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NJDEP May Extend Statutory Deadlines For Contaminated Site Cleanup Investigation

Under New Jersey’s 2009 Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), parties that have been remediating sites since May 1999 (or before), are required to complete the remedial investigation (RI) phase of the site cleanup by May 7, 2014. Failing to complete the investigation by the May 2014 deadline would permit the NJDEP to take direct oversight Read More

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Underground Storage Tanks: What You Need to Know

As an environmental lawyer, leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) are not by any means a new phenomenon to me. But if you’re a homeowner, or potential homeowner, having issues with an UST, the odds are that it will be the first time that you’ve encountered them and you might be overwhelmed by what it entails. Read More

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

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich 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 Read More

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NJDEP Updates Elevation Standards and Flood Maps

On March 26, 2013 the Administration of Governor Christie filed an adoption package that will set new statewide elevation standards, based on flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This package will keep an emergency rule from January 2013 in place. The update reflects the first change to New Jersey’s coastal county flood 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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New Jersey's LSRP Program Is Up and Running

Under recent changes to New Jersey’ s environmental statutes concerning environmental cleanups, remediation of most contaminated properties in New Jersey will no longer be supervised by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”). Instead, licensed professionals known as Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, or LSRPs, will have the responsibility of reviewing and approving environmental cleanups Read More

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New Jersey Court of Appeals rules in favor of DEP’s ability to create public beach access over private property

In an April 2020 decision of a matter comprised of 63 consolidated cases, the New Jersey Court of Appeals affirmed that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) has
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New Jersey Court of Appeals rules in favor of DEP’s ability to create public beach access over private property

Changes to expect in environmental regulation with the incoming administration

President-elect Joe Biden ran on a platform that highlighted climate change and environmental regulation as national priorities. His plans state the intention to take the necessary steps to decrease our
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Changes to expect in environmental regulation with the incoming administration

NJDEP files Additional Natural Resource Damages claims

The State DEP continues to pursue natural resource damages (called NRD) claims. These are lawsuits where the relief sought is not just a cleanup, which is normally the relief sought
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NJDEP files Additional Natural Resource Damages claims

Landlords: Insurance companies now are denying many Mold Claims

Landlords and other property owners have so much on their plates. They need to worry about increasing utility costs. Taxes are always rising. So are maintenance and repair costs. Then there
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Landlords: Insurance companies now are denying many Mold Claims

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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