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  • Desautel Law Podcast: Environmentally Speaking Episode 001

    Desautel Law launched a new podcast called “Environmentally Speaking” where she covers every day topics regarding environmental law and litigation. Marisa Desautel is joined by Clarice Parsons, and when they get on a roll, you will be informed and entertained. Here is the inaugural episode on the topic of registered agents. Have a listen. EP 001 – Registered Agents Full…

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    Environmental Protection Laws: Solid Waste Management in Massachusetts

    We have reviewed several hazardous and/or solid waste-related topics on federal and Rhode Island laws on the Desautel Law blog previously, but today’s blog post focuses on environmental protection laws related to solid waste management in Massachusetts; Desautel Law employs attorneys licensed in Rhode Island as well as in Massachusetts. How does Massachusetts manage solid waste in the state and…

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    Solar Farm Land Dispute in Richmond Results in Superior Court Reversal

    In the latest solar farm land dispute heard by the R.I. Superior Court, Freepoint Solar, LLC (“Freepoint”) appealed a decision of the Town of Richmond Zoning Board of Review (“the ZBR”). The ZBR denied Freepoint a special use permit for construction of a solar farm on property in the town’s R-3 residential zoning district. Today, we’ll explain why the Superior…

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    Air Emissions and Environmental Law Enforcement

    Today’s blog article will look at business operations and potential environmental law enforcement. Specifically, we will look at air emissions which violate laws aimed at preventing the spread of harmful and/or bothersome materials by air. The example case below will hopefully encourage business owners to assess their operations. Also, this case may ensure that companies comply with applicable laws and…

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    COVID-19 and Updates: Contract Litigation Impacts

    While the infection rates continue to climb, it is increasingly important to talk about the various impacts COVID-19 will inevitably have on people and businesses in Rhode Island. This includes potential future contract litigation. Since our last post, Rhode Island has been further impacted by federal and state decisions, detailed below. Federal Updates Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response…

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    Corporate Environmental Law

    Corporate environmental law is increasingly an important part of the compliance world for any business. It continues to involves more and more topics. These topics range from safety and prevention of environmental hazards, to ensuring business operations comply with the requirements of environmental laws and regulations. Further, this area of law includes attempts at  reducing emissions (even just from corporate…

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    Environmental and Regulatory Compliance in Business

    Ensuring that your company complies with the various state and federal environmental statutes and regulations is incredibly important. I say this because I have first-hand experience when companies are non-compliant. Environmental investigations are expensive, time-consuming, and may create negative publicity. This article focuses on environmental and regulatory compliance in business settings. Federal legislation like the Clean Air Act (CAA), the…

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    Corporate Law

    In Rhode Island, several state agencies regulate businesses. Corporate law related to coastal and environmental management follows specific regulatory tracks. Environmental law and coastal law compliance and enforcement are important initiatives for the government. This includes federal, state, and municipal branches. Just as individuals can be found liable for violations of environmental laws and regulations, so can companies. Coastal Law…

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    Environmental Laws for Businesses

    Importantly, environmental policies are reviewed and changed often. This means that your business may be impacted often, without you even knowing it! Having knowledge of what types of permits or approvals you need is critical. As a business owner, you first need to know if your practices trigger the requirements of any environmental laws for businesses. If you are not…

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    Do I Need a Business Law Attorney?

    The corporate world faces all types of legal issues on a regular basis, from employment law to mergers and acquisitions. A business law attorney customarily assists with any of these issues, depending on their area of expertise. Oftentimes, however, environmental issues arise in the corporate context that are different from typical corporate legal considerations. Hiring an environmental business law attorney…

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