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Author Archives: Terry M. Richman

Saudi billionaire buys 1 percent stake in GM

CAIRO — Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he has invested $500 million in General Motors, the U.S. auto giant whose shares returned to trading last week after its bankruptcy and bailout by Washington.

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Notifying tenants of indoor air contamination

On Dec. 3, New York State’s groundbreaking legislation on “Tenant Notification of Indoor Air Contamination” will become effective, requiring landlords to disclose the results of environmental testing to tenants and prospective tenants. (Chapter 521 of the Laws of NY of ...

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New zoning laws can block pending development

In reviewing proposals for development, every New York State town must consider the environmental, aesthetic and infrastructure impacts of the project. Does it respect neighborhood character≠ Does it contribute to the goals of community planning or overly tax already burdened ...

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With property development, Brownfielders should be wary

With the availability of an enticing array of refundable tax credits and a release of environmental liability, New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) provides many benefits to developers and owners of contaminated property. Not only can successful program applicants recover ...

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Environmental Law: SEQRA limitation period — Is the clock ticking≠

With few exceptions for certain exempt actions, the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (ECL § 8-0101 et. seq.) requires every state and local governmental agency to consider the potential adverse environmental impacts that may occur from its actions, ...

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New Standard For Environmental Investigation – The AAI Rule

Purchasers of real property have had a quarter century to adjust to the specter of potential environmental liability that they face under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) regardless of whether they actually caused property ...

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Client Scenario Involving Commonly Asked Questions About Mold

This is the last of three articles about mold as an increasing environmental concern. In a previous column, Richard Rote described mold characteristics, health effects, assessments and remediation. Subsequently, Terry Richman wrote about issues in mold litigation. In this column, ...

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Several Issues To Consider Regarding Litigation Of Mold Claims

This is the second of three articles about mold as an increasing environmental concern. This article, by Terry Richman of Underberg & Kessler LLP, addresses trends in mold litigation. Next week, Richman and Richard Rote, CIH, of LaBella Associates will ...

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Environmental liability act amended

After two decades of rocky implementation and scores of Congressional hearings, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”) has finally been amended to incorporate some economic and practical realities. On January 11, 2002, President Bush signed ...

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Environmental liability act amended (8834)

After two decades of rocky implementation and scores of Congressional hearings, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”) has finally been amended to incorporate some economic and practical realities. On January 11, 2002, President Bush signed ...

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