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December 2011 Archives

DEC Did Not Act Outside of Its Authority in Promulgating Regulations that Required Cleanup of Contaminated Properties to "Pre-Disposal Conditions" under the State Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Act

The Court of Appeals of New York recently held that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") did not exceed its authority or act contrary to state law in enacting certain regulations with respect to remedial programs implemented to clean inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. 

Generalized Community Knowledge Does Not Trump Expert Conclusions

The Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court, Third Department, upheld a lower court decision that it was improper for a local planning board to deny a special use permit based on "generalized community knowledge" in opposition to a development proposal, when an unchallenged expert report concluded that the proposal would not harm the environment.

"Fracking NY" Blog Series: Part 4 - Summary of Federal Regulations

So far in our blog series on "Fracking NY," we've presented a general background of the issues, a summary of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's ("DEC") Draft Revised SGEIS on fracking, and a summary of the DEC's proposed regulations for fracking. We now turn to discuss the federal regulation - or lack thereof - of this process for natural gas extraction in the U.S. 

"Fracking NY" Blog Series: Update - DEC Extends Public Comment Period

On December 1, 2011, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") announced that it is extending the public comment period on its environmental impact study of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

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