On August 5, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) issued updated guidance on how remediating parties and Licensed Site Remediation Professionals need to address Contaminants of Emerging Concern (“CECs”).  The guidance documents address timeframes for addressing CECs, include frequently asked questions regarding CECs, and provide a list from the EPA of industry

On January 7, 2021, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020. P.L. 2020 c. 156. Included within the statute is the Brownfields Redevelopment Incentive Program Act. This section of the law creates a tax incentive program for a redeveloper of a brownfield site to obtain a tax credit to close a “project finance gap” and provide needed financing for the remediation and redevelopment of a brownfield site. The program, which is administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“EDA”), is summarized below.
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On December 12, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) held the first meeting of the Interagency Council on Climate Change, a panel created by Executive Order 89 issued by Governor Murphy.  At that meeting, NJDEP released a study prepared by Rutgers University and leading climate change experts which found that New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has proposed to change Surface Water Quality Standards antidegradation designations for 749 miles of rivers and streams in New Jersey. The changes will heighten standards for regulated discharges to those waterbodies and extend the applicable Flood Hazard Area Control Act riparian development buffer from the current 150

On Monday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced its intent to propose regulation that would weaken emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks manufactured in the United States.

These changes would roll back requirements established under the Obama Administration that, among other things, would force automakers to develop more electric vehicles and

Over the past few months the intersection of religious principles and environmental protection has become a topic of public dialogue. Religious beliefs have also been invoked in recent cases seeking to block pipeline projects or protect endangered species. Even more recently, the press has reported on statements by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt which suggest that