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MassDEP has conducted an extensive review of its regulations and programs searching for opportunities to improve its efficiency.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s regulatory reform efforts reported elsewhere in this e-alert issue include an Information Technology Transformation Initiative in which MassDEP plans to update its self-described outdated and "siloed" IT system.
Arising from several chemical explosions in Massachusetts in recent years, the state Board of Fire Prevention has adopted rules requiring numerous hazardous material handlers to obtain permits which vary in their stringency dependent upon the amount of risk posed by the chemicals that are processed.
On September 18, 2012, U.S. EPA proposed to list two sites to the National Priorities List, also known as the Superfund list.
On October 10, 2012, U.S. EPA announced that AVX Corp. had agreed to pay $366 million to EPA and MassDEP to fund a new remedy for the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site PCB cleanup.
As more communities undertake costly efforts to upgrade their sewage collection and treatment systems, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held that, at least in some circumstances, municipalities may assess fees related to such work on developers seeking new connections to a community’s sewer system.
Two recent cases, 81 Spooner Road, LLC v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Brookline , 461 Mass. 692 (2012) and O’Connell v. Vainisi , 82 Mass. App. Ct. 688 (2012), recalibrate the evidence that the defendant/developer must produce in order to rebut successfully the presumption of standing of the project opponent and secure a summary judgment dismissing a zoning appeal.
A previous edition of the Massachusetts Environmental & Land Use Alert reported on Grady v. Langone, et al. , 2011 Mass. LCR Lexis 77, in which the Land Court held that a variance is effective even if it is recorded outside the statutory one-year period so long as there has been substantial reliance on the variance.
On October 5, President Obama signed into law an amendment to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that will establish an electronic hazardous waste manifest system.
On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued final revisions to the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, known as the Green Guides.
On October 16, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a request for a permanent injunction enjoining the City of Dallas from enforcing a flow-control ordinance that would have required all solid waste collected within the City to be disposed at a City-owned landfill or transfer station.
In a new wave of climate change litigation that could pave the way for state-level regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, at least two courts have extended the "public trust" doctrine to include protection of the air and atmosphere.
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