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DynCorp's 'Strategic' Defense In Drug Crop Spraying Suit
California Lawmakers Making a Strong Push to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing
Uncertainty Surrounds Illinois’s Nationally-Watched Collaborative Legislation On Fracking
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Going on the Offense: Proactive Strategies to Reduce Uncertainty
Which environmental regs may impact your development projects?
Prosecuting Environmental and Toxic Torts
Local Governments Continue to Fight States for Right to Govern Fracking
Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector
Stealth Lawyer: Tama Matsuoka Wong, Forager for Restaurant Daniel
Are EPA Regulations or Market Factors More to Blame for Potential Coal Plant Closures?
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
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
LEED Certification Basics and the Rise of Green Building—Lori Wisniewski Azzara
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
LXBN This Week Ep. 2: EEOC on Criminal Records & Transgender Discrimination, BP Oil Spill Arrest, AZ Immigration Law at SCOTUS
For several years, the District of Columbia has been working toward regulations designed to prevent and eliminate lead hazards. It came one step closer on April 26, 2013, when the District's Department of the Environment...more
Potential buyers and sellers take note — on April 16, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued draft guidance that would require more evaluation of "vapor intrusion" (migration of any hazardous vapors...more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 two previous LEED tips, Part 1 and Part 2, we explored how taking steps that result in LEED certification may yield little if any improvement in energy efficiency. Another efficiency-neutral LEED concern is clean on-site...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
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
The recent California appellate court decision in Concerned Dublin Citizens v. City of Dublin, Cal: Court of Appeal, 1st Appellate Dist., 3rd Div. 2013, upheld a City's affirmation that residential developments are exempt...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
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
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
I found this column by Paul Mulshine in The Star Ledger interesting.
"It’s no day at the beach for the enviro-puritans" -
Putting politics aside, what does Sandy foretell for New Jersey’s coastal regions? Does it...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.
In Tennessee, permits under the state’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program are required for construction sites and related support activities to avoid pollution from stormwater runoff. Specifically, a...more
On January 24, 2013, Governor Chris Christie adopted the advisory flood maps released last December by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which establish new, tougher standards for rebuilding along the Jersey Shore,...more
The California Supreme Court on February 1, 2007, issued a long-awaited decision concerning assessment of water supplies during California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) review of proposed land-use plans....more
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has released a set of FAQs to help answer some of the most common questions regarding the standards of elevating houses and buildings Post-Sandy, and will help you...more
Yesterday (January 24), Governor Christie announced he was signing emergency regulations to adopt FEMA’s new Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) maps as the post-Sandy rebuilding standard...more
In a case demonstrating the importance of a well-crafted statement of objectives, the appellate court held that a city erred in certifying a final environmental impact report (“EIR”) and approving a project because the EIR...more
In This Issue:
Green Building Focus - LEED hotel brand undertakes $1B funding plan; Energy benchmarking - a $9 billion savings plan; Top honors for sustainable landscape design; World's greenest office building to open...more
In This Issue:
Green Building Focus - Can white roofs increase global warming?; Some older buildings greener than LEED-certified properties; Microsoft moves to LEED Gold-certified 11 Times Square; Green building...more
The issuance of FEMA‘s advisory maps are already having a profound impact on development and redevelopment in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As Long Branch moves to adopt FEMA‘s new advisory maps, other municipalities and...more
Last week, I mentioned the renewal of the tax credits for wind energy. Another report which came across my desk recently is one from SustainableBusiness.com, in which it is reported that some (although certainly not all) of...more
On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress passed last minute legislation known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avoid automatic increases in income taxes for millions of Americans, as well as draconian cuts to the...more
The Wilentz Law Firm extends its sympathy to those who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. As our government and communities move into the rebuilding phase, we offer the following summary that provides information with regard...more
West Virginia today and Virginia yesterday became the seventh and eighth states to obtain the benefits of a federal Major Disaster Declaration in connection with Superstorm Sandy. They follow New Jersey, New York,...more
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