Hazardous Waste Remediation

SCOTUS Invokes Major Questions Doctrine to Restrict EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

On June 30, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its 6-3 decision for West Virginia v. EPA. The majority for the Court held that EPA’s “generation shifting” objectives found in the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan fell outside the meaning of the “best…

Read More...

First Stage of Biden Administration’s NEPA Regulation Changes Goes Into Effect

On May 20, 2022, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ’s) first round of revisions to the Trump Administration’s 2020 NEPA regulations went into effect. These new regulations (the “Phase 1 rules”) represent the first phase of the Biden Administration’s two-step review and revision of the 2020 changes to the CEQ regulations and reverse some of…

Read More...

New NYS Requirements for Virtual Public Meetings In Effect

On June 8, 2022, the virtual public meeting requirements adopted in the 2022 New York State budget came into full effect after the expiration of a 60-day transition period from the temporary provisions adopted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Codified in the New York Public Officers Law (POL) § 103-a, the new requirements allow local public…

Read More...

Building Owners Sue NYC to Challenge Local Law 97

Marking the first legal challenge to NYC Local Law 97 of 2019 (Local Law 97) since its enactment, a group of building cooperatives, residents, shareholders, and a real estate company (Plaintiffs) sued the City of New York, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), and the DOB Commissioner (collectively, Defendants) on May 18, 2022….

Read More...

NYC Adopts Sweeping New Stormwater Rule

In February 2022, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) adopted the Unified Stormwater Rule (USWR) to update the stormwater management requirements for all new development and redevelopment sites that discharge to City sewers. The USWR amends Title 15, Chapter 19.1 and Chapter 31 of the Rules of the City of New York, which relate…

Read More...

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Issues Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria

On March 9, 2022, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC or the Department) issued draft criteria developed by the Department’s Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG or Working Group) for identifying disadvantaged communities in New York State. The CJWG was established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA) and…

Read More...

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Proposes Revisions to Part 375 Remedial Programs

On December 22, 2021, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the Environmental Remediation Program regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 375. The notice states that the proposed amendments are designed to implement the 2015 statutory amendments to the brownfield cleanup program (BCP); enhance requirements pertaining…

Read More...

New York continues nation-leading progress in offshore wind in 2022

As 2022 kicks off, New York is already building on its leadership in development of offshore wind capacity, with nation-leading investments, new lease areas, and permit approvals. On January 5, as part of the State of the State, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a plan to invest $500 million in offshore wind manufacturing, ports, and supply…

Read More...

New York Climate Action Council Releases CLCPA Draft Scoping Plan

On December 30, 2021, the New York State Climate Action Council released the Draft Scoping Plan for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Draft Scoping Plan) for public review and comment. The Draft Scoping Plan recommends policies and actions to help New York meet the ambitious climate goals articulated in the Climate Leadership and…

Read More...

NYC’s Natural Gas Ban Intends to Speed Up Building Electrification

In the waning days of its 2021 legislative session, the New York City Council passed a new law limiting the use of carbon intensive fuels in future building construction. Passed by the City Council on December 15 and signed by outgoing Mayor Bill De Blasio on December 22, Local Law 154 seeks to address the…

Read More...