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January 5, 2015 | Posted by Toni Finger 1/5/2015 | Permalink
On Monday December 20, 2014, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have extended the sunset of the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) from December 31, 2015 until March 31, 2017, despite indicating in June that he would approve it. Governor Cuomo has stated that changes to the BCP should instead be negotiated as part of the state’s budget process early next year. read more
July 26, 2013 | Posted by Kerri Folb 7/26/2013 | Permalink
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently issued a decision that highlights the need for buyers of potentially contaminated property to carefully draft provisions in sales contracts that set forth the respective obligations of the parties for the investigation and remediation of the property. read more
October 10, 2012 | Posted by Toni Finger 10/10/2012 | Permalink
    Under various state and federal laws, releases of petroleum, toxic chemicals, gases and other hazardous materials must be reported to certain governmental agencies by the party responsible for the release or in some cases, anyone with knowledge of the release. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) website, approximately ninety percent of reported spills involve petroleum products. In New York, any person responsible for causing a petroleum “discharge” must immediately notify the NYSDEC within two hours of the discharge by calling the New York State Spill Hotline. However, according to NYSDEC’s Spill Guidance Manual, discharges that meet certain criteria do not have to be reported. read more