Posts marked "Transportation"

On August 15th, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order intended to hasten the approval of infrastructure projects by streamlining and reducing the duration of the environmental review and permitting process.   The Order – which applies to transportation, energy production and transmission, broadband internet, water treatment, and other infrastructure projects – authorizes the White House … Read Post

The New NY Bridge Project crossed the finish line in its pre-construction permitting process yesterday, securing federal permits from both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard.  A replacement for the aging Tappan Zee Bridge, the New NY Bridge Project will traverse the Hudson River and connect  Rockland and Westchester Counties. … 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

Two significant milestones were reached yesterday on the New NY Bridge/Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing project, which will replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland Counties.  First, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) issued combined permits under state Environmental Conservation Law Article 25 (concerning activities on tidal wetlands), Article … 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

On September 25, 2012, the Federal Highway Administration, New York State Department of Transportation, and New York State Thruway Authority approved a Joint Record of Decision and Findings Statement for the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project (the “Project”), concluding the extensive environmental review for the proposed replacement of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.  Sive, Paget … Read Post

With the federal transportation funding bill set to expire on June 30, 2012, federal lawmakers are negotiating the details of new legislation that could affect the environmental review of many highway, bridge and other surface transportation projects.  The United States House of Representatives and Senate passed differing transportation bills earlier this year and recently appointed … Read Post

Last week, the White House announced the selection of New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge and 13 other priority infrastructure projects for expedited federal permitting and environmental review.  Sive, Paget & Riesel is serving as special environmental counsel on the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project, which is evaluating the proposed replacement of the Tappan Zee … Read Post

On April 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) issued a joint final rule, “Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards,” establishing a National Program to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and improve fuel economy.  The National Program creates new standards for cars, … Read Post