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New York Environmental Law

DEC Publishes Final Revised Solid Waste Management Regulations

After 18 months of public comment and revisions to its solid waste regulations, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has published the finalized version of the regulations, which will take effect on November 4, 2017. DEC’s solid waste management regulations – codified in 6 NYCRR Part 360 – govern the reuse, recycling, transportation, and…

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Best Lawyers in America© Commends Seven SPR Attorneys

Seven Sive, Paget & Riesel lawyers have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America, a collection of distinguished attorneys in various practice areas who have been nominated for inclusion by their peers. Michael Bogin, Mark Chertok, Jeffrey Gracer, Elizabeth Knauer, David Paget, Daniel Riesel, and Kathy Robb are recognized for the…

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State and Local Leaders Fight to Uphold America’s Paris Accord Climate Commitments with “America’s Pledge”

By: Zachary Berliner Last month, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown launched “America’s Pledge,” an initiative which builds on recently-formed partnerships of American states, cities, and businesses committed to upholding the United States’ pledged greenhouse gas (“GHG”) reductions under the Paris climate agreement (including the “We Are Still In”…

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New York State Unveils Methane Reduction Plan

Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration released its Methane Reduction Plan (the “Plan”), setting forth 25 priority actions to reduce methane emissions as part of New York State’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, as compared to 1990 levels. While the State continues its efforts…

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New York City Council Passes Bills to Identify and Address Environmental Justice Areas

By: Heewon Kim Recently, the New York City Council passed two bills to help address environmental justice (“EJ”) issues in the city. Low-income populations and communities of color, including those in New York, often face disproportionate environmental burdens of human activity, such as air pollution and its accompanying health effects. New York City agencies have…

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New York Budget Legislation Establishes New Regulations for Solid Waste Sites

By: Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz The budget legislation signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last month contains several high profile environmental provisions, including more than $1.5 billion in grants for drinking water infrastructure improvements; the creation of a new Drinking Water Council to develop a plan for addressing “emerging” contaminants such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (“PFOS”) and…

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