Announcements

New York State Passes the Most Ambitious Climate Change Legislation in the Nation and Advances Offshore Wind Energy Development with Inaugural Procurement of Offshore Renewable Energy Credits

On July 18, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the New York Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (“CLCPA”), the most ambitious climate change legislation in the country. The CLCPA, among other things, codifies the State’s goals of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, including an 85% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by…

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EPA Cooling Water Intake Rule Upheld in Second Circuit

By: Nathaniel Eisen On July 23rd, 2018, the Second Circuit rejected multiple challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) final rule setting technological standards to prevent aquatic organism deaths in the cooling systems of power plants and manufacturing facilities  (the “Cooling Water Intake Rule” or “Rule”). The 2014 Cooling Water Intake Rule, the culmination of 40…

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SPR attorneys recognized in wind energy Top 100 Legal Power List and Best Lawyers in America®

Sive, Paget & Riesel principal Dan Chorost has been ranked in the 2018 edition of A Word About Wind’s Top 100 Legal Power List, which profiles “the most important influential legal professionals currently working within the global wind power market.” The rankings were based on opinions from across the industry and independent research by A…

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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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Recent Accolades: Who’s Who Legal Names SPR “Environment Firm of the Year” and Chambers & Partners Awards SPR Top Ranking for New York Environmental Law Firms

Who’s Who Legal awarded Sive, Paget & Riesel (“SPR”) the “Environment Firm of the Year Award” in recognition of the exceptional caliber of the firm’s work. SPR was selected based on the nominations made by clients and fellow professionals, as well as the number of SPR attorneys featured in Who’s Who Legal on an individual…

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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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