Brownfields Redevelopment

New NYSDEC Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activity Takes Effect

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has finalized the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activity (MSGP), which will take effect on March 1, 2018. Coverage under the MSGP may be obtained by applicants whose facilities conduct any of the industrial activities listed in…

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Are Indirect Discharges from Groundwater to “Waters of the United States” Regulated Under the Clean Water Act? Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

In Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, No. 15-17447 (9th Cir. Feb. 1, 2018), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that  the County’s injection wells are “point sources” from which the County discharged pollutants in the form of treated effluent into groundwater, through which the pollutants…

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WOTUS Rule Litigation Abounds — New York State and Others Sue EPA and Army Corps over Delayed Implementation of Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

On February 6, 2018, New York State filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (together, “the agencies”) for the suspension of a 2015 regulation seeking to clarify the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), dubbed the “Clean Water Rule”…

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New York Court Denies Challenge to Affordable and Market-Rate Residential Development Bordering Brooklyn Bridge Park

By: Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz On February 15, 2018, a New York State Supreme Court Justice dismissed a challenge to the development of two residential buildings upland from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (the “Pier 6 Development”), affirming the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s (“BBP”) approval of a project that will generate necessary revenues for the Park’s…

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Reviving a Clean Energy Agenda, New Jersey Sets an Ambitious Wind Energy Goal

On January 31, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order setting the state on track to develop 3,500 megawatts (“MW”) of offshore wind power by 2030. This target is among the most ambitious in the country and has the potential to power 1.5 million homes.  This order follows New York’s recent issuance…

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Daniel Riesel and Pamela Esterman to Chair Upcoming Environmental Law Conference

On February 9-10, 2018, SPR principals Daniel Riesel and Pamela Esterman will co-chair the 48th annual ALI CLE Environmental Law Course in Washington, DC. The course, which is co-sponsored by ALI CLE and the Environmental Law Institute, will feature advanced-level presentations by senior public officials, distinguished law professors, seasoned private practitioners, and experienced public interest…

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New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan is Released  

Today, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan: Charting a Course to 2,400 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Energy.  On behalf of the State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) oversaw the preparation of the Master Plan and its 20 supporting studies. The…

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New York State and City Pension Funds Will Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have both recently made significant climate change-related announcements: the State’s and City’s pension funds will divest billions of dollars from fossil fuel companies.  These actions support state and local goals of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and meeting the Paris Agreement…

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Breaking: Payment of BCP, solar, low-income housing and other tax credits may be delayed

Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the details this week of a $168 billion proposed budget for FY 2019. In light of a potential budget deficit that could approach $4 billion, certain tax law changes are proposed. In recent years the proposed budget has been acted on by the Legislature and Governor before April 1st. Among the…

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Appellate Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit Against Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation

By: Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz On December 27, 2017, a New York appellate court unanimously upheld the dismissal of a challenge to the mixed-use Pierhouse development bordering Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, ruling that the suit was barred by the governing four-month statute of limitations. Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C. represented Empire State Development; the Brooklyn…

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