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On December 11, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added nine contaminated sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) and proposed that an additional eight sites also be added, including sites in New Jersey and New York. The NPL is a list of contaminated sites throughout the United States managed by the EPA… Read More »
On November 6, 2013, the American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) published new standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (“ESA”). Phase I ESAs are conducted to assess the environmental condition of commercial real estate for potential buyers. The ASTM’s E1527-05 standard has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to satisfy the… Read More »
On August 6, 2013, a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the federal district courts hold exclusive jurisdiction over Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) claims. In Litgo New Jersey, Inc. v. Commissioner New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, __ F.3d __ (3d Cir. 2013), the Third… Read More »
Lieberman & Blecher was hired as special environmental counsel by the City of Vineland concerning the former Pure Earth Recycling facility previously located within the City. Pure Earth was engaged in recycling activities that involved processing contaminated soils, waste oil, and other materials on the property. Pure Earth abruptly ceased operations in 2011 due to… Read More »
Community Associations are often concerned about the extent of their liability for the maintenance of public rights of way located within their boundaries. The New Jersey Supreme Court recently shed light on this issue in the case of Luchjeko v. Hoboken, where the Court held that condominium associations are not liable to pedestrians injured as… Read More »
Earlier in January, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sacket v. EPA, a Clean Water Act (“CWA”) enforcement case that concerns whether CWA administrative orders are subject to pre-enforcement judicial review. In the Sacket case, the property owners planned to build a home on a one-half acre parcel of land in Idaho. After… Read More »
Ever since Congress created the United States Environmental Protection Agency (or “EPA”) in 1970, one of the Agency’s primary functions has been the enforcement of lawsuits brought against companies and, in some cases, individuals. The EPA has filed thousands of lawsuits all across the country, seeking to enforce legislative edicts that include the Clean Air… Read More »