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NYC Commercial Waste Zoning

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New York City is the city that never sleeps! And every night, despite being wide awake, 90 private carters drive long, overlapping, and unsafe routes to service the City's 100,000 commercial businesses. The commercial waste hauling trucks travel more than 23.1 million miles in NYC each year - that is multiple trips to the moon and back! This is the main issue that Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is confronting with its Commercial Waste Zone Plan.

NYS Water Quality Council Drinking Water Level Recommendations for Emerging Contaminants

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You might get a sense of déjà vu because we're back with another blog post on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). As it should be apparent from the focus of our recent blog posts, a lot has been going on lately with these emerging contaminants in New York and around the country. With this post, we'd like to bring your attention to New York State's Water Quality Council's recent recommendations for the most protective maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for these emerging contaminants.

NYS Law Requires Online Posting of Emerging Contaminant Info

2019 02 13 Blog Post #41 Contaminant Posting Requirements water-1154080_640 pixabay.jpgNew York is notoriously proud of its tap water. But what happens when chemicals are discovered in the water that threaten its public health?

5.5 Things to Know About Subsurface Environmental Investigations (Phase II ESAs) - Part 2 of 2

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In our last post, we began to review the basic considerations for a Phase II ESA. We wanted you to have a chance to absorb a lot of complicated information. So we saved some of the good points: here are the rest of the 5.5 things you should know about Phase II ESAs.

5.5 Things to Know About Subsurface Environmental Investigations (Phase II ESAs) - Part 1 of 2

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You're the prospective purchaser of commercial real estate, in contract. Your environmental lawyer (or environmental engineer or consultant) tells you "we should perform a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) based on the recognized environmental conditions identified in the Phase I ESA." She adds, "we'd better do so before the end of the due diligence period, while we still have the right to terminate and get back your earnest money!"

Now what?

Proposed Amendment to New York's Low Emission Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Standards

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While the current Administration in Washington is taking steps to roll back environmental progress, for example, by weakening greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rules, by abandoning more stringent emissions standards on passenger automobiles, and by permitting energy companies to avoid monitoring and restricting methane emissions, who will address unresolved problems associated with air pollution and climate change?

DEC to Address Impacts of Mulching/Composting Facilities on Long Island

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Mulching and composting are environmentally positive activities, right?

Well, yes, in general. But recent reports released from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Suffolk County Department of Health Services show potential groundwater impacts from mulching and composting activities.

Third Circuit CERCLA Case Highlights Perils Of Bargain Hunting For Contaminated Land

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How could contaminated land possibly be anything but a bargain? Really! Even though the price tag may seem cheap, the costs of environmental cleanup may greatly exceed the savings on the purchase price and make what seemed a good bargain a very bad one indeed.

5 Things You Should Know About Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

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As a real estate purchaser, developer, or seller, you may wonder: "Do I really need a Phase I environmental site assessments (ESA) before purchasing property?" The answer is simple: yes!

NYC Digs Up New Solutions to Polluted Soil

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A fist of soil,

by any other name

would still be dirt.

But dirty soil can be,

might be clean soil,

if given a chance to do so.

First the obvious: we all know that soil is inherently dirty (it is dirt after all!). But not all soil is created equal. In some instances, that stuff we call dirt might actually be clean and economically useful. But how can dirt and soil ever be considered "clean"? New York City is tackling this apparent oxymoron with the launch of PUREsoil NYC.

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