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January is Radon Awareness & Action Month

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas.  Radon is naturally occurring. It comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and enters both the outdoor and indoor air. Radon is found all over the United States, including in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  Radon can be measured through testing. Radon Read More

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Lieberman & Blecher Paves the Way with 1st Victory for the City of Vineland!

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

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New DEP Permit Rules will Simplify Sandy Recovery Efforts

The Christie Administration filed emergency rules to assist in the expedition of Superstorm Sandy-related recovery and rebuilding on March 17, 2013. These rules are meant to cut through unnecessary red tape that is delaying some aspects of New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy for both homes and businesses. The rules also contain portions that will expedite 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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NJ Supreme Court Rules On Causation Required In Spill Act Claims

This week, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Dimant, where the high court was asked to consider the level of causation needed to find a party liable for environmental cleanup costs under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act. The “Spill Act,” a predecessor Read More

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NJ Appeals Court Invalidates ISRA Regulation Requiring “Contamination Free” Certifications For Certain Industrial Sites

On Friday, July 6, 2012, the New Jersey Appellate Division invalidated a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) regulation requiring owners or operators of industrial establishments seeking an ISRA de minimis quantity exemption to certify that the land at issue is “clean,” i.e., free from contamination above specified action levels.  This decision, which may Read More

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RCRA Remains a Viable Cause of Action to Pursue Cleanup of Contaminated Sites in New Jersey

A recent decision from the Third Circuit further confirms that state remediation standards, while instructive, are not dispositive of a claim under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”). Raritan Baykeeper v. NL Industries, Inc., No. 10-2591, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 20021 (Oct. 3, 2011), is at least the third decision in our jurisdiction Read More

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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

United States Supreme Court Tackles Key Clean Water Act Judicial Review Issue

National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, et al. 583 U.S. ____ (2018) Decided January 22, 2018 Since the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, the definition of “the waters
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United States Supreme Court Tackles Key Clean Water Act Judicial Review Issue

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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