Posts marked "Sustainable Development"

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


In one of the summer’s most important developments for solar energy in New York, more city dwellers and other parties unable to install solar panels on their own property will soon have access to solar’s benefits. On July 17, 2015, New York’s Public Service Commission (“PSC”) issued an order establishing the new “Shared Renewables” program, … Read Post


On April 9, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously approved a proposal to redevelop the historic Pier 57 within Hudson River Park, at the foot of West 15th Street in Manhattan.  This followed approval by the City Planning Commission in March, and the environmental review of the project by the Hudson River Park Trust … 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


Last month, New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability released an update (“Update”) to PlaNYC, a plan for a “Greener, Greater New York.” The Update is the first full report since the main report was released at the project’s inception in 2007.  It provides information regarding the project’s progress, obstacles and shortfalls, and … Read Post


SPR attorneys recently served as environmental counsel to Acumen Capital Partners in its acquisition of the former Pfizer manufacturing facility in Brooklyn.  The plant, comprising 660,000 square feet, had been vacant since Pfizer operations ceased there in 2008.  Pfizer traces its corporate origins to the neighborhood, having commenced its operations there in 1849. Plans for … Read Post


Earlier this month, the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force (“Task Force”) released a draft report assessing the climate-related threat to coastal communities and recommending a series of policy changes (“Draft Report”).  The state legislature commissioned the Task Force in 2007, bringing together state agency representatives, county and local government officials, and other … Read Post


In anticipation of new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) restrictions set to take effect on January 2, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released guidance on the GHG permitting determinations for new and modified power plants, industrial facilities, and other stationary sources. The guidance is directed at regulated entities and state agencies, which have been delegated authority … Read Post


EPA proposed regulations under the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) for maximum achievable control technologies (“MACT”) for boilers, process heaters and solid waste incinerators on April 29.  The regulations have been published in the Federal Register[1] and are available for hearing and public comment through August 3, 2010. Boilers burn fuels including natural gas, coal, wood, … Read Post