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EPA Brownfields Site Planning Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program grants. With estimated funding of $4 million and a maximum grant amount of $200,000, the USEPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 grants. Funded Tasks EPA seeks to provide successful applicants with funding to conduct research and/or … Continue Reading

Major Takeaways from American Planning Association’s National Conference

Several R+C Land Use Group lawyers just returned from the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference is a great opportunity to get together with planners from across the country, eat local food, and learn the latest trends in land use planning and development.  Here are some conference highlights. One theme that … Continue Reading

NYDEC Proposes Revisions to Brownfield Cleanup Program

The New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEC) has published notice regarding the proposed revisions to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) regulations.  The revisions provide a minor revision to the term “affordable housing project” and substantive changes to “underutilized” term, both of which terms are derived from legislative changes in 2015.   These terms are relevant … Continue Reading

Feds Finalize Prohibitions Against Threatened Bat Species – Disputes Continue

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a final rule under Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), taking effect February 16, 2016 and imposing measures intended to protect the northern long-eared bat (NLE bat) under its status as a “threatened species.”  Four environmental groups announced their intention to challenge the rule for … Continue Reading

Development Update: Maine DEP Proposes Site Development Rule Changes

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a hearing on October 15th to receive comments on three rulemaking changes to the state’s site location of development rules (“Site Laws”).  Additional public comments may be filed before October 26, 2015 (Notice). The Site Law permitting program calls for review of certain development projects that … Continue Reading

Army Corps Issues Notice for Long Island Sound Dredging Plan

On August 17, 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, released for public review and comment the Draft Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Long Island Sound (LIS). Ten years in the making, the 582-page DMMP and 738-page PEIS (plus supporting technical documents) examine numerous … Continue Reading
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