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Author Archives: George S. Van Nest

Environmental Law: Donald Trump and the Environmental Agenda

Writing this column in December 2016, now a month past the surprising presidential election result, brings with it many uncertainties. Predicting environmental policy in new administrations is challenging under normal election conditions, but with a businessman about to assume the ...

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Environmental Law: New York’s clean energy standard

On August 1, the Governor’s Office announced that the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) approved New York’s most far reaching clean energy mandate. The Clean Energy Standard is aimed at fighting climate change, reducing air pollution and diversifying ...

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Environmental Law: OSHA’s new silica dust rule

Crystalline silica is a mineral found in many building materials such as sand, stone, concrete, brick and mortar.  Tiny particles of silica can be released into the air during construction and manufacturing activities. If workers are exposed to respirable silica ...

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Environmental Law: EPA’s Clean Power Plan subject to challenges

As we reported in the August column (The Daily Record, Aug. 3, 2015), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule that sets the first limits on carbon emissions from power plants in the country. Although issued with celebration by ...

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Environmental Law: EPA’s Clean Power Plan subject to significant opposition

On Aug. 3, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule that sets the first limits on carbon emissions from power plants in the country. While met with fanfare from the Obama Administration and certain environmental groups, the Clean ...

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Environmental Law: ASTM revises environmental site assessment standard

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) developed the initial Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) standard in 1993 to address the scope of environmental due diligence required prior to acquisition of real estate in light of environmental liability ...

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Environmental Law: Update: NY litigation over Marcellus Shale development

As previously reported in this column, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is still weighing public comments and considering proposed regulations to address Marcellus Shale development. But now, many local communities are beginning to act on the issue. ...

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