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    Christina Sartorio Ku practices in Connell Foley’s Environmental Law group, where she applies a background in biological sciences and environmental regulation to a wide range of complex environmental matters. In particular ...

EPA Finalizes Navigable Waters Protection Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, adopting a new definition for “waters of the United States” after the repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States Rule in September of last year. The repealed Obama-era rule had defined ...

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Adopts New Reporting Requirements

Late last year, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) proposed reporting requirements for accidental chemical releases. On February 5, 2020, a new rule adopting these reporting requirements was announced. The proposed rule requires owners and/or operators of ...

EPA Awards Over $6 Million to PFAS Research

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced approximately $6 million has been awarded, as part of the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results Program, to eight organizations for research into the environmental impacts of per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The ...

Governor Murphy Signs Long-Awaited SRRA 2.0

Last week, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation amending the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), the law created a decade ago to govern the remediation of contaminated sites in New Jersey through the creation of the licensed site remediation professional (LSRP) program. The revisions ...

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 ...

New Jersey Is First State to Set Formal Drinking Water Contamination Standards for PFOA

Earlier this month, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced that the agency has set drinking water contamination standards for perfluorooctoanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), making New Jersey the first state to set ...

President Donald Trump has proposed budget cuts that could slow or even stop work at CERCLA Superfund sites throughout the country. Waste officials estimate that the proposed cuts, which would cut the Superfund program’s budget by about 30%, would eliminate an average of four full-time ...

A recent court decision could mean higher remediation costs for parties liable under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”) for discharges that occurred prior to 1977. This week, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the State of New Jersey cannot be held liable ...

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, nominee for EPA Administrator, indicated that if he is confirmed, he would make Superfund "a priority." Funding for the Superfund Program has decreased over the years, from $2 billion in 1999 to $1.1 billion in 2016. When questioned during recent ...

Property owners who have been impacted by whether wetlands or waters are under the jurisdiction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers have received long-awaited guidance from the United States Supreme Court. Pursuant to a recent Court ruling, property owners will now be able to ...

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