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New York Navigation Law decision: another step backwards towards absolute liability for innocent property owners

Navigation Law was enacted to prohibit the unpermitted discharge of petroleum into the waters and land of the state. According to George Van Nest, a new case from the Appellate Division, Third Department takes another step backward from clearly defining the scope of liability for innocent property owners under Navigation Law.

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DEC Regulations Streamline New York's Brownfield Programs

The Brownfield/Superfund amendments enacted by New York State in October 2003 dramatically revised the state’s Brownfield and Superfund programs. The legislation amended the Environmental Conservation Law and statutorily enacted the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). Significantly, the new legislation required the ...

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