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New York State Adopts Drinking Water Standards for Three Emerging Contaminants

New York State has considered the imposition of Maximum Contaminant Levels (“MCLs”) for the emerging contaminants 1,4-dioxane, perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctanoic sulfonate (“PFOS”) for almost three years, since September 2017 when the Governor announced the creation of a Drinking Water Quality Council to make recommendations.  Following the publication of proposed rules and a later…

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Trump White House Infrastructure Plan Includes Proposals to Streamline Permitting Processes

Last month, the White House released its “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” (the “Infrastructure Plan” or “Plan”), which contains a wide range of proposals for facilitating the construction of infrastructure projects. In addition to financial incentives and investment programs, the Infrastructure Plan proposes a series of changes in federal permitting and environmental review…

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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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LIPA Approves Power Purchase Agreement for Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

By: Ed Roggenkamp On January 25, 2017, the Long Island Power Authority (“LIPA”) voted to approve a power purchase agreement (“PPA”) with Deepwater Wind for the South Fork wind farm, a proposed 90 megawatt (“MW”) offshore wind farm located approximately 30 miles southeast of Montauk. If constructed, the South Fork wind farm would be the…

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