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NYSDEC Adopts Amended State Environmental Quality Review Act Regulations

By: Nathaniel Eisen On June 27, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) adopted the first major revisions to its regulations implementing the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) in over 20 years. The amendments, which are the culmination of more than six years of outreach, drafting, and revisions, will take effect January…

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New York Denies Water Quality Permit for Another Natural Gas Pipeline

In late April, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) denied a Water Quality Certification (“WQC”) under the Clean Water Act to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company (“Transco”) for the proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement natural gas pipeline (the “Project”). Among other components, the Project would include a 17.4 mile underwater pipeline with a diameter…

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New York City Proposes First Stormwater Management Program Regulating Construction Runoff

For the first time, the City of New York has proposed a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) to describe how the City will satisfy the requirements of its SPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit.  This means that, as soon as this fall, certain large construction projects in the City will need City Department of…

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Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Bethpage Water District Claims Against Northrop Grumman

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,…

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New York Court Denies Challenge to Affordable and Market-Rate Residential Development Bordering Brooklyn Bridge Park

By: Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz On February 15, 2018, a New York State Supreme Court Justice dismissed a challenge to the development of two residential buildings upland from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (the “Pier 6 Development”), affirming the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s (“BBP”) approval of a project that will generate necessary revenues for the Park’s…

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New York State and City Pension Funds Will Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have both recently made significant climate change-related announcements: the State’s and City’s pension funds will divest billions of dollars from fossil fuel companies.  These actions support state and local goals of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and meeting the Paris Agreement…

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