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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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    RI Fishing Industry List Public Comment Period – Vineyard Wind South

    BOEM is seeking comments (due July 30, 2021) on what information to consider in an Environmental Impact Statement for construction of the Vineyard Wind South project. The proposed project includes up to 130 wind turbine generators, 2-5 offshore substations, inter-array cables, and up to 5 export cables connecting to the onshore electric grid in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. This project would be…

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    DEM Denies Permit Application of Proposed Medical Waste Treatment Facility

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Healey P:401-258-0787 E: Michael.Healey@dem.ri.gov Tuesday, July 13, 2021 PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that it has denied the permit application of Medrecycler-RI Inc. to build a medical waste-to-energy plant at 1600  Division Road in West Warwick. DEM cited the following factors in denying the application:   The proposal did…

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    BOEM Announces Environmental Review of Wind Energy Project Proposed for Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts

    Agency seeks comments from the public The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it will begin conducting an environmental review of a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind, LLC, for its Vineyard Wind South offshore wind project. “The Biden-Harris administration has set an ambitious target of 30 gigawatts of installed offshore wind energy by 2030,…

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    Three Years of Recognition from RI Monthly Magazine

    The team here at Desautel Law is honored to be recognized three years in a row by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.  From all of us – thank you. We are passionate about environmental law and take pride in supporting our clients. About the Award The Professional Excellence Series from Rhode Island Monthly showcases the top professionals in a variety of…

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    EPA Proposes Revised CSAPR Update: Final Rule March 2021

    On October 29, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule Update (CSAPR) was published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a proposed revision to its remand of the rule by the D.C. Circuit. The decision will require EPA to place tighter limits on industrial sources of air pollution, according to EarthJustice, which represented several environmental groups in the case.  The…

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    Admiralty Law and COVID-19: Civil Litigation Considerations

    One month after the start of COVID-19 restrictions, the legal field began seeing an average of one related case filed daily. For the maritime industry, many of these civil litigation lawsuits will stem from shipping, cruise ship, and insurance cases, as noted below under admiralty law. Shipping This podcast offers some of the impacts of COVID-19 on global shipping. In addition, a…

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    ‘Tree Equity Score’ Drives Home the Importance of Trees in Urban Areas

    PHOTO CAPTION: A neighborhood with a low Tree Equity Score in Providence, Rhode Island. Photo credit: Eben Dente / American Forests American Forests unveiled its Tree Equity Score in November, aiming to help cities in the United States address a problem that exacerbates social inequities and climate change impacts nationwide—often far fewer trees in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods.   Governor Gina Raimondo…

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    Interim Strategy for PFAS Issued by EPA

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new interim strategy to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on Nov. 30, through EPA-issued wastewater discharge permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The EPA defines PFAS as “a group of man-made chemicals that have been in use since the 1940s, and are (or have been) found in many consumer…

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