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HTMLStepping Off the Gas Pedal: New York Adds Upper Limit to Proposed LNG Rules
Robert M. Rosenthal, Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014
Despite the abundance of natural gas within the state and region, and the reputation of natural gas as the cleanest burning of fossil fuels, New York remains a treacherous political environment for companies seeking to expand the use or extraction of gas. The anti-fracking movement maintains a...

 

HTMLRecent Changes to New York Election Law and Government Ethics Laws to Affect Organizations Involved in Political Advocacy as well as Public Officials
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer, Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 19, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014
Continuing the recent trend, New York State has again enacted changes to New York’s election and government ethics laws in order to “restore public trust” in government. These “reforms,” which are likely to affect advocacy organizations, public officials, candidates,...

 

HTMLNew York Governor Proposes to Extend Brownfield Tax Credit With Major Revisions
Robert Rosenthal, Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 7, 2014, previously published on February 03, 2014
The New York Governor proposed to extend the most significant tax credits associated with New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) as part of his Executive Budget. The proposal tries to take a middle ground between the cheerleaders of the program, who contend that it has been a widely...

 

HTMLNew York City Proposes Expansion of Actions Exempt from CEQR
Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2013, previously published on November 7, 2013
The New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) requires actions that may have a significant adverse environmental impact to undergo review. The City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) contains the City of New York’s procedures for complying with SEQRA. The State statute lists...

 

HTMLVermiculite Regulation Update
Daniel J. Ansell, Stephen C. Jones, Paul R. McIntyre, Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2013, previously published on July 10, 2013
New York City building owners and tenants are required, prior to any significant demolition or alteration work, to perform environmental testing to determine if “asbestos-containing material” or “ACM” (defined as material containing more than 1% asbestos) is present at the...

 

HTMLOne Step Forward, One Step Back - NY Moves Forward on Its Environmental Self-Audit Policy as EPA Looks to Retreat
Steven C. Russo, Adam B. Silverman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 16, 2013, previously published on May 14, 2013
New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently proposed an environmental “audit incentive” policy, which is similar to the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long standing self-audit policy. In its draft policy, DEC encourages...

 

HTMLCarbon Claustrophobia - Significant Changes Coming to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's Cap and Trade Program
Steven C. Russo, Adam B. Silverman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 17, 2013, previously published on April 16, 2013
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is currently accepting public comments on several proposed changes to the DEC’s regulations governing New York’s participation in...