Environmental and Land Use Law

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Posted In: Water

Supreme Court Creates New “Functional Equivalent” Test For Groundwater Discharges

Wading into a dispute about the Clean Water Act’s applicability to groundwater discharges, the Supreme Court handed environmentalists a somewhat surprising victory in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund.  However,…

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Posted In: COVID-19

How COVID-19 is Affecting Environmental Permitting

As government agencies at every level continue to implement programs to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, many environmental practitioners are struggling to make sense of what this means for…

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Posted In: Uncategorized

Massachusetts and Federal Updates on PFAS Regulation

On February 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would begin a regulatory determination process aimed at deciding “whether or not to begin the process to propose…

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Posted In: Climate Change

NEGPA v. DEP: The SJC Upholds the Commonwealth’s Climate Change Mitigation Program

This article was first published in the Winter 2019 edition of the Boston Bar Journal. In a unanimous decision last September, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) upheld the Commonwealth’s latest…

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Posted In: Climate Change

Interstate Water Dispute Nears Decision by Supreme Court

As our changing climate threatens to exacerbate drought conditions in parts of the country, disputes between states over rights to water are likely to become far more common, and to…

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Posted In: Uncategorized

Agencies Gearing Up to Address Risks Posed by PFAS Contamination

PFAS—a class of chemical substances commonly used in a wide range of products—are drawing increased scrutiny from regulators.  Businesses and municipalities should closely follow these developments, as they create both…

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Posted In: DEP, Uncategorized

EPA Adjusts Statutory Civil Penalties for Inflation

On January 8, the Environmental Protection Agency published its statutory civil penalties, adjusted for inflation.  83 FR 1190.  The adjustment was required by the  Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements…

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Posted In: Uncategorized

EPA Sued for Failing to Evaluate Renewable Fuel Standard Program

On October 19, the Sierra Club filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the agency is years overdue in complying with statutory deadlines for evaluating the environmental impacts…

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Posted In: Climate Change

MassDEP Finally Tackles Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under the Global Warming Solutions Act

In January 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a strong climate change decision under Massachusetts’ 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.  The GWSA required the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to…

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Posted In: Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

Lexington Goes Green

Inspiration for acting on climate change starts with our local communities.  We are proud to represent the Town Lexington, which over the past decade has taken significant steps to become…

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