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WHEN PURCHASING CONTAMINATED PROPERTY, CAVEAT EMPTOR SAYS THE APPELLATE DIVISION

At the end of July the Appellate Division handed down a decision recognizing significant leeway and discretion to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP” or “the Department”) under the Industrial Site Recovery Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1K-6 through -18 (“ISRA”). In CD&L Realty, LLC v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Docket No. A-4066-13T3 (App. Read More

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Pre-emption of solid waste regulation in NJ can be a real problem for local officials

The Superior Court of New Jersey in Gary Walker d/b/a Omega Material Recovery v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, (2015) considered an appeal to amend the Burlington County District Solid Waste Management Plan (the District Plan) in order to approve a site for a solid waste transfer station and material recovery Read More

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New Jersey Appeals Court Finds Christie Administration Illegally Repealed RGGI-Related Climate Regulations

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held that the state was not permitted to repeal administrative regulations without going through the formal rule making processes of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), even if the subject regulations are tied to a regional cooperative effort in which the state is no longer participating. In the case, captioned Read More

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Extension of Extensions: Deadline to Apply for Extension of Remedial Investigation Deadline Postponed

The May 7, 2014 Remedial Investigation Deadline Under New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act The Site Remediation Reform Act (“SRRA”), N.J.S.A. 58:10C-1 et seq., requires that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection undertake direct oversight of a remediation of certain contaminated sites when the person responsible for conducting the remediation fails to complete the Read More

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NJDEP Adopts Correction to Air Minor Source Grace Period Determination

On November 18, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) amended the Air Administrative Procedures and Penalties Code, N.J.A.C. 7:27A-3.10(m)16, to change a violation of N.J.A.C. 7:27-16, Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution by Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) for Vapor Control Systems from a minor violation to a non-minor violation. A gas distributing Read More

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Appellate Division Holds Municipality Liable for Damages for Failure to Comply with Easement Agreements

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division held in Petrozzi v. Ocean City that beach-front property owners are able to recover damages for the failure of a municipality to comply with easement agreements. At the end of the 1980’s, Ocean City initiated a dune restoration program and acquired easements from property owners in order to Read More

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NJDEP Can Conduct Warrantless Searches Under Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act

In 1987, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9B-1, et seq. (“FWPA”), to protect and regulate New Jersey’s vast sensitive freshwater wetlands. This law followed the Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1, et seq., which delineated and regulated New Jersey’s coastal wetlands. The FWPA established a permitting process which a Read More

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NJDEP "Waiver Rule" Upheld by Appellate Court

On March 21, 2013, an Appellate Division panel upheld the controversial “waiver rule” adopted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) last March. The rule has been promulgated at N.J.A.C. 7:1B-1.1, et seq. An outgrowth of Governor Chris Christie’s effort to reduce bureaucracy and encourage economic growth through application “common sense principles,” the Read More

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January 2013 Environmental Law & Land Use Update

Our latest newsletter is out! In this issue, our attorneys discuss: The latest developments in New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”) jurisprudence; Updates to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Vapor Intrusion Guidance; Challenges to the NJDEP’s controversial “waiver rule;” An update concerning our firm’s efforts to help residents of the Paulsboro, NJ community Read More

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NJDEP Updates Vapor Intrusion Guidance

Effective this month, the NJDEP has updated its vapor intrusion guidance.  Vapor intrusion or “VI” refers to hazardous substances in contaminated soil or groundwater that may volatilize (i.e., disperse as a gas) and migrate upward through subsurface soils or other pathways and impact the indoor air quality of overlying buildings.  Depending on the extent of hazardous substances Read More

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Lieberman & Blecher. P.C. Celebrates its 20th Year as a Proven “Super” Force in New Jersey Environmental Legal Practice

Founded in 2000 by Stuart J. Lieberman and Shari M. Blecher, Lieberman & Blecher has developed and maintained a reputation as one of the preeminent environmental law firms in New
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Lieberman & Blecher. P.C. Celebrates its 20th Year as a Proven “Super” Force in New Jersey Environmental Legal Practice

Terranova vs. General Electric Pension Trust: Clarifying (or complicating) defenses under the Spill Act

On January 4, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division handed down a decision in Terranova vs. General Electric Pension Trust, Docket No. A-5699-16T3 (hereinafter, “Terranova”). In Terranova, The New Jersey
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Terranova vs. General Electric Pension Trust: Clarifying (or complicating) defenses under the Spill Act

NJ Supreme Court Sees Standing in Tax Lienholders to Challenge Municipal Approval

NJ Supreme Court Sees Standing in Tax Lienholders to Challenge Municipal Approval On August 2, 2018, New Jersey’s Supreme Court held that a holder of a municipal tax lien may have
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NJ Supreme Court Sees Standing in Tax Lienholders to Challenge Municipal Approval

The Downside to Higher Ground: Appellate Division affirms finding of a townhome owner’s negligence and responsibility for water damage to a below unit caused by a prolonged leaking washing machine hose

On August 1, 2018, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division ruled in favor of plaintiff in the matter captioned Joseph S. D’Elia v. Joyce Campisi and Liberty Mutual
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The Downside to Higher Ground: Appellate Division affirms finding of a townhome owner’s negligence and responsibility for water damage to a below unit caused by a prolonged leaking washing machine hose

In the media

  • Gulf Coast Town Center facing foreclosure

    Naples Daily News, September 16, 2015

    Wells Fargo filed a lawsuit Sept. 8 against an affiliate of CBL & Associates, the owners of the decadeold, 1.2 million-square-foot mall in south Fort Myers for a $190.9 million unpaid loan. The center has 94 stores on 204 acres, with such anchors as Super Target, Belk, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and Costco...

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  • Town liable for private company's leaking underground tanks, court rules

    NJ.com Jul 26, 2017

    CRANFORD -- A couple that owned a businesses in town and became sick from leaking underground tanks owned by an adjacent business can sue the township for damages because the tanks were partially ...

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  • Dark Waters: How a Class Action Catapulted NJ to Forefront of 'Forever Chemicals' Battle

    NJ Law Journal Jan 09, 2020

    As property owners become increasingly aware of PFAS contamination, and as individuals exposed to PFAS learn of the health risks associated with exposure, liability will likely affect entire supply chains.

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