preferably, a greater degree of integration in overall project delivery, than building without green...more
In This Issue:
Green Building Focus - GSA may abandon LEED certification; Green roof on California university dorm; CA nonresidential energy use disclosure rules take effect; Boston Properties acquires 535 Mission...more
As compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) has grown increasingly more burdensome, costly and litigious over the past decade or so, 2012 brought some tangible good news.
The government of B.C. recently passed legislation that will eliminate any limitation period previously applicable to actions to recover the costs of environmental remediation under the Environmental Management Act, S.B.C....more
While no California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) reform was achieved by the California Legislature in its last session, Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg has indicated in a recently-issued statement that it...more
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