Posts by » Heewon Kim

Recently, the New York City Council passed two bills to help address environmental justice (“EJ”) issues in the city. Low-income populations and communities of color, including those in New York, often face disproportionate environmental burdens of human activity, such as air pollution and its accompanying health effects. New York City agencies have worked to address … Read Post


DEC recently released a draft revision of its Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”) guidance document, DER-32/Brownfield Cleanup Program Applications and Agreements. This document provides guidance on the BCP application process, as well as the content of and process for executing, amending and terminating a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (“BCA”). The revisions are intended to reflect the 2015 … Read Post



Earlier this month, New York City announced it will be expanding a pilot curbside e-waste pick-up program into a permanent program in four boroughs. The pilot program started in Staten Island in October 2016, and in six months has already collected over 400,000 pounds of potentially hazardous e-waste that would otherwise have been sent to … Read Post


On February 9-10, 2017, SPR principals Daniel Riesel and Pamela Esterman will co-chair the 47th 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 … Read Post




Legionnaires’ disease (“LD”) is a respiratory disease caused by infection with the Legionella bacteria. People are exposed to the bacteria by inhalation of aerosolized water (droplets or mist) that contains the bacteria. While Legionella naturally occurs in freshwater environments like lakes and streams, it can proliferate in stagnant water in building systems, including cooling towers … 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