Environmental Law

On December 13th, the New Jersey Departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture introduced a joint “Natural and Working Lands Strategy Scoping Document” as part of the State’s climate change strategy.

New Jersey has implemented a progressive and comprehensive climate change strategy over the past several years, including adopting a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is updating its Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) rules.   The PBS and CBS programs regulate facilities storing small to large quantities of petroleum and other chemicals, and related spills and releases of petroleum and hazardous substances.  The purpose of the updates is

Upon passing the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) last week, the Senate provided significant funding towards development of the nation’s environmental and energy infrastructure. The Infrastructure Act also streamlines environmental review, permitting, and approval of federal infrastructure projects.

The Infrastructure Act includes funding for:

  • Reinstatement of the Superfund Tax: The Superfund

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a settlement of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”)-specific liability is required to give rise to a contribution action under §113(f)(3)(B). This decision is the Court’s latest attempt to provide clarity to CERCLA by evaluating the United States’ often inscrutable interpretations of the statute

As discussed in one of our earlier blogs, back in  March 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its controversial Enforcement Policy outlining certain situations where EPA would not pursue enforcement actions for specific instances of noncompliance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the suspended obligations related to routine monitoring and

For employers, both those expecting to reopen and those who remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has several guidance documents regarding COVID-19 and workplace safety.  Irrespective of this guidance, employers must comply with OSHA’s safety and health standards and regulations or where applicable, an OSHA-approved

As an update to last week’s post concerning Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s (RGGI) new Strategic Funding Plan, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), in celebration of Earth Day, announced that they will be investing an additional $45 million into the electrification of New Jersey’s transportation sector.

The money will be used to reduce

Late last night, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) released guidance confirming that site remediation work may continue under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 122 (EO-122), which shut down all non-essential construction projects as of Friday, April 10 to help prevent community spread of COVID-19.

As anticipated in our blog last week, NJDEP