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New Construction Stormwater Permit Includes Contentious Liability Provision

On January 19, 2017, the EPA published the 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP) which becomes effective February 16, 2017, replacing the 2012 version. The five-year permit includes all stormwater discharges at construction sites over an acre in size. The permit covers sites in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and several other states where EPA is the permitting … Continue Reading

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

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

Who’s Responsible for this Project Design? Massachusetts Knows

We wanted to share this timely post by Elizabeth Wright on our Construction Law Zone blog because it affects Construction Manager-At-Risk projects undertaken in Massachusetts, a topic we know is of interest to our readers. In keeping with a growing trend, in 2004, Massachusetts departed from the exclusive use of the traditional “design-bid-build” project delivery method … 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

Key Factors to Maximizing Project Success

There are unique circumstances on each project that call for a specific approach to optimize success. While those in the industry understand the significance that early decisions regarding project delivery have on the overall success of a project, too few owners and developers take the time to truly understand the importance of putting together the … Continue Reading
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