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The Highs and Lows of New York's Proposed Budget on Environmental Programs

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The details of Governor Cuomo's $168 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which begins on April 1, 2018, and makes projections from FY 2018 through FY 2022, were released in January. As the State is facing a potential budget deficit nearing $4 billion, the Governor is keying important tax law changes that everyone should be aware, especially on environmental programs.

So there's good news and bad news...

DEC Adopts Sweeping Regulations For Dry Cleaning Industry

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Major changes are coming to the dry-cleaning industry in New York.

Yesterday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued sweeping regulations that will undoubtedly affect dry cleaners across the state. Business owners and managers must become familiar with these new regulations that will impose significant financial a burden on some dry-cleaning businesses.

Site Remediation Controls- Engineering Controls vs. Institutional Controls

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How many techniques and tools can you use to remediate a contaminated site? Too many to list in one blog post.

New York State Aims to Make Communities "Climate Smart"

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Have you ever considered purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) but were discouraged by the fact that you wouldn't know where to charge it? Would you reconsider purchasing an EV if your town had readily-available charging stations?

Not All Professionals Are Created Equal - Picking the Right Team is Essential for Your Remediation Project

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So, you're ready to investigate, cleanup or develop a contaminated property, and would like to enter one of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) programs that may entitle you to liability protection or tax credits. Now you ask, "who do I need to hire to plan this work?" Do you need an architect, engineer, environmental consultant? All or none of the above? The simple truth is that navigating the technical world of site remediation can be challenging and confusing.

Recent Court Decision Provides More Clarity to Environmental Quality Standards

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Environmental requirements are complex and confusing - New York's Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) is certainly no exception. Sometimes, however, our courts can shed some light and clarify issues when it comes to complying with complex environmental rules.

Oil Tank Owners Beware! DEC Appears To Be Increasing Its Petroleum Storage Enforcement Actions

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What is the easiest way to violate New York's oil storage rules when you purchase a building that has petroleum storage tanks?

Based to a recent chain of New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEC) enforcement cases, it appears that failure to register your newly acquired oil tanks with the DEC is one of the targeted violations - you risk being held liable for tens of thousands of dollars in civil penalties as a result. That's a lot of money, but how do you know if you should be worried?

New York State DEC Scraps Solid Waste Regulations and Promulgates Comprehensive Revisions: 8.5 Major Takeaways of the DEC's New Solid Waste Regulations (Blog 1 of 3)

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Are you a waste hauler? Does your business generate solid waste in New York? If so, you should be aware of the new solid waste regulations went into effect November 4, 2017. These are the first major revisions to the State's solid waste program in more than 20 years!

New York State DEC Issues New General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activities

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Do you own or operate a facility in New York that discharges stormwater? If so, be aware that as of October 1, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a new Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) scheme for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (GP-0-17-004). This new MSGP will be in effect for the next 5 years. Requirements under the permit regulations include monitoring, recording, reporting, and compliance responsibilities for stormwater discharges from covered facilities.

New York City Will Make It Easier to Remove "E" Designations From Properties Identified As Such In the Zoning Maps

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Every once in a while, government agencies actually make things easier or more efficient for the general public. In the case of contaminated properties, New York City is helping potential property developers. Recently, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) adopted amendments to the rules addressing the removal of "E"-designations on zoning maps for affected properties.

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