Category: Environmental Issues

Environmental Group’s David J. Freeman to Co-Chair NYSBA’s Superfund/Brownfield Program Update 2023

The New York State Bar Association Environmental & Energy Law Section is presenting a virtual conference on the state’s brownfield and federal Superfund programs on Tuesday, December 5. Gibbons’s David J. Freeman, Environmental Group Senior Counsel, is Co-Chair of the conference, which will feature a distinguished faculty comprising government officials, attorneys, and consultants in the field to review recent developments in both programs. In addition, Mr. Freeman will moderate the panel discussing the federal Superfund program. The CLE event will also feature a panel discussion on current issues in environmental insurance and an update on recent case law involving Superfund and brownfield issues. For more information about the program or to register to attend, please click here.

New Jersey Makes History in Advancing Renewable Energy

Last month, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) made history when it awarded a combined 2,658 MW of offshore wind capacity to two wind energy companies. This award was the largest collective MW award in the United States to date, and it raised New Jersey’s total planned capacity to over 3,700 MW. This award is a significant step toward reaching Governor Phil Murphy’s goal of 7,500 MW of offshore wind by 2035 and 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

NJDEP Unveils Resiliency Planning Toolkit

On February 2, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed P.L. 2021 c. 6, which requires municipalities to incorporate assessments of climate change hazards into Master Plan Land Use Elements adopted after its enactment. No doubt many municipal officials, faced with tight budgets and heavy obligations, greeted this news with trepidation. However, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has come to the rescue with an extensive and well-designed online toolkit. The launch of the toolkit was announced by NJDEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette on June 10 at the New Jersey Planning and Redevelopment Conference. The toolkit provides detailed guidance to assist communities in developing and implementing public processes to assess local vulnerabilities and create strategies to address them. It provides step-by-step procedures for creating teams to engage local stakeholders in defining their vision and developing plans to gather data, assess vulnerabilities, and develop strategies. Each section of the toolkit provides useful training modules, prototype documents and templates, and links to critical informational resources. The final section assists in tracking progress and contains links to federal and state sites providing information on funding and financing options. The toolkit is comprehensive, flexible, and user-friendly. It will be invaluable to municipalities in meeting their statutory obligations. It also provides a valuable model for other states, regional planning agencies, and...