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On December 12th, 196 countries unanimously adopted the Paris Agreement, a commitment to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, after 13 days of intensive negotiations at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”). The agreement “aims” to keep warming to below 2 degrees … Read Post


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is currently accepting public comments on a proposed rule overhauling the regulation of hazardous waste generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The proposal draws on over 30 years of experience from EPA, the regulated community, and other stakeholders, and attempts to clarify a notoriously complex statutory … Read Post


On December 2, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the New York State Department of Public Service, which regulates electricity production in New York, to develop a Clean Energy Standard requiring that 50% of all electricity consumed in New York originate from renewable sources by 2030. Cuomo’s announcement comes as world leaders gather in Paris to … Read Post



On November 24, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld the environmental review conducted for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program (the ” Project”), which will “Raise the Roadway” of the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate larger, more efficient vessels traversing the Kill Van Kull. The plaintiffs, Coalition for … Read Post


Two recent actions by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reflect the increasing pressure on public corporations to disclose the potential impacts of climate change on their operations and financial outlooks. On November 9, the New York Attorney General’s office announced a settlement with Peabody Energy Corporation (“Peabody”), the largest publically traded coal company … Read Post


On October 22, 2015, Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden – the head of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”) – delivered the inaugural David Sive Memorial Lecture on Environmental Law at Columbia Law School. In his talk on the “The Arc of Environmental Law and the U.S. Department of Justice,” … Read Post



The public review process recently began for two new affordable housing initiatives developed by the New York City Department of City Planning. The first initiative, Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (“MIH”), would amend the existing Inclusionary Housing program set forth in New York City Zoning Resolution, creating requirements applicable to neighborhoods or individual lots when they are … Read Post


On October 22, 2015, at Columbia Law School, John Cruden will present the first David Sive Memorial Lecture on Environmental Law. The topic will be “The Arc of Environmental Law and the U.S. Department of Justice.” SPR principal Daniel Riesel and Columbia Law School professor Michael Gerrard will give introductory remarks. Mr. Cruden is the … Read Post