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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 ...

Final Rule Issued Regarding Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act

This week, the White House Council for Environmental Quality issued a final rule revising how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in reviews of environmental projects and permitting application. Business groups believe that the final rule will streamline the ...

NJ Publishes Formal Drinking Water and Ground Water Quality Standards for PFOA and PFOS

Under rules published this week in the New Jersey Register, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has formally established maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) of 14 ppt for perfluorooctoanic acid (PFOA) and 13 ppt for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). The rules ...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules CERCLA Does Not Preclude State Law Claims 

On April 20, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian et al. matter, finding that federal law under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) does not preempt suits under state law for ...

EPA Issues Interim Guidance Regarding Cleanups During COVID-19 Crisis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued interim guidance late last week to its regional offices regarding environmental cleanups being conducted during the COVID-19 crisis. The EPA has indicated that this cleanup work is considered "essential" and must be continued in ...

EPA Finalizes Navigable Waters Protection Rule

UPDATE:  The Final Navigable Waters Protection Rule was published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2020, and will become effective on June 22, 2020.

Original post:  The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, adopting a new definition for ...

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 ...

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