Posts marked "Natural Disasters"

In recent years, the unpredictability of the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”), administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) has given rise to increasing uncertainty and frustration for coastal and waterfront markets located within Special Flood Hazard Areas. The NFIP program, which provides flood insurance for approximately 5 million residential and commercial properties, requires … Read Post

On October 17, 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an agreement whereby FEMA would revisit its revisions to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (“FIRMs” or “flood maps”) applicable to New York City, which had been originally proposed in 2013. Detailed information about the agreement and … 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

Last week, at a conference co-sponsored by SPR, government officials, academics, attorneys, and scientists convened at Hofstra University to discuss the legal and practical consequences of Superstorm Sandy. Expert panels addressed the following questions: How can local governments physically modify their transportation, power, and sanitary infrastructure to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and … Read Post

On April 4, 2013, experts in environmental law, environmental policy, local government, planning, engineering, and environmental science will convene at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY to discuss lessons learned in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. This conference will examine the significant flaws that Sandy revealed in New York’s housing, transit and electric power systems and … 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

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

We at Sive, Paget & Riesel wish you the best in dealing with the aftermath of Sandy.   In the event you need assistance, our staff has significant experience in the following areas: Analyzing insurance policies to determine coverage and assisting in the documentation, presentation and resolution and potential litigation of insurance claims; Analyzing commercial and … 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