Posts marked "Compliance"

A new State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“SPDES”) General Permit For Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activity took effect on January 29, 2015. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (“DEC”) new General Permit, GP-0-15-002, replaces the prior version, GP-0-10-001. It applies to construction projects that disturb an acre or more, with lower thresholds applying … Read Post

Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, a law requiring consideration of climate change impacts across a broad of range of permitting programs, land use plans, and other state and local initiatives. The Act, which garnered broad support in the New York Senate and Assembly earlier this year, … Read Post

Changes are happening in the electronic equipment recycling field; by next year, these changes will significantly affect recyclers, municipalities, property managers, and even individual homeowners.  These include, most notably, an absolute ban on disposing electronic equipment throughout New York State and national changes to the R2 Responsible Recycling and e-Stewards standards, which affect recyclers nationwide. … Read Post

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has proposed a draft general permit for bulkhead repairs on parts of the south shore of Long Island. Where: General Permit No. GP-1-13-001 (the “General Permit”) would be available for use on the south shore of Long Island west of the Robert Moses Causeway to the … Read Post

The Division of Environmental Remediation of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released its 2012-2013 Annual Report, noting key developments of the past State Fiscal Year (April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013). As reflected in the Annual Report, DEC’s environmental remediation programs affect many businesses across the state. For example, … Read Post

Crains New York Business reports that two bills related to recovery from Superstorm Sandy were passed unanimously by the New York City Council on March 13, 2013. One bill creates additional City oversight over the physical elevation of homes, in an effort to prevent home collapse or construction accidents associated with subpar construction work. According … Read Post

On February 4, 2013, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) issued a draft Commissioner’s Policy setting forth incentives for businesses to police themselves for potential environmental violations.  The draft Environmental Audit Incentive Policy, the first formal proposed change in DEC penalty and compliance policies in at least ten years, signals a willingness … Read Post

A recent review of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Spills Database by the Long Island-based environmental consulting firm Roux Associates, Inc. shows that DEC has been inundated with nearly 1,700 new spills of chemicals, petroleum and other hazardous materials in the few weeks since Tropical Storm Sandy hit the region.  Typically, there … Read Post

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has issued a Hazardous Waste Generator Order that explains how to manage hazardous waste generated as a result of the storm in the affected counties of Suffolk, Nassau, New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange. Hazardous waste … Read Post

From the website of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Permitting requirements for businesses and homeowners seeking to discharge water from flooded properties are temporarily suspended. If water contains significant recoverable material, such as fuel oil floating on water that could cause significant further damage to the structure if not removed first or … Read Post