NJDEP released a proposed amendment to its Flood Hazard Area Control Act

By June Y. Lee |   Jun. 4, 2015

On June 1, 2015, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) released a proposed amendment to its Flood Hazard Area Control Act and now accepts public comments until July 31, 2015. According to NJDEP, this amendment will reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, provide better consistency with federal, local and other State requirements, and address implementation issues identified since the repeal or repromulgation of the rules in November 2007. More detailed information can be found in the following links:

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NJDEP is now accepting public comments on the $225M Exxon Mobil Settlement

By June Y. Lee |   Apr. 19, 2015

On April 6, 2015, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) released the proposed settlement with Exxon Mobil to resolve its natural resources damage liability for $225 million. The public now has an opportunity to submit their comments on the proposed settlement until June 5, 2015. More detailed information can be found in the following links:

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No Statute of Limitations for Private Contribution Claims Under New Jersey’s Spill Act

By June Y. Lee |   Apr. 15, 2015

Selling a piece of commercial property often requires much negotiation and planning, and generally represents the culmination of a result of a well-reasoned business decision. And at the conclusion of the deal—and depending on the terms—the seller is divesting itself oftentimes of both an asset and liability. But for those sellers who believe that a sale provides an ending of the relationship with a particular property, recently the Supreme Court stated “not so fast.” Reversing the Appellate Court’s decision, the Supreme Court recently determined that there is no applicable statute of limitations, governing environmental contamination in New Jersey.

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Is Your Environmental Position Moral Or Not?

By Lawrence F. Jacobs |   Mar. 20, 2015

Robb Willer, a New York Times columnist, recently posed the question “why do liberals moralize environmental issues, while conservatives do not?” His February 27, 2015 column, Is the Environment a Moral Cause?, focused on this apparent contradiction: while increasing numbers of Republicans identify global warming as a serious problem, conservatives remain less likely to be morally engaged in the subject, and, therefore, less likely to support action to address it. Willer suggests the contradiction may be explained by conservatives’ reaction to the “moral rhetoric” typically surrounding environmental issues rather than a rejection of the underlying concern of global warming. Apparently, liberals and conservatives respond to different moral cues - he says that liberals respond to “protection from harm” while conservatives respond to “patriotism,” “sanctity.” and “authority”.

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