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We are very pleased to announce that Jennifer Coghlan has become an SPR Partner. Jennifer regularly works with landowners, developers, consultants and engineers to successfully guide development projects through environmental review processes under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) andNew York City’s Environmental Quality Review (CEQR).   She frequently … Read Post


In a 5-2 decision issued on December 15, 2011, New York’s highest court upheld Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) regulations authorizing the cleanup of state Superfund sites to “pre-disposal conditions, to the extent feasible.”  The ruling also affirms that DEC can and will consider technical feasibility and cost-effectiveness, as well as the intended use of … Read Post


On November 23, 2011, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) proposed regulations implementing the Water Resources Protection Act, a new law requiring a DEC permit for water withdrawals exceeding 100,000 gallons per day.  In addition to setting forth permitting procedures, the regulations contain additional exceptions and critical deadlines for incorporating existing water usage … Read Post




On November 17, 2011, the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) decided to postpone its decision on Covanta Energy Corp.’s (“Covanta’s”) petition to classify waste-to-energy power as “renewable” under New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”).   New York’s RPS aims to produce 30% of the state’s electricity from “renewable sources” by 2015, up from approximately 21% … Read Post


Developers of brownfield sites are required to file an annual report with the Tax Department (DTF-70). The report is first due within one year after the execution of a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement and for 11 years thereafter. The annual reporting period covers all activity occurring on the site from December 1 through November 30. The report … Read Post


As part of its Final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan, EPA recently announced its intent to develop pretreatment requirements for discharges of wastewater from shale gas extraction to sewage treatment plants. Shale gas extraction involves hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” – the injection of large amounts of water mixed with sand and chemicals known as “frac … Read Post


Earlier this month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the panel of judges that will determine the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) suite of challenged greenhouse gas (“GHG”) regulations, and EPA sent a major GHG rulemaking proposal – covering new and existing power plants – to the Office of Management and Budget … Read Post