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  • Posts by Nigyar Alieva

    Nikki Alieva is an associate practicing in Connell Foley LLP's Environmental Group with a focus on matters pertaining to Article 12 of the New York Navigation Law (Oil Spill Act) and New Jersey’s Spill Act. She also practices in ...

Supreme Court Wetlands Ruling - Better For Business

The United States Supreme Court has issued a ruling clarifying which wetlands can be regulated by the federal government under the Clean Water Act. In a 5-4 vote, SCOTUS ruled that wetlands can only be regulated under the Clean Water Act if they have a "continuous surface connection" to a larger, regulated body of water such as a river, lake, or ocean. 

U.S. Highest Court Reinstates Trump Administration Water Rule

The Supreme Court of the United States has temporarily reinstated the Trump-era water rule limiting the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement under the Clean Water Act.  The 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided a new—more narrow—definition of ...

Court Issues an Order Vacating and Remanding Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Twist to the Continually-Evolving Rule and Its Impact on Property Owners

During Donald Trump’s presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limited the scope of its enforcement under the Clean Water Act by implementing the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (2020 Rule), which provided a new—more narrow—definition of “waters of the ...

Return of Superfund Tax

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly referred to as Superfund, provides broad federal authority to respond directly to releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment ...


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