Posts by » Priya Murthy

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

On November 25, 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed to strengthen the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. The proposed regulation would lower the threshold for ozone pollution from 75 parts per billion (“ppb”) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb, which falls within the 60 … Read Post

Recent weeks have seen new developments in the field of air quality regulation of particulate matter on the local, state, and federal levels.  The term “particulate matter” encompasses the dust, dirt, soot, and smoke that, when inhaled, has been associated with asthma and other serious health problems. New York City: Mayor de Blasio proposes comprehensive … Read Post

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) finalized a new regulation on Monday implementing a program designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks.  The regulation is part of EPA’s Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards program, a mobile source emission control program authorized under the Clean Air Act (“CAA”).  Starting in … Read Post

On December 11, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed the addition of a site in Ridgewood, Queens to its National Priorities List (“NPL”).  The NPL, more commonly known as the “Superfund List,” designates the country’s most hazardous waste sites for further investigation and long-term cleanup. According to the EPA, the site is a … Read Post

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) announced last week that the agency has finalized its new Environmental Audit Incentive Policy. This policy, which was proposed last March, will reward businesses that implement good environmental self-management by, under certain circumstances, waiving some civil penalties for violations that are discovered while self-auditing. It will … Read Post

According to the newly-released 2013 edition of Who’s Who Legal, five Sive, Paget and Riesel attorneys have been recognized by their peers as among the world’s “foremost legal practitioners” in environmental law: Michael S. Bogin, Mark A. Chertok, Jeffrey B. Gracer, David Paget, and Daniel Riesel. SPR has the highest number of recognized experts in … Read Post

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has finalized regulations requiring new or expanding power plants in New York to evaluate potential disproportionate environmental impacts on minority and low-income communities.  The regulations are the first in the country to require an environmental justice (“EJ”) analysis in the siting of major electric generating facilities; … Read Post

On May 31, a federal judge in the District of Columbia issued an order giving the EPA one final week to issue its proposed rule updating standards for particulate matter air pollution. The American Lung Association, the National Parks Conservation Association, and 11 states, including New York and California, had asked the court to compel EPA … Read Post