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Environmental Law & Litigation

Invenergy Denied Permit to Pave Over Forest in Burrillville

Invenergy Denied Permit to Pave Over Forest in Burrillville

The Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) recently issued its Final Order denying Invenergy a permit to pave over a forest in Burrillville to build an unnecessary fossil fuel power plant. If you are not familiar with this case, Invenergy is a privately held, global developer for sustainable energy projects; and the EFSB is an independent state board that reviews proposed…

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Environmental Pollution Laws: The Clean Water Act

Environmental Pollution Laws: The Clean Water Act

The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) was first codified in 1948 and later expanded in 1972. While environmental pollution laws cover the breadth of the country’s natural resources, the CWA specifically created a statutory regime to regulate discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States. The other main purpose of this statute is to employ water quality standards…

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Environmental and Regulatory Compliance in Business

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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Rhode Island’s State Environmental Laws on Air Quality

Rhode Island’s State Environmental Laws on Air Quality

Rhode Island is home to a variety of natural resources. The state environmental laws in Rhode Island are available online at: State of Rhode Island General Laws. These laws cover many interest areas. One of these interest areas is the air we breathe every day. The public policy here is to preserve, protect and improve our air resources, codified at…

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So, You Want to be an Environmental Attorney?

So, You Want to be an Environmental Attorney?

While some people are still denying climate change, young people across the globe are speaking out their potentially bleak environmental future: Greta Thunberg If you are interested in becoming an environmental attorney, I offer the following considerations. An Overview As a lawyer, I interface with environmental issues daily. This interface occurs on both regulatory and statutory levels. It also occurs…

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Environmental Impact Assessment – What is it?

Environmental Impact Assessment – What is it?

To analyze whether a particular activity or project may detrimentally affect the natural resources around it, an Environmental Impact Assessment is necessary. Review of environmental consequences are another way to describe this process. An assessment is completed prior to a decision about whether to proceed with a project or activity. Environmental Impact Assessments, more often known as Environmental Assessments, do…

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Corporate Law

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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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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