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  • There’s a new EPA reporting requirement that applies to businesses that manufactured, processed or imported products including articles containing forever chemicals, which are especially common in construction materials and consumer goods.
  • There are no minimum ...
C-PACE Financing for Green Improvements is Coming to the Garden State

New Jersey real estate owners interested in improving their property’s energy or water efficiency, take note: Now is your chance to submit feedback on an aspect of New Jersey’s version of the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, a tool designed to help finance ...

NYC Council Bill Proposes Extending Deadline for LL 97 Compliance

Town halls are being held throughout Queens, New York, for co-op owners concerned that their maintenance fees will spike as a result of their buildings’ efforts to meet the requirements of a law that sets greenhouse gas emission limits on buildings 25,000 feet or larger.

New York City’s ...

Deadline Approaching for Submission of Energy and Water Benchmarking Data Pursuant to New Jersey’s Clean Energy Act

This summer, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU” or the “Board”) has been issuing notices to owners/operators of commercial buildings over 25,000 square feet in floor space.  The notices announce a new obligation for the owners/operators to report their buildings’ ...

Proposed Legislation Would Provide Tax Abatements for Carbon-Emission Law Compliance

New York City Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring legislation intended to help middle-class co-op and condo owners comply with Local Law 97,  which—starting in 2024—sets carbon emissions caps on buildings over 25,000 square feet. Assemblyman Braunstein’s ...

Recent Settlements on PFAS Liability in NJ and Nationwide

On June 28, 2023, a proposed settlement for close to $393 million was announced between Solvay and the State of New Jersey as part of the State’s effort to remediate the PFAs, “forever chemical” contamination. PFAs have been found to impact groundwater, including drinking water, and ...

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. 

New Jersey Dirty Dirt: July 14, 2022 Deadline to Be Exempt, Register, or Certify

July 14, 2022, was the deadline for those engaged in soil and fill recycling services in New Jersey to (i) be exempt, (ii) annually certify to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) that they only handle “non-restricted” (a/k/a “clean”) materials, or (iii ...

New Cryptocurrency Mining Operations Restrictions in New York

Coming off a successful reelection, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a two-year moratorium on new cryptocurrency mining operations in New York that rely upon fossil fuel generated electricity. Taking care not to enact a statewide prohibition, existing cryptocurrency mining ...

White House Issues Report on Climate and Energy Implications of Crypto-Assets in the U.S.

The White House recently authored a report containing policy guidance on the environmental issues related to cryptocurrency mining, recommending that the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy (“DOE”) and other federal agencies assist states, local communities ...

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