Posts by » Victoria S. Treanor

On June 20, 2018, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) released two draft flood risk management guidance documents intended to advise New York state agencies on how to incorporate the consideration of future climate risks, including risks of sea-level rise, storm surge, and flooding, into existing regulatory processes. The non-binding guidance is … Read Post


On March 3, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal on summary judgment, as time-barred, of claims brought by the Bethpage Water District (“BWD”) against Northrop Grumman Corporation for the alleged contamination of its drinking water supply.  Northrop Grumman was represented by SPR attorneys Mark A. Chertok, Elizabeth Knauer, … Read Post


SPR is proud that thirteen of its environmental lawyers have been recognized as “Super Lawyers” by the eponymous ratings service. Michael S. Bogin, Mark A. Chertok, Dan Chorost, John-Patrick Curran, Scott E. Furman, Jeffrey B. Gracer, Elizabeth Knauer, and David Yudelson were recognized as Super Lawyers in the environmental field. David Paget, Daniel Riesel, and Kathy Robb were recognized as … Read Post


On September 8, 2016, the Appellate Division, First Department, upheld a lower court decision dismissing litigation challenging the redevelopment of Pier 54 in the Hudson River Park.  The redevelopment project (“Pier 55 Project” or “Project”) involves the construction of an iconic new structure featuring unique landscaping, topography, performance spaces and recreation areas in the location … Read Post


On March 9, 2016, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) published revisions to its proposed regulations defining certain eligibility criteria for tangible property tax credits under the amended Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”) law.  The changes would relax elements of the previously proposed criteria, although not to the extent sought by the New … 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


Newslink: In the wake of a recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, SPR’s Scott Furman explains new city and state cooling tower laws to the Wall Street Journal. Update: To support enforcement of New York City’s cooling tower law, The New York City Environmental Control Board has proposed an amendment of the … Read Post


Last week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) proposed regulations to define key terms used in recent statutory amendments to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”). The proposed regulations define a “brownfield site” as “any real property where a contaminant is present at levels exceeding the soil cleanup objectives or other health-based or … Read Post


On May 27, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“ACOE”) jointly released a final rule designed to clarify the definition of “waters of the United States” subject to EPA and ACOE jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. This rule, dubbed the “Clean Water Rule,” was finalized after the … Read Post