Posts by » Sahana Rao

On March 29, 2019, the Appellate Division, Third Department ruled that the school rooms and dormitories to be used by students and rabbis at a yeshiva are required to be considered a “place of worship” as defined in the Zoning Law of the Town of Wawarsing. The litigation was commenced by Yeshiva Talmud Torah Ohr … Read Post

On February 14th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced its PFAS Action Plan to better understand PFAS chemicals and the extent of existing contamination, prevent future contamination, and more effectively communicate with the public regarding PFAS and associated health and environmental risks. PFAS, a group of chemicals created in the 1940s, exist in a … Read Post

Last month, the White House released its “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” (the “Infrastructure Plan” or “Plan”), which contains a wide range of proposals for facilitating the construction of infrastructure projects. In addition to financial incentives and investment programs, the Infrastructure Plan proposes a series of changes in federal permitting and environmental review … Read Post

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has finalized the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activity (MSGP), which will take effect on March 1, 2018. Coverage under the MSGP may be obtained by applicants whose facilities conduct any of the industrial activities listed in … Read Post

On August 15th, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order intended to hasten the approval of infrastructure projects by streamlining and reducing the duration of the environmental review and permitting process.   The Order – which applies to transportation, energy production and transmission, broadband internet, water treatment, and other infrastructure projects – authorizes the White House … Read Post

Seven Sive, Paget & Riesel lawyers have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America, a collection of distinguished attorneys in various practice areas who have been nominated for inclusion by their peers. Michael Bogin, Mark Chertok, Jeffrey Gracer, Elizabeth Knauer, David Paget, Daniel Riesel, and Kathy Robb are recognized for the … Read Post

The N.Y. Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) recently revised its guidance on soil vapor intrusion, tightening guidelines on certain volatile chemicals and loosening guidelines on others. The revisions consist of an updated set of Soil Vapor/Indoor Air Decision Matrices, which prescribe recommended actions based on the concentrations of a specified chemical vapor inside a building and … Read Post

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) recently announced the final adoption of a regulation establishing science-based sea-level rise projections for New York’s tidal coast. The regulation, which implements the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (“CRRA”) of 2014, was first proposed in late 2015 and was revised in late 2016. The final regulation … Read Post

Earlier this year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC” or “Department”) released proposed revisions to the state’s Solid Waste Management Facilities regulations for public comment. These regulations set design standards and operational criteria for solid waste management facilities in New York. Last week, the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section (“Section”) … Read Post

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) recently proposed regulations to define key terms in the statutory amendments to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”). DEC is accepting public comments through August 5th, 2015 on these proposed regulations, which have significant implications for the availability of brownfield redevelopment tax credits. The Environmental Law Section … Read Post