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Update on Brownfields Program Eligibility: The First Department Upholds the Supreme Court's Rejection of DEC's Use of a "But-For" Test

Late last year, the First Department, in the Matter of East River Realty v. N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2009 NY Slip Op 9381, 68 A.D.3d 564 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dep't Dec. 17, 2009), upheld a Supreme Court ruling that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("NYSDEC") cannot use a "but-for" test in determining eligibility into its Brownfield program. We reported on the Supreme Court's decision in a prior post, and refer you there for a recitation of the relevant facts and reasoning of the Supreme Court. 

New York State Supreme Court holds DEC's use of "But-For" Test is Contrary to the Brownfields Cleanup Program Statute

The latest installment in the Brownfields Cleanup Program (BCP) eligibility saga involves a recent October 2008 case from the Supreme Court in New York County, East River Realty Company, LLC v. NYSDEC, __ N.Y.S.2d ___, 2008 WL 4694535 (Sup.Ct. New York Cty. 2008), holding that DEC cannot use a "but-for" test when determining whether environmental contamination at a site "complicates" the redevelopment of that site.

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