On Friday, April 10, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued interim guidance to its regional offices on when to conduct, reduce, or pause field work at remediation and emergency response sites.  The Interim Guidance on Site Field Work Decisions Due to Impacts of COVID-19 applies to response sites where EPA is the lead

Back in 2009, we reported here that the United States EPA was imposing significant penalties on parties for violating the Clean Water Act’s stormwater permitting requirements for construction projects.  The enforcement of these violations continues with a new penalty settlement announced by EPA against Toll Brothers, Inc. on June 20, 2012.

In the settlement, Toll

On September 27, 2010, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced the opening of the DEP Office of Dispute Resolution. Commissioner Martin stated that “The Office of Dispute Resolution will play a key role in achieving our goal of breaking down the barriers that have often existed between the DEP and businesses

In June 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a $4.3 million dollar settlement against four national residential real estate development companies. The government alleged that those companies violated the federal Clean Water Act (“CWA”) requirements addressing the discharge of stormwater (i.e., rainwater/snow melt runoff) from construction sites. Under the CWA, a permit and a stormwater

On January 4, 2008, the New Jersey legislature passed the Environmental Enforcement Enhancement Act. This Act enhances the enforcement authority of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) under ten environmental statutes: Waterfront Development Act, Pesticide Control Act of 1971, Wetlands Act of 1970, Freshwater Protection Act, Coastal Area Facility Review Act, Endangered and Nongame Species