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FDEP Issues Order to Restore Structural Damage Post Hurricane

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Property Owners and Public and Private Entities: On September 5, 2017, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“FDEP”) issued Emergency Final Order OGC. No. 17-0989 (the “Order”) in response to the anticipated...more

Hurricane Irma: To Facilitate Storm Recovery, Governor Scott & FDEP Issue Statewide Orders, Extending Development Approvals &...

by Akerman LLP on

To facilitate storm response, recovery, and reconstruction efforts, before Hurricane Irma's landfall, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued twin emergency orders on September...more

Interstate Pipeline Project: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to State Water Quality Certification

The United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (“Court”) addressed a challenge to a permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) related to the proposed construction of an...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 9/1/2017 – Hurricane Harvey Drives Oil, Nat Gas Prices Up And Down; PADEP Releases 2015 Methane...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a brief hiatus we are back at the well. Since our last report in early August, Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas, affecting oil, natural gas, and gasoline prices all over the country. In Appalachia, the PADEP...more

Massachusetts Moves to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On August 11, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) adopted a landmark bundle of regulations for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). The regulations primarily target carbon dioxide (CO2)...more

Developer Asks SCOTUS To Hear Fla. Takings Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A Florida developer petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a $10 million takings case against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection The developer alleged that the DEP’s denial of a development permit for a...more

Florida Governor Extends Deadlines for Development Permits Due to Zika Virus

by Holland & Knight LLP on

An extended opportunity to obtain substantial permit and development order extensions is available as a result of Emergency Orders issued by Florida Gov. Rick Scott because of the Zika virus. To date, holders of certain...more

Florida Development Permits Eligible for Extension Due to Tropical Storm Emily

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A permit and development order extension opportunity is available as a result of the threat posed to Florida by the recent Tropical Storm Emily. Holders of certain development orders can request an additional six months to...more

A/B Septic Systems Are Back In Play For Planning Module Approval For New Projects

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Governor Tom Wolf signed into law, on July 20, 2017, Act 26, which amended the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act concerning the use of alternate sewage systems for purposes of obtaining planning module approval from DEP for...more

MassDEP Issues New Regulations to Reduce GHG Emissions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated final regulations to ensure that the Commonwealth will meet the 2020 statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits mandated by the...more

Which Onlot System Can You Use For Planning Your New Development Project?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If you are planning a new development project in Pennsylvania and cannot connect it to public sewer, navigating the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (the “Department”) requirements for the use of an onlot...more

Article I, Section 27 Rights Strengthened In Recent PA Supreme Court Decision

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a majority decision issued June 20, 2017, with a complement of new Justices, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling placing further emphasis on the importance of Article I, Section 27 of the PA Constitution. The...more

EPA Reconsidering Obama-Era Water Quality Standards It Set for Maine

by PretiFlaherty on

On May 12, 2017, Maine’s U.S. District Court granted a request by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) for a 90-day stay in a suit by the State of Maine challenging EPA’s efforts to impose stricter water quality...more

Amendments to the Aboveground Storage Tank Act to Become Law

House Bill 2811, amending the Aboveground Storage Tank ("AST") Act, previously passed the West Virginia House and Senate and then was signed by Governor Justice on April 4, 2017. Thus, the amendments to the AST Act included...more

Stretching Sovereign Immunity: The New Jersey High Court Immunizes the State from New Jersey Spill Act Liability for Pre-1977...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in NL Industries, Inc. v. State of New Jersey will frustrate the equitable allocation of cleanup costs at sites involving pre-1977 discharges where the State would...more

Policyholders Win Again: The New Jersey Supreme Court Voids Insurance Policy Anti-Assignment Clauses in Occurrence-Based Insurance...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently affirmed the Appellate Division’s decision in Givaudan Fragrances Corp. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., finding that an anti-assignment clause in an occurrence-based insurance policy does not...more

Maine DEP Marches Toward Rulemaking on its Wind Energy Standards Rule

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Expecting to initiate a formal rulemaking in March of this year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited final public comment on its pre-rulemaking draft Wind Energy Standards rule at a workshop held on...more

Commonwealth Court Rejects DEP’s Interpretation of The Clean Streams Law

On January 11, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided the case of EQT Production Company v. Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and granted EQT Production Company’s (EQT)...more

Stop the Presses: NPDES Permitees Must Comply With Their Permits

Earlier this month, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that NPDES permit holders must comply with all of the terms of their permits. I’m not sure why this should be earthshattering news, but the case does have some...more

Pennsylvania Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision Limiting the Government’s Ability to Assess Penalties for Alleged “Continuing...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that once an unpermitted discharge ceases, violations under The Clean Streams Law cease, even when pollution continues to persist in waters of the Commonwealth. While this places...more

Maine Board of Environmental Protection Unanimously Adopts Metallic Mineral Mining Rules

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On January 5th, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (Board) unanimously voted to repeal existing Chapter 200 Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining rules and adopt new Chapter 200 rules to...more

Recently Proposed Pollution Notice Rule Struck as Invalid

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The Division of Administrative Hearings ("DOAH") recently struck down the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's ("FDEP") proposed Public Notice of Pollution Rule 62-4.161 ("the Rule") in response to a petition...more

Maine DEP's New Multi-Sector General Permit

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It is expected that the State of Maine multi-sector general stormwater permit for industrial facilities will be signed by Commissioner Mercer shortly. The new 5-year permit requires that facilities subject to the permit,...more

Wash Those Sediments Right Outta Your RAO! NJDEP Releases New RAO Notice

by Cole Schotz on

Last week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced a new Response Action Outcome (RAO) Notice, which allows Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) to issue an RAO for a site with...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Enjoins Selected Provisions of Recently-Promulgated Oil and Natural Gas Regulations

On November 8, 2016, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued an opinion (78a Injunction) enjoining eight provisions (or portions thereof) of the newly-promulgated unconventional oil and natural gas regulations found at 25...more

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