Category Archives: Environmental

MassDEP Obtains Judgment From Superior Court for $265k Fine at Taunton Plating Facility

According to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today, the Suffolk Superior Court issued a judgment against a New York City-based company for failing to properly address historical contamination at the former Kent Silversmith … Continue reading

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MassDEP’s New Cleanup Regulations Are Now Effective

As we reported earlier in guest posts from Adam Last of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. here and here, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has long been working on significant revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP).  The MCP … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standards

Following up on my post dated November 15, 2012, as of July 1, 2014, the International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) 2012 went into effect, replacing the former baseline building energy code regulations.  The Commonwealth’s adoption of the updated code is … Continue reading

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SJC: Private Forest Land Eligible for Tax Exemption

As an update to our previous post, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today reversed the Appellate Tax Board (ATB) and held that forest land owned by a private conservation organization should be exempt from local property taxes. The decision in … Continue reading

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Brownfields Program Has Paid Off For Massachusetts Business

Guest Post by Larry Feldman, a licensed site professional with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  Reprinted with permission from the Worcester Business Journal. In the early 1990s, a coalition of environmental advocates, bankers, developers, lawyers, regulators and environmental consultants in Massachusetts came together … Continue reading

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SJC to Rule on Tax Status of Forest Land

In a case that could have broad – and expensive – implications for conservation organizations statewide, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) must decide whether forest land owned by a nonprofit is entitled to a charitable exemption from property taxes. New … Continue reading

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On Solid Ground’s Top Five Stories of 2013

With 2013 coming to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the year that was.  Each year brings new developments in real estate, environmental and construction law, and 2013 was certainly no exception.  Here’s our pick for … Continue reading

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Contractors & Property Owners Beware: SJC Decision Highlights Risk of Penalties for Environmental Violations

The Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) recent decision in Franklin Office Park Realty Corp. v. Comm’r of Dept. of Envt’l Protection, 466 Mass. 454 (2013), is a good news, bad news proposition for Massachusetts property owners and contractors.  At issue in … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Developers’ Fifth Amendment Property Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling today in the closely-watched Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District case.  The decision is a major victory for private property rights, particularly in the land use permitting context. In a 5-4 … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Zoning Overhaul Winding Its Way Through Legislature, Its Future Unclear

By David McCay and Brian Casaceli In an earlier post in February, we reported on House Bill 1859, “An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities.”  The bill would make dramatic changes to Massachusetts zoning law and significantly alter … Continue reading

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MassDEP Proposes Changes to its Cleanup Program: Part II

Guest post by Adam J. Last, PE, LSP of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. As we reported earlier here, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has proposed significant amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), the regulations governing the assessment … Continue reading

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MassDEP Proposes Changes to its Cleanup Program: Part I of II

Guest post by Adam J. Last, PE, LSP of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has proposed significant amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), the regulations governing the assessment and remediation of oil and … Continue reading

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