Category Archives: Hazardous Materials

Is Faulty Workmanship an Occurrence?

Add New Jersey to the growing list of jurisdictions adopting a more expansive view of insurance coverage for construction defect claims. The standard form commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy provides coverage for those sums that the insured becomes legally … Continue reading

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MassDEP Offers Manufacturers Amnesty Under Toxics Use Reduction Act, a Likely Prelude to Increased Enforcement

If you are a Massachusetts manufacturer suspected of using toxic chemicals in your production process, you may have been among the hundreds of recipients in recent weeks of a notice letter from MassDEP about mandatory chemical use reporting under TURA, … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Strikes Down New EPA Rules on Mercury Emissions

In a blow to the Obama Administration’s efforts to phase out coal-fired power plants and encourage energy production from renewable resources, the United States Supreme Court has thrown out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rules requiring coal-fired power plants … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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An Uncertain Future for Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank Facility Owners/Operators

Guest post by Scott E. VanderSea, LSP, LEP of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. Background on Massachusetts UST Regulation The Board of Fire Prevention (“BFP”) regulations (527 CMR 9.00) outline the requirements for underground storage tank (“UST”) facility owners and operators … Continue reading

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The Basics of Environmental Due Diligence

Guest post by Michael Coté of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. Environmental due diligence is a legal and technical investigation conducted to satisfy certain liability protections using state and federal environmental laws or standards. Due diligence can also be used to … Continue reading

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