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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

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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The Benefits of Land Use Planning

Land use planning refers to the practice whereby land owners, developers, municipalities, environmental attorneys, and other professionals collectively work to approve a land-based project in accordance with principles and engineering that promotes an appropriate social and environmental effect, while also employing resources efficiently. The benefits of land use planning are myriad: environmental protection, avoidance of urban sprawl, departure from impacts…

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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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To Litigate or Not to Litigate?

Like all choices in life, the question of whether you should litigate your claim has many factors. There are also many different venues that operate in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, from an administrative or agency context, to the various appeals courts. If you are going to litigate, you need a team that knows the ins and outs of the venues,…

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A Civil Litigation Overview – Why You Need an Experienced Litigation Firm

Litigation, in all of its forms, can be a stressful experience for non-attorneys. By the time an individual or entity needs a litigator, they have been served with a legal process document. The most common question that attorneys face, when taking on a new litigation client, is how the process is going to play out. Fear of the unknown is…

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Environmental Litigation and Why You Need an Environmental Lawyer

You probably know what litigation is, but what is environmental litigation? By strict definition, it is comprised of a contested matter related to any environmental issue whereby parties’ allegations, requests for relief, and monetary damages are decided in any court or before or by any federal, state, or other governmental agency or private arbitration tribunal. This litigation may involve the…

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Solar Facilities and Advanced Regulatory Compliance

Market volatility, savings incentives, increasing costs for energy, and advanced regulatory compliance can be daunting and confusing for property owners who might otherwise pursue construction of or partnership on a solar energy facility. At the State level, solar projects are currently incentivized and can significantly reduce an electric bill. For parties interested in purchasing “credits” associated with a solar facility,…

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Rhode Island Corporate Environmental Law

Environmental law governs much of a corporation’s activities. Corporate strategies should consider corporate environmental law and integrate regulatory compliance in all areas: development and strategy, manufacturing, marketing and distribution, and transportation and disposal. In Rhode Island, liability extends to corporations for any corporate environmental law violations asserted by government and third parties. Environmental law questions arise for corporate entities in…

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