Posts by » Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz

On August 18, 2018, the Trump administration proposed sweeping changes to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) regulations of power plant greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, which would replace the Clean Power Plan regulations promulgated by the Obama administration in 2015.  According to EPA’s projections, the proposed changes would result in increased emissions of GHGs and other … Read Post


For decades, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) have been widely used in industrial processes and consumer products, including non-stick cookware, strain resistant fabrics, and firefighting foams.  PFAS have emerged as a focus of regulatory concern only in recent years, however, as new studies have detected PFAS in groundwater and drinking water supplies and have associated … Read Post


On February 15, 2018, a New York State Supreme Court Justice dismissed a challenge to the development of two residential buildings upland from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (the “Pier 6 Development”), affirming the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s (“BBP”) approval of a project that will generate necessary revenues for the Park’s operations and maintenance … Read Post


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 Bridge Park Development … Read Post


On Wednesday, November 15 at 9:00 a.m., Sive, Paget & Riesel will host Manufacturer Obligations Under New York’s E-Waste Law, a live workshop.  The event, which will also be webcast by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), will feature presentations by SPR associate Maggie Macdonald as well as by representatives of ELI and the New York … Read Post


The budget legislation signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last month contains several high profile environmental provisions, including more than $1.5 billion in grants for drinking water infrastructure improvements; the creation of a new Drinking Water Council to develop a plan for addressing “emerging” contaminants such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (“PFOS”) and 1-4 dioxane; and … Read Post


On March 7, 2017, the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department, denied a motion to enjoin the redevelopment of the Brooklyn Public Library’s (“BPL”) Brooklyn Heights branch, which will provide a modernized library within a new 36-story, mixed-used building featuring 134 market-rate apartments, two retail spaces, and a science, technology, engineering, and … Read Post


On January 23, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) proposed the most significant changes to its regulations implementing the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) in more than twenty years.  The proposal aims to streamline the environmental impact review process in New York, particularly for projects that advance certain public policy … Read Post


Since 1990, the United States Environmental Protection (“EPA”) has evaluated contaminated sites for inclusion on the Superfund National Priorities List (“NPL”) based on the risks posed by human or ecological exposure to hazardous substances from groundwater, surface water, soil and outdoor air.  On December 7, 2016, EPA finalized regulations authorizing the listing of NPL sites … Read Post


On July 28, 2016, New York State Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Knipel dismissed the second of two challenges to a residential and hotel development upland of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which provides critical funding for the park’s operations and maintenance.  Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C. served as counsel for Empire State Development; the … Read Post