Significant changes to the Massachusetts cleanup regulations, known locally as the “MCP,” became effective June 20, 2014.
Three Boston-area colleges sued the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in August claiming that “clarifying” changes made to the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program retroactively changed the program and resulted in the denial of reportedly more than $17 million in such credits sought by the colleges.
A Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed a determination by the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that a seawall-walkway lies seaward of the historic high water mark based on a comparison of current conditions and historic maps.
In yet another twist in the law of residential non-conformities, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has held that there are some circumstances where municipalities may require a variance in order to alter a single- or two-family residence.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) continues to issue citations for alleged violations of various general industry standards (such as general housekeeping and electrical standards) and Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the General Duty Clause (“GDC”), for alleged workplace exposure to fire and/or explosion hazards from “combustible dust,” despite the lack of a clear and comprehensive general industry standard governing employers’ handling of combustible dusts.
Substantive changes may be coming to OSHA’s process safety management standard, EPA’s Risk Management Plan regulations, and DHS’s CFATS program.
On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service published a “Notice of Final Policy” interpreting the phrase “significant portion of its range” in making listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act.
On June 23, the Supreme Court, in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA , held that an industrial facility’s greenhouse gas emissions alone cannot be the basis for subjecting the source to the permitting requirements of the PSD and Title V provisions of the Clean Air Act, but if the source does a capital project that would be subject to regulation under these provisions for more conventional pollutants (e.g., particulate matter, NOx, SO2), permitting authorities may impose emissions limits on emissions of GHGs from those sources.
On June 10, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, the first water funding legislation in seven years. In a rare showing of congressional bipartisanship, the WRRDA passed both the House (414-4) and the Senate (91-7) with nearly unanimous votes, sending a clear message that ports and coastal developments are key elements of our nation’s infrastructure.
With construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement looming over his shoulder, President Obama announced an even greater commitment to reform the federal process for reviewing and permitting major infrastructure projects across the country.
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. is proud to announce that 16 of its attorneys, including Marc Goldstein and Brian Levey in the Firm's Wellesley office have been named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers®, the "oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession."
On Tuesday, June 24, Beveridge & Diamond Principal Scott Fulton joined other global environmental leaders speaking at a high-level symposium “Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development – A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law.”
Commending the firm for its dedication to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community, Whitman-Walker Health awarded its 2014 Going the Extra Mile Law Firm Award to Beveridge & Diamond on June 4, 2014.
Beveridge & Diamond’s appellate litigators recently secured important published decisions protecting clients’ landfills and establishing precedent favorable to the solid waste and recycling industry.
The Chambers USA Guide to the Legal Profession again ranked Beveridge & Diamond as a leading environmental law practice, nationwide and in California, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. In addition to firm-level rankings, Chambers recognized 11 lawyers individually as leaders in their fields, including Steve Richmond and Jeanine Grachuk from the Wellesley office.
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