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EPA Issues Recommendations to Streamline Superfund Cleanup Process and Promote Site Reuse

by White & Case LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Superfund Task Force (the "Task Force") released a report that aims to improve the federal Superfund contaminated site cleanup program. The policies...more

Six Ways Michigan's Review of Vapor Intrusion Sites Could Impact You

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently announced that it will be evaluating the vapor intrusion (VI) pathway at 4,000 sites, including as many as 375 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)...more

Disposal of Contamination = Disposal of Evidence. Be Careful What You Throw Away!

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a recent unpublished case, the Superior Court of New Jersey held that the Plaintiff in a CERCLA case had committed spoliation when, during the course of the remedial activity, it disposed of various contaminated materials....more

Post-Midwest: Section 99(2) of the EPA Proves a Powerful Tool

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Ontario Superior Court awarded damages for migration of dry cleaning solvents the defendant corporation spilled between 1960 and 1974 in Huang v Fraser Hillary's Limited, 2017 ONSC 1500 [Huang] under section 99(2) of the...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Taking Steps to Control the Reopener

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Operators shutting down coal-fired plants would be wise to plan ahead for potential future remediation obligations – aka the “reopener.” Predicting these obligations may be quite difficult, but operators can implement...more

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

by Williams Mullen on

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

GAO Sustains Bid Protest Where, Among Other Things, the Agency Improperly Considered Cost Risk under Its Technical Evaluation

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a bid protest involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) evaluation of proposals for remedial action and surface support assistance at the Gilt Edge Mine...more

China Releases Ambitious Plan to Address Soil Pollution

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 28 May, the State Council, China’s highest administrative body, released the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution (currently available only in Chinese) to address one of the nation’s most difficult and...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Need to Manage Community Relationships

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Imagine this scenario: A company operates a coal ash landfill. Local citizens protest and organize an advocacy group against it and create a Facebook page. The company responds by suing the individual members of the group for...more

If You Don’t Like Nukes, Petition Congress: The D.C. Circuit Affirms the NRC’s GEIR On Nuclear Waste Storage

On Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges by several states and the NRDC to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the impacts of continued on-site storage...more

Update: New Legislation Creates Land Banks

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Valuable Tool for Municipalities Seeking to Redevelop Brownfield Sites - On May 4, the General Assembly passed Public Act 16-115, An Act Concerning The Creation Of Connecticut Brownfield Land Banks, Certain Lender...more

EPA Region III Assesses Largest Superfund Stipulated Penalty Ever

by Williams Mullen on

The Rodale Manufacturing facility in Emmaus, Pennsylvania was added to the National Priorities List in 1991 after more than 50 years of electrical component manufacturing. Operations at the facility included electroplating,...more

Shanghai Issues Draft of Revised Environmental Protection Regulations for Public Comment

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress has released the revised Shanghai Environmental Protection Regulations (in Chinese only) for public comment. The revised Regulations, which first came into force in 1997, apply...more

On Your Mark, Get Set, Build!

by Goodwin on

It has been nearly five years since Massachusetts legalized casino gambling, but the state is still without an operating resort casino. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts are all chomping...more

About those calls from MassDEP…

Last month, we wrote about MassDEP’s trichloroethylene (TCE) site reevaluation initiative. MassDEP has begun the process of screening sites previously closed under the MCP to look for sites where TCE might exceed the new...more

MassDEP Issues Final LNAPL Guidance

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

MassDEP issued its long-awaited final policy on how to close LNAPL sites under revised 2014 regulations on February 19, 2016. The final policy, “Light Nonaqueous Phase Liquid and the MCP: Guidance on Site Assessment and...more

An Update on Reopening TCE Sites in Massachusetts

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection plans to begin contacting some owners of properties with closed trichloroethylene (TCE) remediation sites and requiring them to conduct testing, following a review of...more

Double Counting and Inflexibility Are Unreasonable in 4A Negotiations Says Mass. Appeals Court: Court Affirms Award of Attorneys’...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Seeking 80 percent of remedial costs from each of two potentially responsible parties and “inflexibility” in pre-litigation negotiations are sufficiently unreasonable to trigger attorneys’ fees under the Massachusetts cleanup...more

Nonprofits Seeking to Use Brownfields Tax Credits Beware: Directive Gutted by Massachusetts Superior Court Remains Online Without...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Massachusetts Department of Revenue guidance declared a “naked, confiscatory attempt by a state administrative agency to appropriate private property to fill government coffers” by the Massachusetts Superior Court remains on...more

Accutest Laboratories New England Notifies Clients of Potential Data Concerns

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Notification of potential data quality issues by a Massachusetts laboratory is raising concerns about the possible impact on current and closed remediation sites in Massachusetts that relied on that data. Accutest...more

Environmental exposure: a step towards compensation of neighbours of former asbestos-using plants?

by Reed Smith on

On 22 October 2015, the Paris Civil Court ("Tribunal de grande instance de Paris") handed down a judgment concerning environmental exposure to asbestos which could pave the way towards compensation of neighbours of industrial...more

Another Season of Change in North Carolina Environmental Law - Part II

by K&L Gates LLP on

As discussed in Part I of our environmental legislative update published on November 12, 2015, the 2015 North Carolina legislative session resulted in a great deal of change for the state’s environmental programs....more

CERCLA Divisibility: Two Strikes and Bases are Loaded

by Williams Mullen on

Joint and several liability means one defendant can be liable for all of the damages in a case, even where other defendants are at fault. In the CERCLA arena, this means a potentially responsible party can be forced to pay...more

Waste on land: a warning for landowners

by Dentons on

Fly-tipping continues to cause problems for businesses, governments and communities. Defra recently assessed the number of fly-tipping incidents during 2014-2015 at around 900,000 in England alone.1 It comes as a surprise to...more

New Jersey’s Appellate Division Holds State May Be Liable for Cleanup Costs under New Jersey’s Spill Act

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On August 26, 2015, in a case of first impression, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in NL Indus., Inc. v. State of New Jersey, No. A0869-14T3, 2015 N.J. Super. LEXIS 161 (N.J. Super. Ct....more

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