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EPA Proposed Water Rule May Delay or Limit Permit Approvals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new Clean Water Act Section 401 rule, which may delay and/or limit federal approvals of projects that discharge into federally protected waters.  The proposed rule specifically provides states and tribes the power to grant or deny ...

NJDEP First State to Publish Highly Anticipated Environmental Justice Proposed Rules

On June 6, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published a rule proposal requiring the consideration of environmental justice issues and impacts on overburdened communities in the evaluation and issuance of certain environmental permits. The proposed ...

New York Considers Environmental Regulations for Cryptocurrency Mining

The New York State Legislature has passed a pair of bills in the Senate and Assembly that, if signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, would impose a two-year ban on issuing new air permits to cryptocurrency mining operators in New York.

Specifically, New York lawmakers, urged by environmental ...

May 2022 Insurance Update: New Insurance-Related Disclosure Requirements in NY and Recent Decisions in NJ & PA on Inflation-Based Premium Adjustment and Voluntary Payment Issues

In recent months, New York has engaged in a flurry of lawmaking regarding civil defendants’ obligations to make insurance-related disclosures. This month’s Insurance Coverage Update examines the major provisions associated with this legal change. This post also addresses new case ...

Bitcoin Industry Responds to Call for Regulation by House of Representatives Letter

In response to recent scrutiny regarding potential environmental violations by bitcoin mining data centers, Bitcoin industry executives authored a letter from the industry group Bitcoin Mining Counsel to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Signatories include leadership from ...

New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Rates Among Highest in Nation

A foreclosure market report for the first quarter of 2022 shows that New Jersey ranked second in the nation for the number of foreclosures per housing unit (1 in every 792), behind only Illinois (1 in every 791). The report, compiled by ATTOM Data Solutions, showed that one in every 1,795 housing ...

DOJ Announces Environmental Justice Strategy and New Office of Environmental Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced several initiatives to advance environmental justice interests, including restoring federal prosecutors’ authority to include special environmental justice projects in settlements and establishing a federal Office of ...

FERC New Climate Policy Impacts Under Review

The potential impacts from the climate policy changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations continue to evolve. Public comments have been submitted by environmental groups, industry groups and states in response to the FERC's proposed climate policy changes to ...

United States Expands National Environmental Policy Act Reviews – More Scrutiny on Infrastructure and Development Anticipated

This week, the Council on Environmental Quality issued a final rule amending the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), effectively revoking changes made in 2020 by the Trump Administration that limited the scope of NEPA reviews. The rule is phase one of a two-part process, with ...

Caution Before the Storm

Recreational marijuana will be available for sale in New Jersey beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 21st.

A few things for employers to remember:

  • Employers can require a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.
  • Employers can prohibit the use, consumption, being under the influence ...

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