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    As Chair of Connell Foley's Environmental Law practice group, Agnes Antonian draws on her engineering background to address a broad range of complex environmental litigation and land use matters. Her environmental litigation ...

Stormwater Bill to Create New Utilities, New Fees

In an effort to address significant stormwater flooding and pollution in the state, on June 21, 2018 the New Jersey Senate passed bill S-1073, which will allow for broad local regulation of stormwater runoff, including creation of stormwater utilities and necessary infrastructure. The ...

EPA Issues Final 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan

On May 2, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Final 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (Final 2016 Plan). Pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA), EPA must publish a plan for new and revised effluent guidelines every two years. EPA is also required under the CWA to ...

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Advancing Renewable Energy Agenda

On May 23, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that boosts the Garden State’s renewable energy economy.  Directly impacting utilities as well as the renewable energy sector, the bill requires that by 2020, 21 percent of the energy sold in New Jersey must be from Class I ...

Murphy Orders DEP to Provide Guidance on Environmental Justice

On April 20, 2018, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 23 (the “Order”), which strengthens the administration’s commitment to protecting the environment while emphasizing the importance of environmental justice. Environmental justice focuses on ensuring residents of ...

Governor Murphy Moves Quickly to Strengthen Environmental Protections

In Governor Phil Murphy’s first month in office, the new administration has wasted no time addressing environmental and energy policy with an emphasis on combating climate change. Governor Murphy has already signed executive orders directing New Jersey to reenter the Regional ...

UPDATE: Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, EPA Delays Implementation of 2015 Clean Water Rule Until 2020

On January 31, 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a new rule that postpones implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Rule until 2020. The finalization of the rule comes in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, National Association of ...

Continued Chaos for the Clean Water Rule - The Supreme Court Finds District Courts Proper Court for Review

Please see updated postUPDATE: Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, EPA Delays Implementation of 2015 Clean Water Rule Until 2020

On January 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that challenges to the 2015 Clean Water Rule (2015 Rule), must be heard by federal ...

Six Major Changes to RCRA for 2018

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to implement six major changes to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 2018. Waste generators of all sizes will need to review these changes to ensure compliance and avoid hefty fines.

In particular, 47 ...

EPA Identifies 21 Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action

In response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations issued earlier this year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, recently identified 21 Superfund sites nationwide that it believes will benefit from the “direct engagement” of ...

The Path Toward a Revamped Clean Water Rule Still Unclear; EPA/Corps Propose Extension

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have proposed to extend the date that the 2015 Clean Water Rule will become effective to 2020, thereby allowing sufficient time for the Trump administration to replace the Rule. The proposal comes on the heels ...

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