Posts marked "Solid and Hazardous Waste"

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

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

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 sweeping changes to its regulations governing the reuse, recycling, transportation, and disposal of solid waste.  These solid waste management regulations – codified in 6 NYCRR Part 360 – have not been substantially modified since 1992. The proposed changes are intended to update the regulations … Read Post

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has proposed new rules that would require certain businesses to segregate the organic waste they generate for separate collection and processing. These new rules are the latest development in the City’s initiative to divert commercial organic waste from landfills, a policy that was set in motion by … Read Post

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has proposed new amendments to its regulations under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (“RCRA”) that would ban the disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals in public sewer systems. Under existing law and regulations, hazardous pharmaceutical wastes can pass through public water treatment plants untreated and enter surface water bodies, … Read Post

SPR Principal Dan Chorost and Associate Priya Murthy wrote the lead article in the August 2015 issue of Environmental Law in New York.  The article, “Demonstrating Divisibility at Sediment Megasites: Building a Case Against Joint and Several Liability in Superfund Waterways,” provides practice commentary on a defense to Superfund liability in contaminated waterways. Contaminated waterways … Read Post

As part of his January 21, 2015 executive budget proposal, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed sweeping changes to the New York State (“NYS”) Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”), which grants liability protection and tax credits to developers who remediate certain contaminated sites. Now, as the state’s April 1 deadline to approve a budget approaches, a total of … Read Post

SPR attorneys have secured a victory on summary judgment for several defendants in Next Millennium Realty, LLC v. Adchem Corp. The plaintiffs in Next Millennium are the current owners of a contaminated site in Westbury, New York. They sought to recover millions of dollars in remediation costs for that site – which is a portion … Read Post