Environmental and Land Use Law

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Posted In: Hazardous Materials/Chapter 21E

A Cautionary Chapter 21E Tale: Overly Aggressive Demands for Cleanup Contribution Will Backfire

Nov. 23, 2015 – A company whose insurance paid for its entire $300,000 cleanup (incurred after an employee caused a massive oil spill) wanted more: a windfall. Predictably, things didn’t end…

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Posted In: Insurance

Time-on-the-Risk Allocation Does Not Apply to Defense Costs, Says First Circuit

In a victory for policyholders, the First Circuit has rejected an insurer’s argument that defense costs should be allocated pro rata when claims involve multiple years of continuing or progressive…

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Posted In: Water

Final EPA/Corps “Waters of the US” Rule Increases Predictability, But Also Scope of Jurisdiction

On May 27, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released a final rule defining “waters of the US” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The rule determines the geographic…

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Posted In: DEP

Baker Order Leaves Fate of Environmental Regulations Unclear; Permitting Delays Likely

“This will be an intensive process,” said Governor Charlie Baker, elaborating on the executive order he signed recently that initiates a one-year comprehensive review of all Executive Department regulations. The…

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Posted In: Hazardous Materials/Chapter 21E, Municipal Law

Local Remedies to Urban Blight Impacting 21E Struck Down

Local government cannot regulate the cleanup of hazardous materials in Massachusetts, according to the Supreme Judicial Court’s recent answer to two questions certified by the First Circuit.  The Court held…

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Posted In: Solar Energy

Board Expands Property Tax Exemption for Solar Panels

An owner may claim a tax exemption for solar power systems that generate net metering credits used to offset the electric bills of other properties he owns, according to a…

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Posted In: Municipal Law, Telecom

FCC Order – Acceleration of Wireless Broadband Deployment (Part II)

UPDATE – May 19, 2015: With OMB Approval, Three Important Subsections Took Effect on May 18, 2015 Three important subsections of the FCC rule discussed in our blog posts below required OMB…

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Posted In: Municipal Law, Telecom

FCC Order – Acceleration of Wireless Broadband Deployment (Part I)

UPDATE – May 19, 2015: With OMB Approval, Three Important Subsections Took Effect on May 18, 2015 Three important subsections of the FCC rule discussed in our blog posts below required OMB…

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Posted In: Insurance

Pollution Insurance Coverage: What Did the Insured Know and When Did It Know It?

A new Appeals Court decision (litigated on behalf of the insureds by Anderson & Kreiger) has restored the usefulness of pollution legal liability (PLL) policies, overturning a Superior Court decision…

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Posted In: Water

Clean Water Act Update: A Controversial New “Waters of the US” Rule Could Streamline Stymied Federal Pollution Enforcement

The EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed new rule to define the “waters of the United States” – known as WOTUS – over which the agencies have jurisdiction to…

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