Environmental Law & Litigation

What is Environmental Law and Policy?

What is Environmental Law and Policy?

Looking into the query of what is environmental law and policy, one must start with a definition: these laws and policies are measures implemented and enforced with the goals of: Protecting and/or preserving natural resources; Regulating human activities that may negatively impact natural resources, and; Management of natural resources. The measures are most often undertake by a government entity, but…

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Environmental Regulatory Compliance

Environmental Regulatory Compliance

If you are an entity subject to stormwater regulation, you should be aware of an update to one of the state’s environmental regulatory compliance initiatives, the Rhode Island Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). The 2019 Rhode Island Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) became effective on May 3, 2019. This means that even those entities covered by the existing permit, who wish to…

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The Rhode Island CRMC – Why and When Do I Need It?

The Rhode Island CRMC – Why and When Do I Need It?

In Rhode Island, activities along the coast are regulated by a state agency called the Coastal Resources Management Council. That’s “CRMC” for short. The CRMC is tasked with preserving and protecting coastal areas through management plans and by the issuance of approvals for work in the council’s jurisdictional area. That area of jurisdiction is as follows: “[T]he area extending from…

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Attorney Desautel Nominated as Top Environmental Lawyer

Attorney Desautel Nominated as Top Environmental Lawyer

Desautel Law’s Managing Attorney Marisa Desautel was recently nominated by fellow Rhode Island attorneys for Professional Excellence in Law in the June edition of Rhode Island Monthly magazine, as an environmental lawyer. This distinction is the result of a voting process by only licensed Rhode Island attorneys in the state. Marisa was selected for professional excellence in “Environmental and Land…

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Environmental Laws for Businesses

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?

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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Different Environmental Laws

Different Environmental Laws

There are many federal and state statutes that exist to protect this country’s natural resources, from air to water and resources in between. The different environmental laws were enacted at various times in United States history, but a majority were enacted in the 1970s. This article provides an overview of some of the most well-known federal laws. THE CLEAN AIR…

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Commercial Land Use and Redevelopment

Commercial Land Use and Redevelopment

Within every municipality exists a zoning regime that governs residential, industrial, and commercial land use and redevelopment. Climate change is playing a major role with respect to land use. Over the past few decades, storms and rising ocean levels have impacted our state’s shorelines, sometimes unearthing contamination. Liability may arise in any of these contexts, and commercial land use is…

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How Can a Civil Attorney Help Me?

How Can a Civil Attorney Help Me?

You probably know what a criminal attorney’s job is, even if you’ve seen them played on any of the popular television or Netflix dramas. But what about the job of a civil attorney? Like criminal lawyers, a civil attorney must advocate zealously for her client. Beyond that, though, criminal and civil lawyers have vastly different practices. Oftentimes, clients receive a…

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The Rhode Island Business Environment and Law Update – Brownfields Grants 2019

The Rhode Island Business Environment and Law Update – Brownfields Grants 2019

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), which regulates the state’s business environment and law, announced recently that it is preparing the next round of Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Brownfields Grants through the Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund.  Through the business environment and law, RIDEM also announced that it expects to offer approximately 2.5 million dollars…

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